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  • The Liberation

  • By: Kate Furnivall
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 17 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 118

The Liberation is set in Italy in 1945 as British and American troops attempt to bring order to the devastated country and Italy's population fights to survive. Caterina Lombardi is desperate - her father is dead, her mother has disappeared, and her brother is being drawn toward danger. One morning, among the ruins of the bombed Naples streets, Caterina is forced to go to extreme lengths to protect her own life and in doing so forges a future in which she must clear her father's name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent Read

  • By Lucy locket on 12-09-17

Italia

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

This book is filled with descriptions that fill your senses, giving you a taste of an Italy torn apart by fascism, war and its aftermath. Intertwined through a tale of greed and corruption is a love story that carries the listener along, impatient to hear what happens next, yet not wanting the story the end. With excellent narration by Imogen Church, I cannot recommend highly enough

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Six Degrees of Assassination: An Audible Drama

  • By: M J Arlidge
  • Narrated by: Andrew Scott, Freema Agyeman, Hermione Norris, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,720
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,589
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,586

On a sullen, cloudy July day ten years since 7/7, the happy, confident and optimistic British Prime Minister is visiting a charity in East London. It’s just two months after the general election which saw John Campbell's government returned to power with a clear majority, the economy is on the mend and the coalition is fast becoming a bad memory. Suddenly, a man appears out of the crowd and shoots him three times in the chest.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Shame - could have been so much better

  • By Chris on 24-12-15

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 20-06-17

Great performances from all the actors took this convoluted tale to rare heights. Political skullduggery mixed with big business interests,MI5's race to find the perpetrators and personal issues giving colour and shade to the story made this a wonderful listen. Highly recommend.

  • Hearts of Stone

  • By: Simon Scarrow
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

The Sunday Times best-selling author of The Gladiator and Brothers in Blood returns with another unpauseable, thrilling, and action-packed adventure. The fierce courage of the men and women of the Greek Resistance is brought to vivid life in Sunday Times best seller Simon Scarrow's powerful new novel of World War II. It's 1938. A perfect summer on the Greek island of Lefkas for three young people untroubled by the simmering politics of Europe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another gripping, historic tale.

  • By Ian C Dando on 01-11-16

War can make forgiveness seem impossible

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

Reviewed: 22-09-15

An interesting story and the narration was excellent except for the incorrect pronunciation of some of Greek names, which was very irritating.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Something Borrowed

  • By: Emily Giffin
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Wiltsie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25

Rachel White is the consummate good girl. A hard-working attorney at a large Manhattan law firm and a diligent maid of honor to her charmed best friend Darcy, Rachel has always played by all the rules. But that changes the night of her thirtieth birthday when Rachel finally confesses her feelings to Darcy's fiancé, and is both horrified and thrilled to discover that he feels the same way. As the wedding date draws near, events spiral out of control, and Rachel knows she must make a choice between her heart and conscience.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great chick lit

  • By Kruti on 07-04-13

Minority

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

Reviewed: 14-07-14

As this has been made into a film I am obviously in the minority in disliking it, and perhaps I am wrong to offer criticism as I just could not finish it. It delves into the depths of one persons lack of self esteem being manipulated by a selfish friend, in the guise of a love story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Persimmon Tree

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 27 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199

The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling read

  • By Philippa on 10-09-11

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 28-11-13

This isn't just an interesting story, it is filled with wonderful descriptions, and insights into the Japanese culture, way of thinking. I could not stop listening to it, yet did not want it to end.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Orpheus Descent

  • By: Tom Harper
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong, Kris Milnes, Sarah Feathers
  • Length: 14 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 44

Today, 12 golden tablets sit in museums around the world, each created by unknown hands and buried in ancient times, and each providing the dead with the route to the afterlife. Archaeologist Lily Barnes, working on a dig in southern Italy, has just found another. But this tablet names the location to the mouth of hell itself. And then Lily vanishes. Has she walked out on her job, her marriage, and her life - or has something more sinister happened? Her husband, Jonah, is desperate to find her. But no one can help him: not the police, and not the secretive foundation that sponsored her dig.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Myth Reworked - Badly

  • By Michelle on 27-05-13

Sad waste of talent

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

Reviewed: 29-05-13

Everyone's taste is different, so I normally hesitate to offer my personal view, but I was so disappointed with this book I felt compelled to comment.
I would not detract from the narration, which is excellent, but as to the book.

The author demonstrates an ability to transport you to the various locations, and create an empathy with his characters.. So why then does he use a hackneyed storyline - interpersed with platitudes and sophistry and an ending reminscent of a rock stars take on an LSD trip.