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  • The Undomestic Goddess

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Phoebe James
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 674
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 681

Samantha is a high-powered lawyer in London. She works all hours, has no home life, and cares only about getting a partnership. She thrives on the pressure and adrenalin. Until one day...she makes a mistake. A mistake so huge it'll wreck her career. She goes into meltdown, walks right out of the office, gets on the first train she sees, and finds herself in the middle of nowhere.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Give the book a better chance

  • By kai on 01-05-11

Incredulous

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

Okay, I know this isn't Jane Austen but dear me. Apart from the dreadful narration with randomly strewn pauses and emphases, the overuse of 'incredulity', 'galvanised' and 'melted away', this was a cute, needs no thinking listen.

If you can tolerate the narrator and repetitive descriptions, then this is a chic lit listen which offers a few smiles and will take the edge off the ironing pile.

  • Paradise Lodge

  • By: Nina Stibbe
  • Narrated by: Helen Baxendale
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 420

This is the story of Lizzie Vogel, a 15 year old girl who finds herself working in a ramshackle old people's home in the English suburbs. It is the late 1970s and the place is in chaos - there's a much swisher old people's home nearer the supermarket with better parking which is taking all the best patients; Matron seems to be utterly without qualifications, and Lizzie has no idea what she's doing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • absolute Paradise

  • By Alexis on 04-06-16

70s Revisited!

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

Reviewed: 07-04-17

Hilarious, brilliant writing. A fun, light read which will take you back to the 1970s in every detail.

I was 17 in 1977 and worked in both hospitals and a nursing home. I can confirm the observations are extremely accurate. I was living in South Yorkshire rather than Leicestershire but the shops and culture were just the same.

I laughed out loud at nearly every paragraph and kept exclaiming 'Oh yes, I remember that! '
Written with a sharp wit and tons of 70s references this tale was charming and insightful and entertained me until the very end.



  • The Distant Echo

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Tom Cotcher
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,951
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,947

On a freezing morning four drunken students stumble upon the body of a woman in the snow. Rosie has been raped, stabbed and left for dead in a cemetery. The only suspects are the four young men now stained with her blood. Twenty-five years later the police mount a cold-case review of Rosie’s unsolved murder, and the four are still suspects. But when two of them die in suspicious circumstances, it seems that someone is pursuing their own brand of justice....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absorbing story with good characters

  • By Janet on 07-03-17

Fantastic yarn

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

Reviewed: 18-03-17

I'm a novice thriller reader but got this on the Daily Deal. I've not much to compare it to apart from the excellent Tom Bale. What a great find. The characters were thoroughly engaging and the narration impecable.
The story was satisfyingly convoluted and at times actually made me feel quite anxious.

A thrilling thriller and if you like this genre, I feel confident in recommending this one.

  • Company of Liars

  • By: Karen Maitland
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,001
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,315
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,311

On this day of ill omen, plague makes its entrance. Within weeks, swathes of England will be darkened by death's shadow. While panic and suspicion flood the land, a small band of travelers comes together to outrun the breakdown in law and order. But when one of their number is found hanging from a tree, the chilling discovery confirms that something more sinister than plague is in their midst.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Medieval Road Movie - Well worth a listen

  • By I. Jamie on 02-02-09

Brilliant narration of a brilliant story

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

Reviewed: 16-01-17

Probably the best story of this genre that I have read so far. The author was new to me and I gave it a go from the Daily Deal. So pleased I did.

The narrator is of such excellence this was like listening to a play. All the characters had their own distinctive voice and were all very engaging.

I will now be looking for further titles by both author and narrator.

  • Holding

  • By: Graham Norton
  • Narrated by: Graham Norton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,022
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,842
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,838

Graham Norton's masterful debut is an intelligently crafted story of love, secrets and loss. The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama, and yet its inhabitants are troubled. Sergeant PJ Collins hasn't always been this overweight; mother of two Brid Riordan hasn't always been an alcoholic; and elegant Evelyn Ross hasn't always felt that her life was a total waste.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A classic tale of love and loss

  • By Panda on 13-11-16

Enjoyable little yarn

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

Reviewed: 27-12-16

I'm not a Graham Norton fan but despite that decided to give this, a whirl.

Also not a theme I would normally choose but found it an easy read and a thoroughly entertaining story.

I loved the characters and found them engaging. I felt he described them with a certain knowing and with sensitivity. I was genuinely moved by some of their stories.

Unfortunately Graham isn't a natural narrator and I found this quite irritating initially. However once I got over that I did enjoy the book and would recommend it as a light, enjoyable read.

  • The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

  • By: Joanna Cannon
  • Narrated by: Paula Wilcox
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,431
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,431

England,1976. Mrs Creasy is missing, and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, 10-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands. And as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 1976 - long, hot and a wonderful experience

  • By Kaggy on 05-04-16

Best Read So Far This Year

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

Reviewed: 23-02-16

This book was worth reading just to be transported back to a very vivid 1976. Brilliant characters, people and voices I knew from my past.
Meticulous attention to details of the time.
A wonderful, heart-warming tale, skillfully brought to life by Paula Wilcox. This story will make you laugh out loud, sympathise, and marvel at the extraordinary found in the ordinary of neighbours and the dynamics of the relationships in 'The Avenue'.
Highly recommended.

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  • A Snow Garden and Other Stories

  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Niamh Cusack, Paul Venables, Rachel Joyce
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Seven stories to span the Christmas holidays: 'A Faraway Smell of Lemon': The school term has ended. It is almost Christmas, but Binny, out last-minute shopping, couldn't feel less like wishing glad tidings to all men. Ducking out of the rain, she finds herself in the sort of shop she would never normally visit. 'The Marriage Manual': Christmas Eve. Two parents endeavour to construct their son's Christmas present from a DIY kit and in the process find themselves deconstructing their marriage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Seasonal Read

  • By Shoeless on 11-01-16

Great Seasonal Read

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

Reviewed: 11-01-16

Fabulous, clever stories. Sometimes sad and moving, sometimes funny. I love the references of characters crossing the stories.
I chose this for its seasonal theme but am now going to explore this author's other works.
Super narration. Lovely.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Humans

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,075
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,867
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,866

One wet Friday evening, Professor Andrew Martin of Cambridge University solves the world's greatest mathematical riddle. Then he disappears. When he is found walking naked along the motorway, Professor Martin seems different. Besides the lack of clothes, he now finds normal life pointless. His loving wife and teenage son seem repulsive to him. In fact, he hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton. And he's a dog.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A profound and shining star

  • By Kaggy on 24-08-13

Moving, astute, funny and philosophical

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

Reviewed: 11-01-16

I so enjoyed this book, the like of which I wouldn't normally choose. The author's astute observations of the absurdities of human life didn't just make me laugh but provoked some serious philosophical thought about life, the universe and everything.

Not at all a heavy read though, I was entertained from start to finish. Highly recommended.

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  • Stoner

  • By: John Williams
  • Narrated by: Robin Field
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307

William Stoner is born at the end of the 19th century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family. Sent to the state university to study agronomy, he instead falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar's life, far different from the hardscrabble existence he has known. And yet as the years pass, Stoner encounters a succession of disappointments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A life so ordinary so well told .

  • By Crocker on 30-07-13

One of the finest novels I have ever read

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

Reviewed: 16-08-15

I am not a scholar but have read a fairly wide range of books from Lawrence to chic lit. I feel that my simple review could not do this book justice.

What I can say is that this gentle tale of an ordinary life, with its disappointments, told in an extraordinary way, left me feeling reflective on my own life and weeping at the end. A truly humbling experience.

The narration is superb and felt perfect for the tale, the characters and the period.

This is a hidden literary pearl and I am bewildered that it has not shared the same shelves as modern classics. I defy anyone who has an appreciation of fine literature, to dislike this beautiful piece of writing.

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  • A God in Ruins

  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,035
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 951
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 948

Kate Atkinson’s dazzling Life After Life, one of the top-selling adult books of 2014, explored the possibility of infinite chances, as Ursula Todd lived through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. In A God in Ruins, Atkinson turns her focus on Ursula’s beloved younger brother, Teddy – would-be poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband, and father – as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving and memorable

  • By Kirstine on 16-06-15

Profoundly Moving

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

Reviewed: 26-06-15

Having read Life After Life and thoroughly enjoyed it, felt this was an obvious must read. The author describes it as a 'companion novel' rather than a sequel.
This is brilliant writing, as ever, from Kate Atkinson.

I'm not old enough to have experienced the Second World War but feel I have been taken there through the memories of the experiences of these vivid characters. I lost count of the times this made me cry. The strength of feeling this novel provoked cannot be conveyed in words.

Meticulously researched, Kate says she based many of the stories on true events. I learned such a lot and my existing respect for ALL who were involved in World Wars has deepened.

This made me think about life and death, the fragility and transience of life and of the relationships we hold dear.

I highly recommend this but prepare yourself for a roller coaster ride of the emotions.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful