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Disappointing

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-05-20

Emily Sutton-Smith did a very good job of narrating this book, but that’s about the only positive thing I can say about it.
I found it far fetched, in need of a huge edit, gloomy, gory, and disappointing.

Another 20th Century traditional family saga

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-20

Todd McLaren does an excellent job of narration on this Danielle Steel novel which was published in April 2020 during the lockdown when a family saga with all its drama, opulence, hardship, bravery, depression and World War 2 seem somehow relevant to current times.
Some of the story is slow as it goes into incredible detail and then suddenly jumps forward twenty years with only a brief explanation of how we got there. But this is yet another DS story that takes the listener into another world and keeps them hooked.
There’s not much women’s liberation in the 1920’s but there are of course the usual strong women characters with five generations navigating their way to a satisfying conclusion.
Danielle Steel is still prolific after decades of number one bestsellers, she’s still publishing six books a year and her fans eagerly await her next one.
They will be delighted with The Wedding Dress.

Breath of fresh Spanish Air.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-20

Joanna Trollope can write a good story, and she starts at the beginning and she finishes at the end..... and she doesn’t jump backwards and forwards in time. It’s amazingly refreshing in these days of time shifting and characters who have no character.... Joanna is an expert at her craft.
I thoroughly recommend this audiobook, the narration is excellent and it’s an absorbing story of the changes in family life and relationships. My only negative take is that the medical outcome seemed underplayed and a bit unrealistic. I have had a stroke myself so I found the relatives reaction a bit OTT and then all the difficulties concerning the “patient” seemed to be brushed under the carpet. On the whole though it is well worth a listen.

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Not one of her best.

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-20

I love Danielle Steel. I’ve listened to all of her books and recently she’s been even more prolific, publishing six a year. She has a talent for producing absorbing family stories and feel good endings.
This one is ok but not one of my favourites. A quick listen with a brilliant narrator, but lacking something. Too many characters perhaps, so that I couldn’t warm to anybody that much.
Nevertheless this story kept me company and although I won’t be revisiting “the numbers game” I am already looking forward to the next DS novel.

Another DS good read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-20

Dan John Miller always does a great job of narrating Danielle Steel books.
This one doesn’t disappoint with a more current subject matter of sexual assault at a school handled sensitively by Danielle. As always an absorbing and addictive listen with a satisfying narrative. I completed this book within a day and am looking forward to her next one.

Top notch courtroom drama.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-20

What an excellent author and brilliant narrator. That’s all I ask from an audiobook. There was no lull, no overwritten chapters, and the story kept me enthralled until the very last page. There are some graphic and disturbing turns, domestic violence is a difficult listen but the characters are well crafted and the author will keep you guessing and gripped. This is going to be a best seller, and I predict a movie will follow.

Joan Hickson as Miss Marple, what a treat !!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-11-19

Yes, Joan Hickson, who played Miss Marple on TV, is the best narrator possible for this collection of short stories, which were penned in 1927, five years before Agatha Christie’s first full length novel featuring Miss Jane Marple.
Here we have 13 short stories, two groups of six and one stand alone, which are all connected as friends’ gather at dinner parties to discuss unsolved murders.
The stories are brief, and yet very entertaining and enjoyable.
This is an early Christie offering which is well worth a listen.

Absolutely Brilliant.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-11-19

I was incredibly impressed by this audiobook.
At last, characters in a thriller that are “real people” with beautifully drawn characters and superb narrative, it was a pleasure to listen to such excellent writing which also benefits from a very good narrator in Lucy Paterson.
It was a horrific subject matter but there’s no gratuitous detail of abuse and the story has more impact because of that. I particularly liked the dialogue between the grandparents and the expert way the author paced the book. It was so well done, moving, touching and thought provoking. It will stay with you long after you finish listening.
Erin Kinsley I applaud you, and I’m really looking forward to your next book.

What a find. Jane Harper is beyond brilliant.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-19

I’d already come across “The Lost Man” on Audible so knew that Jane Harper was a real find, and listening to her first book, THE DRY, has impressed me even more. This novel is being made into a movie and you can tell why. The plotline is superb.
Not only are her books beautifully crafted, her description brings each page to life. I could almost taste, and smell the scorching heat of the landscape and felt the effect the drought was having on the town and the residents.
Her subtle characterisation and the excellent way that she builds suspense makes this a must listen. The narrator does a great job too which always makes a big difference.
I’ve only got one more of Jane’s books left to listen to and I’m going to save it savour it when I have a block of time alone and I can listen to my heart’s content.
Please write more soon !! Jane Harper, you’re the best author I’ve found in decades.

Not one of her best..... but still worth a listen

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-10-19

Danielle Steel has always been prolific but as she gets into her late 60’s she’s writing half a dozen books a year. Apparently she works on four or more at once. This one isn’t one of her best but it’s still entertaining and explores the much revisited theme of single mum with differing grown up children and the realisation that even a mum in her late 50’s has a right to a great life and perhaps a loving relationship with an unexpected long distance lover. No surprises and not much drama in this one and the usual good narration although Dan John Miller isn’t that great at English accents!! Worth a listen but her next novel, CHILD’S PLAY, which also features a single mum with adult children, is much more satisfying and a return to DS at her very best.