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Ville Girl

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  • One Enchanted Evening

  • By: Anton Du Beke
  • Narrated by: Julian Ovenden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 172

Inside the spectacular Grand Ballroom of the exclusive Buckingham Hotel the rich and powerful, politicians, film stars, even royalty rub shoulders with Raymond de Guise and his troupe of talented dancers from all around the world, who must enchant them, captivate them and sweep away their cares. Accustomed to waltzing with the highest of society, Raymond knows a secret from his past could threaten all he holds dear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One Enchanted Book

  • By Ville Girl on 09-11-18

One Enchanted Book

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

Loved, loved, loved this book. The key characters were vulnerable and engaging. The atmosphere of the ballroom, the opulent hotel and the threats of impending troubles in Europe are threaded through the story and pull you in from the start of the book. The narration was just right. Just didn’t want the story to end. I hope this isn’t the last we will hear of the Raymond, the dancers and staff at the Buckingham. More please Mr Du Beke 😊

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Bella Figura

  • How to Live, Love and Eat the Italian Way
  • By: Kamin Mohammadi
  • Narrated by: Kamin Mohammadi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

One woman's story of finding beauty and herself - and a practical guide to living a better life, the Italian way! Kamin Mohammadi, a magazine editor in London, should have been on top of the world. But after heartbreak and loneliness, the stress of her 'dream life' was ruining her physical and mental health. Gifted a ticket to freedom - a redundancy package and the offer of a friend's apartment in Florence - Kamin took a giant leap.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Good Life

  • By Kate Lord Brown on 30-06-18

An uplifting story, with great recipes.

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

Loved everything about this book, it’s so heartwarming. It has made me think about improving my eating (Olive oil has been purchased) lifestyle and attitude towards life. Thank you Kamin, 5 star all the way!

  • The Runaway Wife

  • A Laugh Out Loud Feel Good Novel About Second Chances
  • By: Dee MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Diana Croft
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

One evening in early August, while mashing potatoes for dinner, Connie McColl decides she’s had enough. Sixty-six-year-old wife and grandmother, Connie packs a bag, gets in her little green car and drives off on a journey from England to Scotland to rediscover lost friends and herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally hooked!

  • By carrie reed on 15-08-18

A liberating story

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

Reviewed: 31-05-18

Great narration fully encapsulating the characters. This story of an older woman finding herself was funny, endearing thought provoking and poignant. A great listen.

  • This Charming Man

  • By: Marian Keyes
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 26 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304

Lola has every reason to be interested in who Paddy de Courcy is marrying - because although she's his girlfriend, she definitely isn't the bride. Heartbroken, she flees the city for a cottage by the sea. But will her retreat prove as idyllic as she hopes? Not if journalist Grace has anything to do with it. Grace knew Paddy a long time ago. But why can't she forget him?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Irritating to listen to I’m 2 chapters in and done

  • By sue on 13-02-18

A great multifaceted plot

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

This is a long but great listen. The characters will have you laughing, crying, angry and uplifted as the each character’s plot unfolds. I’m sold on Marian Keyes, her stories are so real. The narrator, Caroline Lennon, was fabulous too.

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  • The English American

  • By: Alison Larkin
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 128

When Pippa Dunn, adopted as an infant and raised terribly British, discovers that her birth parents are from the American South, she finds that "culture clash" has layers of meaning she'd never imagined. Meet The English American, a fabulously funny, deeply poignant debut novel that sprang from Alison Larkin's autobiographical one-woman show of the same name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth a listen

  • By KatMari on 10-08-17

A captivating story

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

This is a captivating story with a gritty centre and messages about who we are, where we come from and who we love.

  • The Diary of Two Nobodies

  • By: Mary Killen, Giles Wood
  • Narrated by: Mary Killen, Giles Wood
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286

What is life for Giles and Mary outside the willow-patterned cocoon? Giles is a countryman who relishes solitude. His wife, Mary, thrives in company and enjoys frequent escapes to London. After 30 years in a marriage of opposites, Giles and Mary have adapted to a life of domestic misunderstandings within comical misadventures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marriage - eject or sit it out?

  • By Rachel Redford on 27-12-17

Quirky and a little bit ‘nutty’

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

A gentle stroll through the lives of Giles and Mary. Lovely moments where I laughed out loud. More please 😁

  • The Hawkshead Hostage

  • By: Rebecca Tope
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22

Summer has come to Windermere, where Persimmon "Simmy" Brown runs her own florist shop. But the shop is struggling for money, so a contract to provide floral displays for a hotel in Hawkshead couldn't have arrived at a better moment. However Simmy's association with the hotel soon turns sinister when she finds a body in the lake. To make matters worse, her friend, Ben Harkness, is now missing and thought to be kidnapped.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting diversion

  • By Ville Girl on 31-12-17

An interesting diversion

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

Reviewed: 31-12-17

Another enjoyable murder mystery set in the Lakes. The focus of the Hawkeshead Hostage was on the new character Bonnie and Simmie took second place in the story. This was an interesting diversion to the usual plot. Good, light listening.

  • What Would Beyoncé Do?!

  • By: Luisa Omielan
  • Narrated by: Luisa Omielan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238

You know when you find yourself approaching 30 and your dreams are broken? You've got a temping career going nowhere and a student debt that's mounting, and you've just had to move back into your mum's house. Then, to top it all off, you get absolutely annihilated with heartbreak because of an ex who is just 'not ready' but then manages to be ready, a week later, with someone else. And it is here, at your lowest point, that one of your best friends decides to remind you that you are the same age as Beyoncé. FML.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So great. Can't recommend enough

  • By RoseM on 28-04-17

For women of all ages!

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

Reviewed: 26-06-17

Loved the honesty in this book. I am a much older listener but the situations and messages resonated with me. Heartwarming and funny, I loved it and will recommend it to both of my daughters. I will miss your voice Luisa it's been a great listen!

  • The Improbability of Love

  • By: Hannah Rothschild
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards, Jilly Bond
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 540

Annie McDee, alone after the disintegration of her long-term relationship and trapped in a dead-end job, is searching for a present for her unsuitable lover in a neglected secondhand shop. Within the jumble of junk and tack, a grimy painting catches her eye. Leaving the store with the picture after spending her meagre savings, she prepares an elaborate dinner for two - only to be stood up, the gift gathering dust on her mantelpiece.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Loved Every Minute of It. Great Characters.

  • By bookylady on 02-04-16

The Improbability of a story

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

Reviewed: 26-05-17

This is the most unusual story I have ever read! A picture narrating its history, set in the past and present. A colourful array of characters all built round the centrepiece of the world of art. History, intrigue, death, love and food. It has it all. Beautifully read by Jilly Bond and Barnaby Edwards it captured me and my emotions, had me laughing and crying from start to finish. Improbable? No! A must read if you enjoy a book with a difference.

  • Temple of the Gods

  • By: Andy McDermott
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

NEW YORK CITY, USA. Archaeologist Nina Wilde's life has fallen apart - her husband, ex-SAS soldier Eddie Chase, is on the run, falsely accused of murder. Her only diversion has been investigating the origin of three strange statues stolen from her just before his disappearance. When Nina discovers they may be dangerous relics from the lost civilisation of Atlantis, it's clear that she has to get back in the game, and fast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cracking adventure

  • By Jayne on 20-10-12

A great story full of twists and turns

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

Reviewed: 03-08-15

This is the first Eddie Chase story I have listened to. I will certainly be listening to more if and when they become available.

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