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M. M. Ellis

East Midlands, UK
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  • Swan Song

  • By: Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott
  • Narrated by: Deborah Weston
  • Length: 17 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

In the autumn of 1975, after two decades of intimate friendships, Truman Capote detonated a literary grenade, forever rupturing the elite circle he’d worked so hard to infiltrate. Why did he do it, knowing what he stood to lose? Was it to punish them? To make them pay for their manners, money and celebrated names? Or did he simply refuse to believe that they could ever stop loving him? Whatever the motive, one thing remains indisputable: nine years after achieving wild success with In Cold Blood, Capote committed an act of professional and social suicide with his most lethal of weapons...words. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A tour de force

  • By gmb on 28-08-18

Exceptionally Good Biography

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

Reviewed: 27-11-18

I only chose this biography because I read and liked a review in a woman's magazine, but I am so glad I did. Truman Capote was an intriguing human being, loved and loathed in equal measure, this book follows his rise to the top, mingling with America's high society gals, with whom he is very popular, to his downfall after revealing many of their secrets.
The kind of biography one could easily listen to again and again. What a fascinating life.

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  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,586
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,700
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,673

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Puts Bridget Jones in the shade

  • By Caroline Mitchell on 10-07-17

Quite Unexpected

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

Reviewed: 27-11-18

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book about a young woman seemingly at odds with life, a loner in a rather boring job and totally unaware of modern life eg going to a department store and asking for Bobbi Brown, unaware that this is the brand name of the make up and thinking it odd that the lady herself was never around!
I thought I had the ending sussed, however, I was surprised that I was wrong, but pleasantly so. I thought the narrator exceptionally good, as a good book can be ruined by poor narration. I certainly recommend this as a really good listen. Word has it that Reece Witherspoon has bought the rights to turn this book into a film. I hope I won't be disappointed.

  • At Home in Thrush Green

  • By: Miss Read
  • Narrated by: Gwen Watford
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Charles Henstock, vicar of Thrush Green, is living in his new vicarage after the old one burned down. In its place are eight retirement homes, but there’s heated debate in the village about the new residents. How to choose who will live there? How will they get on together? And how will they accommodate all the pets? Meanwhile the old residents have their worries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely easy read.

  • By Chrissie Ann on 24-01-19

Most enjoyable.

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

Reviewed: 21-01-18

Having had the Thrush Green titles on cassette many years ago, I decided to take the opportunity to listen to them again.
Miss Read doesn't disappoint, the story of the everyday going's on of Cotswold country folk, beautifully narrated by the late Gwen Watford. I love the way the author has made the characters so interesting. Very gentle reading at it 's best.

  • The People at Number 9

  • By: Felicity Everett
  • Narrated by: Jenny Funnell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 60

'Have you met them yet, the new couple?' When Gav and Lou move into the house next door, Sara spends days plucking up courage to say hello. The neighbours are glamorous, chaotic and just a little eccentric. They make the rest of Sara's street seem dull by comparison. When the hand of friendship is extended, Sara is delighted and flattered. Incredibly, Gav and Lou seem to see something in Sara and Neil that they admire, too.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What the heck

  • By Karen D on 13-05-17

Awful

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

Reviewed: 06-08-17

What would have made The People at Number 9 better?

For me? Absolutely nothing. I hate to be beaten so I persevered to the end and I shouldn't have bothered.

What will your next listen be?

Probably a Joanna Trollope or Elizabeth Jane Howard.

Which character – as performed by Jenny Funnell – was your favourite?

Gav.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The People at Number 9?

I wouldn't have published this, however, if anything I would say the ending.

Any additional comments?

I listened to this based on a recommendation by Viv Groskop in Red magazine. In future when she recommends a title I will be sure to ignore her,

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