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  • The Light Years

  • Cazalet Chronicle, Volume 1
  • By: Elizabeth Jane Howard
  • Narrated by: Jill Balcon
  • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 257

The tangled lives of three generations evoke a vanished world in this, the first volume of the Cazalet Chronicle. Home Place, Sussex, 1937. The English family at home.... For two unforgettable summers they gathered together, safe from the advancing storm clouds of war. In the heart of the Sussex countryside these were still sunlit days of childish games, lavish family meals and picnics on the beach.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A snapshot of pre-WW2 upper middle class life

  • By Knucklebones on 09-01-12

A Light Touch with Human Behavior

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

Reviewed: 28-06-18

A book that draws you in. None of the characters are without flaws, as in life. One feels like shouting at them, don't do it, it will all go wrong. However, the fear of what is to come (WWII) is palpable. Sometimes confusing as to who belongs to what family, and with audio there is no easy genealogy map to refer to, but I just wanted to keep listening. I have read the series in the past but what I love about audible is the expression in the narrator's voice - the choice of narrator is critical. Got to go to start on Book 2.

  • Wild Mountain Thyme

  • By: Rosamunde Pilcher
  • Narrated by: Lucy Paterson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Can you ever re-create that first great love? Victoria Bradshaw fell in love with London playwright Oliver Dobbs when she was just 18. But he left her and disappeared from her life. Now, years later, he is a widower standing on her doorstep with his two-year-old son in his arms. And Victoria is foolish enough to want to take him back. Their early spring journey to a castle in Scotland becomes an odyssey of emotional discovery....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • PURE PILCHER

  • By Judi on 10-06-18

PURE PILCHER

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

Still miss her. As ever, not complicated but not simple. Truthful, meaningful and caring. Good listening at any time

  • The Man in the Wooden Hat

  • By: Jane Gardam
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallace
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Filth ( Failed in London, Try Hong Kong) is a successful lawyer when he marries Elisabeth in Hong Kong soon after the war. Reserved, immaculate, and courteous, Filth finds it hard to demonstrate his emotions.

But Elisabeth is different - a free spirit. She was brought up in the Japanese internment camps, which killed both her parents but left her with a lust for survival and an affinity with the Far East. No wonder she is attracted to Filth's hated rival at the bar - the brash, forceful Veneering.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read .. i was transported to another time & place

  • By barbara on 27-10-17

LOVED OLD FILTH, DISAPPOINTED IN THE 2nd Part

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

Love the subject matter, not one seen, or read often and the first part with its differing time spans and switching from one to another works in this case. Great story, good narrative but this second part was disappointing as it seems to rush through Betty's life and does not give her as much credence as I believe she deserves. Will wait awhile to 'read' part three.

  • A Question of Inheritance

  • A Very English Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Elizabeth Edmondson
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

Hugo Hawksworth is on the tail of rogue Cold War agents at a top-secret government facility, while back home at Selchester Castle they're awaiting the arrival of the new earl - an American, the long-lost son of the murdered Lord Selchester.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent continuation of the series

  • By Ian Smith on 24-07-16

Denouement too quick!

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

Would you consider the audio edition of A Question of Inheritance to be better than the print version?

This is the second of the series and I do enjoy them - little bit like the Cherringham series, good stories but easy to read and quick to absorb.

But in each the end is too quick, too pat and too convenient, as if the author has had enough of the book. Just leave us hanging a little longer.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Question of Inheritance?

the blossoming of Georgia

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation (Cherringham 1 - 3)

  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446

Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries. This compilation contains episodes 1 - 3: MURDER ON THAMES, MYSTERY AT THE MANOR and MURDER BY MOONLIGHT.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyable easy listening

  • By C on 06-11-16

Real issues wittingly dealt with

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

Reviewed: 01-02-17

What did you like most about Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation (Cherringham 1 - 3)?

Real people who talk to each other, not forced and easy listening and yet compulsive. Not midsomer murders as there is not a stack of bodies! And the main characters are really friends

What other book might you compare Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation (Cherringham 1 - 3) to, and why?

Ngaio Marsh, witty and kind

Which character – as performed by Neil Dudgeon – was your favourite?

Neil has an easy way about him and the accents are not forced - both Jack and Sara are great

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

If I could!

Any additional comments?

Hope they continue!

  • The Revolving Door of Life: 44 Scotland Street, Book 10

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

Once more we catch up with the delightful goings-on in the fictitious 44 Scotland Street from Alexander McCall Smith. With customary charm and deftness, McCall Smith gives us another instalment in this popular series, now running in its ninth season in The Scotsman. Anything could happen to Bertie and the gang.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Revolving Door of Life

  • By Raquel moreno on 27-01-18

Another triumph

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

Reviewed: 17-12-16

McColl Smith manages to weave a story that feels as if the reader, or listener, in this case feels a part of. David Rintoul's narration and cadence brings it alive. We are all routing for Bertie.

  • Nice Work (If You Can Get It)

  • By: Celia Imrie
  • Narrated by: Celia Imrie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 232

Somewhere on the French Riviera, tucked between glitzy Monte Carlo and Cannes' red carpets, lies the sleepy town of Bellevue-Sur-Mer. Sheltered from the glittering melee, it is home to many an expat - although it hasn't proved as peaceful as expected. Now an enterprising band of retirees has resolved to show it's never too late to start afresh and open a restaurant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Looking forward to more in the series

  • By GBinLondon on 02-08-16

Another cracking yarn

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

Reviewed: 25-09-16

An excellent yarn with just enough intrigue to stop it being altogether too 'nice'. I do like happy endings and I hope we shall hear more from the crew at Bellvue sur Mer.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Not Quite Nice

  • By: Celia Imrie
  • Narrated by: Celia Imrie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 600

Theresa is desperate for a change. Forced into early retirement, fed up with babysitting her bossy daughter's obnoxious children, she sells her Highgate house and moves to the picture-perfect town of Bellevue-sur-Mer, just outside Nice. With its beautiful villas, bustling cafes and shimmering cerulean sea, the village sparkles like a diamond on the French Mediterranean coast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fun and unexpected turns

  • By jacqui on 30-12-15

Naughty but nice

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

Reviewed: 10-09-16

Some aspects of the story jumped more than seemed believable and therefore it seemed a little rushed. Best of all is Celia's reading, adding the voices she heard as she was writing. It must have been exhausting !
Have already bought the follow-up.

  • The Bertie Project

  • 44 Scotland Street, Book 11
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

Once more, we catch up with the delightful goings-on in the fictitious 44 Scotland Street from Alexander McCall Smith. With customary charm and deftness, Alexander McCall Smith gives us another installment in this popular series, now running in its ninth season in the Scotsman. Anything could happen to Bertie and the gang....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'd give 10* if I could!

  • By Jill Besterman on 19-08-16

McCall Smith does it again!

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

Reviewed: 05-09-16

The warmth and love for the characters just gets stronger. Routing for wee Bertie and dear Stewart is heart rending. I hope it'll no be long afore the next instalment!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Dance of the Seagull

  • Inspector Montalbano, Book 15
  • By: Andrea Camilleri
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Inspector Montalbano is awake at dawn, sitting on his porch, when his attention is caught by a seagull that falls from the sky, performing a strange dance, before lying down to die. Montalbano is perplexed by what he has witnessed and the scene hangs over him like an omen. About to depart for a holiday with his girlfriend Livia, Montalbano makes a quick trip to the police station to tie up loose ends. But when his dear colleague Fazio is discovered missing, Montalbano instead launches a desperate search for his lost friend....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unfortunate narration

  • By donna Dichiara on 14-04-18

A gruesome tail

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

Reviewed: 07-06-16

A long run in and a too quick denouement, not quite a classic but
good