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  • Citadel

  • By: Kate Mosse
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 26 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 427
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 331

From the No.1 internationally bestselling author comes the third heart-stopping adventure exploring the incredible history, legends and hidden secrets of Carcassonne and the Languedoc. Set during World War II in the far south of France, Citadel is a powerful, action-packed mystery that reveals the secrets of the resistance under Nazi occupation. While war blazed in the trenches at the front, back at home a different battle is waged, full of clandestine bravery, treachery and secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Michelle on 04-12-12

Excellent next step in the Saga

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

Reviewed: 08-07-13

Would you listen to Citadel again? Why?

I would certainly listen a 2nd time to this book as there is so much detail that you always catch something new the next time around.

Which character – as performed by Finty Williams – was your favourite?

Sandrines character is my favourite, I love how her voice changes depending on which situation she finds herself, either very childish or sometime much older for her years.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

The Uncommon Reader
    
    
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        Alan Bennett
    
    


    
    
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        Alan Bennett
    
    


    
    Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
    307 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • The Uncommon Reader

  • By: Alan Bennett
  • Narrated by: Alan Bennett
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

Shortlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.
When the queen chases a straying corgi through the grounds of Buckingham Palace, she happens upon the City of Westminster travelling library, and begins a journey of discovery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very very funny, a riveting read

  • By Judi on 21-09-07

My 1st foray into Mr Bennett, quite the eye-opener

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

Reviewed: 28-06-13

What did you like most about The Uncommon Reader?

I loved the normality of the library bus being at Buckingham Palace! What a hoot!

Any additional comments?

I'm encouraged to read more of Mr. Bennetts offerings.

  • Safe Haven

  • By: Nicholas Sparks
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet unassuming, Katie is determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community. But even as Katie starts to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts her….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Book, Well Narrated

  • By just on 23-01-13

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 28-06-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Safe Haven to be better than the print version?

I haven't read it, so can't comment, however, if I see it on offer .......

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

They did make a film of this book. My tag line would be:
Trust no-one, everyone has secrets!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Cottage by the Sea

  • By: Carole Matthews
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223

Grace has been best friends with Ella and Flick forever. The late-night chats, shared heartaches, and good times have created a bond that has stood the test of time. When Ella invites them to stay for a week in her cottage in South Wales, Grace jumps at the chance to see her old friends. She also hopes that the change of scenery will help her reconnect with her distant husband. Then Flick arrives; loveable, bubbly, incorrigible Flick, accompanied by the handsome and charming Noah. This is going to be one week which will change all their lives forever...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Suzanne on 08-07-13

A lovely holiday read

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

Reviewed: 28-06-13

If you could sum up A Cottage by the Sea in three words, what would they be?

Light-hearted, feel-good, amusing

Would you recommend A Cottage by the Sea to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes I would recommend this book as something to take on holiday and enjoy by the sea!

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

If you ever fancy living by the sea, this evocative book will have you reaching for the estate agents number.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Stranger I Married

  • By: Sylvia Day
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

They are London's most scandalous couple. Isabel, Lady Pelham, and Gerard Faulkner, Marquess of Grayson, are well matched in all things - lusty appetites, constant paramours, provocative reputations, and their absolute refusal to ruin a marriage of convenience by falling in love. It is a most agreeable sham - until a shocking event sends Gerard from her side. When, four years later, Gerard returns, the boyish rogue is now a powerful, irresistible man

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Trash

  • By Amazon Customer on 30-04-18

What a disaster!

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

Reviewed: 28-06-13

What disappointed you about The Stranger I Married?

Far too pornographic for my liking, not at all obvious when I bought it, next time I'll listen to the sample!

Would you ever listen to anything by Sylvia Day again?

No

Would you be willing to try another one of Imogen Church’s performances?

Yes

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Stranger I Married?

Too much information on the bedroom antics and not enough storyline, we all knew where it was going, way before the final page!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

Memoirs of a Geisha
    
    
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    Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
    627 ratings
    Overall 4.6
  • Memoirs of a Geisha

  • By: Arthur Golden
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411

In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't want it to end..................

  • By Coleen on 09-01-06

A superb book

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

Reviewed: 28-06-13

What made the experience of listening to Memoirs of a Geisha the most enjoyable?

I loved the history lesson within the story, my favourite kind of book

What did you like best about this story?

The personal insight into the lives of Geishas was fascinating, a truly remarkable book, worth every penny.

  • The Elephant to Hollywood

  • By: Sir Michael Caine
  • Narrated by: Sir Michael Caine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798

Sir Michael Caine is loved not just for his many films, but for his warmth, honesty, and humour in describing every aspect of his life from his humble South London beginnings to performing alongside the greatest Hollywood actors of the day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audiobook beats Hardback!!!

  • By Justin on 15-10-10

The Elephant to Hollywood, great fun!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

I loved this book, so much so that I listened twice! I hadn't read Mr. Caine's first biography, so if there was any duplication in his stories, then I remained ignorant, thankfully. I found myself laughing out loud in the car and the children asking what was so funny! Hard to explain, when the build up was so expertly written. I love the fact that the book is read by the author, much more believable. Wonderful.

Mrs. Amanda Rothwell, Dordogne, France

  • The Guest Book

  • A Novel
  • By: Marybeth Whalen
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

When Macy Dillon was five years old, her father encouraged her to draw a picture in the guestbook of a Carolina beach house. The next year, Macy returned to discover a drawing by an unidentified little boy on the facing page. Over the next 11 years, the children continue to exchange drawings … until tragedy ends visits to the beach house altogether. During her final trip to Sunset, Macy asks her anonymous friend to draw her one last picture and tells him where to hide the guest book in hopes that one day she will return.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Guest Book, disappointing

  • By Amanda on 23-12-12

The Guest Book, disappointing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

The flyleaf on this book sounded much more interesting than the book turned out to be, sorry but I just could not get excited about the storyline. The more I read, the more I hoped that something would develop, but it didn't. It became predictable and therefore difficult to finish. I take my hat off to anyone who can write a novel, but this was very disappointing.

Mrs A Rothwell, Dordogne, France

  • Where Have I Gone?

  • My Life in a Year
  • By: Pauline Quirke
  • Narrated by: Pauline Quirke
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

Pauline Quirke was a skinny child, a slim teenager, a curvy woman, then - according to her bathroom scales (curse them) - just plain fat. Yes, the "F" word. Tipping the scales at nearly 20 stone, with creaking knees and a dodgy ankle, at the beginning of 2011 Pauline had reached a crisis point. Something had to change, and fast. It was never going to be an easy ride, but with her trademark warmth and humour, Pauline recounts the highs and lows of the roller-coaster year in which she whips herself, and her life, into shape.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally Inspiring!

  • By Helen on 28-06-12

Where Have I Gone? Excellent.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

I listened to this book with slight trepidation, not knowing if it would be a full of acting anicdotes or a diet book, it turned out to be a little of both and very entertaining it was too. I loved Pauline Quirke in Birds of a Feather and thought that her book sounded a bit like her character, down to earth and someone you could relate to. An interesting year to listen to and I would recommend anyone wanting to diet, to read or listen to this book as it may just give you the proverbial kick in the behind you are looking for.

Mrs. A. Rothwell, Dordogne, France

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Song of the Quarkbeast

  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

A long time ago Magic faded away, leaving behind only yo-yos, the extremely useful compass-pointing-to-North enchantment and the spell that keeps bicycles from falling over. Things are about to change. Magical power is on the rise and King Snodd IV of Hereford has realised that he who controls Magic controls almost anything. Only one person stands between Snodd and his plans for unimaginable power and riches.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic.

  • By Sarah on 13-04-13

The Song of the Quarkbeast, excellent!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

This book was a joy to listen to, I bought it for 2 of my 3 children and they thoroughly enjoyed it, listening twice! I would recommend it for boys and girls, aged 8 to 11, not full of fairies though! Definately good fun and excellent writing!

Mrs. A. Rothwell, Dordogne, Fr

1 of 2 people found this review helpful