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  • My Sweet Revenge

  • By: Jane Fallon
  • Narrated by: Jenny Funnell, Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,069
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,063

Paula has had Robert's back since they got together as drama students. She gave up her dreams so he could make it. Now he's one of the nation's most popular actors. And Paula's just discovered he's having an affair. She's going to remind Robert just what he's sacrificing, and then she's going to break his heart like he broke hers. It will be her greatest acting role ever. Revenge is sweet. Isn't it?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Revenge is definitely sweet

  • By Sue R. on 08-09-17

Vacuous

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

Pretty boring story. Nothing really happens. Just a lot of talk about losing weight and relentless scheming. It all seemed very unrealistic and mindless.
The narration for both women was good and easy to listen to but I just kept waiting for something to happen, hoping for a twist in the story or......just anything really! But nothing ever did.

  • Winter Solstice

  • By: Rosamunde Pilcher
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

Elfrida Phipps loves her new life in her pretty Hampshire village. She has a tiny cottage, her faithful dog, Horace, and the friendship of the neighbouring Blundells - particularly Oscar - to ensure that her days include companionship as well as independence. But an unforeseen tragedy upsets Elfrida's tranquillity: Oscar's wife and daughter are killed in a terrible car crash, and he finds himself homeless when his stepchildren claim their dead mother's inheritance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvellous

  • By Penelope on 20-02-18

Lovely Christmas story

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

This is a real Christmas feel good story. Very Rosamunde Pilcher , the characters seem from another time altogether but that’s part of the charm. It’s a long tale with ups and downs but with Christmas spirit shining through and everything turning out wonderfully well by the end.

The narrator was pretty good overall except for two characters....one who had a strong American accent for some reason even though he had only lived there for a few years and the other, a teenage girl, was given a very babyish voice which I couldn’t bear to listen to and so always found something else to do when her short chapter of her diary was read out.

But overall it was very good and leaves you with a warm glow.

  • Coming Home

  • By: Rosamunde Pilcher
  • Narrated by: Helen Johns
  • Length: 40 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 109

Born in Colombo, Judith Dunbar spends her teenage years at boarding school while her beloved mother and younger sister live abroad with her father. When her new friend, Loveday Carey-Lewis, invites Judith home for the weekend to Nancherrow, the Carey-Lewises' beautiful estate on the Cornish coast, it is love at first sight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A marathon treat

  • By Linda Carroll on 23-03-18

Escapism.

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

At first I thought I might have to send the book back, I found the narrator difficult to listen to, rather tremulous and wavering but I stuck with it and am so glad I did. After a short while I not only began to like the narrator but thought she did a really good job distinguishing between all the different characters.
Such a long listen that you become totally engrossed in the story, the characters and feel part of that tumultuous period of history. Typical Rosamunde Pilcher with everything being wonderful, money no object, everyone ravishing etc but that’s part of the charm and escapism.
I recommend.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Shell Seekers

  • By: Rosamunde Pilcher
  • Narrated by: Hayley Atwell
  • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

Artist's daughter Penelope Keeling can look back on a full and varied life: a Bohemian childhood in London and Cornwall, an unhappy wartime marriage, and the one man she truly loved. She has brought up three children - and learned to accept them as they are. Yet she is far too energetic and independent to settle sweetly into pensioned-off old age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A genuine, quaint story that keeps you listening

  • By LivingTheDream on 30-04-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 17-01-18

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommended the book to a friend to read but I wouldn’t recommended that they listen to it by audible book.
It is a wonderful book and I have read it, really enjoyed it and was so looking forward to listening to it again but the narration spoilt it for me.

Who was your favorite character and why?

When I read the book to myself I liked Penelope's parents the best.
But unfortunately the way the characters are read by the narrator makes them all so disagreeable and annoying. They all seem permantly cross, irritated or resentful. It’s really tiring to listen to!

How could the performance have been better?

The narration needed a lot more spark. It was read in such an aggrieved way that I just kept hoping that someone (anyone!) would be happy but it wasn’t to be.
Also, as previously mentioned by other reviewers several words kept being mispronounced. Simple words such as hearth...it was disconcerting.

Was The Shell Seekers worth the listening time?

Unfortunately not. I had such high hopes when I saw that it was available and couldn’t wait to listen but it wasn’t what I had hoped for at all.

Any additional comments?

