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Mrs. Susan Gardner

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  • The Serpent Sword

  • The Bernicia Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Matthew Harffy
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

Beobrand is compelled by his brother's almost-certain murder to embark on a quest for revenge in the war-ravaged kingdoms of Northumbria. The land is rife with danger, as warlords vie for supremacy and dominion. In the battles for control of the region, new oaths are made and broken, and loyalties are tested to the limits. With no patronage and no experience, Beobrand must form his own allegiances and learn to fight with sword and shield. Relentless in pursuit of his enemies, he faces challenges which transform him from a boy to a man.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost a Prequel To Cornwell's King Alfred Books.

  • By Farniboy on 11-04-17

The Serpents Sword

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

The story starts with a young man who has lost most of his family to the plague he decides to find his older brother who has also been murdered. This really when the story starts in his quest to find the murderer & many other atrocities. Of course love comes into it, so you have a softer feel. I hope you enjoy this book as I did, I thoughorly recommend it

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pauper's Gold

  • By: Margaret Dickinson
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Hannah Francis has been forced to leave her beloved mother and the life she knows in the silk mill town of Macclesfield and is set to become an apprentice at a cotton mill in the Derbyshire dales. It is a cruel blow for such a young girl, but her three travelling companions are even younger than she is, and Hannah is determined to keep their spirits up and remain in good cheer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Paupers Gold

  • By Mrs. Susan Gardner on 21-01-17

Paupers Gold

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

Reviewed: 21-01-17

Excellent book, with a story which will touch your heart. Hannah had to go in the workhouse with her Mother, it wasn't long before she was sent to work at a mill, with a very cruel man in charge. You hear how Hannah coped with the highs & lows of life there, running away when it just got too bad, but she would return years later to get her revenge

  • The Woman in White

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Glen McCready, Rachel Bavidge
  • Length: 27 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Walter Hartright, a drawing teacher to two sisters, wants to marry Laura, though she is betrothed to another. But who is the mysterious woman in white he encounters? Wilkie Collins was a master of suspense, but his transfer to audiobook requires a cast of readers to faithfully reflect the11 different characters who tell the story. Naxos AudioBooks brings together a strong cast to bring alive the mystery and suspense of The Woman in White.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full of suspense

  • By Dr on 19-07-09

The woman in white

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

Reviewed: 16-08-16

I'd heard of Wilkie Collins, but had never read a book by him.
I found the story very good & interesting, but found it very. Long a lot of descriptive passages.
However the story held you to the end with all its twists & turns. All in
All a good listen if you're prepared to go the distance

  • The Orphans of Halfpenny Street

  • Children's Home, Book 1
  • By: Cathy Sharp
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

Call the Midwife meets Dr Barnardo's in this gritty drama that will appeal to fans of Katie Flynn. St Saviour's will never turn a homeless child away.... When there is nowhere else to turn, St Saviour's will give them hope.... It's 1948, and London's East End is still a bombed-out landscape. Sister Beatrice, who runs the St Saviour's Children's Home, knows that life is still a precarious existence for many children, and it seems that there is no end to the constant stream of waifs and strays who appear at their door....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Kathleen on 21-11-18

The Orphans of halfpenny street

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

Reviewed: 16-07-16

I thought this book very different, it involved adults & children. Both were described very well telling of their thoughts & dreams. It covered a whole host of topics from happy to sad all was very well written whether it was from the point of view of the adults or the children. A good book all round especially for readers who prefer vintage drama.

  • The Throwaway Children

  • By: Diney Costeloe
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 719
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 642
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 642

Rita and Rosie Stevens are only nine and five years old when their widowed mother marries a violent bully. Under pressure from her new husband, she is persuaded to send the girls to an orphanage. It is not long before the powers that be decide to send a consignment of orphans to their sister institution in Australia. Among them, without their family's consent or knowledge, are Rita and Rosie, the throwaway children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful novel, beautifully narrated.

  • By Elizabeth on 28-02-17

Good story

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

Reviewed: 12-01-16

This book was good all the way through, had you wanting to know what happened next, as always well narrated by Anne Dover

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tangled Threads

  • By: Margaret Dickinson
  • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

For Eveleen Hardcastle life gets no better than growing up on Pear Tree Farm in the Lincolnshire countryside. Her family works hard for the Dunsmore estate and Eveleen finds it impossible to resist the charms of their employer's son, Stephen Dunsmore. But Jimmy, ever quick to antagonize, ensures that his sister's clandestine trysts do not remain so for long. Mary Hardcastle reacts to the news of her daughter's affair with a shocking ferocity, which seems to be borm more of bitterness than maternal protectiveness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely story

  • By suzanne barber on 13-05-18

Tangled Threads Good

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

Reviewed: 19-08-14

Where does Tangled Threads rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

perhaps 7 out of 10

What did you like best about this story?

The family thread running through it

What does Patience Tomlinson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I prefer the audio book as it brings the figures to life

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

the mill girl

Any additional comments?

a bit slow to start, but a great book

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Winter of the World

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 31 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,275

Five linked families live out their destinies as the world is shaken by tyranny and war in the mid-20th century. Berlin in 1933 is in upheaval. Eleven-year-old Carla von Ulrich struggles to understand the tensions disrupting her family as Hitler strengthens his grip on Germany. Into this turmoil step her mother’s formidable friend and former British MP, Ethel Leckwith, and her student son, Lloyd, who soon learns for himself the brutal reality of Nazism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Winter of the World

  • By Rachel on 06-10-12

Follett does it again

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

Reviewed: 11-09-13

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

I would recommend this book to anyone who has read the previous books, I really don't know how Follett manages to keep the families seperate A wonderful book, keeps you interested all the way through

What did you like best about this story?

All the different families, the story told by all sides

What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I think a good narrator brings the story to life

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes it was, but far too long to do that, however didn't want to turn it off.........

Any additional comments?

A really good bood, well researched, telling the stories of different families, not only on different sides of the war, but from different social backgrounds

  • Long Summer Day

  • By: R F Delderfield
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Oliver
  • Length: 27 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

Paul Craddock is still young when he is invalided out of the army after the Boer War and he discovers the neglected estate of Shallowford in a secluded corner of Devon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, absorbing listen

  • By Rosalind on 17-04-12

Delderfield tells the story as it is

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

Reviewed: 11-09-13

What did you like most about Long Summer Day?

It had some of everything, aftermarth of war, a young man struggling to make a life for himself, some romance

What other book might you compare Long Summer Day to, and why?

don't really know

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

when Paul & Clare came together

Any additional comments?

I really liked this book, it had everything like in a book. A little romance, some historic moments of what life was at the turn of the 20th century

3 of 3 people found this review helpful