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Mrs. Lee Cousins

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  • The Darkest Hour

  • By: Barbara Erskine
  • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 20 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

In the summer of 1940, most eyes are focused on the skies above the South of England. The battle for Britain has just begun. But young Evie Lucas has eyes for no-one but a dashing young pilot called Tony. Evie has a glittering career as an artist ahead of her but seems to be wasting her time sketching endless portraits of Tony. She wants his parents to have something to remember him by in case it all goes wrong in the war…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it.................

  • By Karen on 09-07-14

Brilliant story and beautifully read!!!

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

Reviewed: 18-07-14

What made the experience of listening to The Darkest Hour the most enjoyable?

The story actually pulls you in. you forget yourself.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Evelyn, I could feel her pain.

Have you listened to any of Sandra Duncan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This was the first but never the last! She is wonderful.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Very emotional at times both happy and sad.

Any additional comments?

I cannot recommend this book highly enough, her very best!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Secrets of the Sea House

  • By: Elisabeth Gifford
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron, Douglas Russell, Sarah Barron
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 150

Scotland, 1860. Reverend Alexander Ferguson takes up his new parish, an isolated patch on the Hebridean island of Harris. His time there will change his life, but the Sea House, on the edge of the dunes keeps its silence long after Alexander departs. More than a century later, Ruth and Michael buy the grand but dilapidated building for the family they hope to have. But their dreams are marred by a shocking discovery.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start but really enjoyable in the end.

  • By Lucy on 13-05-14

Secrets of the Sea House

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

Reviewed: 21-05-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this book to my friends. It is an amazingly touching story and the characters grow on you. I was sorry to reach the end.

What other book might you compare Secrets of the Sea House to, and why?

I think this story is a unique one and I wouldn't want to compare it to anything else. It is a mystery, a love story, a gothic tale, atomospheric in its setting of the northern islands and easy to just fall right into.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

I loved all the characters as they were so beautifully presented by the narrators. Such beautiful accents!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I guess I will have to say that the feelings I experienced, I really can't give a name to.

Any additional comments?

No book is for everyone, but this one comes close.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Under the Dome

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Raul Esparza
  • Length: 34 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,970
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,981
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,982

In Stephen King's mesmerizing new masterpiece - his biggest, most riveting novel since The Stand - a Maine town and its inhabitants are isolated from the world by an invisible, impenetrable dome. Celebrated storyteller Stephen King returns to his roots in this tour de force featuring more than 100 characters - some heroic, some diabolical - and a supernatural element as baffling and chilling as any he's ever conjured.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Stephen King

  • By Robert on 01-01-10

Under the Dome - really worth a listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-06-12

For some reason, I let this book sit in my library. When I finally listened to it, I was amazed at how good it is. Great narrator and the different voices were done with excellent accents and tembre. Absolutely brilliant plot but who could expect anything else from The King? It explores what happens when a small town is cut off from the rest of the world, in great detail. You will have met some of these people. The ending (and explanation) was a bit weird but plausible, if you put it in context. Definitely recommend.

  • Under the Lake

  • By: Stuart Woods
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

Stuart Woods, the best-selling author of L.A. Times and Heat, has created a haunting thriller full of ghostly images, murder and old family secrets. Part detective story, part ghost story, part Southern gothic - this absorbing novel will fascinate listeners as a small town’s present, past and future converge.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Don't go in the water!

  • By sarahmoose2000 on 24-03-16

Very good listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-05-12

I loved it. Good story to get lost in and a very good narrator whose different voices and southern accent just seem to fit the story perfectly. Too much detail of the sexual scenes, way too much as it didn't really add to the story. Could be off putting for some. Aside from that, the ghost story was an adult one and we are so in short supply of those these days. Would highly recommend if this genure interests you.

  • 11.22.63

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,912
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,733

What if you could go back in time and change the course of history?11.22.63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless.... King takes his protagonist Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, on a fascinating journey back to 1958 - from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill who becomes the love of Jake's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Return to top form

  • By John on 14-12-11

His best noval yet

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-12

HavIng spent my 50's childhood in a small town south of Dallas, I really related to the entire story. The characters were so well presented and real that when the book was finished, I actually missed them! I have read or listened to, every time travel book I can find but this book really scratched the itch. It is as good as anything Finney has written and better than most others. You don't need a big imagination for it to become real. It is written as to be entirely plausible and you actually wonder if it might just have happened. This is all a part of the King's genius. Long write the King!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Her Fearful Symmetry

  • By: Audrey Niffenegger
  • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Julia and Valentina Poole are normal American teenagers - normal, at least, for identical 'mirror' twins who have no interest in college or jobs or possibly anything outside their cozy suburban home. But everything changes when they receive notice that an aunt whom they didn't know existed has died and left them her flat in an apartment block overlooking Highgate Cemetery in London.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Abridged version - not good!

  • By Justin on 28-12-09

Her Fearful symmetry

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-12-09

I have to say I had a hard time with HFS after having been so in love with The Time Travelers Wife. HFS seemed to leave out parts that may have tied the story together better; it seemed to jump around and it ended rather abruptly. The story didn't seem to resolve into anything at key points during the story. I didn't really enjoy the narrator's attempts at accents. It just didn't work. I was disappointed. However, now I am going to read the book and see if it comes together better for me.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Time Traveller's Wife

  • By: Audrey Niffenegger
  • Narrated by: Maggi-Meg Reed, Christopher Burns
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Time traveler's wife

  • By Mrs. Lee Cousins on 13-08-08

Time traveler's wife

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-08-08

I really loved this book which was read so beautifully and with such sensitivity by the presenters. I had read it before, but listening to it was a whole new experience and took the story to new places. I would recommend reading the book first and then listening to it as the moving backward and forward in time can be a little confusing until you get use to it. The presenters on this audio book have done the author proud. I highly recommend this to anyone who appreciates a bittersweet story of a marriage and is not put off by it being presented honestly, straightforwardly and with lots of love.

  • Summer of the Hawthorn

  • By: Anne Doughty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Deirdre Weston, a London journalist, returns to her family home in Armagh to come to terms with the death of her mother. Faced with painful memories of her own past, Deirdre almost despairs of the task she has set herself. At the point of her deepest need, she is comforted by Deara, a mysterious young woman from fifth-century Ireland who draws her into the Druidic world of Tara, where the conflicts echo those of troubled 20th-century Ulster.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • One of the few books I've never managed to finish

  • By twixpanther on 23-12-12

Summer of the Hawthorne

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-08

I was so sad when this lovely book ended. Listening in my car on the way to and from work the past several weeks made me feel in such harmony with the people in it. The subject matter of peace in Ireland throughout the centuries was beautifully explained and, if you believe stories can heal, this one surely can. Listen to it and see why!

  • The Cutting Room

  • By: Louise Welsh
  • Narrated by: Robert Carlyle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Rilke, an auctioneer, comes upon a hidden collection of violent erotic photographs. He feels compelled to unearth more about the deceased owner who coveted them. What follows is a journey of discovery, decadence, and deviousness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Make the weekend interesting

  • By Karen on 16-03-08

the cutting room - way too raw!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-05-08

I got this download in anticipation of a great mystery read - Robert C was superb but I must agree with the gentleman from Croy - this book needs a warning that it has such descriptive sex scenes - gay or straight - it's too much to listen to on the way to work in the morning. I too just deleted it and I'll never know the ending either.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful