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  • The Swan Maid

  • By: Dilly Court
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

Lottie Lane is all alone in the world. As a chambermaid at one of London's busiest inns, condemned to a life of drudgery and at the mercy of a vicious landlady, Lottie is too worn out to even dream of a better life. Until one night an injured soldier is brought to The Swan. Lottie nurses him back from the dead, and suddenly everything changes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb.My best purchase ever

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-01-17

Non Predictable

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

Reviewed: 29-06-16

If you could sum up The Swan Maid in three words, what would they be?

There really are some people whom don't like children

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lottie Lane because whatever happened and also whatever was thrown at her she just picked up her skirts and got on with it

What about Annie Aldington’s performance did you like?

I liked Annie's performance as she managed to do lots of different voices so we knew who was speaking and also we were able to keep up with the story.

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

I DON'T KNOW IT'S JUST TOO GOOD

Any additional comments?

great story you didn't know what was going to happen next

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Secrets of the Lighthouse

  • By: Santa Montefiore
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash, Gerri Halligan
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

From Sunday Times best-selling author Santa Montefiore comes a novel about losing yourself, but finding your future.… Ellen Trawton is running away from it all - literally. She’s getting married to a man she doesn't love, her job is depressing, and her mother is getting on her nerves. So she escapes to the one place she knows her mother won't follow her - her aunt's house in rural Ireland. Once there, she uncovers a dark family secret - and a future she never knew she might have.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a superb read

  • By Shirley on 15-11-13

Which Character is speaking??

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

Reviewed: 06-10-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Secrets of the Lighthouse to be better than the print version?

There probably wouldn't be any difference since this narrator doesn't make each character stand out so that you never know which one is speaking.

What could Santa Montefiore have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Choose a Narrator with a bit of life in their voice.

What aspect of Maggie Mash and Gerri Halligan ’s performance might you have changed?

Chosen somebody else to narrate it

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

Knowing the after life!!

Any additional comments?

The story was fairly good but as I have already said you needed someone with a bit of life in their voice to narrate it. Although do you really want o know what the after-life feels and thinks and also maybe choose a different sex to read the after life voice as it is very difficult to decipher which voice is reading which character to keep a track on the story. As quite often you had to rewind it and listen again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Wedding Cake Tree

  • By: Melanie Hudson
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

Celebrity photographer Grace Buchanan has always known that one day she'd swap her manic day job for the peace and quiet of her beloved childhood cottage, St Christopher's - she just didn't expect it to be so soon. At the reading of her mother's will, she's shocked to learn that inheriting St Christopher's hangs on one condition: Grace must drop everything for two weeks and travel the country with a mysterious stranger - war-weary Royal Marine Alasdair Finn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Maya on 30-10-15

Brilliant Idea

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

Reviewed: 28-09-15

What made the experience of listening to The Wedding Cake Tree the most enjoyable?

I THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA TO GET A WAYWARD DAUGHTER ON AN UNUSUAL HOLIDAY BUT BY HITCHING HER UP WITH A GOOD FRIEND ON-ROUTE.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wedding Cake Tree?

WHEN GRACE WAS TOLD THAT SHE COULDN'T INHERITE THE HOUSE UNTIL SHE HAD TAKEN THIS JOURNEY HER MOTHER HAD PLANNED WITHOUT TELLING HER ANY OF THE DETAILS.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

WHEN GRACE GOT STUCK ON THE MOUNTAIN IN THE STORM. ALSO WHEN THEY WHERE BIRD WATCHING AND GRACE WAS DETERMINED TO SIT STILL TO PROVE THAT SHE COULD EVEN THOUGH THERE WAS NO CHANCE.

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

NO IT WAS ALL VERY MOVING. AND IT MADE ME HOWL WITH LAUGHTER QUITE A FEW TIMES.

Any additional comments?

BRILLIANT BOOK.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The River Folk

  • By: Margaret Dickinson
  • Narrated by: Patricia Gallimore
  • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

For twelve-year-old Mary Ann Clark life has always been tough. The pretty daughter of a wife-beating drunk, it is no surprise that she has grown up afraid of her own shadow. That is until 'Battling Bessie Ruddick' takes the young girl under her wing and into the heart of her bustling family. Growing into an attractive young woman, Mary Ann yearns to be loved and when her affection for Bessie's son, Dan, is finally returned and she becomes a skipper's wife.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the river folk

  • By Elizabeth on 28-01-15

Watery Fall but Great & Uplifting

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

Reviewed: 25-09-15

Where does The River Folk rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is good but is one of my favourites even though Margaret Dickinson is one of my favourite authors.

Which character – as performed by Patricia Gallimore – was your favourite?

Mary-Anne and Lizzie are 2 of my favourite characters probably because they play main roles

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

This book made me sigh when you get the impression when a main character dies.

Any additional comments?

This book has it's highs and also it's lows but also has ongoing romances which is hard to follow as to who is who. But all in all a really great book and hard to leave alone it makes you keep coming back to listen to some more of the romance.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Loving Family

  • By: Dilly Court
  • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

She longed to be reunited with her family. The compelling new novel from the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Workhouse Girl. Eleven-year-old Stella Barry is forced into service when her family find themselves living hand-to-mouth.Leaving her mother and younger brother and sister behind, Stella goes to a big country house outside London. When she returns home one Sunday, she discovers they have disappeared.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful listen!

  • By Linmary on 17-02-15

Fantastic Story-tear jerker

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

Reviewed: 23-05-15

Would you consider the audio edition of A Loving Family to be better than the print version?

