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Charles Paris: A Series of Murders (Radio Crimes) Audio CD – Audiobook, 4 Jun 2009

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio (4 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140842603X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408426036
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 25.4 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Simon Brett was educated at Dulwich College and Wadham College, Oxford, where he read English and was president of the Oxford University Dramatic Society. After landing a job at the BBC as a radio producer he worked on such programs as The "Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy," "Week Ending," "The Burkiss Way," " I m Sorry I Haven t A Clue," and "Just a Minute." At London Weekend Television he produced" Maggie and Her," "End of Part One," and "The Glums." He is the author of the Charles Paris novels, which began with "Cast In Order of Disappearance." He has written more than 80 books, including 19 Charles Paris books, 15 Fethering Mysteries, and six Mrs Pargeter novels, as well as several non-series titles such as" A Shock to the System," which was adapted as a film starring Michael Caine. He has also contributed to several anthologies and scripted many sitcoms for radio, including" No Commitments, Smelling of Roses," and "After Henry." Other radio work includes several one-off plays for Radio 4, and a number of episodes of the detective series" Baldi." A former Chair of both the Crime Writers Association and The Society of Authors, he is currently President of the Detection Club, as well as being involved with various writers organizations."


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As a fan of Lord Peter, Paul Temple, Albert Campion and Hercule Poirot and CD Audio Books I was running out new stories when I came across 'A series of murders' featuring Charles Paris by living author Simon Brett. Charles Paris is an actor and a world weary cad brilliantly read by Bill Nighy. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the story the first time and the second time. Bill Nighy does for Charles Paris what Stephen Fry does for Harry Potter. Although this is the only the first CD available I do hope he reads all the others. Bring 'em on!
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This is the first of the Radio 4 dramatisations of the Charles Paris novels by Simon Brett, starring Bill Nighy as Paris.

Paris is a dipsomaniac actor, in and out of employment and with, um, fidelity issues that have made him a separated and lonely dipsomaniac actor, looking at middle age with a nervous eye.

Things seem to be going OK for Paris for a change - he has a substantial part in a new TV series, and it has the possibility of being a hit. And his wife is talking to him again. But just when things seem to be going right for him he starts tripping over dead bodies on set. With a resigned shrug he starts worrying away at the mystery whilst trying to make sure his private and professional life continue on their current calm waters.

This is primarily a comedy, with a mystery in the back ground. Front and centre is the wonderful character of Paris, brought to dissolute life by a suitably cynical and seedy sounding Bill Nighy. A man all too aware of his own faults, and there fore with a keen eye for the failings of others. He stumbles his way through the mystery (and stumbles over more bodies) with a series of amusing set pieces that had me grinning and laughing out loud for most of the adventure. The production is excellent, especially with its use of music. I will never listen to John Lee Hooker in the same way again...

It's a fun and entertaining adventure, running to just under an hour and not outstaying it's welcome. Bill Nighy's performance is charmingly magnetic and is a real delight to listen to. All in all 5 stars for this.
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I'm a sucker for anything by Simon Brett and I love the radio adaptations of his work. This was well up to standard and I had a restful time in the garden in the sunshine enjoying my listening with a glass of something long and cool to hand.
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This is excellent, perfect for playing in the car. Bill Nighy is wonderfully good as Charles Paris. My only regret is that there aren't more of the series available yet on cd.
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This series is brilliant. The writing is witty, the performances excellent and the plots deliciously ludicrous. I really hope the rest of the BBC broadcasts will be released on CD as I missed them when they were on the radio. Highly recommended.
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God I love this audio series.
Bill Nighy is totally superb as the jaded alcoholic actor who loves singing 60s tunes and reminiscing on his sometimes embarassing theatrical career - at the same time as he solves murders that seem to stalk wherever he works.
Supporting cast really add to the hilarity as Charles juggles his wife, his self-serving agent, his phony son-in-law and his penchant for women with getting regularly drunk and acting when he can get work.
This is my third or fourth time listening and it just gets better and better.
Just slipping down to the Drum & Monkey for a quick Bells.
We love you Bill!!!!
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By G. Brack VINE VOICE on 4 Jun. 2010
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I first read a Charles Paris book thirty years ago, and looked forward to dramatisations in due course. Sadly, the first tries involved Francis Matthews, who didn't display the right degree of well-meaning untrustworthiness that Bill Nighy seems to find so effortless. Nighy is exactly right as Paris; even in this very edited form, you have no difficulty in guessing how he will fail next. If he promises not to drink, you know the next time you hear him he'll have a hangover; and when he promises his estranged wife that he won't touch a woman for a year in order to win her back, you know at once that he will fall short of his target by the best part of eleven months. But he is quite an endearing rogue, and it is entertaining to see how a complete amateur works his way into trying to solve a series of deaths connected with a television series that he is doing. The time slot allowed for this adaptation was a little meagre. The dramatisation keeps up a fairly breathless pace but you can't help thinking an extra five or ten minutes would have allowed more of the original book to come through, but an excellent effort nonetheless.
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I have listened to every one of these cd stories now and I have enjoyed everyone. Bill Nighy just has that kind of voice that depicts an aging lothario with the kind of curiosity that has killed many a cat. His acting career is on the skids and he is a bit too fond of a drink or three. He can't say no to a large whiskey or a damsel in distress and both get him into trouble. The supporting casts are excellent. Suzanne Burdon as his ex but still close wife is also excellent. A few hours of near genteel, whiskey flavoured, mayhem.Big fan.
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