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  • The Storm Sister

  • The Seven Sisters, Book 2
  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Noreen Leighton, Rachel Lincoln
  • Length: 21 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323

A talented sailor, Ally is about to compete in one of the world's most challenging yacht races when she hears the news of her adoptive father's sudden death. In the aftermath of the harrowing events that follow, Ally pursues the clues her father left her to the icy beauty of Norway. There, she begins to discover how her story is inextricably bound to that of a young unknown singer, Anna Landvik, who lived there over 100 years before.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Silly story about lightweight glossy people

  • By Cliente Amazon on 27-11-16

Another good book by Lucinder Riley.

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

Reviewed: 08-03-19

Loved it. Looking forward to the third book of the series. They are stand alone stories about the 6 apopted children of Pa Salt. Following his death he leaves them all clues to find out about their origins. Enjoy, I have.

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • By: Mary Ann Shaffer
  • Narrated by: Charlie Norfolk
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,151

January 1946 and writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a man in Guernsey, who has found her name written inside a book. As they exchange letters, she is drawn into the eccentric world of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which boasts a charming cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this!

  • By Christina O'Brien on 30-07-18

Heartwarming story.

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

Found it hard to get into as all told by letters to and from the main characters. But, eventually began to enjoy it and was sad when I reached the end.

The Girl You Left Behind
    
    
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        Clare Corbett,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Penelope Rawlins
    
    


    
    Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
    1,715 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • The Girl You Left Behind

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,715
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,484
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,488

France, 1916. Sophie Lefevre is ordered to serve the German officers who socialise in her hotel. When the new Kommandant sets eyes on Sophie's portrait - painted by her husband Edouard - a dangerous obsession is born. Almost a century later, Sophie's portrait hangs in the home of Liv Halston. A chance encounter reveals the painting's true worth - and its troubled history that is about to resurface and turn Liv's life upside down…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spellbinding - I loved it

  • By Happy and Smiling on 16-02-13

Gripping story

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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

A very moving story beautifully written and performed. Will look for more by this author.

  • Amy Snow

  • By: Tracy Rees
  • Narrated by: Melody Grove
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 740
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744

Winner of the 2014 Richard & Judy Search for a Bestseller competition. Abandoned on a bank of snow as a baby, Amy is taken in at nearby Hatville Court. But the masters and servants of the grand estate prove cold and unwelcoming. Amy's only friend and ally is the sparkling young heiress Aurelia Vennaway. So when Aurelia tragically dies young, Amy is devastated. But Aurelia leaves Amy one last gift. A bundle of letters with a coded key. A treasure hunt that only Amy can follow. A life-changing discovery awaits ... if only she can unlock the secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book

  • By Hungrychics on 21-10-15

An entertaining book set in the Victian eara.

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

Thoroughly enjoyable and easy to listen to if a little predictable towards the end. Thanks

The Villa Triste
    
    
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        Lucretia Grindle
    
    


    
    
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        Julia Barrie
    
    


    
    Length: 21 hrs and 19 mins
    42 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • The Villa Triste

  • By: Lucretia Grindle
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 21 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

It is the autumn of 1943. Italy signs the armistice that will take it out of the war, and slides into chaos. In Florence, two sisters, Isabella and Caterina Cammaccio, find themselves surrounded by terror and death. Determined to take on not only the Nazis but also the newly resurgent Fascists, bands of Partisans rise up. In the present day, Alessandro Pallioti, one of Florence’s most senior policemen, would not normally oversee a murder investigation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful, wonderful read...

  • By pennyh on 09-04-12

A very interesting book

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

Reviewed: 28-10-18

Not my usual kind of book but I really enjoyed it. A great insight into the resistance work during WW2. Well written and presented.

  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

  • By: Helen Simonson
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 875
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 878

Major Ernest Pettigrew (Ret’d) is not interested in the frivolity of the modern world. Since his wife Nancy’s death, he has tried to avoid the constant bother of nosy village women; his grasping, ambitious son; and the ever-spreading suburbanisation of the English countryside, preferring to lead a quiet life upholding the values that people have lived by for generations. But when his brother’s death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs Ali, the widowed village shopkeeper of Pakistani descent, the Major is drawn out of his regimented world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Old age is not for softies

  • By Morag on 24-05-11

A most enjoyable book

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

Reviewed: 26-08-18

An interesting story. I enjoyed listening to it. will look for another by the same author.

The Villa Part 1
    
    
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        Anna Bentinck
    
    


    
    Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
    1 rating
    Overall 5.0
  • The Villa Part 1

  • By: Rosanna Ley
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

When Tess Angel receives a solicitor's letter inviting her to claim her inheritance - the Villa Sirena, perched on a clifftop in Sicily - she is stunned. Her only link to the island is through her mother, Flavia, who left Sicily during World War II and cut all contact with her family. Initially resistant to Tess going back to her roots, Flavia realises the secrets from her past are about to be revealed and decides to try to explain her actions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most enjoyable

  • By Pennyfarthing on 28-07-18

Most enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 28-07-18

I loved the book. I will be looking for another by this author & reader.

Bay of Secrets Part 1
    
    
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        Sandra Duncan
    
    


    
    Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
    1 rating
    Overall 5.0
  • Bay of Secrets Part 1

  • By: Rosanna Ley
  • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Spain, 1939: Following the wishes of her parents to keep her safe during the war, a young girl, Julia, enters a convent in Barcelona. Looking for a way to maintain her links to the outside world, she volunteers to help in a maternity clinic. But worrying adoption practices in the clinic force Sister Julia to decide how far she will go to help those placed in her care. England, 2011: Six months after her parents' shocking death, 34-year-old journalist and jazz enthusiast Ruby Rae has finally found the strength to pack away their possessions and sell the family home. But as she does so, she unearths a devastating secret....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most enjoyable

  • By Pennyfarthing on 07-01-18

Most enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

Really enjoyed this story I wss sorry when it came to the end. Well narrated.

  • The Spice Merchant's Wife

  • By: Charlotte Betts
  • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

1666. Newly married to a wealthy spice merchant, Kate Finche believes all her dreams of a happy family life are just around the corner until the Great Fire rages through London. She watches in horror as their livelihood goes up in flames, filling the air with the heady scents of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. As the city is devastated, Kate's husband, Robert is forced to seek employment to ensure their survival, but when he is found drowned, Kate refuses to believe that he has taken his own life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good read

  • By Eve on 16-10-16

Sad when ended.

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

Reviewed: 03-12-17

Thoroughly enjoyed this audio book. Will look for another by the same author and narrator.

  • The Persimmon Tree

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 27 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling read

  • By Philippa on 10-09-11

great book

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

Reviewed: 29-10-17

Loved this book so sorry when it finished. Will definitely read more by this author