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  • Anzac Girls

  • The Extraordinary Story of Our World War I Nurses
  • By: Peter Rees
  • Narrated by: Anna McGahan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

The harrowing, dramatic and profoundly moving story of the Australian and New Zealand nurses who served in the Great War. Now a major six-part television series. By the end of the Great War, 45 Australian and New Zealand nurses had died on overseas service and over 200 had been decorated. These were the women who left for war looking for adventure and romance but were soon confronted with challenges for which their civilian lives could never have prepared them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By David on 21-06-18

Disappointed

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-06-18

I am disappointed by this audio book. The narration was poor, Anna McGahan's voice was not unpleasant to listen to but she spoke in a monotonous monotone so that I continually found myself thinking about other things, not listening to what she was saying and losing track of the names and details of the personal mentioned. Due to her delivery I never built up a clear picture of who was who, and what was going on, she made the bravery, fortitude and events detailed in the book everyday and bland even though I was fully aware they were not. Because of her delivery I cannot fully judge if he text would have been better had I read the book rather than listened to it but I feel the nurses and soldiers who's lives were detailed in this book deserved better.

  • The Poison Bed

  • By: E C Fremantle
  • Narrated by: Ross Anderson, Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

In the autumn of 1615, a scandal rocks the Jacobean court when a celebrated couple are imprisoned on suspicion of murder. She is young, captivating and from a notorious family. He is one of the richest and most powerful men in the kingdom. Some believe she is innocent; others think her wicked or insane. He claims no knowledge of the murder. The king suspects them both, though it is his secret at stake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By David on 18-06-18

Wow

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-06-18

Absolutely brilliant book. Not at all what I would usually listen to but it had very good reviews so I thought I would give it a try. Lots of twists and turns, not at all predictable. Narration was superb.

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  • First Lady

  • The Life and Wars of Clementine Churchill
  • By: Sonia Purnell
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Strevens
  • Length: 15 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 36

Without Churchill's inspiring leadership, Britain could not have survived its darkest hour and repelled the Nazi menace. Without his wife, Clementine, however, he might never have become Prime Minister. By his own admission, the Second World War would have been 'impossible without her'. Clementine was Winston's emotional rock and his most trusted confidante. Yet her ability to charm Britain's allies and her humanitarian efforts on the home front earned her deep respect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good read (listen)

  • By Edward on 11-09-16

Wonderful account of an astonishing lady that history does not give enough attention to.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-06-18

Clementine Churchill was a phenomenal woman. She played a vital role during the war years and who would know how Winston Churchill's life would have panned out without her tireless support and the background work she carried out. She has rarely been given the thanks and credit she so fully deserved. She's was truly a throughly modern woman born in to a different age and would have made a wonderful politician in her own right.
Thoroughly enjoyed learning more about her, very well written book spanning an amazing period of our history. The author does not whitewash Clementine's shortcomings or failures or the issues within the Churchill family. The Churchill's live was one of service, hard work, failures, successes and heartbreak however never did they give in, not carrying on didn't seem an option. It was a humbling listen, if only there were more like them in the world today.

  • Last Letter Home

  • By: Rachel Hore
  • Narrated by: Jenny Funnell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

On holiday with friends, young historian Briony Andrews becomes fascinated with a wartime story of a ruined villa in the hills behind Naples. Briony’s grandfather had been a British soldier during the Italian campaign of 1943 in that very area. Handed a bundle of letters that were found after the war, Briony sets off to trace the fate of their sender, Sarah Bailey. As Briony begins to uncover the story, she encounters resentments and secrets still tightly guarded.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad but probably won't return to it.

  • By David on 08-06-18

Not bad but probably won't return to it.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-18

The story sparked my interest and kept me listening however it was Sarah and Paul's timeline that I was keen to hear about. Bryony who is supposedly a 30 something with a history doctorate was a weak character in my view. She was immature, unworldly and needy. Her journey saw her improve slightly but compared to Sarah and Paul who were younger and living in a time of war I was left feeling she needed to buck up and grow up. There is a sickly love story in the modern timeline which was expected and totally obvious. The male characters in the modern time line also felt a bit "chick lit" to me, not well rounded and more than a bit cheesy.
I have to add this is not my usual listen but that I was stuck for something and thought I would plump for a different style of book. As I said I got to the end, I wanted to know how it all finished off but I won't return to it and am not tempted to listen to anything else by this author as her style just isn't for me.

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  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • By: Mary Ann Shaffer
  • Narrated by: Charlie Norfolk
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

January 1946 and writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a man in Guernsey, who has found her name written inside a book. As they exchange letters, she is drawn into the eccentric world of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which boasts a charming cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful story

  • By Skye mum on 23-05-15

Absolutely brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-18

Cannot recommend this book highly enough, it's an absolute joy. Narration is superb and I loved every second of it.

