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  • The Endless Beach

  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Sarah Barron
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

On the quayside next to the Endless Beach sits the Summer Seaside Kitchen. It's a haven for tourists and locals alike, who all come to eat the freshest local produce on the island and catch up with the gossip. Flora, who runs the café, feels safe and content - unless she thinks too hard about her relationship with Joel, her gorgeous but emotionally (and physically) distant boyfriend. While Flora is in turmoil about her relationship, her best friend, Lorna, is pining after the local doctor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic read, hope there is a part 3

  • By Lisasarah2020 on 11-02-18

Started well but got a bit depressing

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

Reviewed: 23-01-18

I thought this might be a feel good type chick lit but some of the themes were depressing and the tone of the narrators voice was a bit draining by the end.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Secret Santa (Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series: Mystery Shorts 25)

  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

Bill Vokes has played Santa at the children's Christmas show for years. But with the show just hours away, he vanishes with no explanation. The whole village is baffled. Did something bad happen to loveable Bill, upstanding citizen, churchgoer, life and soul of the party and the holiday season? Jack and Sarah are on the case - and soon discover there are secrets about this Santa that no one could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A really great listen all round!

  • By Julie on 16-01-18

A really great listen all round!

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

Reviewed: 16-01-18

Where does Secret Santa (Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series: Mystery Shorts 25) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

These stories are just so comfy, like your favourite slippers. The plots are believable, Neil Dudgeon is just fantastic at narration, and I am always desperate for the next story from these writers. Keep them coming!

What did you like best about this story?

The ease and flow of the plot

What about Neil Dudgeon’s performance did you like?

His voice and style of performance is really relaxing

Any additional comments?

I love these books and if you like a straightforward whodunnit they are just the job!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Walk in the Park

  • By: Jill Mansell
  • Narrated by: Willow Nash
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

It's been a while, but Lara Carson's back in Bath, and lives are set to change as a result. Because Lara left her family and boyfriend, Flynn, 18 years ago without a word to anyone. Why has no one heard from her since? Her childhood best friend, Evie, is thrilled Lara's back and able to share her happiness. Evie's about to walk down the aisle with her dream man, Joel. Or so she thinks.... Then there's Flynn Erskine, even more attractive now and stunned to see Lara again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A bit slow going

  • By Rachael on 19-05-18

Lovely story with interesting characters

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

Yet again another enjoyable story. My only disappointment was the ‘Cumbrian’ accents came out as ‘Sunderland’ accents and being a Northerner myself this threw me a bit.. But still a very good narrator and enjoyable overall

  • Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay

  • A delicious Cornish romance
  • By: Jill Mansell
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345

The man Clemency loves belongs to someone else. She has to hide her true feelings - but when she ropes in an unsuspecting friend to help, wires start to get crossed. For the first time in Ronan's life his charm has failed him in winning over the woman he wants. Loving her from afar appears to be his only option. Belle seems to have the perfect boyfriend, but something isn't quite right. And now a long-buried secret is slowly rising to the surface. The truth has a funny way of revealing itself, and when it does St Carys will be a very different place indeed....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Some lovely twists

  • By E S. on 14-07-17

Great unwind book

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

Reviewed: 17-09-17

Loved the plot and characters. Great narration. Some of the story line was a wee bit far fetched ... I prefer a bit of reality to truly keep my interest but it didn't spoil the overall enjoyment

  • Millie's Fling

  • By: Jill Mansell
  • Narrated by: Sarah Barron
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

He's the best thing that ever happened to her. He's also the worst. He's Millie's fling.... When Millie Brady saves Orla Hart's life, she doesn't realise how drastically it will change her own - not least because the boyfriend who was asking her to move in with him at the time stormed off in a huff. Actually, Millie's relieved. She's happy to enjoy a man-free summer in Cornwall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!!