I will definitely try some other Rosamunde Pilcher audible books but look for a different narrator next time.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Heart's Invisible Furies

  • By: John Boyne
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 21 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,560
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,396
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,397

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery, or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal

  • By Kerri on 19-02-17

What a brilliant book

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

Reviewed: 01-10-17

I didn’t know what to expect from this book despite reading the reviews but I thought I would take a chance and I am very glad I did.
A sweeping saga, taking in 7 decades and following the life of Cyril Avery from the 1940s Ireland to the present day.
It was funny, sad, shocking and joyful and I always wanted to listen longer than I was able.
The narration was superb, the characters quirky in places but very believable.
I loved every minute of it and thoroughly recommended it.

  • Jane Eyre

  • By: Charlotte Bronte
  • Narrated by: Thandie Newton
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,198
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,106
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,104

Following Jane from her childhood as an orphan in Northern England through her experience as a governess at Thornfield Hall, Charlotte Brontë's Gothic classic is an early exploration of women's independence in the mid-19th century and the pervasive societal challenges women had to endure. At Thornfield, Jane meets the complex and mysterious Mr. Rochester, with whom she shares a complicated relationship that ultimately forces her to reconcile the conflicting passions of romantic love and religious piety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A beautiful audiobook!!

  • By Philip on 13-02-17

Wonderful narration

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

Reviewed: 10-08-17

I have read Jane Eyre twice before and always loved it but to listen to it being told was a wonderful experience. I heard parts that I didn't remember, felt swept along by the story and was thoroughly engrossed throughout.
The narration was excellent....perfect in every way.

  • The Secret

  • The Number One Best-Selling Author of The Letter
  • By: Kathryn Hughes
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,094
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,020
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,014

Mary has been nursing a secret. Forty years ago, she made a choice that would change her world for ever, and alter the path of someone she holds dear. Beth is searching for answers. She has never known the truth about her parentage, but finding out could be the lifeline her sick child so desperately needs. When Beth finds a faded newspaper cutting amongst her mother's things, she realises the key to her son's future lies in her own past. She must go back to where it all began to unlock...the Secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good book. Recommended.

  • By M.A. on 22-07-16

Good but very depressing!

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

Reviewed: 04-01-17

All I can say is don't ever listen to this book if you are depressed!
It is pretty much non stop gloom......disease, suicide, unwanted pregnancy, bullying, car crash, death, child neglect, injuries, fire, lies and worry to name a few.
Narration was good, there thankfully was a happy ending, it had a good twist to it and I listened to it to the end but there was just too much relentless gloom and despair for me.

18 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Notes from a Small Island

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson took the decision to move back to the States for a while but before leaving his much-loved home in North Yorkshire, Bryson insisted on taking one last trip around Britain. His aim was to take stock of the nation's public face and private parts (as it were), and to analyse what precisely it was he loved so much about a country that had produced Marmite, a military hero whose dying wish was to be kissed by a fellow named Hardy....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By DR on 17-09-16

Love this book

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

Reviewed: 11-09-15

This is such a good book which I read years ago. It's funny, quirky and gently mocks the British way of doing things.
I like Bill Brysons narration of his own books very much.

The book was great apart from very odd music suddenly drowning out much of the narration when Bill Bryson reached John O Groats. It was most peculiar and unnecessary....I didn't know where the music was coming from initially and then it swelled louder and louder until I wondered whether to turn off the book! Luckily it only lasted a few minutes but I do wonder what it was for and how it was supposed to enhance the recording.
Apart from that I thought it a good recording and would recommend.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Maeve's Times

  • By: Maeve Binchy
  • Narrated by: Kate Binchy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

As someone who fell off a chair not long ago trying to hear they what they were saying at the next table in a restaurant, I suppose I am obsessively interested in what some might consider the trivia of other people's lives'. Maeve Binchy is well known for her best-selling novels, the most recent of which was A Week in Winter. But for many years Maeve was a journalist, writing for The Irish Times.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An emotional goodbye

  • By Kate on 28-10-13

A great listen

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

Reviewed: 31-05-15

I've read all Maeve Binchys novels but not her newspaper articles so I wasn't sure what to expect from this book.
Well, it was delightful. Funny, warm, interesting and the narration was spot on.
A great book to dip in and out of or listen to all in one go.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Looking for Me

  • By: Beth Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Beth Hoffman’s bestselling debut, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, won admirers and acclaim with its heartwarming story and cast of unforgettable characters. Now her unique flair for evocative settings and richly drawn Southern personalities shines in her compelling new novel, Looking for Me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful book

  • By Tracey on 17-09-15

A wonderful saga

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

Reviewed: 12-04-15

I enjoyed this story immensely. I hadn't read any previous books by this author and didn't know what to expect but what I found was a wonderful long story full of likeable, real characters. I looked forward to hearing the next chapter and lingered over chores so I could hear just a little bit more!
I love Jenna Lamias narration...I could listen to her voice for hours, it is the perfect voice for the story.
Well worth a listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful