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  • The Forgotten Garden

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485

Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely listen

  • By Susanna on 03-01-11

What a fascinating story!

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

Reviewed: 08-11-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Forgotten Garden to be better than the print version?

The audio version was easy to follow, the time changes in the story were well defined, and the sound of the Cornish seaside was great.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Forgotten Garden?

The description of life in London in 1900.

What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

The distinction between the various voices was clear, but the Cornish accent was appalling! Despite that, the narration was interesting and kept my attention.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The tale of a family through a century.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Murderers and Other Friends

  • By: John Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 7

Throughout John Mortimer's career, he established profound friendships with people accused of various crimes. He also indulged his passion for writing, penning Paradise Postponed and a series of stories about Rumpole, for whom he was often mistaken. With wit, wisdom and tenderness, he has written the story of his life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Witty, interesting, but rambling in parts.

  • By Alison St Pierre on 27-10-13

Lightweight but enjoyable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

This autobiography brings back happy memories of hearing John Mortimer on the radio, and revealed further anecdotes about his life. It was lightweight but enjoyable, and Bill Wallis is one of my favourite narrators.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
    2,177 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • The Blackhouse

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,786
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,786

The Isle of Lewis is the most desolate and harshly beautiful place in Scotland. When a bloody murder on the island bears the hallmarks of a similar slaying in Edinburgh, police detective Fin Macleod is dispatched north to investigate. Since Fin himself was raised on the island, the investigation represents not only a journey home but a voyage into his past. Each year twelve island men sail out to a remote and treacherous rock called An Sgeir on a perilous quest to slaughter nesting seabirds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book

  • By Flint on 09-04-16

Gripping and atmospheric

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

This was the first book I've listened to by this author and I found it fascinating. The way it was structured to move between past and present added to the interest and the picture of island life was very well described. The story kept me listening all the way to the end, and I'm looking forward for the next instalment. The narrator was very good, although I have no idea if his accent was authentic.