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  • The Ghost Tree

  • By: Barbara Erskine
  • Narrated by: Vivian Helbrun
  • Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172

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
  • The Ghost Treee

  • By Robbie the Barker on 13-11-18

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 21-10-18

I'm a huge fan of Barbara Erskine's books and this is one of the best. Following closely the life of Thomas Erskine, the author's great great several times grandfather.

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  • One Cornish Summer

  • By: Liz Fenwick
  • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

A moving story of two women struggling with their past: one cannot remember hers, the other cannot forget.... When Hebe receives a life-changing diagnosis at only 40, she struggles to make sense of what it will mean for her, her job and the man she loves. With memories slipping away by the day, she flees to the one place she has always felt safe and peaceful - Cornwall, and the house her family spent so many summers in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved every second! just Beautiful!

  • By Autumn Rose on 04-04-18

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 24-08-18

A wonderful love story that I was hooked on from the beginning. The main character, Lucy, is a spoiled rich girl but by the end she became much more likeable. The story dealt carefully and well with the Alzheimer's one of its main characters was suffering from, it didn't take away the horrors of the disease but was very empathetic. Throw in some handsome young men and you get a great story. Highly recommended

  • My Mother's Shadow

  • By: Nikola Scott
  • Narrated by: Lucy Paterson, Alex Tregear
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

It is 1958. Elizabeth has been sent away from her London home to the beautiful Hartland House in Sussex. Over an idyllic summer by the coast, she grows close to the confident young Shaws, who treat her like one of their own. A lovely but innocent girl, Elizabeth is ready to fall in love - but her dreams are dangerously naïve. Decades later Elizabeth's daughter, Addie, is stunned when a stranger appears on her doorstep, claiming that they are sisters. Addie doesn't believe it until her beloved father admits that everything she's been told about her early life is a lie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyed the book

  • By Ine on 15-01-18

Riveting

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

Reviewed: 14-10-17

A perfect story - sad snd funny, with a mystery to be solved. Beautifully read. I loved it and couldn't put it down as I so wanted to know what had happened on 14th February 1960. Will definitely watch out for more from this author.

  • The Returning Tide

  • By: Liz Fenwick
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

Two sisters and one betrayal that will carry across generations... In wartime Cornwall, 1943, a story between two sisters begins - the story of Adele and Amelia and the heartbreaking betrayal that will divide them forever. Decades later the efforts of one reckless act still echo - but how long will it be until their past returns? The Returning Tide will sweep you away to the beautiful Cornish coast, full of secrets and mystery, and will be loved by fans of Kate Morton and Rachel Hore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The returning tide

  • By Vikki Hart on 08-04-17

Predictable

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

Reviewed: 05-05-17

Sadly very predictable, quite pleasant but not something that kept me hanging on. Also got very frustrated by the narrators inability to pronounce Mawnan Smith correctly. Why don't they check these things first?!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Small Great Things

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Noma Dumezweni, Jeff Harding, Jennifer Woodward
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,551

The new audiobook from number one best-selling author Jodi Picoult, with the biggest of themes: birth, death, and responsibility. When a newborn baby dies after a routine hospital procedure, there is no doubt about who will be held responsible: the nurse who had been banned from looking after him by his father. What the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child cannot know is how this death will irrevocably change all of their lives, in ways both expected and not.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First but not last

  • By TinaàRaven on 12-01-17

Very thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 25-02-17

I'm going to recommend this book for my book club as it is one that I have enjoyed but which has really made me think about how I consider colour. Coming from the uk rather than US I don't think it is such a provocative subject but I could be wrong. Very much recommended.

  • I Can't Begin to Tell You

  • By: Elizabeth Buchan
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

For Kay, living on her husband Bror's country estate, the Nazi invasion is a time of uncertainty. Bror is desperate to preserve the legacy of his home, even if it means co-existing with the enemy; Kay cannot do the same. She is lured by British Intelligence into a world of resistance. Tasked with protecting an SOE agent, Kay learns the art of subterfuge. Caught on opposing sides, will Kay and Bror find their way back to one another?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Amanda on 26-05-16

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 26-05-16

I knew nothing about Denmark's role in the last war and was fascinated right from the start. Kay is married to a Dane, has two children and considers Denmark her country, but was born British. She is horrified that her husband accepts the Germans walking in and taking over and is determined to fight back. I was completely engrossed in this story and was so sad when it finished!

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  • The Secret by the Lake

  • By: Louise Douglas
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

A family tragedy. Amy's always felt like something's been missing in her life. When a tragedy forces the family she works for as a nanny to retreat to a small lakeside cottage, she realises she cannot leave them now. A sister's secret. But Amy finds something unsettling about the cottage by the lake. This is where the children's mother spent her childhood - and the place where her sister disappeared mysteriously at just 17.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling!!!

  • By Sue Jackson on 11-04-16

Great story - unexpected ending

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

Reviewed: 25-03-16

I really enjoyed this one and was caught up in the story right from the beginning but I wasn't expecting what came out at the end. Call my naive! Amy is a young girl who has been working as a nanny/housekeeper for a family in France when tragedy happens and the family have to return to Somerset to a small, cold cottage. Strange things happen in the cottage and Amy is determined to get to the bottom of it while protecting her charges. She falls in love and I really wanted it to turn out well for all.

  • A Desperate Fortune

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

For nearly 300, the cryptic journal of Mary Dundas has kept its secrets. Now, amateur codebreaker Sara Thomas travels to Paris to crack the cipher. Jacobite exile Mary Dundas is filled with longing - for freedom, for adventure, for the family she lost. When fate opens the door, Mary dares to set her foot on a path far more surprising and dangerous than she ever could have dreamed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Story, Spoiled By The Narrator

  • By bookylady on 10-10-16

disappointed

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

Reviewed: 29-08-15

I usually love Susanna Kearsley's books and recommend them highly but I have to admit to being bored with this one. Young Scottish girl, raised in France is 'persuaded' into helping the Jacobites and travels across France with many adventures en route. Interspersed with this is the story in the current time about a young woman who is diagnosed with Aspergers, who is tasked with translating the first girl's diary which she wrote in code. All fine but dragged a little. I also found the reader rather over-emphasised (in slow, rather loud and obvious ways) the Aspergers side which I found unnecessary.

  • The Amber Keeper

  • By: Freda Lightfoot
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 116

After her mother's suicide, Abbie Myers returns home to the Lake District with her young child - and no wedding ring. Estranged from her turbulent family for many years, Abbie is heartbroken when she hears that they blame her for this tragedy. Determined to uncover her mother's past, Abbie approaches her beloved grandmother, Millie, in search of answers. The old woman reveals the story of how she travelled to Russia in 1911 as a young governess and became caught up in the revolution.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ok story, shame about the narration!!!

  • By Miss D Srao on 18-06-15

Droning voice

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

Reviewed: 07-07-15

Story was OK but nearly gave up listening due to the terrible narration. It sounded as though she was reciting a shopping list most of the time.

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  • The English Girl

  • By: Margaret Leroy
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

When 17-year-old Stella Whittaker is offered the chance to study at the Academy of Music in Vienna it's a dream come true, made possible by old family friends, Rainer and Marthe Kraus, who offer her a place to live. Seduced by the elegant beauty of the city, Stella explores the magnificent palaces, gardens, and fashionable coffeehouses, and after a chance meeting in an art gallery, falls in love with Harri Reznik, a young Jewish doctor.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A little slow

  • By Amanda on 09-04-15

A little slow

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

Reviewed: 09-04-15

I was interested in this story from the viewpoint of Hitler invading Austria. I haven't read much about this and was fascinated to learn how quickly it happened. But overall I found the story a little ponderous, too many 'darlings' to keep me completely fascinated. I also felt that for a 17 year old Stella was a little too mature for my liking, but maybe that's a factor of the era. The second half was better than the first to my mind.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful