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  • Kind of Cruel

  • By: Sophie Hannah
  • Narrated by: Emma Kay, Jonathan Aris, Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

When Amber Hewerdine consults a hypnotherapist as a desperate last resort, she doesn't expect that anything much will change. She doesn't expect it to help with her chronic insomnia. And she doesn't expect to hear herself, under hypnosis, saying words that mean nothing to her: 'Kind, cruel, kind of cruel'. These are words she has seen somewhere before, if only she could remember where….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mystery behind the mystery

  • By G on 23-02-12

Difficult to follow

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-12

I am sorry to say I found this audio hardwork, I thought the characterisation was poor and too psychologically intense. I never found myself wanting to know what happened next, but to get to the end as quick as possible. I neither felt warmth or understanding of the characters, despite the detailled psycho -analysis. Am sure if you like this genre you will enjoy it. I watch with interest other reviews. I may just be a lone voice!

14 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Hothouse Flower

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Beth Chalmers
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261

As a child, Julia Forrester spent many idyllic hours in the hothouse of Wharton Park estate, where her grandfather tended the exotic flowers. So when a family tragedy strikes, Julia returns to the tranquility of Wharton Park and its hothouse. Recently inherited by charismatic Kit Crawford, the estate is undergoing renovation. This leads to the discovery of an old diary, prompting the pair to seek out Julia's grandmother to learn the truth behind a love affair that almost destroyed Wharton Park.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such variety - real escapism

  • By Karen on 26-02-12

Such variety - real escapism

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-02-12

Really enjoyed this audio. So many different stories in one, without the usual confusion if you get a bit distracted when listening. A heart warming love story, but also one of class and culture. Would highly recomment this and will probably listen again. Excellent audio recording and story.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Perfect People

  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 232

Be careful what you wish for.... John and Naomi are grieving the death of their four-year-old son from a rare genetic disorder. They desperately want another child, but they realize the odds of their next child contracting the same disease are high. Then they hear about geneticist Dr Leo Dettore. He has methods that can spare them the heartache of ever losing another child to any disease. At his clinic is where their nightmare begins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stick with it!

  • By Dizzything on 16-11-11

Refreshing - intriguing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-02-12

Really enjoyed this one, a bit different, although a frustrating ending! Story and characterisation was good, enjoyed a bit of science in this story, not too technical,but still made you think. Not enjoyed an audio like this for a long time. You won't be dissappointed in this story, enjoy!

  • Before I Go To Sleep

  • By: S J Watson
  • Narrated by: Susannah Harker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,537
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,531

As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me ...'Memories define us.So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep?Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight.And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story.Welcome to Christine's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This will keep you awake!

  • By MRS on 20-05-11

Tedious

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-02-12

The common theme of this story results in repetition, that is the paradox. A bit serious in audio delivery, but still a good listen for some escapism. Makes you wonder about your own life and whether we shoudl all keep a diary - just in case. Nice, but predictable twist.

  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

  • By: Helen Simonson
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862

Major Ernest Pettigrew (Ret’d) is not interested in the frivolity of the modern world. Since his wife Nancy’s death, he has tried to avoid the constant bother of nosy village women; his grasping, ambitious son; and the ever-spreading suburbanisation of the English countryside, preferring to lead a quiet life upholding the values that people have lived by for generations. But when his brother’s death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs Ali, the widowed village shopkeeper of Pakistani descent, the Major is drawn out of his regimented world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Old age is not for softies

  • By Morag on 24-05-11

Heartwarming

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-02-12

A combination of fine dialogue, traditional values and social questions over our attitudes to racial integration. Enjoyed the issues raised, although I found to voice animation a bit annoying. Worth giving it a go for something a little different.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • House Rules

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent Jodi Picoult!

  • By Christine on 08-05-10

Fascinating and sad insight

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-06-11

Amazing, empathetic story of autistic percpetions and expectation. Enjoyed this as a story, but also as an education into another aspect of modern life. Recommended as a good story, but with hints of real life experience.

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  • Tell Me Something

  • By: Adele Parks
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Elizabeth has wanted two things her entire life to keep her happy and fulfilled - an Italian husband and lots of rosy-cheeked bambini. The first is ticked off, now she's bagged dark and sexy Roberto, the second is proving harder to achieve. But when Roberto loses his job and decides to leave London for romantic Italy and the family business, Elizabeth hopes the change in lifestyle might help her relax and boost her chances of conceiving their longed for child.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Static story

  • By Karen on 23-05-11

Static story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-05-11

A nice light insight into lives of Italians. However a rather tedious characterisation of the main. Pace was a bit slow in parts. I wont listen again to this one.

  • Sister

  • By: Rosamund Lupton
  • Narrated by: Juanita Mahon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 689
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 421

Their bond was unbreakable. The truth was unimaginable. When Beatrice receives a call to say that her sister, Tess, is missing, she boards the first flight home. But as she learns about Tess’s disappearance, she is stunned to discover how little she actually knows of her sister's life. Everyone around her accepts they have lost Tess, but Beatrice refuses to give up, embarking on a dangerous journey to discover the shocking truth, whatever the cost...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sooooo gooood!

  • By Ann-Marie on 03-03-11

Drawn out

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-05-11

I didn't enjoy this audio. Narration let a strong story down. I will listen again, but I was just glad to get to the end of this story. A few twists along the way kept me going.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Last Letter from Your Lover

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,039
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 853

When journalist Ellie looks through her newspaper's archives for a story, she discovers a letter from 1960, written by a man asking his lover to leave her husband.... In 1960, Jennifer wakes up in hospital after a car accident with no memory. And then, when she returns home, she uncovers a hidden letter, and begins to remember the lover she was willing to risk everything for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A lovely book

  • By Kirstine on 01-04-12

Lovely

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-11

Delightful narration with a lovely tale of love, loss and how we used to live. Highly reccommended.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Wedding Party

  • By: Sophie King
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

It isn’t your normal wedding. Geoff and Monique are an unlikely - not to say mature - couple. Geoff’s ex-wife is falling in love with the wrong man just in time for the ceremony, or maybe it’s just his house? Meanwhile, their daughter’s marriage is falling apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Families and thier troubles

  • By Karen on 13-03-11

Families and thier troubles

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-03-11

Not a story really centred around weddings, but a light hearted story about families, thier loves and losses. Well written and easy listeneing. Very well read and characters were brought alive in the narration.