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  • Sophia's Secret

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Carolyn Bonnyman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

When best-selling author Carrie McClelland visits the stark and beautiful Slains Casle, she decides to use the castle as the setting for her new novel, and one of her own ancestors, Sophia, as her heroine. Then Carrie realises her writing is taking on a life of its own and the lines between fact and fiction become increasingly blurred. As Sophias' memories draw Carrie more deeply into the intrigue of 1708, she discovers a captivating love story lost in time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A well written story.

  • By Judy on 02-01-10

I gave up...

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

I usually love this kind of book, but I couldn’t hear this one... I simply couldn’t understand the Scottish accent... I couldn’t follow the story because I didn’t understand it. This book should not be categorized as an English book.

  • The Pearl Sister

  • The Seven Sisters, Book 4
  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Racine, Rehanna MacDonald
  • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

Following the death of her father, CeCe D'Aplièse finds herself at breaking point. In desperation, she decides to flee England and discover her past; the only clues she has are a photograph and the name of a woman pioneer who lived in Australia over 100 years ago. When CeCe finally reaches the Red Centre of Australia, she begins the search for her past. With help from those she meets on her journey, CeCe begins to believe that this wild, vast continent could offer her a sense of belonging.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely wonderful!

  • By Amanda Tork on 07-11-17

It doesn't disappoint!

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

Where does The Pearl Sister rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very near my top of the list.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character, CeCe, as I identified with her immensely.

Which character – as performed by Stephanie Racine and Rehanna MacDonald – was your favourite?

I loved both CeCe and Kitty. The narrators where perfect.

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

Oh my God yes! I did cry a lot. Which is great, it meant I was really feeling the story.

Any additional comments?

Read the entire series! Read all her books! Lucinda Riley rocks!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Jane Austen at Home

  • By: Lucy Worsley
  • Narrated by: Ruth Redman, Lucy Worsley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

On the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death, historian Lucy Worsley leads us into the world in which our best-loved novelist lived. This new telling of the story of Jane's life shows us how and why she lived as she did, examining the rooms, spaces and possessions which mattered to her and the way in which home is used in her novels to mean both a place of pleasure and a prison. It wasn't all country houses and ballrooms; in fact her life was often a painful struggle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!

  • By Gabrielle Harvey-Jones on 27-05-17

Best Jane Austen biography ever!

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

Reviewed: 23-11-17

For those who love Jane Austen and Lucy Worsley's style of introducing history this is a treat! I ended it with a much clearer notion of who Jane Austen was and how her world was like.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Firefly Summer

  • By: Maeve Binchy
  • Narrated by: Kate Binchy
  • Length: 23 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

Firefly Summer is warm, humorous, sad and happy. Reading it is a joy' Irish Independent In the summer of 1962, an American millionaire arrives in a small, sleepy Irish town with far-reaching consequences. For the children of the Ryan family, the long hot summers are usually spent playing in the ruins of a large, abandoned house.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Firefly Summer - A Must Read

  • By Elaine Calderwood on 04-11-07

Enjoyable long read

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

Reviewed: 04-05-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The lenght. It's too long for the story.

Would you recommend Firefly Summer to your friends? Why or why not?

To some, not all. It's a good book for the endurance reader.

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

The accent. I really like her reading.

Was Firefly Summer worth the listening time?

Yes, it was. Although long I really wanted to know how all characters would end up (and there's a ton of those too).

Any additional comments?

Maeve Binchy might not be for everyone, but she's a patient story teller. I'm looking forward to discover more of her books.

  • The Memory Garden

  • By: Rachel Hore
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

Lamorna Cove - a tiny bay in Cornwall, picturesque, unspoilt. A hundred years ago it was the haunt of a colony of artists. Today, Mel Pentreath hopes it is a place where she can escape the pain of her mother's death and a broken love affair, and gradually put her life back together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bring a live Lomorna

  • By maggie on 05-05-15

Nice story a bit overly dramatic female characters

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

Reviewed: 04-05-16

If you could sum up The Memory Garden in three words, what would they be?

Scenery, discovery, drama

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Memory Garden?

None realy sticks out. The story flows without any climatic moment.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

As before, I cannot point a single scene that stood out.

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

Not really. It was enjoyable, the story interesting enough, but the overdramatic female characters kind of ruined it a bit.

Any additional comments?

I didn't connect with the main character enough, I supose. It's a romantic book, and I was expecting more from the past and less from the present, a bit more history and less romance.

The story is there though and I enjoyed reading it. The narrator is very nice too.

