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  • A Girl Behind Dark Glasses

  • By: Jessica Taylor-Bearman
  • Narrated by: Queenie James
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

From a darkened world, bound by four walls, a young woman called Jessica tells the tale of her battle against the M. E. Monster. The severest form of a neuroimmune disease called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis went to war with her at just 15 years old. From beneath her dark glasses, Jessica glimpses a world far different from the one she remembers as a teenage schoolgirl. This true story follows her path as she ends up living in a hospital for years with tubes keeping her alive. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Girl Behind Dark Glasses

  • By BookQueen on 19-09-18

A Girl Behind Dark Glasses

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

Reviewed: 19-09-18

This book is just incredibly inspiring. I've suffered from mild-moderate M.E. for a number of years now, and Jessica's zest for life is infectious within these pages. Her determination to continue fighting and use the strength she has to inspire others is beautiful. It has certainly inspired me!

The narrator was a good choice for this audio book. Her voice suits the style and authorship well.

Overall, I did not hesitate to give this audio book a 5* rating and thoroughly recommend giving it a listen.

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  • A Year in the Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess

  • By: Amanda Owen
  • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 50

From best-selling author Amanda Owen come more tales of life at Ravenseat, the remote Yorkshire hill farm she shares with husband Clive, eight children and 1,000 sheep. In A Year in the Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess she describes the age-old cycles of a farming year and the constant challenges the family faces, from being cut off in winter to tending their flock on some of Yorkshire's highest, bleakest moors - land so inaccessible that in places it can be reached only on foot.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A year in the life of the Yorkshire shepherdess...

  • By BookQueen on 11-08-17

A year in the life of the Yorkshire shepherdess...

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

A change in narrator from the previous book by the same author. Whilst I preferred the previous, the diction is clear although some of the accents are a little odd.
The book itself is a wonderful insight into Hill farming life and I would recommend to anyone wanting to be whisked away to the countryside.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Yorkshire Shepherdess

  • By: Amanda Owen
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 85

Amanda Owen has been seen by millions on ITV's The Dales, living a life that has almost gone in today's modern world, a life ruled by the seasons and her animals. She is a farmer's wife and shepherdess, living alongside her husband, Clive, and seven children at Ravenseat, a 2,000 acre sheep hill farm at the head of Swaledale in North Yorkshire. It's a challenging life but one she loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yorkshire Shepherdess

  • By MarionC on 01-05-17

The Yorkshire Shepherdess...

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

Reviewed: 06-08-17

The story of Amanda Owen chasing her dreams and then getting to live them is an inspirational one which should be listened to by all. The narration is of good quality.

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Book 4

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 21 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,350
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,383
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,353

The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter - but that doesn't stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe'en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, dragons, and dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through - alive!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seriously Good Potter!

  • By Simon on 29-11-15

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire...

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

Reviewed: 12-06-17

Any additional comments?

As always with this series, Stephen Fry is a fantastic narrator. There are a few moments where the character voices blend but given the sheer number of characters in this book this is hardly surprising. Amazing story,

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  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

  • Read by Eddie Redmayne
  • By: J.K. Rowling, Newt Scamander
  • Narrated by: Eddie Redmayne
  • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,993
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,990

A set textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander's masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. Scamander's years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Shards of Pottery!

  • By Simon on 14-03-17

Fantastic beasts and where to find them...

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

Reviewed: 22-05-17

Well narrated by Eddie Redmayne. The footnotes are spoken at a lower volume that the remaining text, however, which can make them hard to hear.

Whilst not strictly a "story" the contents are interesting and amusing. The book is broken into small chapters using alphabet letters making it easy to listen to in short bursts if desired.

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Book 2

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11,420
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,336
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10,275

Harry Potter's summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car! Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors - and then the attacks start. Students are found as though turned to stone.... Dobby's sinister predictions seem to be coming true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Delight!

  • By Simon on 24-11-15

Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets...

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

Reviewed: 24-04-17

Just like the first book, the story line is addictive to listen to and Stephen Fry is the perfect choice for narrator.

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Book 1

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,218
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,313
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,306

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfectly Fryed Potter

  • By Simon on 20-11-15

Harry Potter and the philosophers stone...

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

Reviewed: 18-04-17

Story is amazing and never gets old!

Stephen fry is brilliant choice for narrator!

Thoroughly recommend this one!

  • Truckers

  • Bromeliad, Book 1
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

To the thousands of tiny nomes who live under the floorboards of a large department store, there is no outside. Things like day and night, sun and rain are just daft old legends. Then a devastating piece of news shatters their existence: the Store, their whole world, is to be demolished.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Made me smile from start to finish

  • By Victoria on 19-07-13

Great intro to Pratchett

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

Reviewed: 20-07-16

Amazing start to reading Pratxhett novels for children. Thoroughpy recommended for adults too! Slightly different sense of humour to the Discworld series but given the target audience this isn't surprising.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful