Radio Crimes

  • by Simon Brett
  • Narrated by Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden
  • 0 hrs and 57 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

A BBC Radio 4 Full Cast Drama starring Bill Nighy as Charles Paris and featuring Suzanne Burden as his estranged wife, Frances.On a TV detective series, members of the cast and crew begin to meet mysterious ends. Actor cum amateur sleuth Charles Paris invistigates.

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'A Series of Murders'

When I first saw that this audiobook was only 57mins long for ?8.89, compared to the other Charles Paris audiotape which is 6hs.28mins for the same price, I thought there must have been a misprint somewhere. But being a long-time fan of both Charles Paris and Bill Nighy, I went ahead and treated myself regardless.

Was this originally a full-length book? While the 'play' was enjoyable, it felt very 'compressed', to the extent that the characters came across as two-dimensionable cardboard cut-outs. This seems to be the fault of the BBC rather than the scriptwriter, who did his/her best with the time available. Surely extending it just another half hour would have made all the difference. I don't know where the 'series' of murders came from; there were only two. However, all the cast made the best of their lines; Bill Nighy has the perfect voice for Charles Paris. But I had to listen to it twice to catch the fast bits I missed the first time. It really deserves 5 stars, unfortunately
a big thumbs down and a lost star for the BBC for skimping on the time allowed, and another lost star for the decision to price a 57mins tape at ?8.89, whoever made it. ?4 - ?5 would be a fairer price, I think.

Nevertheless, an enjoyable listen. But most definitely a 'very special treat'!
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- Diane

a wonderful play, gripping and entertaining

Nighy makes Paris's slightly seedy, but self aware and almost-past-it cad utterly convincing with a tired, sardonic wit that carries the classically styled 'who-dunnit' plot to perfection. With every double whisky and plot twist I smiled or laughed. More please.
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- Catherine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-05-2009
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited