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  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • By: Mary Ann Shaffer
  • Narrated by: Charlie Norfolk
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,117

January 1946 and writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a man in Guernsey, who has found her name written inside a book. As they exchange letters, she is drawn into the eccentric world of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which boasts a charming cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this!

  • By Christina O'Brien on 30-07-18

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 12-04-19

Very different to my normal listens but thoroughly enjoyed it.
The story unfolds in a series of letters and has just the right mix of human interest, humour and historical insight.
Give it a listen, you won't be disappointed.

  • The Other Woman

  • By: Sandie Jones
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266

The Other Woman by debut author Sandie Jones is a gripping psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Michelle Frances' The Girlfriend and B A Paris' Behind Closed Doors. There's nothing that this mother wouldn't do for her son.... Emily thinks Adam's perfect: the man she always hoped but never thought she'd meet. But lurking in the shadows is a rival, a woman who shares a deep bond with the man she loves. A mother whose love for her son knows no bounds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent throughput!

  • By Teddi on 08-04-18

Nearly gave up but the twist at the end was worth it

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

Reviewed: 05-04-19

This book annoyed me because I found Emily irritating and as the book progressed a bit pathetic resolutely tying herself to what was quite obviously a dysfunctional family.
The twist at the end saved the book for me - but until the last half an hour I'd have given it 2 stars.

  • Dear Mrs Bird

  • By: AJ Pearce
  • Narrated by: Anna Popplewell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 590

London, 1940. Emmeline Lake and her best friend, Bunty, are trying to stay cheerful despite the Luftwaffe making life thoroughly annoying for everyone. Emmy dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent, and when she spots a job advertisement in the newspaper she seizes her chance - but after a rather unfortunate misunderstanding, she finds herself typing letters for the formidable Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt of Woman's Friend magazine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wartime tale of writing, bravery & soldiering on

  • By K. J. Noyes on 12-04-18

Loved the book, not so much the narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

I enjoyed the story but the narrator ruined it for me - far to shouty and shrill. She set my teeth on edge. If I hadn't enjoyed the book so much I would have returned it.

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  • Born Survivors

  • By: Wendy Holden
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 114

Among millions of Holocaust victims sent to Auschwitz II-Birkenau in 1944, Priska, Rachel and Anka each passed through its infamous gates with a secret. Strangers to each other, they were newly pregnant and facing an uncertain fate without their husbands. Alone, scared and with so many loved ones already lost to the Nazis, these young women were privately determined to hold on to all they had left: their lives and those of their unborn babies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A truly incredible story

  • By Mrs J M Blanc on 25-11-15

The more we remember the less we will repeat past mistakes

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

Beautifully told from survivors' own accounts.
An often horrific but ultimately uplifting listen about the indomitable human spirit.
Well worth a listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Before

  • By: JP Delaney
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox, Finty Williams, Lise Aagaard Knudsen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,950
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,937

Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultraminimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there - and starts to wonder if her own story will be a rerun of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the listener off guard, Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined in this tense portrayal of psychological obsession.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping thriller

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-05-17

Couldn't finish it, ridiculous and trivialises rape

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

Reviewed: 15-11-18

The premise sounded interesting and there were some unexpected, harrowing topics covered but then it descended into a farcical imitation of 50 Shades.
Spoiler: A woman is orally raped by a burglar and then apparently wants to leap into bed with her enigmatic new landlord. Ridiculous.
Not for me.

  • Nine Perfect Strangers

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 960
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 895
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 889

The 10-day retreat at boutique health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises healing and transformation. Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage and absorb the blissful meditative ambiance while enjoying their hot stone massages. They are all on a path to a better way of living. Or at least a better waistline.... Watching over them is the resort's director, a woman on a mission to reinvigorate these bodies and minds. But to what lengths will she go to achieve her goal? These nine perfect strangers have no idea what's about to hit them.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Did not like this book at all

  • By sabine on 21-10-18

Well crafted characters and swift moving plot.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

Liane Moriarty creates characters so vivid I can't help but be drawn in every time.
Some reviewers have criticised the events in the second half of the book for bordering on the ridiculous but I disagree. It's fiction and the characters' reactions and revelations are far more important.
Caroline Lee is one of my favourite narrators and my only niggle this time was the Russian accent in Marsha's chapters when Marsha wasn't even speaking. It gave the reader an audio cue but it wasn't necessary.
Overall highly recommended.

  • The Clockmaker's Daughter

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 552

In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor in rural Oxfordshire. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared, a priceless heirloom is missing and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins. Over 150 years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FANTASTIC !!!!

  • By helend on 26-09-18

Strap yourself in, this one gallops along!

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

Reviewed: 13-10-18

I'm a big fan of all of Kate Morton's novels and also Joanne Froggatt. The Clock Makers Daughter doesn't disappoint in terms of threads being cleverly woven but pay attention, there are a lot of threads! It's the only Kate Morton novel where I've written down who is who to keep track but that may have been a symptom of the speed of the narration.
Joanne Froggatt narrates clearly although she does gallop through at a rate of knots! Her pace slows when she's doing accents and that was much better. Her accents are also excellent.

  • Our House

  • By: Louise Candlish
  • Narrated by: Deni Francis, Paul Panting
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,372
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,368

When Fi arrives home to find a removals van outside her house, she is completely blindsided. Trinity Avenue has been her family's home for years. Where are all their belongings? How could this have happened? Desperately calling her ex-husband, Bram, who owns the house with her, Fi discovers he has disappeared. The more Fi uncovers, the more she realises their lives have been destroyed by a nightmare of their own making. A devastating crime has been committed, but who exactly is the guilty party?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really good story

  • By Rory on 12-08-18

Loose ends or devilishly clever?

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

Reviewed: 27-09-18

I can't decide if the ending just left more questions than answers or whether it was just very cleverly done.
Overall the story was well written and well paced but I felt it lacked closure for the reader. But that's just perhaps personal preference to have all the threads nicely tied up.
The performance was good although there was little variation in the characters voices which was confusing when starting/stopping listening in the middle of a chapter.

  • When You Disappeared

  • By: John Marrs
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks, Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 905
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 899

All she wanted was the truth, but she'll wish she never found out. When Catherine wakes up alone one morning, she thinks her husband has gone for a run before work. But Simon never makes it to the office. His running shoes are by the front door. Nothing is missing - except him.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing - don't waste your credit

  • By Liz Rev on 21-07-18

Twisty and engaging

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

Reviewed: 25-08-18

This is my second John Mars novel and again he's produced a riveting read.
The pace is good with twists and turns just where you need them and well drawn characters.
The narration is excellent and makes it easy to identify each character.

  • The House of Secrets

  • By: Sarra Manning
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

When Zoe and Win move into their new home it's meant to be a fresh start. But pushed to the back of a cupboard is a suitcase - inside is a wedding dress, letters and a diary all belonging to a woman called Libby. Zoe follows Libby's trail across Europe, but when Libby's story takes a darker turn, Zoe becomes increasingly obsessed with discovering what really happened all those years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • unputdownable

  • By A. Campbell on 31-08-17

It gets better the longer you listen.

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

I nearly gave up on this one because the portion of the story dedicated to Zoe was so annoying - what a wet lettuce. But Libby's story is far more intriguing because her character is more fully developed, she carries this book.
The narration was good although it was at times impossible to distinguish between male characters.

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