It is rare for stories to be specially commissioned for an audio book, but as Maxim Jakubowski, the editor of The Sounds of Crime tells us in a pre-thrill talk, he ‘begged’ the five writers he considered to be the best in their field to produce a new story for this collection; and ‘happily for me,’ he tells us, ‘they all agreed.’ Jakubowski’s introduction evokes those black-and-white days when Alfred Hitchcock shuffled on to millions of walnut-encased television sets to present us with half an hour of spine-tingling tension — very much as we have with each of the stories here.
If it had been possible to listen to Howard Jacobson’s brilliant Booker Prize-short- listed novel in one sitting I would happily have done so; but even on motorways congested to the point of strangulation, a return journey from Chipping Norton to Brighton has yet to take 13 hours.
To some of us solitude may be sitting on a park bench amidst a bustling city.
Sea of Poppies, by Amitav Ghosh, read by Lyndham Gregory
Even though Rudyard Kipling died 70 years ago, listeners to Plain Tales from the Hills are sure to gain the…
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
Aclogged up motorway can provide the ideal conditions to play the balloon game; re-routed angst and venom will guarantee the…