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Long, detailed enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

This is an intricate tale of one woman at a time and place in history. An unfolding love story, not just of the heart but also with the detailed aspects of plants and biology.
I enjoyed but it is long but Juliet Stevenson’s narration kept my interest throughout. Would recommend.

Fabulous - the face of adversity

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

Reviewed: 28-01-18

Couldn’t stop listening.
Great story, great performance thoroughly enjoyable and vocabulary expanded too. Intelligently written unsentimental. Make time to listen, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Easy listening

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

Reviewed: 20-06-16

If you could sum up Major Pettigrew's Last Stand in three words, what would they be?

effortless, enjoyable, light

Would you be willing to try another book from Helen Simonson? Why or why not?

possibly

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

He is the epitomy of a retired Major, Bill makes the character believable and likeable.

An insight into the Happiest Nation

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

Reviewed: 25-02-16

Any additional comments?

Interesting and insightful read which is packed full of facts and Danish info. Well narrated and has intrigued me enough to now book a flight to the Happy land to see what all the fuss is about.

Laugh out load funny but with serious message

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

Reviewed: 25-02-16

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

YES YES YES - This book is not only engaging and witty it makes the listener/reader think. An absolute pleasure.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

There are so many - mental pictures of so many elements have stayed with me - the wolf scene, Tom flying the plane and Jo, Elsie Q, Tom & Shalom being stoned on the Israeli/Palestinian border and so many others

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

Just make the film - let the author come up with the tag line after all he's done the screenplay!

Any additional comments?

Miss this book at your peril - I will definitely listen again as I am sure that some of the jokes musical references were missed amid my laughter. A fab audio book.

Couldn't stop listening!

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

Reviewed: 15-11-15

Any additional comments?

This is a gripping tale - addiction, circumstance, pain and intrigue. Well written, well narrated, I was hooked. Who will ever look at anyone on the train in the same way - not me. Thoroughly recommend.

Gave up on this

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

Reviewed: 31-10-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It started off Ok and then I just had to give up - didn't warm to the primary character and in the end couldn't blame his wife.

Intriguing and Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 17-12-14

If you could sum up Eleanor & Park in three words, what would they be?

different, intriguing, enjoyable

What did you like best about this story?

I love the way that this is presented from each of the main teenage characters perspective. The music references are great as it is of my generation. It was tense in places and intriguing a modern day Romeo & Juliet. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I will listen again.

What does Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Characterisation. It is so well read it was like listening to a mini drama, although it isn't mini

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

20th Century Romeo & Juliet

Any additional comments?

I was a tad disappointed by the abrupt ending - I just didn't see it coming! - hence 4 stars for the story.

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Intrigue, Lust and the Everyday

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

Reviewed: 11-05-14

Any additional comments?

Apple Tree Yard takes you into the life of geneticist Yvonne, her passionate secret affair and the ultimate consequences of her actions those of others and her lover, I don't want to give anything away, so will stop there.

Juliet Stevenson's narration drew me into Yvonne's character straight away, I liked her, and it has a plot that retained my attention throughout. There are high's, lows, anticipation, complete open & raw emotion, all of which hinge around Apple Tree Yard.I thoroughly recommend this audiobook, if I had had the paperback - I doubt I would have been able to put it down.

Listen and let the velvet tones enfold you while the life of Yvonne unravels.

NOT sentimental trash but a thought provoking book

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

Reviewed: 03-02-14

Would you listen to Me Before You again? Why?

Yes I probably would, given enough time between listenings. It is a thought provoking story that has references you would want to refer to. It has life lessons throughout and makes you realise just how luck you are and how quickly and simply everyday activity can change your life at the drop of a hat - the phrase 'There, but for the grace of God go I' rings so true. The book provides a perspective that we probably never consider in everyday life unless we either know someone in this situation or are unfortunate enough to be in the wheelchair.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I had no favourite, the book is written so well that you have a warmth for each of them and an understanding of the dilemma they are presented with.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The wedding, the haircut, the birthday and so many more

Any additional comments?

As soon as I started to listen I was hooked with believable characters, all of which well narrated. I had problems pausing the book so was really pleased when I had train journeys and a day of gardening to hear this through.
It is long, but you don't realise as you just have to see how it unfolds.
A satisfactory ending made the whole thing even more believable.
Read it/Listen to it, but make time for it.