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Mrs. REP

Midlands, UK.
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  • I've Got Your Number

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499

Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier: She is about to marry her ideal man. But in one afternoon, everything begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill, but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations and mysterious phone calls, she soon realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvellous chick lit

  • By R. Dang on 02-03-12

A light, entertaining listen.

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

Reviewed: 18-11-13

Any additional comments?

The usual fluff from Sophie Kinsella, but it's very entertaining fluff and makes for a fun listen.

  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Aris, Paula Wilcox
  • Length: 18 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 796
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416

Imagine a nation banishing the outside world for two centuries, forbidding its subjects to leave its shores on pain of death, and harbouring a deep mistrust of European ideas.

Set in Japan in 1799, a young Dutch clerk, Jacob de Zoet, is about to embark on a strange adventure of duplicity, love, and murder - and all the while the axis of global power is turning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet

  • By Robin B on 27-07-10

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 18-11-13

Any additional comments?

At first I found it difficult getting all the characters straight in my head, but I soon became completely engrossed in this brilliant story and when I got to the end I wanted to listen to it again.

  • The Marriage Plot

  • By: Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

It’s the early 1980s. In American colleges, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels. As Madeleine studies the age-old motivations of the human heart, real life, in the form of two very different guys, intervenes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite Middlesex but...

  • By Tara on 01-11-11

Not bad, but...

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

Reviewed: 18-11-13

Any additional comments?

This wasn't a bad listen, but slightly disappointing if you are expecting a book as good as Middlesex.

  • The Rapture

  • By: Liz Jensen
  • Narrated by: India Fisher
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13

In a merciless summer of biblical heat and destructive winds, Gabrielle Fox's main concern is to rebuild her career as a psychologist after a shattering car accident. But when she is assigned a patient who is the most dangerous teenager in the country, she begins to fear she has made a terrible mistake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliantly Read & a Different Story

  • By jenny on 30-01-13

An enthralling listen.

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

Reviewed: 18-11-13

Any additional comments?

This bears a few similarities to another Liz Jensen book - The Uninvited and it's another chillingly, gripping listen. Reccomended.

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  • Blood Price

  • Blood, Book 1
  • By: Tanya Huff
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Vicki Nelson, formerly of Toronto’s homicide unit and now a private detective, witnesses the first of many vicious attacks that begin plaguing the city of Toronto. As death follows unspeakable death, Vicki, in an attempt to stop these forces of dark magic, is forced to renew her relationship with her former partner, Mike Celluci - along with another, unexpected ally…. Henry Fitzroy, the illegitimate son of King Henry VIII, has learned over the course of his life how to blend with humans; how to deny the call for blood in his veins.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good start to an excellent series.

  • By Mrs. REP on 18-11-13

A good start to an excellent series.

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

Reviewed: 18-11-13

Any additional comments?

A really good, exciting listen with some interesting characters. I just love the idea of Henry VIII's illegitimate son being a vampire!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Various Pets Alive and Dead

  • By: Marina Lewycka
  • Narrated by: Siân Thomas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34

Marcus and Doro were part of a left-wing commune from the late 1960s until the early 1990s: lentils, free love, spliffs, radical politics, cheesecloth blouses, sex, housework and cooking rotas, crochet, allotments. Their children have grown up rather different from them: primary schoolteacher Clara craves order and clean bathrooms, son Serge is pretending to his parents that is still doing a Maths Ph.d. at Cambridge, while in fact making loadsamoney in the City; third child Oolie Anna, who has Down's Syndrome, is desperate to escape home and live on her own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Various pets alive and dead

  • By Amanda on 18-07-12

Amusing,

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

Reviewed: 18-11-13

Any additional comments?

This was a good, amusing story with some great characters. I particularly liked Oolie Anna.

  • Revenge of the Tide

  • By: Elizabeth Haynes
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44

Genevieve has finally escaped the stressful demands of her sales job and achieved her dream: to leave London behind and start a new life aboard a houseboat in Kent. But on the night of her boat-warming party the dream is shattered when a body washes up beside the boat, and she recognises the victim. As the sanctuary of the boatyard is threatened, and her life is increasingly at risk, the story of how Genevieve came to be so out of her depth unfolds, and she learns the real cost of mixing business with pleasure.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected

  • By Michelle on 19-03-12

An interesting listen.

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

Reviewed: 18-11-13

Any additional comments?

Elizabeth Haynes first book 'Into the Darkest Corner' was absolutely brilliant and this whilst a good listen isn't half as good as that.

  • Case Histories

  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Susan Jameson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

Cambridge is sweltering, during an unusually hot summer. To Jackson Brodie, former police inspector turned private investigator, the world consists of one accounting sheet, Lost on the left, Found on the right, and the two never seem to balance. His days are full of people clamouring for answers and explanations. A jealous husband suspects his wife. Two spinster sister make a shocking find. A solicitor investigates an old murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing

  • By Karen on 10-04-07

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 18-11-13

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this beautifully written book. The threads that semed unconnected at the beginning all came together beautifully and not always how you expected them to.

  • The Girl You Left Behind

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,552
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,333
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,336

France, 1916. Sophie Lefevre is ordered to serve the German officers who socialise in her hotel. When the new Kommandant sets eyes on Sophie's portrait - painted by her husband Edouard - a dangerous obsession is born. Almost a century later, Sophie's portrait hangs in the home of Liv Halston. A chance encounter reveals the painting's true worth - and its troubled history that is about to resurface and turn Liv's life upside down…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spellbinding - I loved it

  • By Happy and Smiling on 16-02-13

Enjoyable enough, but...

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

Reviewed: 17-11-13

Any additional comments?

I thought this started really well, but by the end of the first part, set in 1917, it became quite cliched and predictable. The second part, Liv's story, just got more unlikely and ridiculous as it went along.
Don't get me wrong, it was still an enjoyable enough listen, but it could have been better.

  • Bring Up the Bodies

  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,195

By 1535 Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith's son, is far from his humble origins. Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes have risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henry’s second wife, for whose sake Henry has broken with Rome and created his own church. In Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Maddy on 02-06-12

Another fantastic listen.

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

Reviewed: 17-11-13

Any additional comments?

At first I didn't think I was going to enjoy this as much as Wolf Hall as I prefered Simon Slater's narration, but I was soon engrossed and loved it just as much. Even though I'm familiar with the history the sense of tension as Anne's downfall came nearer so brilliantly done.