• 3
  • reviews
  • 26
  • helpful votes
  • 5
  • ratings
  • This Must Be the Place

  • Booktrack Edition
  • By: Maggie O'Farrell
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins, Thomas Judd
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 8

A reclusive ex-film star living in the wilds of Ireland, Claudette Wells is a woman whose first instinct, when a stranger approaches her home, is to reach for her shotgun. Why is she so fiercely protective of her family, and what made her walk out of her cinematic career when she had the whole world at her feet? Her husband, Daniel, reeling from a discovery about a woman he last saw 20 years ago, is about to make an exit of his own. It is a journey that will send him off-course, far away from the life he and Claudette have made together. Will their love for one another be enough to bring Daniel back home? 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Music track

  • By Anonymous User on 27-07-18

The sound of music!

1 out of 5 stars
1 out of 5 stars
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-18

What a shame. It had what seems to have an interesting plot but the over loud music completely spoilt it for me. I was hoping it was just the introduction but the music continued! I am afraid this old fashioned thing likes her books "neat" without a constant music background

  • A Bachelor Establishment

  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 526

High adventure and dark mystery combine in a sparkling historical romance, by Jodi Taylor writing as Isabella Barclay from The Chronicles of St. Mary's. Bascombe, widowed and tied to an impoverished estate, has learned to ask little of life. With no hope of leaving, the years have passed her by. Lord Ryde, exiled abroad after a scandal, has returned to strip his estate and make a new start in America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Almost as good a discovering a new Georgette Heyer

  • By Beccameriel on 24-01-16

Historical Romp!

4 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-15

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

She brings the whole thing alive. Clear diction for a start.

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

I laughed a lot. The brutal deceased husband got me angry. Given the genre I didn't take it too seriously though.

Any additional comments?

I haven't enjoyed an audible book so much. I will certainly look for Anna Bentinck's narration again. I also read a lot of crime novels and have problems with understanding some of the American narrators. I can understand accents can add something but if you have problems with the accent it detracts from the book. This was great - it was as if Georgette Heyer lives again!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Beautiful Creatures

  • By: Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 319
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 257

Is falling in love the beginning...or the end? In Ethan Wate’s hometown there lies the darkest of secrets. There is a girl. Slowly, she pulled the hood from her head. Green eyes, black hair. Lena Duchannes. There is a curse. On the 16th Moon, the 16th Year, the Book will take what it’s been promised. And no one can stop it. In the end, there is a grave. Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep, powerful love. But Lena is cursed and on her 16th birthday, her fate will be decided. Ethan never even saw it coming.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • An identity crisis of a book, with audio-problems

  • By Elinor Dashwood on 16-04-13

Audiobook or Drama production?

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-13

If I choose an "audible book" I expect just that. A book read aloud by a good actor who if they are good can produce a range of voices - so much so that if done well you are quite oblivious of the change of characters voices from male to female. That's a fairly simple want. What I do not like is when sound effects and music are added turning it into a dramatic production. "Beautiful Creatures" was such a production. I found the constant insertion of music and sound effects intrusive and annoying. If I want the full works I'll buy a film. The storm effects on this audio were so invasive that it was difficult at times to hear the text clearly.

I have been using audiobooks for about 20 years now - on cds and now on downloads. An audiobook in my opinion should be just the spoken word. What can we expect next - poetry reading with sound effects

and a cast of thousands?

Perhaps it would be helpful if you could indicate in the write up that there are such additions then old purists like myself will know "to steer clear"

22 of 26 people found this review helpful