  • By Mrs B on 30-12-16

Chick lit escapism :)

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

Reviewed: 25-08-17

The story is good with lots of twists and turns and great to unwind
Although the narrator had a lovely voice when narrating the story itself, unfortunately I found the accent far too posh which did not seem to suit the characters in question. Don't let that put you off though

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,210
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,936
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,933

'Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.' A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel - a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the '30s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A truly wonderful book

  • By B. Lawrenson on 11-08-14

Classic tale with great narration

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

Reviewed: 05-08-17

Sissy Spacek does a great job telling this gripping tale. An easy listen that stirs thoughts and emotions about various issues but mainly the injustice of racism in its time

  • You Drive Me Crazy

  • By: Carole Matthews
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

The last place Anna Terry expects to fall in love is in the waiting room of her divorce lawyer's office, but that's where she meets Nick Diamond.... Anna's first marriage ended before her pregnancy was over, and her second husband has disappeared, leaving her penniless and with two children. Nick's luck hasn't been any better: his wife has run off with another man, and his business is in chaos. When Anna gets a job as Nick's secretary, what starts as a mild flirtation soon accelerates into overdrive - and then their ex-partners show up....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had to keep listening

  • By Cheryl on 22-09-18

Easy listening

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

Reviewed: 30-07-17

Just an all round easy listen when you want something to switch off too after a busy day

  • How to Find Love in a Book Shop

  • By: Veronica Henry
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 154

Nightingale Books, nestled on the high street in the idyllic Cotswold town of Peasebrook, is a dream come true for booklovers. But owner Emilia Nightingale is struggling to keep the shop open. The temptation to sell up is proving enormous - but what about the promise she made to her father? Not to mention the loyalty she owes to her customers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • relaxing and comforting

  • By Ms. Jayne Gruchy on 13-07-16

Easy listen, comfy chick lit

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

Reviewed: 01-07-16

A nice book to wind down with, right balance of romance, lifestyle and ambition.
Happy believable ending

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Christmas Surprise

  • A Rosie Hopkins novel
  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Includes mouth-watering recipes. Rosie Hopkins, newly engaged, is looking forward to an exciting year in the little sweetshop she owns and runs. But when fate strikes Rosie and her boyfriend, Stephen, a terrible blow, threatening everything they hold dear, it's going to take all their strength and the support of their families and their Lipton friends to hold them together. After all, don't they say it takes a village to raise a child? Treat yourself and your friends to Jenny Colgan's heartwarming new novel this Christmas.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easy Listen, lovely to catch up with Rosie.

  • By Emily on 14-12-14

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 12-12-14

Would you try another book written by Jenny Colgan or narrated by Lucy Price-Lewis?

Possibly

Would you ever listen to anything by Jenny Colgan again?

Possibly

What aspect of Lucy Price-Lewis’s performance might you have changed?

the lead female sounded too twee

What character would you cut from The Christmas Surprise?

n/a

Any additional comments?

This book was not my cup of tea, being very much based on having kids - didn't feel it made sense to listen without having listened to the others in series. Probably ok if you had.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Hundred Pieces of Me

  • By: Lucy Dillon
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 946
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 846
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 852

Gina is starting her life again, after a difficult few years she'd rather forget. But the belongings she's treasured for so long just don't seem to fit who she is now. So Gina makes a resolution. She'll keep just a hundred items - the rest can go. But that means coming to terms with her past and learning to embrace the future, whatever it might bring…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gorgeous gorgeous book!

  • By Fabulous Book Fiend on 19-04-14

Not the uplifting, inspirational story I expected

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

Reviewed: 12-06-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The story itself was ok but things seemed too drawn out, and a few things that were a bit annoying and made me feel a bit depressed. Probably not recommend it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Didn't have a favourite

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

narrator was great at the ladies voices, though very difficult I expect to switch to men - found Naomi's voice a bit irritating and Nick's - made him sound like an old bank manager rather than a dashing photographer

Could you see A Hundred Pieces of Me being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Yes, could see it translate well to film format - Gina - Emily Mortimer/Carey MulliganNick - Martin Freeman/Jude Law/Tom Hardy/

Any additional comments?

Ending was a bit disappointing