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Joanna-Bear

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  • The Christmas Hirelings

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Saunders
  • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,882
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,709
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,696

A heartwarming festive tale of redemption and cheer, The Christmas Hirelings is the story of a lonely widower who reluctantly invites a group of children to his manor for Christmas. It showcases the benefits of opening your doors and hearts during the holiday season.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it! What a wonderful Christmas tale.

  • By Helen SJ on 17-12-18

Didn’t work for me

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

Reviewed: 19-12-18

This was a free book so I feel bad for giving it a bad review, I just didn’t “get it” Jennifer Saunders was great as always though!

  • The Godfather

  • By: Mario Puzo
  • Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
  • Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,954
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,812
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,808

A modern masterpiece, The Godfather is a searing portrayal of the 1940s criminal underworld. It is also the intimate story of the Corleone family, at once drawn together and ripped apart by its unique position at the core of the American Mafia. Still shocking 40 years after it was first published, this compelling tale of blackmail, murder, and family values is a true classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • DO NOT MISS THIS!

  • By suze0501@aol.com on 26-02-15

AMAZING

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

Reviewed: 25-10-18

This book doesn’t disappoint in any way. There were a few minor bits that I didn’t feel enhanced the story, but basically this is a fantastic read! Narrator Joe was fantastic! Loved it!!!!

  • Why Mummy Drinks

  • By: Gill Sims
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 739
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664

Why Mummy Drinks is the brilliant novel from Gill Sims, the author of the online sensation Peter and Jane. It is Mummy's 39th birthday. She is staring down the barrel of a future of people asking if she wants to come to their advanced yoga classes and polite book clubs where everyone claims to be tiddly after a glass of Pinot Grigio and says things like 'oooh gosh, are you having another glass?'

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOL

  • By Sarah on 04-01-18

A great read, but it may put you off marriage and kids

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

Reviewed: 21-09-18

This is a great read, but anyone considering marriage and kids might want to think again after reading it! I hate to be mean about narrators, but I found this one really annoying and it spoilt it a bit for me. I expect she’s great on other stuff. Loved the story around Louisa and Bardot 🤣

  • I Found You

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,978
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,974

East Yorkshire: Single mum Alice Lake finds a man on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, no idea what he is doing there. Against her better judgement, she invites him in to her home. Surrey: 21-year-old Lily Monrose has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night, she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one. Then the police tell her that her husband never existed....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful ,involving and moving l Antonia Beamish's narration outstanding.

  • By Susie on 28-03-17

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

This was such a great well written story, with a fantastic array of characters. I was a little disappointed at the end as I thought there would be an additional twist, but it’s gripping and I’d thoroughly recommend it! The narrator was awesome!

  • I Am Watching You

  • By: Teresa Driscoll
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,981
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,803
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,799

When Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it - until she realises they are fresh out of prison and her maternal instinct is put on high alert. But just as she's decided to call for help, something stops her. The next day, she wakes up to the news that one of the girls - beautiful, green-eyed Anna Ballard - has disappeared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Glowing Five Stars

  • By Caroline Mitchell on 23-10-17

Really enjoyed this book

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

Reviewed: 16-07-18

This book has a really good story. Reminds me a bit of “A girl on a train”. Thought that the narrator was excellent too! Thoroughly recommend!

  • Quit Drinking: The Best Ways to Be Healthy, Happy, and Motivated Without Alcohol

  • By: Susan Hollister
  • Narrated by: Gail L. Chaffee
  • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

Whether you want to cut back on your drinking, stop drinking entirely, or learn how to be happy and healthy again, this audiobook will easily teach you everything you need to know. Plan for your success. Discover practical strategies, techniques, and lifestyle choices that will set you up for maximum success when reducing your alcohol intake for the next 30 days or longer. Be healthy, happy and motivated: Get this audiobook now!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Helping you to prepare to quit drinnking

  • By kegpiece on 19-06-18

Ok

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

Reviewed: 14-05-18

Some of the advice at the beginning is really useful but then it goes on to talk about films to watch to distract you from drinking etc. This possibly would work for some, but not me. Also they start referring to help groups that are in the states. Not bad, but it didn’t work for me.

  • The Christmas Card

  • By: Dilly Court
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

The new novel from Sunday Times best seller Dilly Court. She turned the picture of the Christmas card over with her frozen hands. The scene showed a family at Yuletide as they gathered around the magnificent tree. Standing stiff with cold on the icy cobbles, Alice could only dream.... With the snow falling steadily, Alice and her ailing mother have found themselves on the cold streets of London with only debts to their name - forced to rely on the begrudging charity of cruel Aunt Jane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful, magnificent & brilliantly narrated.

  • By Dawn on 08-11-16

Really easy and enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

Really liked this book and I also read another of hers. My only issue is that the endings are really predictable and a little sudden. But overall a lovely easy book!

  • The Favoured Child

  • Wideacre, Book 2
  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Kate Rawson
  • Length: 25 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 108

The Wideacre estate is bankrupt, the villagers are living in poverty and Wideacre Hall is a smoke-blackened ruin. But in the Dower House, two children are being raised in protected innocence. Equal claimants to the inheritance of Wideacre, rivals for the love of the village, they are tied by a secret childhood betrothal but forbidden to marry. Only one can be the favoured child.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Middle in many senses

  • By Lindsay on 05-11-17

Really dragged for me

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

Reviewed: 24-04-18

I really like Phillipa Gregory books and I enjoyed the first novel, but this one really dragged. I got to chapter 13 and couldn’t face listening to any more.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The 4 Pillar Plan

  • How to Relax, Eat, Move and Sleep Your Way to a Longer, Healthier Life
  • By: Dr Rangan Chatterjee
  • Narrated by: Dr Rangan Chatterjee
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 522
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 506

In The 4 Pillar Plan, Dr Rangan Chatterjee presents us with an incredibly simple framework for taking control of our health. He divides health into four pillars: diet, rest, sleep and movement. By making small, easily achievable changes in each of these key areas, you can find and maintain good health - and avoid illness. You don't need to excel at any one pillar - what matters is the balance across all the things you do.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant easy to listen to practical suggestions

  • By Betty on 28-12-17

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

I didn’t really enjoy this. So much of it seemed obvious. However, I do read a lot on these types of topics so that’s probably why. Do it might work for others.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Wideacre

  • Wideacre, Book 1
  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Emma Powell
  • Length: 26 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 210

Philippa Gregory's first story in the best-selling Wideacre trilogy. A compelling tale of passion and intrigue set in the 18th century. From the author of The Other Boleyn Girl and The Virgin's Lover. Wideacre Hall, set in the heart of the English countryside, is the ancestral home that Beatrice Lacey loves. But as a woman of the 18th century, she has no right of inheritance. Corrupted by a world that mistreats women, she sets out to corrupt others.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • More like "50 shades of grey".....

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-10-17

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 25-02-18

I was surprised that this book had some bad reviews, particularly in terms of the narrator who I felt was an excellent choice. The story and some “scenes” the relationship between Beatrice and someone very close to her (not giving anything away) is unpalatable but it’s a book, and it adds to the drama of the whole thing. I loved it and have the next two books ready to enjoy!