I don't like print versions of anything especially this because as you listen to the story it takes you in your mind into the story, you can almost see what's happening.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Loving Family?

When Stella met the gentleman that helped her as a child and then turned out to continue helping her as she grew older in different positions.

Which character – as performed by Penelope Freeman – was your favourite?

The young chap that you imagined looked very much younger and looked shorter in height than he actually was but very helpful even if he couldn't accomplish what was being asked of him.

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

When we found out that Kit was a man not a woman and also that he refused to get a job to keep his sister and look after her.

Any additional comments?

A must listen and be prepared to have a hanky to hand.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Nightingale Nurses

  • By: Donna Douglas
  • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 66

It's the final year of training for three young nurses at The Nightingale Hospital. Helen is at a crossroads in her life as she battles with her domineering mother over both her love life and her future career. Dora can't stop loving Nick, who is married to her best friend, Ruby. Millie is anxious about her fiancé, sent to Spain to cover the Civil War, and things only get worse when she encounters a fortune teller who gives her a sinister warning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a totally wonderful listen..

  • By Petra 🤗📚📓🖋📮 on 01-10-16

A Heart Puller

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

Reviewed: 26-07-14

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

Yes if you would like to be totally hooked and listen to this in one sitting, my emotions were tugged in all directions.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favourite character was Charlie he made some tough decisions before he died on more than one occasion.

What does Penelope Freeman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She had a great way of bringing the characters to life with her different voices and keeping you hooked to the book.

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

This book made me cry on more than one occasion, it had a very emotional storyline.

Any additional comments?

Fantastic book

  • The Undomestic Goddess

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Phoebe James
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 933
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 709

Samantha is a high-powered lawyer in London. She works all hours, has no home life, and cares only about getting a partnership. She thrives on the pressure and adrenalin. Until one day...she makes a mistake. A mistake so huge it'll wreck her career. She goes into meltdown, walks right out of the office, gets on the first train she sees, and finds herself in the middle of nowhere.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Give the book a better chance

  • By kai on 01-05-11

SHE DID IT AND GOT WHAT SHE WANTED

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

Reviewed: 10-07-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Undomestic Goddess to be better than the print version?

YES BUT ONLY BECAUSE I HAVE APROBLEM SITTING STILL

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Undomestic Goddess?

WHEN SAMANTHA SHOVED THEIR 6 FIGURE SALARY IN THEIR FACES TO CARRY ON BEING A HOUSEKEEPER

What about Phoebe James’s performance did you like?

SHE COULD CHANGE HER VOICE SEVERAL TIMES TO BECOME ALL THESE DIFFERENT CHARACTERS

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

DEFINITELY I KEPT COMING HOME AND NOTHING ELSE WAS GETTING DONE BUT LISTENING TO THIS BOOK

Any additional comments?

FANTASTIC BOOK - VERY FUNNY IN VARIOUS PLACES. SHOULD DEFINITELY PERSEVERE WITH THIS BOOK EVEN WHEN IT LAGS IT PLACES.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Villa

  • By: Rosanna Ley
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 280

When Tess Angel receives a solicitor's letter inviting her to claim her inheritance - the Villa Sirena, perched on a clifftop in Sicily - she is stunned. Her only link to the island is through her mother, Flavia, who left Sicily during World War II and cut all contact with her family. Initially resistant to Tess going back to her roots, Flavia realises the secrets from her past are about to be revealed and decides to try to explain her actions.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • So happy when it was over...

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-10-14

Fantastic Book

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

Reviewed: 06-07-14

Where does The Villa rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The most fantastic book so far, I was completely hooked onto it, I kept coming back to it at every opportunity. Some work didn't get done because I wanted to listen to this book. Would recommend to anyone.

What did you like best about this story?

You didn't know what was going to happen next and also you felt like you were part of the story.

What does Anna Bentinck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She makes you feel like you are in the story itself.

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

When she found the villa for the first time.

Any additional comments?

Brilliant I am looking forward to hearing something else from this author.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Husband's Secret

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,925
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,745
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,735

The Husband's Secret is a funny, heartbreaking novel of marriage, grief, love, and secrets. When her husband announces he's in love with her best friend, painfully shy Tess picks up her young son and returns to her mother's house. There she begins an unexpected affair with an old flame. Rachel is a woman in her 60s consumed by grief and anger at the loss of her daughter 20 years earlier. When her son announces he is taking her beloved grandson overseas, Rachel begins a descent into deeper bitterness and pain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story - really enjoyed it!

  • By Mrs. K. J. D. CURRIE on 12-11-13

Not the secret you expect

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

Reviewed: 03-07-14

Would you listen to The Husband's Secret again? Why?

No because once you know the secret and also the gist of the story there isn't any point in re-listening.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Husband's Secret?

Finding out what the secret was and the husbands response once the wife knew.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I liked most of the book apart from the fact that it strung of in too many directions which was really unnecessary.

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

YES to keep track of it but NO because its too long

  • The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,882
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,327

Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin: his one-hundredth birthday party. Escaping through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several deaths, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent but very human police.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastically Odd

  • By Oliver Dayman on 29-05-13

Even at 100 things are possible

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

Reviewed: 25-06-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared to be better than the print version?

No things always sound so much better when you hear things.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared?

That he even managed to escape out the care home window unnoticed

Which character – as performed by Peter Kenny – was your favourite?

The main character the old man the things he managed to accomplish

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

It made me both laugh and cry

Any additional comments?

Definitely Recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful