Mrs. Mary R. Edwards

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  • Christmas at Woolworths

  • By: Elaine Everest
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Best friends Sarah, Maisie and Freda are brought together by their jobs at Woolworths. With their loved ones away on the front line, their bonds of friendship strengthen each day. Betty Billington is the manager at Woolworths and a rock for the girls, having given up on love...until a mysterious stranger turns up one day - could he reignite a spark in Betty?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very gripping family story

  • By Margaret ann cain Amazon Customer on 03-03-18

A cosy read!!

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-10-18

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters are wonderfully brought to life by the very good narrator (who I must admit sounds a bit like Barbara Windsor at times!). I enjoyed the WW2 setting and characters storylines. I think it's a very enjoyable book for readers of a certain age, and especially for anyone who was a Woolworths worker in the 40s, 50s and 60s as I was. The author has obviously researched her subject very well.

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  • The Lady of the Rivers

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 19 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

Jacquetta, daughter of the Count of Luxembourg and kinswoman to half the royalty of Europe, was married to the great Englishman John, Duke of Bedford, uncle to Henry VI. Widowed at the age of nineteen she took the extraordinary risk of marrying a gentleman of her household for love, and then carved out a life for herself as Queen Margaret of Anjou's close friend and a Lancaster supporter - until the day that her daughter Elizabeth Woodville fell in love and married the rival king Edward IV.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Five star story, four star narration.

  • By E. Gale on 09-04-13

Great Story, Shame about the narrator!!

3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 07-02-16

What did you like best about The Lady of the Rivers? What did you like least?

Excellently written. Characters brought to life by Philippa Gregory, as always. It has everything you could wish for in a book, romance, excitement, murder, conspiracy, conflict, etc.
She achieves a very interesting, "page turning" story, although obviously embellished to make it appealing. However, I believe her interpretation of the historical facts, is pretty feasible.

Would you be willing to try another one of Bianca Amato’s performances?

No. Bianca Amato's pronunciation was awful. Was she an American trying to imitate the British accent (badly)? It really began to grate on me, especially her pronunciation of "orf" instead of "off" throughout the book, among other things. It took away some of the enjoyment of the story as I got to the point of wanting it to be over, so that I didn't have to listen to her any more. A great shame. However, that said, if you can stand the narration, I believe she pitched the character voices and general mood of situations well.
Will be making sure that future books don't have Bianca Amato narrating.