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  • The Little Flower Shop by the Sea

  • By: Ali McNamara
  • Narrated by: Emma Powell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

The blossom is out in the little Cornish harbour town of St Felix. But Poppy Carmichael's spirits aren't lifted by the pretty West Country spring. Inheriting her grandmother's flower shop has forced her to return to Cornwall, a place that holds too many memories. Poppy is determined to do her best for the sake of her adored grandmother, but she struggles with the responsibility of the more-shabby-than-chic shop.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great holiday read

  • By M on 02-09-15

very confused narrator

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

Reviewed: 25-07-17

the story is ok but the author used too much description of who was speaking at first when the narrators voice should have told the listener. The narrator also kept getting the names wrong, she kept calling "Jake", "Jack".

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

  • Read by Eddie Redmayne
  • By: J.K. Rowling, Newt Scamander
  • Narrated by: Eddie Redmayne
  • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,900
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,898

A set textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander's masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. Scamander's years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Shards of Pottery!

  • By Simon on 14-03-17

very odd book

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

Reviewed: 23-04-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

he seems to be reading a reference book with no enthusiasm

What was most disappointing about J.K. Rowling and Newt Scamander ’s story?

that I had hoped for a story as good as any of the Harry Potter books

What three words best describe Eddie Redmayne’s voice?

dull, uninterested, bored

Do you think Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

no as it would be as boring

Any additional comments?

I know this was a book about beasts and where to find them but a bit more story about the beasts would have given the book some charm

  • Taming Natasha

  • The Stanislaskis, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Christina Traister
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

The first time single father Spence Kimball set eyes on Natasha Stanislaski, he was floored by her exotic beauty. But the former ballet dancer turned toy shop owner had a fiery temperament that kept men safely at bay. Sensing a hidden wound, Spence and his little girl joined forces to find a way into her closely guarded heart. For Spence realized he'd do anything to tame Natasha's fears...and show her how to love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great start to the series

  • By Wales on 23-04-17

great start to the series

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

Reviewed: 23-04-17

What did you like most about Taming Natasha?

The story is engaging. The narrator is very good.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Natasha,

Have you listened to any of Christina Traister’s other performances? How does this one compare?

not before, but she is good at giving the characters an accent

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When he started to compose music again

Any additional comments?

more great stories from Nora Roberts

  • Part Time Cowboy

  • By: Maisey Yates
  • Narrated by: Lillian Thayer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Sadie Miller isn't expecting any welcome home parades on her return to Copper Ridge. Least of all from part-time rancher, full-time lawman Eli Garrett. The straitlaced, impossibly hot deputy sheriff glares at her as if she's the same teenage hoodlum who fled town 10 years ago. But running from her demons has brought Sadie full circle, ready to make a commitment at last. Not to a man but to a bed-and-breakfast. On Garrett land. Okay, so her plan has a tiny flaw.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • first copper ridge story

  • By Wales on 01-07-16

first copper ridge story

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

Reviewed: 01-07-16

What made the experience of listening to Part Time Cowboy the most enjoyable?

As this is the first part of 6 books the story moves along at a pace. The story has a strong cast of characters and a love interest that builds during the book.

What other book might you compare Part Time Cowboy to, and why?

Jennifer Ryan books

Have you listened to any of Lillian Thayer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

not before

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

laugh

Any additional comments?

enjoyed the book and listening to the narrator

  • Not Quite Nice

  • By: Celia Imrie
  • Narrated by: Celia Imrie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 624

Theresa is desperate for a change. Forced into early retirement, fed up with babysitting her bossy daughter's obnoxious children, she sells her Highgate house and moves to the picture-perfect town of Bellevue-sur-Mer, just outside Nice. With its beautiful villas, bustling cafes and shimmering cerulean sea, the village sparkles like a diamond on the French Mediterranean coast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fun and unexpected turns

  • By jacqui on 30-12-15

hard to listen to

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

Reviewed: 29-06-16

the story is hard to listen to and as the author is the narrator that is not good

  • NYPD Red

  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Jay Snyder
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 190

It’s the start of the Hollywood on Hudson film festival, and New York City is swept up in the glamour. There’s a red carpet premiere every night; the most exclusive restaurants are filled with wealthy producers and pre-eminent directors; and thousands of fans gather with the paparazzi, hoping to catch a glimpse of the most famous and beautiful faces in the world. With so many celebrities in town, special task force NYPD Red is on high alert - and it can’t afford to make a single mistake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great suspense and romance

  • By Nasreen on 31-12-12

good narrators

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

Reviewed: 06-06-16

strong character's led story, first book in series. looking forward to listening to the next one

  • MEMBER GIFT: The Tales of Max Carrados

  • By: Ernest Bramah
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,156
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,160

Max Carrados, a fictional detective series, was first introduced to the literary world by Ernest Bramah in 1914. In the Edwardian era, Carrados' stories often outsold Sherlock Holmes, with the blind detective sharing top billing with his fictional rival. George Orwell wrote that together with those of Conan Doyle, they were "the only detective stories since Poe that are worth rereading".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Lena on 17-12-15

great narrator

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

Reviewed: 16-12-15

Stephen fry is a very hood narrator and the story is interesting. I will try other stories BT this author

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Symphony of Echoes

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 2
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,802
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,798

Book Two in the madcap time-travel series based at the St Mary's Institute of Historical Research that seems to be everyone's cup of tea. In the second book in the Chronicles of St Mary's series, Max and the team visit Victorian London in search of Jack the Ripper, witness the murder of Archbishop Thomas A Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, and discover that dodos make a grockling noise when eating cucumber sandwiches.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More entertainment

  • By Robyn on 09-11-16

great idea for a series

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

Reviewed: 10-12-15

this is the second in the series and the choices of new stories seems endless. the cast is interesting and engaging

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Jigsaw Man

  • By: Elena Forbes
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 197

DI Mark Tartaglia spends a night in a west London hotel with a woman he has just met. When he is called out to the same hotel the next morning to investigate a murder, he realises it must have taken place while he was there. If things weren't already complicated enough, the investigation takes a new and horrifying turn when he recognises the young female victim.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging and beautifully read.

  • By Chrissie on 27-02-15

could not get started

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

Reviewed: 10-12-15

did not like narrator, story slow, gave up quickly, might be better with different narrator

  • Her Lucky Cowboy

  • A Montana Men Novel, Book 3
  • By: Jennifer Ryan
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Champion rodeo rider Dane Bowden is eight seconds from winning under the Vegas lights, one last hurrah before reluctantly returning to his family's Montana ranch. But his bull has other plans. When Dane wakes up, he's sure he's died and gone to heaven... because the doctor who comes to his aid is the same girl who saved his life and disappeared years ago.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • some what predictable format

  • By Wales on 01-12-15

some what predictable format

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

Reviewed: 01-12-15

I have listened to a number of audio books by Jennifer Ryan and they all follow the same format. I even got confused what I was listening to as I have just had a book by Nora Roberts which was very similar.