  • The Wedding Cake Tree

  • By: Melanie Hudson
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

Celebrity photographer Grace Buchanan has always known that one day she'd swap her manic day job for the peace and quiet of her beloved childhood cottage, St Christopher's - she just didn't expect it to be so soon. At the reading of her mother's will, she's shocked to learn that inheriting St Christopher's hangs on one condition: Grace must drop everything for two weeks and travel the country with a mysterious stranger - war-weary Royal Marine Alasdair Finn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Maya on 30-10-15

Not the best book I've read lately

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

Reviewed: 11-02-16

What did you like best about The Wedding Cake Tree? What did you like least?

It is a carefree book. There is no great depth in the story or the characters, but it's light enough to pass the time.

What was most disappointing about Melanie Hudson’s story?

I didn't connect with the characters, any of them. They were all so stereotypical.

Which character – as performed by Gabrielle Glaister – was your favourite?

I don't have a favorite, as I really didn't feel like any on them were deep enough to be real.

Could you see The Wedding Cake Tree being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No, it doesn't have enough story. The plot is very superficial.

Any additional comments?

Every reader is different and we all have different tastes. In my opinion this book is very light reading, for the dreamer romantics.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lake House

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 782
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 731
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724

Living on her family’s gorgeous lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, clever, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented 14-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure.... One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest son, Theo, has vanished without a trace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Accents

  • By Patricia on 10-11-15

Her best yet

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

Reviewed: 24-11-15

What made the experience of listening to The Lake House the most enjoyable?

The story, the setting, the characters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lake House?

Eleanor's parts. All of them. I loved her specially.

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

I know some people are complaining about the accents, but as I'm not really familiar with them, it didn't make a difference. She has the sweetest voice and I really enjoy hearing books read by her.

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

I did not cry, but it moved me.

Any additional comments?

If you like past-present, escapist books, read this one. It is well worth it!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Cliff

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Gerri Halligan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

Troubled by recent loss, Grania Ryan has returned to Ireland and the arms of her loving family. It is here, on a cliff edge, that she first meets a young girl, Aurora. Strangely drawn to Aurora, Grania discovers that their families are deeply entwined. From a bittersweet romance in wartime London to a troubled relationship in contemporary New York, the Ryans and the Lisles have been entangled for a century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling

  • By Bibby on 13-04-13

A book on love and loss and hope

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

What made the experience of listening to The Girl on the Cliff the most enjoyable?

The story. It has a very good pace, keeping it interesting and never boring.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Aurora, the old soul. Although this character was sometimes a bit strange to be real, I always go for what is different.

Have you listened to any of Gerri Halligan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've listen to The Light Behind the Window, A Gathering Storm and Secrets of the Lighthouse and she's made me love them all.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Love is more than blood.

Any additional comments?

I trully enjoyed this book, it made me smile and cry a couple of times. Lucinda I'm becoming a big fan!

  • The Honeymoon Hotel

  • By: Hester Browne
  • Narrated by: Jessica Anne Ball
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 92

The Bonneville Hotel is the best-kept secret in Mayfair: its art deco suites and glittering ballrooms a former home-away-from-home for royalty and movie stars alike. Recent years haven’t been kind, but thanks to events manager Rosie, the Bonneville is reclaiming some of its old cachet as a chic retro-glam wedding venue. While Rosie’s weddings are the ultimate in romance, Rosie herself isn’t; she’s focused on the details, not the dramas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Romantic escapism and a fun read

  • By Alexandra on 04-02-15

Very enjoyable light reading

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

Reviewed: 03-06-15

What did you like most about The Honeymoon Hotel?

The story, the description of the Hotel and the events.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Joe, because he felt funny and down to earth.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The female/male voices. Most of the times the dialogs with the two main characters were a bit confusing.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

This book isn't meant to move, it serves to relax.

Any additional comments?

I truly enjoy some light reading and if you like a good feel good book, go for it.

  • The Legacy

  • By: Katherine Webb
  • Narrated by: Clare Wille
  • Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 127

In the bitter winter of 2009, following the death of their grandmother, Erica Calcott and her sister Beth return to Storton Manor, a grand and imposing Wiltshire house where they spent their summer holidays as children. When Erica begins to sort through her grandmother's belongings, she is flooded with memories of her childhood - and of her cousin, Henry, whose disappearance from the manor tore the family apart. Erica sets out to discover what happened to Henry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent writing, story, and narrating

  • By Mrs on 02-02-15

Enganging, but overall sad

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

Reviewed: 03-06-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Legacy to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version, so I can not compare.

What did you like best about this story?

I did like the mistery and the resolution of it.

Which character – as performed by Clare Wille – was your favourite?

I didn't have a favourite character, as I didn't really identify with any.

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

No, unfortunately it didn't. It was interesting but it didn't stur many emotions.