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  • The House of Shadows

  • De Witt Family, Book 3
  • By: Kate Williams
  • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

The De Witt family, who once led an idyllic and privileged life, are struggling to piece together the shattered fragments of their lives in the aftermath of the Great War. In 1939, the world is on the verge of turmoil with the approaching storm of the Second World War. The fragile peace of the De Witts' world is threatened once again as the family must deal with the consequences of another devastating war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Annoyingly addictive

  • By Amanda on 19-01-19

Annoyingly addictive

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

Reviewed: 19-01-19

This is the third story in the series in which the rather annoying Celia is the heroine. Under the guise of caring about her family more than anything else in the world she drives her son away by not standing up to her sister, omits to suspect the one obvious person in the story who encouraged him, keeps her fiancé hanging cruelly on a string for years, blocks the one chance the family she is supposed to love has of keeping the house because of her own daft ideas, ends up by her actions causing members of her family to take their lives, jilts her fiancé ...........I could go on forever about what an idiot she is!! However, if the test of a good book is whether it raises your emotions, and this book certainly raised my emotions of frustration and dislike of the main character, then maybe it deserves the overall 4 stars I gave it.

  • The Edge of the Fall

  • By: Kate Williams
  • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
  • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

In the aftermath of the Great War, the de Witt family are struggling to piece together the shattered fragments of their lives. Rudolf and his wife, Verena, are still reeling from the loss of their second son and don't know how to function in the postwar world. Stoneythorpe Hall has become an empty shell, with no servants to ensure its upkeep. Celia, the de Witts' youngest daughter, is still desperate to spread her wings and see more of the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Rather slow

  • By Amanda on 07-01-19

Rather slow

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

Reviewed: 07-01-19

This is the second book on the series of three. Like thee first book I wanted to throttle the main character Celia who annoyed me no
end with her utter naivety6 and stupidity, but I knew this would be the case if the first book in the series was anything to go by. I have bought the third book in the series so I’m committed to listening to it to follow the characters as they progress though the end of the 1920s and 30s but I can already guess what is going to happen
This book isn’t one of my most enjoyable listens but has a certain insight into the era in which it is written. Let’s hope Celia grows up a bit in the next in the series!!!

  • Storms of War

  • By: Kate Williams
  • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
  • Length: 20 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

In the idyllic early summer of 1914, life is good for the de Witt family. German Rudolf and his aristocratic English wife, Verena, are planning the wedding of their daughter, Emmeline, while their elder son, Arthur, is studying in Paris, and Michael is just back from his first term at Cambridge. Celia, the youngest of the de Witt children, is on the brink of adulthood and secretly dreams of escaping her carefully mapped-out future and exploring the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • promises more than it delivers

  • By Mrs. on 08-05-15

Interesting insights

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

Reviewed: 20-12-18

On the surface this is an easy listen novel about the 1st World War, but it also contains some very interesting insights into the social life of the time. I had never really thought about what happened to those of German descent in the First World War although quite a lot has been written about this subject with relevance to the Second World War, and it was quite shocking. I also learned a lot about the role of women in WW1 and all this was wrapped up in a palatable story about a family fragmented by war.

This was an enjoyable listen and I look forward to hearing the next two books in the series. I felt like throttling Celia, the main character, sometimes in this book so I hope she has grown up a bit and gets more sensible in the sequels!!

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,311

My name is Peter Grant, and until January, I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant original story great narrator

  • By valb on 05-08-11

Very disappointing

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

Reviewed: 26-11-18

I was so disappointed with this book, as I knew it was a best seller so expected better of it than I got!

This is a pretentious sci-fi book with a basically good idea for the plot, but jumps around and I found hard to keep my attention on it as it raced from one idea to another. None of the characters are developed properly so are not believable and instead of being a book that captures the listener's imagination I found it laughable in its banality. It did not do the basic very interesting idea for the plot justice.

