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  • Prima Donna

  • By: Karen Swan
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 17 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Pia Soto is the sexy and glamorous prima ballerina, the Brazilian bombshell who's shaking up the ballet world with her outrageous behaviour. She's wild and precocious, and she's a survivor. But ruthless financier Will Silk has Pia in his sights, and has other ideas...Sophie O'Farrell is Pia's hapless, gawky assistant, the girl-next-door to Pia's Prima Donna. When a devastating accident threatens to cut short Pia's illustrious career, Sophie has to step out of the shadows and face up to the demons in her own life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stunning story!

  • By Agnieszka Bania on 18-10-17

Another captivating story

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

Reviewed: 18-02-19

Lots of twists and turns and couldn’t wait to hear how the plots ended. Only downside was that Imogen Church, who I have loved in other audiobooks by other authors, made some of the males sound gormless which spoiled it slightly and I started to dread their parts.

  • The Paris Secret

  • By: Karen Swan
  • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Somewhere along the cobbled streets of Paris, an apartment lies thick with dust and secrets: full of priceless artworks hidden away for decades. High-flying fine art agent Flora from London, more comfortable with the tension of a million-pound auction than a cosy candlelit dinner for two, is called in to assess these suddenly discovered treasures. As an expert in her field, she must trace the history of each painting and discover who has concealed them for so long.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb!

  • By Lyn Chrimes on 23-08-16

Another success

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

Reviewed: 05-02-19

The more I read/listen to Karen Swan the more I’m obsessed. The stories and layers are addictive and I’m just about to download another!!!

  • Christmas at Tiffany's

  • By: Karen Swan
  • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
  • Length: 16 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Cassie settled down too young, marrying her first serious boyfriend. Now, 10 years later, she is betrayed and broken. With her marriage in tatters and no career or home of her own, she needs to work out where she belongs in the world and who she really is. So begins a yearlong trial as Cassie leaves her sheltered life in rural Scotland to stay with each of her best friends in the most glamorous cities in the world: New York, Paris and London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best To Date!

  • By Barbara Benbow-Wright (Consignment) on 16-11-17

Best one yet

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

Reviewed: 31-01-19

Fantastic story with some twists and turns and loved all the great characters.. couldn’t put it down

  • Sheer Mischief

  • By: Jill Mansell
  • Narrated by: Esther Wane
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Sheer Mischief by best-selling author Jill Mansell is an unmissable romantic comedy about sisterly love and rivalry.... Not to be missed by listeners of Sophie Kinsella and Marian Keyes. It's not that Janey Sinclair isn't pleased to see her sister. It's just that being woken at seven by Maxine, complete with police escort, isn't quite how she'd planned to spend her Sunday. Even so, Janey, who's just rebuilding her life after her husband disappeared, is delighted that her sister's back in the Cornish town where they grew up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dreadfully boring author

  • By Nina on 27-04-18

Great book !!

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

Reviewed: 15-01-19

This is about my tenth book by Jill Mansell and I picked it because of the story and because the narrator was Ester Wane. Loved it. On to the next one...

  • The Perfect Present

  • By: Karen Swan
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 62

Haunted by a past she can't escape, Laura Cunningham desires nothing more than to keep her world small and precise - her quiet relationship and growing jewellery business are all she needs to get by. Until the day when Rob Blake walks into her studio and commissions a necklace that will tell his enigmatic wife Cat's life in charms.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A different book by Swan

  • By C M Kelly on 09-02-19

Addictive listen

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

Reviewed: 11-01-19

Great story and characters. Was a new author for me and will definitely be seeking out her other audiobooks!

  • A Better Me

  • The Official Autobiography
  • By: Gary Barlow
  • Narrated by: Gary Barlow
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 666
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 664

A Better Me is a remarkably frank memoir of Gary's life as he battled with weight, stress, fitness and depression and staged one of the most thrilling professional comebacks in years. In his warm, witty and authentic voice, he recounts his story with compelling insight, captivating honesty and a human side that people rarely see. Here is one of the UK's most beloved pop stars, open, honest and raw and as we've never seen him before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Helen Bailey on 19-10-18

Couldn’t stop listening!

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

So much better than i thought it would be and found it funny, sad, relatable and highly entertaining. Loved it!

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,612
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,597

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Claire on 21-02-18

Poignant captivating story

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

Reviewed: 29-11-18

This was beautifully written and so moving that it was hard to switch off. It was also read with feeling. I thought it would be difficult to listen to but it was captivating. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

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  • Shopaholic Abroad

  • Shopaholic, Book 2
  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Emily Gray
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Rebecca Bloomwood, the financial journalist with the stratospheric credit card bills, returns to the high streets. But things have changed for the impulsive shopper: 'I'm a completely different person from the old Becky. I'm a reformed character. I haven't even got an overdraft!' Her high-flying boyfriend Luke has got a job in America and Becky's going with him to the land of yellow taxi cabs and skyscrapers, and Woody Allen and Breakfast at Tiffany's. Of course New York also has department stores, lots of them....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not great...

  • By Liz C on 18-04-18

Not great...

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

Reviewed: 18-04-18

Apologies to fans of the Shopaholic stories but one chapter was all I could listen to before I deleted my download!

  • My Not So Perfect Life

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,529

Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a supercool Instagram feed. Okay, so the truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, she has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn't really hers. But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren't they? Until her not-so-perfect life comes crashing down when her megasuccessful boss, Demeter, gives her the sack. All Katie's hopes are shattered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easy light read

  • By Miss Claire A Phipps on 16-02-17

Hooked early on & just purchased another of

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

Reviewed: 14-02-18

Took a while to get into authors style of writing and thought of abandoning the story early on but I’m glad I didn’t!! Great characters who are easy to warm to and one of the first books I have actually laughed out loud at!! Very funny and will order more of her books

  • Staying at Daisy's

  • By: Jill Mansell
  • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

Staying at Daisy's from Sunday Times best-selling author Jill Mansell is essential reading if you love the novels of Cathy Kelly and Milly Johnson. Daisy MacLean runs the country house hotel owned by her flamboyant father, Hector. When she hears who's about to get married there, she isn't worried at all - her friend, Tara, absolutely promises there won't be any trouble between her and ex-boyfriend Dominic, whom she hasn't seen for years. But Dominic has other ideas....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By barbara on 18-08-16

Great characters

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

One of her best so far (mind you I’ve only listened to three) but based on this on, I’ll purchase more!!