• The Dead Side of the Mike

  • By: Simon Brett
  • Narrated by: Simon Brett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When Andrea Gower’s body is discovered in an editing suite, with gashes in her wrists and two razor blades nearby, the cause of death seems obvious, with the words she spoke only hours before taking on a completely different meaning....

Working as a radio actor for the BBC was all new to Charles Paris: a new kind of work, a new jargon, and a lot of new faces - some of them quite pretty. But Charles, amateur sleuth and fond of the odd tipple, can’t get the dead girl out of his mind. And when the trail leads him to New York and back, by way of a DJ, an American conman, and another dead body, it becomes only a matter of time before the clues start falling into place....

©1980 Simon Brett (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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"Radio has nothing to do with communication."

Charles Paris, without the air of his useless agent, is briefly working for BBC radio when the body of a young woman newly returned from the States is discovered. The football match that she was supposedly commentating was still playing. It looked like suicide. Then another death and Charles is convinced that both were murder.

Read by the author, this series is always a delight, at times poignant, always filled with interesting characters - and this is a good who-dun-it? too. Rather a lot of protagonists to absorb in the early pages but with a nice interaction episode with his wife, this is more a mystery solving novel than most of the other Charles Paris novels.
An easy and most enjoyable (stand-alone) read. Recommended.

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  • Chris Stanfield
  • 11-05-20

Loved it!

Easy listening and well narrated by the author himself. I highly recommend this audio recording

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  • Joyce Rigg
  • 06-12-22

Convoluted

Not up to his normal books for me. I may be being unfair as I have only read his books before, this is the first audio. So maybe that is why I found the story confusing .

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  • Martin G Fisher
  • 05-11-22

Terrible narration

Every voice sounds the same. Having enjoyed the full cast versions I will be avoiding these like the plague.

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  • Maz Smith
  • 03-11-22

fair

I enjoyed the story but for me the narrator was too bland. Chaps and chapesses all sounded too similar. Good story but I much prefer Bill Nighty in the role.

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  • Lisa
  • 02-09-22

Good mystery

Good mystery with lots of twists and turns, next to no blasphemy or swearing

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  • Nicola
  • 02-06-22

Good fun

I enjoy these Paris stories - his insightful thoughts and his human failings - and his very amateurish sleuthing.

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  • Lesley
  • 01-30-22

delightful

I have always enjoyed 😉 these takes.
loved this and the super reader. Brain 🍬

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-28-22

Very witty

It is such a pleasure to listen to the phrasing and humour in Simon Brett’s narrative. Sharp, witty and very well written.

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  • Juniper
  • 01-27-22

Boring

Chose this after hearing BBC dramatization ,hugely disappointing on every level. Brett s reading monotone reflected the seemingly endless ,pointless padding of the text. Impossible to connect with any of the characters.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 01-26-22

"Radio has nothing to do with communication."

Charles Paris, without the air of his useless agent, is briefly working for BBC radio when the body of a young woman newly returned from the States is discovered. The football match that she was supposedly commentating was still playing. It looked like suicide. Then another death and Charles is convinced that both were murder.

Read by the author, this series is always a delight, at times poignant, always filled with interesting characters - and this is a good who-dun-it? too. Rather a lot of protagonists to absorb in the early pages but with a nice interaction episode with his wife, this is more a mystery solving novel than most of the other Charles Paris novels.
An easy and most enjoyable (stand-alone) read. Recommended.