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  • The Married Girls

  • By: Diney Costeloe
  • Narrated by: Juliette Burton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172

The war is over, but trouble is brewing.... Wynsdown, 1949. In the small Somerset village of Wynsdown, Charlotte Shepherd is happily married and now feels settled in her adopted home after arriving from Germany on the Kindertransport as a child during the war. Meanwhile, the squire's fighter pilot son, Felix, has returned to the village with a fiancée in tow. Daphne is beautiful, charming...and harbouring secrets. After meeting during the war, Felix knows some of Daphne's past....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't finish it

  • By Lucy on 06-06-18

Such a good story, sometimes sad & often Happy.

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

Reviewed: 21-04-19

well done, am so enjoying Diney's book. I am wondering if there is a follow up from this book. Narrative good also.

  • The Throwaway Children

  • By: Diney Costeloe
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 812
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 722
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723

Rita and Rosie Stevens are only nine and five years old when their widowed mother marries a violent bully. Under pressure from her new husband, she is persuaded to send the girls to an orphanage. It is not long before the powers that be decide to send a consignment of orphans to their sister institution in Australia. Among them, without their family's consent or knowledge, are Rita and Rosie, the throwaway children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful novel, beautifully narrated.

  • By Elizabeth on 28-02-17

Wow, One of the best books I have ever read.

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

Reviewed: 16-04-19

Diney what a beautifully written story. It made me cry with sadness & happiness. I have seen a documentary about these poor children. One where a mum left her child for 6mnths & was tricked into signing her rights away. Her daughter was also sent to Oz. You have covered such a taboo subject. Well done on this amazing book. Excellent Narrative too. Thank You.

  • Only Daughter: A gripping and emotional psychological thriller with a jaw-dropping twist

  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Tamsin Kennard
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

"Your daughter is dead." When Kat Cavanaugh hears the words every mother dreads, her perfect world shatters. She takes in the beautiful long blonde hair, torn yellow dress, and chipped blue nail-varnish. It can’t be real. And then the police add the word "suicide". But Kat refuses to believe them. Even when they show her the familiar looping handwriting and smudged ink on the note her little girl left behind. She knows her bubbly, vivacious daughter would never take her own life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By irishchyna on 09-04-19

A bit deep for me

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

Reviewed: 11-04-19

Although the story was ok, I found it a little depressing to be honest & very sad. Also a little complicated.

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  • The House Next Door

  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang, Adam Sims, Christopher Ryan Grant
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

From the world's best-selling thriller writer - three chilling stories in one book! 'The House Next Door' (with Susan DiLallo): Married mother of four Laura Sherman was thrilled when her new neighbour invited her on some errands. But a few quick tasks became a long lunch - and now things could go too far with a man who isn't what he seems.... 'The Killer's Wife' (with Max DiLallo): Six girls have gone missing. Detective McGrath knows the only way to find them is to get close to the suspect's wife...maybe too close.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilluant

  • By LIN DAVIES on 09-04-19

ABSOLUTELY Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 07-04-19

Three excellent stories in one book.
James Patterson is Amazing. These stories were exciting, thrilling & sometimes even the hero is bit sexy. Well done. Narrative brilliant too on all 3 books.

  • Shadows in Heaven

  • By: Nadine Dorries
  • Narrated by: Avena Wallace
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

In postwar Tarabeg, two women are waiting for ambitious Michael Malone to return home. Rosie is the local schoolteacher, and most people think she is promised to him. Just a few have guessed that he has secretly begun to woo Sarah, whose brutal fisherman father would kill her if he knew. Both Rosie and Sarah love Michael, both hope to become his wife and their lives will interweave in a tale of tangled secrets, old promises and new feuds. Michael Malone's choice will have fateful consequences for everyone - especially, in due course, for his young daughter....  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as enjoyable

  • By Woodshak on 21-04-19

A Lovely Book

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

Yet another Great book by Nadine Dorries, got them all now. Are there any more please? Good Narrative also.

  • Christmas Angels

  • By: Nadine Dorries
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

Christmas may be the season of goodwill and festive cheer, but not for the poor of 1950s Liverpool. And for St Angelus Hospital in Lovely Lane, it is frantically busy. There are the old, the dying, the children and the emergencies.

The nurses, known locally as the Angels of Lovely Lane, are run off their feet. Dana, Beth, Pammy and Victoria hardly have time to catch their breath, let alone have a Christmas of their own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful story

  • By Lucy locket on 07-11-18

Absolutely Brilliant book.

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

Reviewed: 26-03-19

Yet another good book by Nadine, I didn't read in in the right order with the Lovely Lane books but that didn't spoil it for me.
I so love most of the Characters, was read extremely well as always too.

  • The Ballymara Road

  • By: Nadine Dorries
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 193

On Christmas morning Kitty Doherty gives birth to her baby - who is immediately taken away for adoption in America. But Kitty's life is hanging by a thread, her only hope a dangerous journey through snow to Ballymara and her Irish family. Meanwhile, in Chicago, Sean and Alice try to set up a new life far away from the families they have deserted in Liverpool.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful - A fine end to the story.

  • By mew on 11-07-15

Absolutely Brilliant Book

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

Reviewed: 22-03-19

So Love Nadines books, this is the best by far.
Please can she just write quicker.
Again fantastic Narrating & humour as well as sadness & heartache.

  • Hide Her Name

  • By: Nadine Dorries
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

No one knows who did it, least of all the police. Somewhere, in this tight-knit Irish Catholic community, someone must know something. Fourteen-year-old Kitty Doherty, pregnant with the dead man's child, is a danger to everyone who needs to keep the secret. Her mother, Maura, and best friend Nellie's grandmother decide the girls must be spirited away to Ireland to await the birth of the baby. But it isn't easy to keep a secret that big.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable

  • By Mrs on 26-01-15

Another Excellent Story

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

Reviewed: 21-03-19

I love Naddine's books, I am totally there with them all. The four street series would make a brilliant TV series. Absolutely love the Narrator too. Straight on to the next book.

  • The Perfect Friend

  • A Gripping Psychological Thriller
  • By: Barbara Copperthwaite
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 118

She’ll do anything for you.... My name is Alex, and my world has been shattered. My husband has left me. My children won’t speak to me. My friend Carrie is the only person I have. She’s the only one I can trust to keep all my secrets. She’d never do anything to let me down. Would she? This dark, gripping psychological thriller will have you holding your breath until the very last minute.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the gripping thriller advertised

  • By Trevor Nelson on 18-12-18

I liked it but got confused the more I heard.

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

Reviewed: 17-03-19

I did finish the whole book but started getting confused which woman was talking. Bit disappointed with the end too.

  • 18th Abduction

  • Women’s Murder Club, Book 18
  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

When three female schoolteachers go missing in San Francisco, Detective Lindsay Boxer must unravel the mystery of their disappearance. But what starts as a missing person case quickly escalates to a troubling murder investigation. As pressure at work mounts, Lindsay must rely on her husband, Joe, to support her at home. Yet Joe is pursuing a mysterious case himself, as a woman running from her past brings him terrifying information - the notorious war criminal from her Eastern European home country has appeared on the streets of San Francisco.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book

  • By Helen on 04-04-19

Another good book

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

Reviewed: 14-03-19

I did enjoy this book, but personally feel ill with some of the subjects covered even though I know unfortunately happens. Well written & Excellently narrated. Looking forward to the next one.