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  • The Hand That First Held Mine

  • By: Maggie O'Farrell
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

A gorgeously written story of love and motherhood with stunning emotional punch - this is Maggie O'Farrell doing what she does better than anyone. This is the story of two women - Lexie and Elina, a journalist and a painter - separated by fifty years, but linked by a story of love, family secrets and deception, that touches powerfully on the theme of motherhood. It is acclaimed and bestselling author Maggie O'Farrell's most emotionally satisfying novel to date.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story and excellent narrator

  • By Amy on 02-03-11

Great story and excellent narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-11

This is a thoroughly good story and very easy to listen too. The narration is excellent and the pace of the story is perfect.

Whilst it's quite sad at times it is not very real and believable.
Recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • True Grit

  • By: Charles Portis
  • Narrated by: Donna Tartt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

Now a major film written and directed by the Coen Brothers. There is no knowing what lies in a man's heart. On a trip to buy ponies, Frank Ross is killed by Torn Chancy, who shoots him down for a horse, $150 cash, and two gold pieces. Ross's single-minded teenage daughter, Mattie, travels to claim his body... Then she meets Rooster - a man with grit - and persuades him to join her on a deadly quest to avenge her father's murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly Gripping

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-08-11

Great story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-11

I enjoyed this immensely. Generally, I don't really like Westerns but this is a great story and has an excellent plot. Whilst sad, it is an engrossing and totally believable tale of the people and places of the American wild-west of the 1870s.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Shatter the Bones

  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335

The new Logan McRae thriller set in gritty Aberdeen, from the bestselling author of Cold Granite and Dark Blood. 'You will raise money for the safe return of Alison and Jenny McGregor. If you raise enough money within fourteen days they will be released. If not, Jenny will be killed.' Alison and Jenny McGregor – Aberdeen's own mother-daughter singing sensation – are through to the semi-finals of TV smash-hit Britain's Next Big Star.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great book from MacBride

  • By Amy on 10-01-11

Another great book from MacBride

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-11

I have enjoyed all of MacBride's books and was eagerly awaiting this release. I was not disappointed.

Twists and turns through the book mean that you are left guessing who dunit until the last few pages.

Get it - you wont regret it

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Walking on Water

  • A Voyage Around Britain and Through Life
  • By: Geoff Holt
  • Narrated by: Geoff Holt (introduction), Nick Pomfret
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

On 5 September 1984, 18-year-old Geoff Holt dived into an idyllic tropical sea and his life changed forever. A broken neck cut short a promising career as a yachtsman and left him paralysed, with his horizons reduced to an uncertain future in a wheelchair. On 5 September 2007, after a journey of 109 days and 1,445 miles, Geoff Holt crossed the finish line in the Solent and reached the summit of his Personal Everest – the first quadriplegic yachtsman to sail single-handed around Great Britain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational

  • By Amy on 23-12-10

Inspirational

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-10

One of the best autobiographies I have ever read.

His voyage was an incredible feat of determination not only to complete but in his determination to overcome his disability and lead a normal life. It deserves to be a bestseller.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Soul on the Street

  • By: William Roache
  • Narrated by: William Roache
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

This abridged audio book is read by the author himself. As a young actor William auditioned for a TV drama that was likely to be running for only a few weeks. Now, 47 years later, he is the only original cast member and the soap's success has established him as a household name. Over the course of that time, William's character Ken Barlow has been married four times, twice to Deirdre, and had a series of tumultuous affairs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shocked me how much i enjoyed this book

  • By Mrs Clare Mead on 03-02-15

Spiritual

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-10

I'm not really a William Roache fan but was given this as a present and read it very quickly. He is a very spiritual man and provides a new way of looking at the world. It really is a book you must read to believe. Recommended

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits

  • By: Laila Lalami
  • Narrated by: Lameece Issaq
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

In her exciting debut, Laila Lalami evokes the grit and enduring grace that is modern Morocco and offers an authentic look at the Muslim immigrant experience today. The book begins as four Moroccans illegally cross the Strait of Gibraltar in an inflatable boat headed for Spain.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great first novel

  • By Amy on 23-12-10

Great first novel

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-10

Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits is a story of an illegal crossing and gives background and understanding of the various characters who make a deperate trip across the Straights of Gibraltar in the night.

It's a beautiful book which gives you and appreciation for a comfortable life lived on the other side of the water

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Trust Me

  • By: Peter Leonard
  • Narrated by: Jim Franglone
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

When Bobby and Lloyd decide to rob local restaurant owner Lou Starr’s home in the night, they don’t reckon on being propositioned about an even bigger scam by Lou’s so-called girlfriend Karen. But after yet another bad decision in her life Karen has been looking for a way out and, more specifically, a way to recover her life savings, stolen from her by the treacherous Samir. And so a plan is set in motion that sounds all too simple.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Holiday Listen

  • By Amy on 23-12-10

Holiday Listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-10

This is a fast paced action thriller with a totally unbelievable story line.

If you want a beach holiday throw-away listen then this book is perfect!

  • Miranda Hart's Joke Shop

  • By: Miranda Hart
  • Narrated by: Miranda Hart
  • Length: 1 hr and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

A comedy for BBC Radio 2 starring Miranda Hart ( Hyperdrive, Absolutely Fabulous, Jack Dee's Lead Balloon) and written by Miranda Hart and Tony Roche, with additional material by Richard Hurst and Leisa Rea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Miranda Hart's Joke Shop

  • By Jayne on 28-01-10

Love it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-12-10

Very funny - Miranda at her best

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dead or Alive

  • By: Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
  • Narrated by: Lou Diamond Phillips
  • Length: 20 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Clancy Read

  • By Alan on 09-01-11

Great narrator

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-12-10

Great read. Lou Diamond Phillips does an excellent job narrating.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Full Dark, No Stars

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

'I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger....' writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up '1922', the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerising tales from Stephen King, linked by the theme of retribution. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife Arlette proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow - this is excellent!

  • By Mrs Mac on 28-01-11

4 great stories

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-12-10

This is a fantastic collection. All four are tightly written, well paced and horrifying. Die hard King fans should really enjoy it. Highly, highly recommended!

5 of 8 people found this review helpful