I very rarely send a book back but this one wasn't worth the money paid for it ,or the time it took to listen to as much of it as I could stand to listen to , and is going back

  • The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (And Their Muses)

  • By: Terri-Lynne DeFino
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

A whimsical, moving novel about a retirement home for literary legends who spar, conjure up new stories, and almost magically change the lives of the people around them. Alfonse Carducci was a literary giant who lived his life to excess - lovers, alcohol, parties, and literary rivalries. But now he's come to the Bar Harbor Home for the Elderly to spend the remainder of his days among kindred spirits: the publishing industry's nearly gone but never forgotten greats. Only now, at the end of his life, does he comprehend the price of appeasing every desire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very unusual plot

  • By Amanda on 17-11-18

Very unusual plot

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

Reviewed: 17-11-18

I don't want to give the plot of this book away but it is quite clever and it had me intrigued. The characters are well developed and believable and I really enjoyed this story

  • The Ghost Tree

  • By: Barbara Erskine
  • Narrated by: Vivian Helbrun
  • Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

Ruth has returned to Edinburgh after many years of exile, left rootless by the end of her marriage and career and now the death of her father, from whom she had long been estranged. She is faced with the daunting task of clearing his house, believing he had removed all traces of her mother. Yet hidden away in a barely used top-floor room, she finds he had secretly kept a cupboard full of her possessions. Sifting through the ancient papers, Ruth discovers the diary and letters written by her ancestor from the 18th century, Thomas Erskine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Different and gripping

  • By Happy Shopper on 03-10-18

Great lsten!

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

Reviewed: 17-11-18

This is a very good book which requires some open mindedness about the afterlife , but if you have that then it is a compelling book that you can't wait to get back to , a little predictable at times but very addictive!

  • Heads You Win

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400

Heads You Win is the incredible and thrilling novel by the master storyteller and best-selling author of the Clifton Chronicles and Kane and Abel, Jeffrey Archer. Leningrad, Russia, 1968. Alexander Karpenko is no ordinary child, and from an early age, it is clear he is destined to lead his countrymen. But when his father is assassinated by the KGB for defying the state, he and his mother will have to escape from Russia if they hope to survive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story. You’ll need a note book.

  • By Sarah on 10-11-18

Wonderful - as usual!

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

Reviewed: 17-11-18

Jeffrey Archer always writes about things he has knowledge about and this is no exception, drawing from his time in politics. The characters are very real if somewhat devious in some cases, and I don't want to give anything away but the ending is not what I thought it would be, but maybe the only ending it could be.

This is the story of what happened to one person and the choice they made and how the alternative choice would have affected their life so is in fact the story of two people in parallel worlds, one in America and the other in England. It is read as superbly as it is written and grips the reader from beginning to the very end. A wonderful book again Jeffrey Archer!

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  • The Clockmaker's Daughter

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304

In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor in rural Oxfordshire. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared, a priceless heirloom is missing and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins. Over 150 years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable!

  • By Mrs. A. Hemsworth on 30-09-18

Easy listen

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

Reviewed: 18-10-18

This book was hard to get into but if you persevere it’s worth it. It can as well be a bit confusing jumping from era to era with Joanne Frogetts voice being the same for all the female characters , but once you get into the story you can work out who’s who!
This is a gentle book and an easy listen that’s well researched

  • Time and Time Again

  • By: Ben Elton
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 701
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671

It’s the 1st of June 1914 and Hugh Stanton, ex-soldier and celebrated adventurer is quite literally the loneliest man on earth. No one he has ever known or loved has been born yet. Perhaps now they never will be.Stanton knows that a great and terrible war is coming. A collective suicidal madness that will destroy European civilization and bring misery to millions in the century to come. He knows this because, for him, that century is already history.Somehow he must change that history. He must prevent the war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Time Travel Thriller I've Ever Read

  • By Gabriel on 23-11-14

Entertaining and thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

I enjoyed this book a lot. It as well written, intelligent , atmospheric and made you think as well as having a good story line and twist at the end. I am looking forward to reading another of Ben Elton's books

  • The Mapmaker's Apprentice

  • Glass and Steele, Book 2
  • By: C. J. Archer
  • Narrated by: Marian Hussey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

When an apprentice from the Mapmakers' Guild goes missing, Matt and India are employed to find him. Going undercover as a married couple, they discover that not everyone at the guild is what they seem, and the lad's unearthly maps caused jealousy, suspicion and fear. With one of the apprentice's magic maps in their possession, India and Matt must use their wits and India's fledgling, untried magic to find him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Whiny new narrator

  • By Nazrana Issa on 21-01-19

More easy escapism!

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

If you liked the first book in the series you will most probably like this one too as it is much in the same vein. Not intellectually demanding and a bit silly in many parts, it serves its purpose as an escapist historical romance/detective story and as that is what I want at the moment I am ordering the third in the series; however, if you want a book that will stretch you and something you can get your teeth into then this isn't for you .