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  • When We Danced at the End of the Pier

  • Brighton Girls Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Sandy Taylor
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Courtney
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

Brighton, 1930: Maureen O'Connell is a carefree girl, but war is looming, and life will never be the same again. Jack and Nelson have always been dear friends to Maureen. Despite their different backgrounds, they've seen each other through thick and thin. The candle Maureen's always held for Jack burns bright, but just as she's found love, war wrenches them apart. With Jack no longer by her side and Nelson at war, can Maureen look to a brighter future?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely, lovely book!!

  • By Kate on 30-01-18

Lovely, lovely book!!

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

Reviewed: 30-01-18

Such a wonderful, gentle book - a joy to read and listen to! Well narrated and the characters truly came to life. Liked it so much that I've just bought the second book in the series!! Thoroughly recommend this!

  • Bicycles and Blackberries

  • By: Sheila Newberry
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

The East End, 1939. When war comes to London, the bright and irrepressible Georgia Smith is torn from her tight-knit family and packed off as an evacuee. She moves in with Phoebe Bliss, whose cheerful smile masks a dark past that 10-year-old Georgia couldn't possibly understand. Georgia soon finds herself involved in the small town's complicated love lives. But some secrets aren't meant for little girls, and she finds herself in danger. Can a good heart keep a mischievous girl out of trouble?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice gentle read

  • By Kate on 26-01-18

Nice gentle read

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

Reviewed: 26-01-18

I enjoyed this book - perhaps not as much as others by the Sheila Newberry - but it was engaging nonetheless. The characters were believable and, if at times the storyline veered off into the absurd (and in my view this was gratuitously unnecessary), it didn't spoil the overall enjoyment. The sort of book you need when the weather is awful and you want an early night with cocoa!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Secrets We Keep

  • By: Faith Hogan
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

For devoted pensioners Archie and Iris, it holds too many conflicting memories of their adolescent dalliances and tragic consequences; sometimes it's better to leave the past where it belongs. For highflying, top London divorce lawyer Kate Hunt, it's a fresh start.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!!

  • By Kate on 17-01-18

Excellent!!

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

Reviewed: 17-01-18

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Bit cheesy, but just what I needed in cold, miserable January!!

  • Here and Gone

  • By: Haylen Beck
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

Audra has finally left her abusive husband. She's taken the family car, and her young children, Sean and Louise, are buckled up in the back. This is their chance for a fresh start. She keeps to the country roads to avoid attention and finds herself on an empty road in the Arizona desert. Looking for a safe place to stay for the night, she spots something in her rearview mirror. A police car is following her, and the lights are flickering. Blue and red. As Audra pulls over she is intensely aware of how isolated they are.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 6 stars! Suberb!

  • By Ann D on 16-07-17

Not bad!

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

A reasonable storyline - although, in my view, a bit too far-fetched at times! I thought the narration was excellent though and that's really what kept me listening.

  • Don't Close Your Eyes

  • By: Holly Seddon
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey, Kate Rawson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 376

A juicy, powerful listen featuring twin sisters who have drifted apart and the shocking family secrets that bind them.... Robin and Sarah weren't the closest of twins. They weren't even that similar. But they loved each other dearly. Until, in the cruellest of domestic twists, they were taken from one another. Now in her early 30s, Robin lives alone. Agoraphobic and suffering from panic attacks, she spends her days pacing the rooms of her house. The rest of the time she watches - watches the street, the houses, the neighbours.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very very good

  • By Amazon Customer on 25-07-17

Not my thing!

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

This is one of the worst books I have read on kindle and listened to on Audible! A dreadful mishmash of two dysfunctional families, child abuse and mental health issues. The author appeared to be trying to weave all three together and succeeded in not really addressing any. I persevered because I hate giving up on a book and I hoped it would improve. Unfortunately it did not!

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Broken Ones

  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

A shadow follows Sophie. Watching. Waiting. Her instinct tells her that it's someone she knows. But who? The man she met Internet dating? The nurse caring for her ill mother? Or is her mother faking her illness? The only thing she knows is that she can't trust anyone. Sophie must delve into a dark history to reveal her stalker. But there are some stories that should never be told.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brilliant book

  • By MrsV Ridge on 28-08-17

Wow!!

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

Reviewed: 01-01-18

What an amazing book!! Excellent storyline, excellent narration- what more can I say without telling the story? It's one of those (unfortunately rare) books which keeps the reader just flowing along without the need to keep flicking back to remind oneself what happened a few weeks ago - or who's who. This book is not trying to be too clever or deep - it's just a jolly good read and I would thoroughly recommend it.
P.S. Sarah - if you read this review, how about a sequel? Don't want to spoil it for others, but would love to know what happens next!!

  • Closing In

  • By: Sue Fortin
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Hopper
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Helen has had to leave everything she's ever known behind: her home, her family, even her own name. Now, returning to the UK as Ellen Newman, she moves to a small coastal village, working as a nanny for Donovan, a criminal psychologist. Attractive, caring and protective, this single father and his sweet daughter are a world away from Ellen's brutal past. But Ellen can't shake the feeling that something's wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • one of my faves

  • By Rebecca o. on 10-06-17

Ok romance!

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

Reviewed: 20-12-17

Started out as a promising psychological thriller then developed into a glorified romance. Ok but not really my cup of tea.

  • The Secret Mother

  • By: Shalini Boland
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

Tessa Markham comes home to find a child in her kitchen. He thinks she’s his mother. But Tessa doesn’t have any children. Not anymore. She doesn’t know who the little boy is or how he got there.After contacting the police, Tessa comes under suspicion for snatching the child. She must fight to prove her innocence. But how can she convince everyone she’s not guilty when even those closest to her are questioning the truth? And when Tessa doesn’t even trust herself...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really great story. not predictable. gripping

  • By Carole on 26-11-17

A good read!

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

Reviewed: 19-12-17

I enjoyed this book - although it was a bit far-fetched at times! Nonetheless, I kept going so it can't have been too bad!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Silent Lies

  • By: Kathryn Croft
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish, Rosie Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 396

Mia Hamilton lived the perfect life with her husband, university teacher Zach, and their two-year-old daughter. But everything changed when Zach committed suicide on the same night one of his students vanished. Five years later, just when Mia is beginning to heal, stranger Alison walks into her life, saying her husband didn't kill himself. Fragile, slight Alison leads Mia on a path into Zach's past, and Mia begins to think she never really knew her own husband.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Started out well .....

  • By Kate on 07-12-17

Started out well .....

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

Reviewed: 07-12-17

I really got into this book at the start. However, the more it progressed, the more I felt I wanted it to move a bit faster.
The narration was ok, but I felt the characters were weak - especially Zac and Alison. The other two main ones - Mia and Josie - well.....!
Mia was totally unbelievable as the counsellor she was portrayed as, and Josie seemed to be completely inconsistent (one minute assertive, the next passive). Really annoying both of them! As for Will, well he was a complete wet blanket (rather like Zac) so perhaps that's the type Mia goes for!! As for the ending - it was a surprise but again unbelievable in all respects. Won't say any more as I don't want to give the game away. I clearly finished the book but wished I hadn't bothered!!

29 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • Sister Sister

  • A truly absorbing psychological thriller
  • By: Sue Fortin
  • Narrated by: Helen Keeley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 136

Alice: beautiful, kind, manipulative, liar. Clare: intelligent, loyal, paranoid, jealous. Clare thinks Alice is a manipulative liar who is trying to steal her life. Alice thinks Clare is jealous of her long-lost return and place in their family. One of them is telling the truth. The other is a maniac. Two sisters. One truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good thriller, more than expected

  • By Annette Wright on 07-05-17

Superb!!

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

Reviewed: 01-12-17

Really enjoyed this book. It's the first one I've read by Sue Fortin but have just ordered 2 more. Well narrated and pacey enough to carry the reader along and make the characters believable. Even though I guessed the plot well in advance, it didn't detract from the storyline! Would highly recommend!!