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J Chappell

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  • 23
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  • The Love Letter

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Camilla Rockley
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252

1995, London. When Sir James Harrison, one the greatest actors of his generation, passes away at the age of 95 he leaves behind not just a heartbroken family but also a secret so shocking, so devastating that it could rock the English establishment to its core. Joanna Haslam is an ambitious young journalist assigned to cover the legendary actor's funeral. The great and the good of the celebrity world are there. But Joanna stumbles on something dark beneath the glamour: the mention of a letter James Harrison has left behind, the contents of which others have been desperate to conceal for over 70 years. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a twist!

  • By Angela on 29-08-18

A great listen

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

Really enjoyed this book. The story was well paced and the narration very good. The storyline flowed but on several occasions when I thought the story was coming to an end it took another turn. Great characters especially the women, the weave of present and past story lines were clear.

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,546
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,191
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,180

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audio better than print

  • By Fersh on 03-12-18

wow

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

Reviewed: 18-11-18

I have admired Michelle Obama for a long time and waited for the publication of this book for quite sometime. It did not disappoint.

Michelle gives women a great role model regardless of social standing, religion or colour. The book was quite inspirational and I found her narration to be warm and sincere.

At 60 years of age I have found many elements of this book struck a chord with me.

Michelle Obama is an American citizen that the country should be proud to call their own.

My only comment would be and I understand that I am a white woman and nearly a senior citizen living in the UK shires, are people of colour treated so badly in the USA that it is near impossible to thrive and have no expectation to improve their lives as a working class person of colour,

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • How I Lost You

  • By: Jenny Blackhurst
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ness
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 346

My name is Emma Cartwright. Three years ago I was Susan Webster, and I murdered my 12-week-old son Dylan. I have no memory of what happened but you believe what your loved ones, your doctor and the police are telling you, don't you? But if you can't remember what happened, how can you be sure that they are telling the truth? And if there was the smallest chance your son was alive, wouldn't you do anything to get him back? A fantastic debut from an outstanding talent. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant but quite dark

  • By mjays on 23-10-15

That was Sunday taken care of

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-18

A great story with well defined characters and although it is was evident where the plot was taking you, the twists and turns kept it entertaining . The narration was really good and after a while just blended in to the fabric of the story

  • A Good Heart Is Hard to Find

  • By: Trisha Ashley
  • Narrated by: Eva Haddon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Random House presents the audiobook edition of A Good Heart is Hard to Find by Trisha Ashley, read by Eva Haddon. 'It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man of over 40 is in possession of a major defect....' Cassandra Leigh has woken as if from a bad dream: 44, childless and 20-plus years into an affair with a married man. Max assures her they just need a little more patience and for his wife to die (!), but Cass is desperate for a baby and running out of time.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Had to return

  • By Claire Hanna on 24-02-18

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 15-02-18

Not quite the same quality listen as other books by TA. The narration did not help as the voices were all over the shop. Nearly returned the book but never say die and the story line improved slightly towards the end when every other dialogue from the central character wasn't punctuated with references to childless state.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Child

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Adjoa Andoh, Finty Williams, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,791
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,500
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,481

When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers, it's impossible to ignore. For one woman it's a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her. For another it's the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered. And for a third, a journalist, it's the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth. The Child's story will be told.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Rich Drama of Complex Emotions

  • By Simon on 30-06-17

A rocking good listen

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

Enjoyed this book immensely. Well written and narrated. Loved the way that all the threads came together in an effortless way.

  • The Gathering Dark

  • Inspector McLean, Book 8
  • By: James Oswald
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512

A truck driver loses control in central Edinburgh, ploughing into a crowded bus stop and spilling his vehicle's toxic load. The consequences are devastating. DI Tony McLean witnesses the carnage. Taking control of the investigation, he soon realises there is much that is deeply amiss - and everyone involved seems to have something to hide. But as McLean struggles to uncover who caused the tragedy, a greater crisis develops - the new DCI's son is missing - last seen in the area of the crash....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Darkness continues...

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-02-18

always a good read

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

A good follow to bk 7 and as always the story is spread widely and pulling all the threads together at the end. The narration is excellent and has a timbre to it that impacts the story to a greater level.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • I Found You

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,825

East Yorkshire: Single mum Alice Lake finds a man on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, no idea what he is doing there. Against her better judgement, she invites him in to her home. Surrey: 21-year-old Lily Monrose has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night, she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one. Then the police tell her that her husband never existed....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful ,involving and moving l Antonia Beamish's narration outstanding.

  • By Susie on 28-03-17

A good listen

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

Reviewed: 17-01-18

A well written and narrated listen. Love the way that you see the story from all sides.

  • The Widow

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,130

Exclusive to Audible! Listen to a discussion between the author and the narrator of The Widow at the end of this recording. We've all seen him: the man - the monster - staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime. But what about her: the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs - the wife who stands by him? Jean Taylor's life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she'd ever wanted: her Prince Charming.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A very boring book

  • By Deni Quintela on 22-02-17

A great listen

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

Reviewed: 01-01-18

This story and narration were excellent. The story told from all the central protagonists kept me involved and caring about the story from all the angles. Great narration, added greatly to the unfolding story .

  • The Christmas Party

  • By: Carole Matthews
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 146

Louise Young is a devoted single mother whose only priority is providing for her daughter, Mia. Louise has a good job in a huge international corporation and she's grateful for it. The only problem is her boss who can't keep his hands to himself, but Louise can handle him. What she really doesn't have time for is romance - until she meets the company's rising star, Josh Wallace. Louise usually says no to evenings out but she's decided to let her hair down tonight.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easy listening

  • By Miss R Tasyaka on 18-12-15

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

I have read several of CM books and they are enjoyable for a light listen/read but this didn't hit the spot. The story line didn't flow and I the narrators voice didn't enhance the story.

  • While You Were Sleeping

  • By: Kathryn Croft
  • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 604
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 562
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 563

Tara Logan adores her perfect little family: husband, Noah, and two children, teenager Rosie and 11-year-old Spencer. But her happiness is shattered when she wakes in her neighbour Lee Jacobs' bed, with no memory of how she got there or what happened between them. And worse - he has been stabbed to death. Convinced she didn't kill Lee, Tara flees home and stays silent, holding her breath as the investigation grips the neighbourhood.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Arghhh terrible narration

  • By Pam on 23-03-17

Good thriller

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

Reviewed: 03-12-17

Loved this with its many twists and turns that kept you guessing as long as possible. Although the main character came across as too much of a goody two shoes and a little undeliverable at times. Did find the ending contrived as if the writer was trying to get as many possibles in the story as feasible but it was a jolly good read.