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Mrs. K. J. D. CURRIE

Hayling Island, UK
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  • The Last Anniversary

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,045
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 961
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 960

"I'll tell you something, something important. Love is a decision. Not a feeling. That's what you young people don't realise. That's why you're always off divorcing each other. No offence, dear." So decrees the formidable Connie Thrum of Scribbly Gum Island. She is the chief decision-maker of a rather unconventional family and her word is law. It's been over seventy years since Connie and her sister Rose visited their neighbours and found the kettle boiling and a baby waking for her feed, but no sign of her parents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Brilliant Book

  • By Sue on 18-07-15

A good listen - could have been a little shorter!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This was a bonkers but fun story

What did you like best about this story?

Good, detailed characters

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The final scenes

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did laugh at times

Any additional comments?

None

  • Sister

  • By: Rosamund Lupton
  • Narrated by: Juanita Mahon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 646
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 380

Their bond was unbreakable. The truth was unimaginable. When Beatrice receives a call to say that her sister, Tess, is missing, she boards the first flight home. But as she learns about Tess’s disappearance, she is stunned to discover how little she actually knows of her sister's life. Everyone around her accepts they have lost Tess, but Beatrice refuses to give up, embarking on a dangerous journey to discover the shocking truth, whatever the cost...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sooooo gooood!

  • By Ann-Marie on 03-03-11

A good listen if a little slow at times

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

Reviewed: 13-03-18

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes - I wanted to get back in my car as often as possible so that I could get the next instalment!

Any additional comments?

This is a good story - some of it easy to predict but, on the whole, worth a listen!

  • The Forever House

  • By: Veronica Henry
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225

Hunter's Moon is the ultimate 'forever' house. Nestled by a river in the Peasebrook valley, it has been the Willoughbys' home for over 50 years, and now estate agent Belinda Baxter is determined to find the perfect family to live there. But the sale of the house unlocks decades of family secrets - and brings Belinda face to face with her own troubled past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An incredible journey

  • By libby jones on 23-06-17

A lovely story - thoroughly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 15-09-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Forever House to be better than the print version?

I can't compare the two - but it is worth listening to!

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the whole story

What about Julia Barrie’s performance did you like?

Good intonation and pronunciation - easy to follow

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did smile lots!

Any additional comments?

Well worth a listen - an easy tale to follow on a long drive!

  • Financial Freedom

  • Creating True Wealth Now
  • By: Suze Orman
  • Narrated by: Suze Orman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

This practical, systematic approach to financial freedom is divided into three sections. The first one takes us back to our most formative experiences with money. We do this in order to break free of financial worries and take control of our feelings about money. Once we've made this connection, we're then able to change both our attitudes and our actions and start to create a life that is financially free.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Personal finance book

  • By Azamat Utenov on 21-11-16

Great advice - love Suze's ideas

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

Reviewed: 15-09-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Financial Freedom to be better than the print version?

Can't compare - I don't have the printed version - audible version is well worth a listen though

What did you like best about this story?

Great advice

Have you listened to any of Suze Orman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Can't compare

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

N/A

Any additional comments?

Well worth listening

  • Sometimes I Lie

  • By: Alice Feeney
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Racine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,930
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,783
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,782

"My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me. I'm in a coma. My husband doesn't love me anymore. Sometimes I lie." Unnerving, twisted and utterly compelling, you won't be able to put this new thriller down. Set to be the most talked about book in 2017, it's perfect for fans of Behind Closed Doors, The Girl on the Train and The Widow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Evil twist

  • By jv on 29-04-17

Gripping but not all questions were answered

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

Reviewed: 27-08-17

What did you like best about Sometimes I Lie? What did you like least?

I did enjoy the way the book was written across timeframes - flicking backward and forward from past to present

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

A more understandable ending

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The main reveal about the perpetrator was both gripping and shocking

Do you think Sometimes I Lie needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not really - just a more concise ending

  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: B A Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,159

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie? Jack has looks and wealth; Grace has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do. You'd like to get to know Grace better. But it's difficult, because Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows. Sometimes the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW !!!!

  • By M F Herbert on 23-04-16

A surprisely good listen!

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

Reviewed: 22-06-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I'd recommend this audiobook - it's a surprise!

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the way it was written as past and present - loved the finale

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

If it seems to good to be true, then it probably is!

Any additional comments?

This story took me by surprise and, whilst it may be a little implausible, I still really enjoyed it

  • A Season of Secrets

  • By: Margaret Pemberton
  • Narrated by: Kristin Atherton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

Sweeping from the Great War, through the Jazz Age to the 1940s, this unforgettable tale follows the entwined lives of the Fentons, an aristocratic family from Yorkshire. Set against the rich canvas of the first half of the twentieth century, A Season of Secrets is an unforgettable tale of passion and betrayal, love and war from the ever popular Margaret Pemberton.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceeds expectations

  • By David on 05-09-17

A lovely family drama - strong female characters

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

Where does A Season of Secrets rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I really enjoyed this audiobook - I was engaged right from the start with the interesting and varied characters.
I grew to like and respect so many of the personalities and really looked forward to my car journeys so that I could listen to more!
Definitely among my favourite 'listens'!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Carrie was my favourite character - wise beyond her years and so very calm!
I also admired Thea - such strength of character.

Have you listened to any of Kristin Atherton’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did cry - happy and sad tears!

Any additional comments?

Well worth the long listen - a good, thoroughly researched story set against the tough background of war.
I'm not usually a huge fan of historical dramas but this one had me from the first chapter.

  • Her Perfect Life

  • By: Sam Hepburn
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Racine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434

Gracie Dwyer has it all: the handsome husband, the adorable child, the beautiful home and the glittering career. The perfect life. Her new friend, Juliet, doesn't exactly fit in. She's a down-on-her-luck single parent with no money and not much hope. So just what is it that draws Gracie and Juliet together? And when the cracks start to appear in Gracie's perfect life, can both of them survive?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen

  • By san2har on 09-03-17

Good enough for a holiday read

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

Reviewed: 29-05-17

Would you try another book written by Sam Hepburn or narrated by Stephanie Racine?

Possibly

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Not the ending I was prepared for - not necessarily the one I would have liked either!

Have you listened to any of Stephanie Racine’s other performances? How does this one compare?

N/A

Was Her Perfect Life worth the listening time?

Yes - I enjoyed listening to it in the car

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  • The Winter Children

  • By: Lulu Taylor
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

The Winter Children is a haunting mystery from Lulu Taylor, author of The Snow Angel. Olivia and Dan Felbeck are blissfully happy when their longed-for twins arrive after years of IVF. At the same time, they make the move to Renniston Hall, a huge, Elizabethan house that belongs to absent friends. Living rent-free in a small part of the unmodernised house, once a boarding school, they can begin to enjoy the family life they've always wanted. But there is a secret at the heart of their family, one that Olivia does not yet know.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I just don't understand the positive reviews

  • By Emma Jones on 15-04-17

Enjoyable but not entirely plausible

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

Reviewed: 29-05-17

If you could sum up The Winter Children in three words, what would they be?

Enjoyable, sad, implausible

Who was your favorite character and why?

I didn't have a favourite character - they were all rather flawed

Have you listened to any of Clare Corbett’s other performances? How does this one compare?

N/A

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I felt very sad for the deceit that ran through everyone's lives

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,393

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her 'our little genius'. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stunning read

  • By Simon on 19-01-14

An unexpected pleasure

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

Reviewed: 29-05-17

What made the experience of listening to The Girl with All the Gifts the most enjoyable?

I had no idea what the story was about so it made for quite an interesting read once I realised!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Melanie is a lovely character - there's such depth and strength. I also liked the strength and tenacity of Helen Justineau.

What about Finty Williams’s performance did you like?

She kept me gripped!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No - I needed some breaks to absorb the information and to escape the terror!

Any additional comments?

Be prepared for the ending - I wasn't!