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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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  • Jessica

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

Jessica is based on the inspiring true story of a young girl's fight for justice against tremendous odds. A tomboy, Jessica is the pride of her father, as they work together on the struggling family farm. One quiet day, the peace of the bush is devastated by a terrible murder. Only Jessica is able to save the killer from the lynch mob: but will justice prevail in the courts? Nine months later, a baby is born...with Jessica determined to guard the secret of the father's identity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful tale

  • By Naomi on 17-03-10

Brilliant in every respect .

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

Reviewed: 21-12-17


I have listened to this book 3 times as I enjoyed the context and pace of the story so much. Great narration!

  • Falling Home

  • By: Karen White
  • Narrated by: Lyssa Browne
  • Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Cassie Madison has it all: A high-powered advertising career, a stylish Manhattan apartment, and a sophisticated, rich and gorgeous fiance. It's a far cry from her childhood in Walton, Georgia, home of the annual Kudzu Festival and hot, sticky summers. When Cassie's estranged sister calls to say that her father is dying, Cassie knows it's time to set aside her feelings and go home and face the sister she hasn't seen in 15 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent book by Karen White.

  • By Cita on 25-02-17

Another excellent book by Karen White.

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

Reviewed: 25-02-17

Enjoyed the story very much although it is over sentimental in places. I particularly liked the American context of the narration and the drama that takes place in the Georgia area.

  • A Walk Across the Sun

  • By: Corban Addison
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Ahalya is just seventeen when a tsunami rips through her Indian village. Along with her younger sister Sita, she attempts to seek refuge in a convent many miles away; but the journey brings unexpected dangers. On the other side of the world, American attorney Thomas Clarke accepts a position with the Mumbai branch of the Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation. But can he save Ahalya and Sita?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great listen

  • By bookwormbadger on 11-01-13

Fascinating!

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

Reviewed: 23-01-17

Gripping story set in the context of modern India. Loved it! I enjoyed the cultural and religious background of this book. The insight into the abuse of young girls by unscrupulous men was frightening but interesting and perhaps reflects the grooming of young women in todays Britain.

  • Amy and Isabelle

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Strout
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Roberts
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

With compassion, humor, and striking insight, Amy and Isabelle explores the secrets of sexuality that jeopardize the love between a mother and her daughter. Amy Goodrow, a shy high school student in a small mill town, falls in love with her math teacher, and together they cross the line between understandable fantasy and disturbing reality. When discovered, this emotional and physical trespass brings disgrace to Amy's mother, Isabelle, and intensifies the shame she feels about her own past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling story about relationships

  • By Nancy Bowring on 19-11-14

Touching and thought provoking!

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

Reviewed: 17-01-17

Totally loved every aspect of this wonderful story. it is beautifully read and the characters come to life.. Wonderful exploration of personal relationships, developing sexuality, hopes and disappointments.

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  • The Plague of Doves

  • By: Louise Erdrich
  • Narrated by: Peter Francis James, Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

The unsolved murder of a farm family haunts the small, white, off-reservation town of Pluto, North Dakota. The vengeance exacted for this crime and the subsequent distortions of truth transform the lives of Ojibwe living on the nearby reservation and shape the passions of both communities for the next generation.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Difficult to follow

  • By Cita on 14-12-15

Difficult to follow

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

Reviewed: 14-12-15

Any additional comments?

This book should have been great. I chose it to read while I was visiting the states described in the novel. In parts it was intersting and had potential but I found it very disjointed and in the end gave up on it.

  • The Light Between Oceans

  • By: M L Stedman
  • Narrated by: Noah Taylor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 740
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 678
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672

The crying persisted. The door of the lighthouse clanged in the distance, and Tom's tall frame appeared on the gallery as he scanned the island with the binoculars. 'Izzy!' he yelled, 'a boat!' He vanished and re-emerged at ground level. 'It's a boat all right,' Tom declared. 'And – oh cripes! There's a bloke, but –' The figure was motionless, yet the cries still rang out. He hoisted out a woollen bundle: a woman's soft lavender cardigan wrapped around a tiny, screaming infant.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love

  • By sue on 05-08-14

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 27-08-15

Any additional comments?

A compelling story looking at the impact that a single decision made in a moment can totally change lives. A facinating drama that is set against a wild and desolate environment. The tale is beautifully written and narrated. The reader/ listener is quickly drawn into the emotional context of the narrative.

