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F. Walshaw

Swanage Dorset
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  • Where the Light Gets In

  • By: Lucy Dillon
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Where the Light Gets In by Lucy Dillon. 'You know those cracks in your heart, Lorna, where things didn’t work out, but you picked yourself up and carried on? That’s where the fear gets out. And where the light gets in.' It was Betty, defiant to the end, who sent Lorna back to Longhampton. If Lorna’s learned one thing from Betty, it’s that courage is something you paint on like red lipstick, even when you’re panicking inside. And right now, with the keys to the town’s gallery in her hand, Lorna feels about as courageous as Betty’s anxious little dachshund trembling beside her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charming and gentle, bittersweet as well, it draw

  • By Helen Taylor on 26-05-18

The best Lucy Dillon yet

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

A delightful story about the end of life treated sympathetically and dogs and love in the fictional town of Longhamton

  • La Belle Sauvage

  • The Book of Dust, Volume 1
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,220
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,821

Philip Pullman returns to the world of His Dark Materials with this magnificent first volume of The Book of Dust series. Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them - a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Story, Great Narrator

  • By Lorenzo on 21-10-17

Griping Story

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

Reviewed: 31-10-17

Brilliant book, l preferred the first half as the second was a bit violent and racy but l can’t wait for the sequel

  • 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 955
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 853

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

Enjoyable read

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

Reviewed: 17-04-16

I loved the character Major Pettigrew he seemed very life like and the tension between the two communities very plausible

  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,256

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hated it

  • By Miss N. Bleakley-wadlow on 05-02-17

Dramatic story

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

Reviewed: 20-08-15

I found the story confusing to start with being told by 3 different people. This would have been easier with a written version but in the end it was very gripping & I couldn't put it down

  • Secret Water

  • Swallows and Amazons, Book 8
  • By: Arthur Ransome
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 70

For anyone who loves sailing and adventure, Arthur Ransome's classic Swallows and Amazons series stands alone. Originally published over a half-century ago, the 12 books are still eagerly enjoyed by children and adults alike - by all those captivated by the world of adventure and imagination. Such longevity is not only due to Ransome’s unparalleled gift of storytelling, but also his championing of qualities such as independence and initiative; virtues that appeal to every generation, whether young or old.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Explorers & Savages

  • By F. Walshaw on 07-08-15

Explorers & Savages

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

Reviewed: 07-08-15

Another brilliant book by Arthur Ransom. A bit slow to start with but gripping in the end

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  • Winter Holiday

  • Swallows and Amazons Series, Book 4
  • By: Arthur Ransome
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 132

For anyone who loves sailing and adventure, Arthur Ransome's classic Swallows and Amazons series stands alone. Originally published over a half-century ago, the twelve books are still eagerly read by children and adults alike – by all those captivated by the world of adventure and imagination. Such longevity is not only due to Ransome’s unparalleled gift of storytelling, but also his championing of qualities such as independence and initiative; virtues that appeal to every generation, whether young or old.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as the book

  • By Victoria on 23-06-13

a good read

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

Reviewed: 27-07-15

What did you like most about Winter Holiday?

getting to know Dick & Dorathia

What did you like best about this story?

The best bt was when Captain Flint comes home and finds the two D's in his Houseboat and how he pretends the next day to Peggy & the Blacketts that the Trespasses were hanged!!

Which character – as performed by Gareth Armstrong – was your favourite?

Dick

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me smile and had me worried!!

Any additional comments?

Brilliant

  • Coot Club

  • Swallows and Amazons Series, Book 5
  • By: Arthur Ransome
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 91

For anyone who loves sailing and adventure, Arthur Ransome's classic Swallows and Amazons series stands alone. Originally published over a half-century ago, the twelve books are still eagerly read by children and adults alike – by all those captivated by the world of adventure and imagination. Such longevity is not only due to Ransome’s unparalleled gift of storytelling, but also his championing of qualities such as independence and initiative; virtues that appeal to every generation, whether young or old.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly entertaining for children and adults alike

  • By Ralphesq on 19-06-18

Tale of pursuit &.sailing on the Norfolk Broads

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

Reviewed: 24-07-15

Brilliant, fun and well read, you always knew who was speaking and the story galloped ( tacked) along at a great pace. My second favourite story in the series.

  • Pigeon Post

  • Swallows and Amazons Series, Book 6
  • By: Arthur Ransome
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 97

For anyone who loves sailing and adventure, Arthur Ransome's classic Swallows and Amazons series stands alone. Originally published over a half-century ago, the 12 books are still eagerly read by children and adults alike - by all those captivated by the world of adventure and imagination. Such longevity is not only due to Ransome’s unparalleled gift of storytelling, but also his championing of qualities such as independence and initiative; virtues that appeal to every generation, whether young or old.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book. Awful narration.

  • By Kit on 16-08-18

My favourite Swallows & Amazons story so far

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

Reviewed: 19-07-15

Brilliant couldn't stop listening to it! Exciting, believable and such fun I wanted to be there as well.

  • Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers

  • A 44 Scotland Street Novel
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

As summer blooms in Edinburgh's gardens and Bertie Pollock's birthday appears on the horizon, all at 44 Scotland Street is not cake and sunshine. Newlywed Angus Lordie has been booked by his bride into what he must not call the loony bin; Bruce's first encounter with hot wax brings more anguish than he bargained for; and Bertie's birthday dreams of scout camp and a penknife look set to be replaced by a game of Royal Weddings and a gender-neutral doll.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect holiday reading!

  • By C. Pattison on 05-05-15

My Favourite 44 Scotland St so far

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

Reviewed: 28-09-14

Where does Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a really good read and makes me laugh out loud. I can't wait for the next instalment. I wonder what happens to Irene & I love Bertie it a great characterisation!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers?

Irene trying to eat breakfast wearing a hijab!

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

I love his change of voice for the different characters

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes i would like to

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