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  • Thief's Magic

  • By: Trudi Canavan
  • Narrated by: Grant Cartwright, Hannah Norris
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 469
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 434
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 434

In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, unearths a sentient book called Vella. Once a young sorcerer-bookbinder, Vella was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. Since then she has been collecting information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen’s world faces.Elsewhere, in an land ruled by priests, Rielle the dyer’s daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just didn't take off

  • By Sydney on 22-05-14

Trudi Canavan as always is a great story teller

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

Reviewed: 31-03-19

Trudi Canavan has to be my favourite author. I've read the paper version of this series before but the audio version brings it to life even more. If you liked Trudi Canavan's other series you'll enjoy this one.

  • Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Café

  • By: Milly Johnson
  • Narrated by: Colleen Prendergast
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421

Connie Diamond has always been her husband Jimmy’s best girl, or so she thought. But then she discovers that he’s been playing away for years. Along with Della Frostick, Jimmy’s right-hand woman at his cleaning firm, Diamond Shine, Connie decides to destroy Jimmy’s life. Together they will set up a rival business called Lady Muck, and along with the cleaning ladies who meet at the Sunflower Café, they’ll make him wish he had never so much as looked at another woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Milly Johnson never disappoints!!!!

  • By Catherine on 27-10-15

Lovely story

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

Reviewed: 21-03-19

A lovely story with women being empowered to do it for themselves. A good listen.

  • The Cruel Prince

  • The Folk of the Air, Book 1
  • By: Holly Black
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431

Of course I want to be like them. They're beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever. And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe. One terrible morning, Jude and her sisters see their parents murdered in front of them. The terrifying assassin abducts all three girls to the world of Faerie, where Jude is installed in the royal court but mocked and tormented by the Faerie royalty for being mortal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read!

  • By Vicky Hemingway on 21-01-18

Good story about the world of faerie

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

Reviewed: 06-02-19

It's a good book with a good story that has a few twists and turns. It's read from a first person perspective which makes it easy to follow and it only sticks with the one character. Worth a listen.

  • Vince and Joy

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh, Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Vince and Joy by Lisa Jewell. July 1986. Vince and Joy have their whole lives ahead of them on the day they meet. Two weeks later they must part, each having lost a piece of their heart to the other. They won't see one another for seven years. Where will they be then? And in the years that follow? What will become of Vince and Joy?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwarming well written romance

  • By Janet biglari on 11-12-18

Great story but was hoping for a better ending

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

Reviewed: 22-01-19

Really great love story of love loss and separation through the ages. Written well and performed brilliantly with two separate actors which helps to cement which character you're listening to. The only thing that I was disappointed by was the ending. I was really hoping for some kind of epilogue or more finishing off after all the build up. Still enjoyed it though and would listen again.

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  • A Summer at Sea

  • By: Katie Fforde
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 257

Emily is happy with her life just as it is. She has a career as a midwife that she loves . She enjoys living on her own as a single woman. But she also feels it's time for a change and a spot of some sea air. So when her best friend, Rebecca, asks whether she'd like to spend the summer cooking on a 'puffer' boat just off the Scottish coast, she jumps at the chance. But she barely has time to get to grips with the galley before she finds herself with a lot on her plate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Katie Fforde does not disappoint

  • By Anne from Somerset on 13-02-16

Lovely romance novel

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

This is just a lovely book. Katie Fforde has a winning formula and she knows how to make it work. Easy listen that made me smile.

  • The Queen of Bloody Everything

  • By: Joanna Nadin
  • Narrated by: Kelly Hotten
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 642
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603

As Edie Jones lies in a bed on the 14th floor of a Cambridge hospital, her adult daughter, Dido, tells their story, starting with the day that changed everything. That was the day when Dido - aged exactly six years and 27 days old - met the handsome Tom Trevelyan, his precocious sister, Harry, and their parents, Angela and David.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful and intelligent, witty and honest

  • By Lu on 21-04-18

Depressing

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

This book was a lot more depressing than I was expecting. A book about addiction, child abuse and constant heart break. Not an easy listen but read well.

  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

  • By: Stuart Turton
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,982
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,846
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,842

'Somebody's going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won't appear to be a murder, and so the murderer won't be caught. Rectify that injustice and I'll show you the way out.' It is meant to be a celebration, but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden - one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party - can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself over and over again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complex but Brilliant. A Classic in the making!

  • By Martin on 03-08-18

Cleverly written murder mystery

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

Reviewed: 16-08-18

This is a very cleverly written book, I have no idea how a person even begins to think of a story line this complex whilst making it understandable. I love the sci-fi element behind this book of being able to re-live the same day 8 times over and tweak its direction. Anything with a time travel element always leaves itself open to plot holes, there are a few things that are a bit frustrating about the story in this regard but no more than any other sci-fi story that uses time travel. I really loved the beginning of this book, the end lost me a little bit because the story line moved very quickly towards the end and relied on my memory of what had happened earlier but overall a really great and very clever read.

  • A Stranger in the House

  • By: Shari Lapena
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 540
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 502
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 501

You're waiting for your beloved husband to get home from work. You're making dinner, looking forward to hearing about his day. That's the last thing you remember. You wake up in hospital, with no idea how you got there. They tell you that you were in an accident; you lost control of your car whilst driving in a dangerous part of town. The police suspect you were up to no good. But your husband refuses to believe it. Your best friend isn't so sure. And even you don't know what to believe....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bloody brill

  • By Johanna Laughton on 13-01-18

OK story. Easy listen

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

It's an OK story and an easy listen. Didn't really enjoy the ending with the big reveal just felt a bit fake to me. Kept me entertained for a few hours though.

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  • The Secret Child

  • By: Kerry Fisher
  • Narrated by: Emma Spurgin Hussey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598

Susie did something that she knows she will always regret: giving her baby son up for adoption, to keep her infidelity secret from her family. Louise, Susie's daughter, feels the effects of that decision echoing down through the years - her mother has always been difficult, too strict with her but not strict enough with her sister, Grace, who is wild and out of control. And Danny, Susie's husband, adores her but has always sensed something wrong at the heart of their marriage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A really thought provoking story

  • By Frances Locke on 25-02-18

Nice story

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

This was a nice story that was easy to listen to and follow. It doesn't have any great plot twists it just happily rolls along and the story develops. It feels a bit sad at times but otherwise a nice listen.

  • The Break

  • By: Marian Keyes
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,423
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,193
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,191

The story of a relationship that everyone thought was forever and which is now in danger of being for never, The Break is about getting older and staying in love when life, real life, is trying to pull you apart.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Incredibly Disappointing

  • By Angela Marchi on 18-09-17

Good story that reflects real life

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

Very real storyline that I'm sure a lot of married couples can relate to. Shame about the Geordie accent it wasn't the best. Wouldn't have minded if they didn't keep referring to the fact that it was meant to be Geordie in the storyline. Felt like a very long story but easy enough listening.

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