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Jackie on 29-10-17

A good listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-18

Beneath a Scarlet Sky isn't the best written book I have read and the narration was awful, the way Will Dameron pronounced Anna and Milan particularly grated. Some of the text is rather repetitive and laboured but at the same time the story does not suffer for it as Pino Lella is so young and the text reflects that. The vocabulary sounds very American but that may have been in part due to the narrators performance.
I enjoyed the book, it was insightful and definitely worth listening to.

  • Emily

  • By: Jilly Cooper
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Courtney
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

If Emily hadn't gone to Annie Richmond's party, she would never have met the impossibly irresistible Rory Balniel - never have married him and been carried off to the wild Scottish island of Irasa to live in his ancestral home. She'd never have met the wild and mysterious Marina, a wraith from Rory's past, nor her brother, the disagreeable Finn Maclean. And she would never have been caught stealing roses in a see-through nightie....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun stuff! Thoroughly enjoyable

  • By Dan Fisher on 04-02-18

Absolutely awful

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-18

I will never listen to a book narrated by Rebecca Cortney again. Her delivery was bland, monotonous and she made all the characters seem snooty and obnoxious. When I read Emily many moons again Emily was young, hopeful, naive and ditsy. In the audio book she was a totally different character thanks to the narrators delivery. She was spoilt, unlikeable and one dimensional. The whole plot is silly and inconsequential as all JC stories are but what charm the story had was spoilt for me by the narrator.

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  • The Common Years

  • By: Jilly Cooper
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Jilly Cooper has kept a diary about life on Putney Common. Noting the effects of the changing seasons and writing about her encounters with dogs and humans, Cooper creates an affectionate and enthralling portrait of her everyday life. Cooper writes lyrically about the natural world, tellingly about the sorrows and joys of caring for dogs and children and outrageously about the gossip, illicit romances and jealousies of small community life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A love letter to the common

  • By David on 05-04-18

A love letter to the common

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-18

I really enjoyed listening to The Common Years, it is part nature journal, part diary and very honest. The common was easy to listen to although surprisingly heartbreaking in places. Imogen Church did a fantastic job with the narration and really brought everyone to life.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • In Pale Battalions

  • By: Robert Goddard
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Six months after the sudden death of her husband, Leonora Galloway sets out on a trip to France with her daughter Penelope. At last the time has come when secrets can be shared and explanations begin.... Leonora takes her daughter to the battlefields of WW1, where her father is commemorated on the Thiepval Monument. But the date of his death is surprising, and reveals that Captain John Hallows cannot possibly have been Leonora's real father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb<br />

  • By Ainslie on 02-02-18

Saved the best for last

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-03-18

I very almost stopped listening to the book half way through although I am very pleased that I didn't. The last quarter of the book was a joy to listen to and the ending is superb however I found the start put my teeth on edge. Most of the setting for the story is explained by recollections, a character recounting their experience to the main character however there is no dialogue, just a their microscopic recollections droning on and on. The narrator wasn't too bad on the whole although some of the voices she used grated on my nerves also which didn't add to my enjoyment. The text seemed so drawn out, at one point I howled "get to the point" aloud and with each new character came another point of view running parallel to the first and again going on and on with very little point or so it seemed. The last part of the book at a different pace altogether and could have been written by a totally different author. It had dialogue, real time back and forth dialogue rather than the reflective, dialogue from earlier in the book. The plot progressed, not the constant question from a character only to be told by another that they were unable to be honest and so the pace quickened and a shape to the story FINALLY became evident. I really wish all of the book had been written in this style because at some points I would look at how much time was left with a sinking heart wondering if there would ever be an improvement to it, because of this I felt no connection or care for any of the characters. As time went on I found that I started invest in one or two. Some of the pot line requires you to suspend your incredulity and it is slightly contrived, even the ending leaves questions and there are irregularities in the plot line.
I don't think I will listen to it again but I did enjoy the ending so would recommend it for that reason if you can put up with the beginning.

  • Lonely Courage

  • By: Rick Stroud
  • Narrated by: Sarah Borges
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

The Special Operations Executive (SOE), set up by Winston Churchill in 1941, saw its role in France as helping the Resistance by recruiting and training guerrilla fighters. Thirty-nine female agents were trained alongside the men, learning how to disappear into the background and how to kill a man with their bare hands. Once trained they were infiltrated behind the lines. Some of the women went on to lead thousands of Resistance fighters while others were arrested, brutally interrogated and sent to concentration camps.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor narration

  • By Amazon Customer on 30-05-18

Ruined by narrator

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-03-18

I brought this book in hardback some months ago but due to a hectic schedule had not had time to read much of it. I was so pleased when audible released it. The story charts many SOE female agents, some extracts are hard to hear but I feel we should all know their story. The women made this story, they were brave beyond belief, larger than life, charismatic but the narrators delivery was flat, bland and there seemed to be inserts made on occasions when a time or place name was mentioned that made her sound like a automated phone message recording. I enjoyed the book and wanted to hear it however if it wasn't for the strength of the story the narrator would have spoilt it. Won't be buying a book she has narrated again.

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