10 July 2018

Review: Inspector Morse: BBC Radio Drama Collection - audio book

  • Narrated by: John Shrapnel, Robert Glenister
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Radio/TV Program
  • Release date: 03-01-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: BBC Digital Audio 
  • source: Audible.com 

  • Synopsis (Audible)

    Three BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations starring John Shrapnel as Morse and Robert Glenister as Lewis, plus a bonus reading by Colin Dexter of one of his short stories.

    In Last Seen Wearing, Inspector Morse is reluctant to take over an old missing person case from a dead colleague. But two years, three months and two days after teenager Valerie Taylor's disappearance, somebody decides to supply some surprising new evidence....

    In The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn, Inspector Morse tackles the murder of an exam invigilator. The newly appointed member of the Oxford foreign exam syndicate was deaf, and he wasn't from the insular world of the Oxford colleges. Now he is dead.

    After he's rushed into hospital, Inspector Morse becomes intrigued by an old crime in The Wench Is Dead. Could the wrong men have been hanged for the murder of Joanna Franks?

    Plus Colin Dexter reads his own short story, 'The Double Crossing', in which it is a good first day for a certain detective named Lewis.
    Gripping, suspenseful and entertaining, these BBC dramatisations were adapted by Guy Meredith from the original Inspector Morse novels by Colin Dexter.

    My take

    Just the thing for shortish journeys - each play takes about 80 minutes. Getting used to John Shrapnel playing Morse instead of John Thaw takes a bit of time as does Robert Glenister playing Lewis.

    I initially found the sound a bit patchy but it worked ok once I realised I had to have volume right up so I caught what was happening with minor scenes and some of the minor characters.

    The quality of Dexter's writing and characterisations  comes through well, even those these are obviously abridged versions of the original novels.

    I had in fact read most of the Dexter novels before beginning this blog.


    My rating: 4.3

    I've also read the following by Colin Dexter

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