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Mr. Ronald Barkess

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  • The Girl in the Letter

  • By: Emily Gunnis
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

A heartbreaking letter. A girl locked away. A mystery to be solved. 1956. When Ivy Jenkins falls pregnant she is sent in disgrace to St Margaret's, a dark, brooding house for unmarried mothers. Her baby is adopted against her will. Ivy will never leave. Present day. Samantha Harper is a journalist desperate for a break. When she stumbles on a letter from the past, the contents shock and move her. The letter is from a young mother, begging to be rescued from St Margaret's. Before it is too late.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A fairly good read...

  • By Anonymous User on 17-12-18

Too many characters

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

Reviewed: 08-02-19

I stuck with this story to the end but it was such hard going. To be honest I didn’t have a clue who was who! So confusing and complicated. Disappointing.

  • The Darkest Lies

  • A Gripping Psychological Thriller with a Shocking Twist
  • By: Barbara Copperthwaite
  • Narrated by: Alison Campbell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 92

Melanie Oak appeared to have the perfect life. Married to her childhood sweetheart, Jacob, the couple live with their beautiful, loving, teenage daughter, Beth, in a pretty village. Nothing can shake her happiness -- until the day that Beth goes missing, and is discovered beaten almost to the point of death, her broken body lying in a freezing creek on the marshes near their home. Consumed with grief, Melanie is determined to find her daughter's attacker. Someone in the village must have seen something. Why won't they talk?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow.. Thrilled and Chilled in equal measures

  • By JayT on 17-08-17

Appalling

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

I’ve read up to chapter 5 and I’m having to return this book. The story is so poor and the narration even worse! I can’t bare to listen to another second of it. Why is the narrator so monotone and so dreadful? Don’t waste your credit. Awful

  • Will You Remember Me?

  • By: Amanda Prowse
  • Narrated by: Melody Grove
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Poppy Day is an ordinary woman. She's a 32-year-old stay-at-home mum with two gorgeous children, while her husband Mart tours with the army. Her simplest pleasure is having her family together in a happy home. But Poppy is too busy to notice the fatigue in her body and the menacing lump growing on her breast. If there's anyone strong enough to defeat cancer it's Poppy. But does life really work like that?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Sad

  • By Jeannette on 13-01-17

One of the saddest books I’ve ever read

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

Reviewed: 12-01-19

As usual Amanda Prowse doesn’t disappoint but be prepared for a lot of Kleenex!

A story of love and a wonderful family with all the trials and tribulations that brings but such immense sadness when the mother Poppy Day is diagnosed with breast cancer.

Couldn’t stop crying but a wonderful story nonetheless.

  • Another Love

  • By: Amanda Prowse
  • Narrated by: Amanda Prowse
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

Romilly had worked hard for her stunning house in one of Bristol's most fashionable suburbs. She adored her daughter and handsome husband, and sure, life was sometimes exhausting - but nothing that a large glass of wine couldn't fix. But then, as deep-buried insecurities surfaced, everything started to unravel. A glass of wine became a bottle; one bottle became two. Once, Romilly's family were everything to her. Now, after years of hiding the drinking, she must finally admit that she has found another love....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heart breaking

  • By ANNE on 07-10-16

Beautiful book

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

One of the saddest books I have ever read. Beautifully written and read by the amazing Amanda Prowse

  • Anna

  • By: Amanda Prowse
  • Narrated by: Amanda Prowse
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

Anna Cole grew up poor, but her mother's love made her feel rich every day. Then her mother died, and Anna was sent to a care home. As a teenager, Anna vowed that one day she would have children of her own and create the happy, noisy family life she always craved. Then, one day, Anna meets Theo Montgomery in a lift. Theo has kind eyes but a sad past. His family were rich, but his childhood was full of neglect. Theo can't imagine bringing a child into this cruel world, but he does want a soul mate. Someone to love him unconditionally; someone with whom he can share his family's wealth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A lovely moving story

  • By jill rosemary lee on 04-02-19

Fabulous

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

Reviewed: 29-12-18

Such a lovely book. Really sad at times but thoroughly enjoyable. I love all Amanda Prowse’s books but I think I’ve enjoyed this one the best.

  • The Girl in the Corner

  • By: Amanda Prowse
  • Narrated by: Amanda Prowse
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

Rae-Valentine and Howard were childhood sweethearts. They’ve shared twenty-five peaceful years since they were brought together by Dolly, Howard’s larger-than-life sister. But now, on the night of their wedding anniversary, Howard reveals a shocking betrayal that leaves Rae reeling. Heartbroken, she takes Dolly on her would-be anniversary trip to Antigua and the two women drink and dance and talk like they haven’t in years. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Bad: Like All Her Books

  • By AmandaQuirky on 12-02-19

Absolutely loved it

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

Reviewed: 24-12-18

Such a lovely book and some lol moments and some very sad ones too. But as usual Amanda Prowse has done herself proud. I love her books and hats off to her for narrating it herself. i thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Let Me Lie

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan, Clare Mackintosh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 786
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 736
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 737

The police say it was suicide. Anna says it was murder. They're both wrong. One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life - a shocking suicide carefully played out to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with her parents' deaths ever since. Now with a young baby herself, Anna feels her mother's presence keenly and is determined to find out what really happened. But as she looks for answers, someone is trying to stop her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Real Maze of a Thriller

  • By Simon on 14-03-18

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

Loved this book. Loads of twists and turns and it’ll keep you on the edge of your seat. Good narration too. Best book I’ve read in ages.

  • A Stranger in the House

  • By: Shari Lapena
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 505
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 470
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 469

You're waiting for your beloved husband to get home from work. You're making dinner, looking forward to hearing about his day. That's the last thing you remember. You wake up in hospital, with no idea how you got there. They tell you that you were in an accident; you lost control of your car whilst driving in a dangerous part of town. The police suspect you were up to no good. But your husband refuses to believe it. Your best friend isn't so sure. And even you don't know what to believe....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bloody brill

  • By Johanna Laughton on 13-01-18

Absolutely Awful

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I really don’t know why I persevered until the end of this book. I kept meaning to send it back but tried to stick it out hoping it would get better. It didn’t. I can’t believe this was a bestseller. That’s 10 or so hours of my life I’ll never get back. Don’t bother!

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  • The Coordinates of Loss

  • By: Amanda Prowse
  • Narrated by: Amanda Prowse
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

When Rachel Croft wakes up on her family’s boat in Bermuda, it’s to sunshine and yet another perfect day…until she goes to wake her seven-year-old son, Oscar. Because the worst thing imaginable has happened. He isn’t there. In the dark and desperate days that follow, Rachel struggles to navigate her grief. And while her husband, James, wants them to face the tragedy together, Rachel feels that the life they once shared is over. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyable easy listening holiday read .

  • By Janet leslie on 01-02-19

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 27-10-18

Loved it but a very sad story. Well worth a read. Great narration from Amanda Prowse.

  • The Man Who Didn't Call

  • By: Rosie Walsh
  • Narrated by: Katherine Press
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208

If you've ever found yourself waiting for a call that didn't come, The Man Who Didn't Call by Rosie Walsh is the audiobook for you. Imagine you meet a man, spend six glorious days together, and fall in love. And it's mutual: you've never been so certain of anything. So when he leaves for a long-booked holiday and promises to call from the airport, you have no cause to doubt him. But he doesn't call.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous novel by Rosie Walsh

  • By Linda Siddorn on 18-06-18

Thoroughly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 24-08-18

Such an interesting story with twists and turns and very well read. Kept me hooked from start to finish and couldn’t stop listening. I’ll definitely look out for other books written by this author in the future. Highly recommend.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful