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  • Moonlit Garden, The

  • By: Corina Bomann, Alison Layland - translator
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

Lilly Kaiser had come to terms with her solitary, uncomplicated life after becoming a young widow. So when a stranger delivers an old violin to her Berlin antiques shop and tells Lilly it belongs to her, she's completely bewildered. Why should she be the one to inherit such an exquisite instrument?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • a nice wee story

  • By SusanMcC on 26-09-16

very superficial

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

Reviewed: 26-02-18

not an engaging intro. loss me in the first 5 minutes. nothing new. sorry I bought this

  • The Secret Mandarin

  • By: Sara Sheridan
  • Narrated by: Ana Clements
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Desperate to shield her from scandal, Mary's brother-in-law, the ambitious botanist Robert Fortune, forces her to accompany him on a mission to China to steal tea plants for the East India Company. But Robert conceals his secret motives - to spy for the British forces, newly victorious in the recent Opium War. His task is both difficult and dangerous - the British are still regarded as enemies by the Chinese, and exporting tea bushes carries the death sentence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By Sailaway on 16-02-18

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 16-02-18

First book with this author and narrator. Good story moving about between characters in a exotic environment. Characters were clearly defined. A bit predictable but enjoyable.

  • The Last Queen of England

  • Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery, Book 3
  • By: Steve Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

While on a visit to London, American genealogist Jefferson Tayte’s old friend and colleague dies in his arms. Before long, Tayte and a truth-seeking historian, Professor Jean Summer, find themselves following a corpse-ridden trail that takes them to the Royal Society of London, circa 1708.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full of mystery

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-12-14

Great story

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

Reviewed: 07-08-17

Another excellent book by Steve Robinson. Story twists and turns as one clue is discovered that leads to another. This one leaves you on a cliff hanger......Jefferson's family

  • The Amber Keeper

  • By: Freda Lightfoot
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 100

After her mother's suicide, Abbie Myers returns home to the Lake District with her young child - and no wedding ring. Estranged from her turbulent family for many years, Abbie is heartbroken when she hears that they blame her for this tragedy. Determined to uncover her mother's past, Abbie approaches her beloved grandmother, Millie, in search of answers. The old woman reveals the story of how she travelled to Russia in 1911 as a young governess and became caught up in the revolution.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ok story, shame about the narration!!!

  • By Miss D Srao on 18-06-15

Good listen

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

Reviewed: 03-08-17

Enjoyed the story listening to the audio. Brought alive the struggle of three generations of women with complex pasts. Each character was clearly defined but the only down side was the narrators aspirating the end of each sentence when no accent was involved.

  • Charles Dickens: The BBC Radio Drama Collection: Volume Two

  • Barnaby Rudge, Martin Chuzzlewit & Dombey and Son
  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings, Robert Glenister, Simon Cadell
  • Length: 17 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Thrilling full-cast radio dramatisations of three of Charles Dickens' classic novels. Charles Dickens is one of the most renowned novelists of all time, and this second volume of the dramatised canon of his work includes the gripping historical novel Barnaby Rudge, picaresque comedy Martin Chuzzlewit and bittersweet tale of family relationships Dombey and Son.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite as listenable as Volume 1.

  • By david morris on 23-09-16

Not as expected

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

Reviewed: 25-07-17

Would you try another book written by Charles Dickens or narrated by the narrators?

Love Charles Dickens books but this format was a bit bizarre

What other book might you compare Charles Dickens: The BBC Radio Drama Collection: Volume Two to, and why?

Best read the individual books by a sympathetic narrator..

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The cast tried to enliven the stories and achieved just a noisy, disconnected rendition.

Do you think Charles Dickens: The BBC Radio Drama Collection: Volume Two needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not in this format.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Home

  • By: Karen Dionne
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

You'd recognise my mother's name if I told it to you. You'd wonder, briefly, where is she now? And didn't she have a daughter while she was missing? And whatever happened to the little girl? Helena's home is like anyone else's. With a husband and two daughters, and a job she enjoys. But no one knows the truth about her childhood. Born into captivity and brought up in an isolated cabin until she was 12, Helena was raised to be a killer by the man who kept her captive – her own father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cunning Darkness!

  • By Simon on 15-06-17

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 25-07-17

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Those who prefer recent stories from the 21st century

What was most disappointing about Karen Dionne’s story?

Didn't engage me after some period pf time. Soon realised not for me

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Emily Rankin?

Was disappointed with the book and found that I was not enjoying any of the book

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In the Market for Murder

  • Lady Hardcastle, Book 2
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190

Spring, 1909, and Lady Hardcastle, amateur sleuth and all-round eccentric, is enjoying a well-deserved rest. But a week after a trip to the cattle market, Spencer Caradine, a local farmer, turns up dead in the pub, face-down in his beef and mushroom pie. Once again, it is up to Lady Hardcastle and her maid, Florence, to solve the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Foul language excluded .

  • By George on 26-10-17

oooops made a mistake here

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

Not my best choice of reading matter. Bit too 'jolly hockey sticks' . In a class of it's own

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Seven Sisters

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Emily Lucienne
  • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Maia D'Apliése and her five sisters gather together at their childhood home, Atlantis - a fabulous, secluded castle situated on the shores of Lake Geneva - having been told that their beloved father, the elusive billionaire they call Pa Salt, has died. Maia and her sisters were all adopted by him as babies, and, discovering he has already been buried at sea, each of them is handed a tantalizing clue to their true heritage - a clue that takes Maia across the world to a crumbling mansion in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Once there she begins to put together the pieces of where her story began.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good start to a series

  • By Sailaway on 10-07-17

A good start to a series

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

Reviewed: 10-07-17

Also bought the audio version through Kindle Unlimited. Character's well defined and story twists and turns making this an enjoyable listen although at some times predictable. Was looking forward to the next in the series but only available on Audible at £26.00 to non members. Not for me.

  • In the Blood

  • Jefferson Tayte Genealogical, Book 1
  • By: Steve Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

Two hundred years ago a loyalist family fled to England to escape the American War of Independence and seemingly vanished into thin air. American genealogist Jefferson Tayte is hired to find out what happened, but it soon becomes apparent that a calculated killer is out to stop him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By L on 19-04-15

And the plot thickens.......

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

Reviewed: 10-07-17

First time I have read a book by this author and I really enjoyed it. The plot twists and turns moving from current day to the 1800's where it all began.

  • The Watermen

  • By: Patrick Easter
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

In the dark and slimy streets of Wapping a prostitute is beaten half to death, a not uncommon fate in late 18th century London. So begins this gripping tale set in 1798 in the Port of London. A cruel villain holds sway over the underworld. His name is Boylin. His face is scarred by lime and his back by the two hundred lashes he received following a naval court martial. He holds Captain Tom Pascoe responsible for his suffering.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Atmospheric

  • By Sailaway on 30-06-17

Very Atmospheric

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

Reviewed: 30-06-17

Really enjoyed this book. Characters were well defined . You get a real feel of the squalor and intrigue of the era. The audio recording was a bit of a disappointment. The male voices were clear but the female/youth voices were too soft therefore I was constantly having to adjust the volume.