  • The Long Song

  • By: Andrea Levy
  • Narrated by: Adrian Lester, Andrea Levy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

You do not know me yet. My son Thomas, who is publishing this book, tells me, it is customary at this place in a novel to give the reader a little taste of the story that is held within these pages. As your storyteller, I am to convey that this tale is set in Jamaica during the last turbulent years of slavery and the early years of freedom that followed. July is a slave girl who lives upon a sugar plantation named Amity and it is her life that is the subject of this tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing narration

  • By Sue156 on 28-04-18

Very disappointing

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

Reviewed: 09-07-14

What would have made The Long Song better?

I suspected that I might find this reading difficult before I chose it as one of the readers, Andrea Levy, has a strong accent and I struggle to follow this easily. However, as I have loved all Andrea Levy's other books I eventually decided to give it a try especially as the story is about her life and experiences. I have started the book 4 times but not been able to finish it. the heavy accent was so hard going that I could not concentrate and kept losing the thread of the tale. I just had to give up.

3 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Rosie Project

  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O'Grady
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,709
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,465
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,461

Meet Don. Don is a genetics professor who just might be somewhere on the autistic spectrum. He looks a little like Gregory Peck and is getting married. He just doesn’t know who to yet. But he has designed a very detailed questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman. And it’s definitely not Rosie. Absolutely, completely, definitely not .Rosie, meanwhile, isn’t looking for love; she’s looking for her biological father. Sometimes, though, you don’t find love: love finds you...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By F on 26-05-13

Sensitive and thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 18-02-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The Rosie Project is not my usual read but I was persuaded by other reviewers to give it a try and I am delighted that I did. It is a sensitive and empathetic account of how Don sets about finding a wife. As Don has very precise requirements about everything and has little understanding of compromise or the impact his comments have on others his task is a little daunting. I laughed at the list of qualities that a prospective wife would need! It would be difficult to work with Don as a colleague or friend but clearly he has the ability to laugh at himself and a determination to succeed. He also demonstrates great kindness to his elderly neighbour Daphene. All this endears him to a colleague and his wife who support and help him in his endeavors. Don does reflect the characteristics of someone with 'asperger's syndrome', not least because he does not recognise it in himself, but instead of this book being depressing it is uplifting and it has enabled me to better understand and appreciate others with Don's approach to life.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Shatter

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,589
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 974
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 971

A naked woman is perched on the edge of Clifton Suspension Bridge weeping into a mobile phone. Clinical psychologist Joseph O'Loughlin is only feet away, desperately trying to talk her down. She whispers, 'you don't understand,' and jumps. Later, Joe has a visitor - the woman's teenage daughter, a runaway from boarding school. She refuses to believe that her mother would have jumped off the bridge - not only would she not commit suicide, she is terrified of heights.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping!

  • By blueskythinker on 13-12-08

Compelling reading

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

Reviewed: 18-02-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Another fast moving and gripping read by Michael Robotham at his best. If you are new to this writer you will not be disappointed and if you you have read any of his previous work you will know what I mean. The story is brilliantly narrated by Sean Barrett who brings every characters to life whether he is a psychotic killer or a school girl. The narrative is original in its emphasis on how the human mind works and how it can be understood and manipulated by those with high degrees of knowledge and skill. It also explores jealously and revenge and the impact of these on both the perpetrator, his victims, their families and those who work to protect society. The writer takes the reader on a real roller coaster ride where the outcomes remain uncertain until the end.

  • Say You're Sorry

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 790
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787

When Piper and her friend Tash disappeared, there was a huge police search, but they were never found. Now Tash, reaching breaking point at the abuse their captor has inflicted on them, has escaped, promising to come back for Piper. Clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin and his stalwart companion, ex-cop Vincent Ruiz, force the police to re-open the case after Joe is called in to assess the possible killer of a couple in their own home and finds a connection to the missing girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent plot, superbly narrated...

  • By Jill on 09-11-12

'Gripping from start to finish!'

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

Reviewed: 04-02-14

Would you listen to Say You're Sorry again? Why?

I had difficulty putting this book down. It felt very realistic while demonstrating great evil. There was so much detail in the book that I have listened to it twice and enjoyed it as much the second time around when I was not concerned with 'who did it'. Therefore I was better able to absorb subtle details and the excellent structure of the story. This is the second book I have read by Michael Robotham and have bought another one as I enjoy them so much. I felt this one was marginally better than 'Watching You' although it was very good. Sean Barrett is an excellent narrator and manages male and female roles equally well. His performance of Jo O' Loughlan, a criminal profiler, is particularly excellent and keeps the story flowing well.