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  • The Ballymara Road

  • By: Nadine Dorries
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 175

On Christmas morning Kitty Doherty gives birth to her baby - who is immediately taken away for adoption in America. But Kitty's life is hanging by a thread, her only hope a dangerous journey through snow to Ballymara and her Irish family. Meanwhile, in Chicago, Sean and Alice try to set up a new life far away from the families they have deserted in Liverpool.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful - A fine end to the story.

  • By mew on 11-07-15

A moving, poignant story

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

Although this was a novel, it was so very true to life for the time period, and I felt that many of the events could easily have happened. This all helped my enjoyment of the whole trilogy. The performance by the reader also helped to bring all the characters to life.

  • Hide Her Name

  • By: Nadine Dorries
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

No one knows who did it, least of all the police. Somewhere, in this tight-knit Irish Catholic community, someone must know something. Fourteen-year-old Kitty Doherty, pregnant with the dead man's child, is a danger to everyone who needs to keep the secret. Her mother, Maura, and best friend Nellie's grandmother decide the girls must be spirited away to Ireland to await the birth of the baby. But it isn't easy to keep a secret that big.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable

  • By Mrs on 26-01-15

Great 2nd book in series of The Four Streets

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-08-18

Loved it. I can't wait to hear what happens in the next book in the sequence. All the characters are so life like and unfortunately what happens in the book could equally have happened to many in real life. This makes it all the more emotional.

  • Workhouse Angel

  • By: Holly Green
  • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Will she ever be reunited with her real father? Angelina was abandoned on the doorsteps of Brownlow Workhouse when she was just a baby - her only possession the rag doll she held in her arms. Nicknamed 'Angel' for her golden curls, she is adopted by Mr and Mrs McBride. At first Angel is so happy to have found a caring family to save her from the drudgery of the workhouse. But her new parents are not the benevolent guardians they first appear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant in one word

  • By A. Richards on 29-01-18

unexpected twists

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-18

Enjoyed the unexpected direction that it took. Overall a very good listen. Sustained my interest.

  • Coming Home

  • A Story of Undying Hope
  • By: Karen Kingsbury
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle de Cuir, Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

This stand-alone novel will serve as either a grand introduction or a beautiful conclusion in the saga of the Baxter Family. The Baxters make plans to come together for a summer lakeside reunion, a celebration like they haven’t had in years. But before the big day, the unthinkable happens. As the Baxter Family rallies together, memories come to light in the grief-stricken hours of waiting and praying, memories that bring healing and hope during a time when otherwise darkness might have the final word.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • poignant story<br />

  • By Northern Light on 03-04-18

poignant story<br />

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-18

Not what I was expecting at the beginning but very poignant and extremely faith affirming.

  • The 1,000-Year-Old Boy

  • By: Ross Welford
  • Narrated by: Chris Coxon, Luke Johnson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

There are stories about people who want to live forever. This is not one of those stories.... Alfie Monk is like any other nearly teenage boy - except he's 1,000 years old and can remember the last Viking invasion of England. Obviously no-one believes him. So when everything Alfie knows and loves is destroyed in a fire, and the modern world comes crashing in, Alfie embarks on a mission to find friendship, acceptance and a different way to live...which means finding a way to make sure he will eventually die.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By Northern Light on 24-01-18

Great Book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-01-18

Loved this book,especially as I live in the North East of England and was familiar with the different places mentioned. I also liked the historical aspects of it and felt it would bring history alive for a child. I thought both narrators were excellent and they made youu feel that you were there with them. I loved the humour, poignancy and emotion and would recommend it to children and adults alike.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Children of Lovely Lane

  • Lovely Lane, Book 2
  • By: Nadine Dorries
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

St Angelus runs like a family: the workers take care of their own - a lesson the mysterious new assistant matron, Miss Van Gilder, is about to learn the hard way. Little Joe has had trouble breathing but the doctors don’t take his sister Lily’s concerns seriously, least of all Miss Van Gilder. The nurses of Lovely Lane have a secret which is dividing their close knit group and when Nurse Pammy Tanner once again breaks the rules, her actions threaten them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as book 1

  • By Northern Light on 18-05-17

As good as book 1

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-05-17

Loved this very human story of what life was like for many people in inner cities in the early 1950s.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Unafraid: Mary

  • Lineage of Grace, Book 5
  • By: Francine Rivers
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Mary is one of the most revered women in history, but she was an ordinary woman striving to please God in the same way that women still do today. Listeners are sure to gain a new appreciation of the familiar story through Francine's signature style. A study on the biblical text is included for personal or group study.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A reflective account of Mary

  • By Northern Light on 25-02-17

A reflective account of Mary

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-02-17

Francine Rivers has made the character of Mary come alive in a very accurate account of the life of Jesus. As a mother, I was able to relate to the feelings that Mary possibly experienced in this heart rendering poignant novel.

  • The Invention of Wings

  • By: Sue Monk Kidd
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603

From the celebrated author of the international bes tseller The Secret Life of Bees comes an extraordinary novel about two exceptional women. Sarah Grimké is the middle daughter. The one her mother calls difficult and her father calls remarkable. On Sarah's eleventh birthday, Hetty 'Handful' Grimke is taken from the slave quarters she shares with her mother, wrapped in lavender ribbons, and presented to Sarah as a gift.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful listen

  • By s w on 06-05-15

historical novel

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

Reviewed: 25-01-17

Although I was aware that the storyline was following historical facts about slavery and abolition, I didn't realise until the end that many of the characters were actually based on real people. This gave me a new perspective. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical novels, especially topics involving social injustice.

  • Shades of Blue

  • By: Karen Kingsbury
  • Narrated by: Roxanne Hernandez
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Brad Cutler, 28, is a rising star at his New York ad agency, about to marry the girl of his dreams. Anyone would agree he has it all - a great career, a beautiful and loving fiancée, and a fairy tale life ahead of him - when memories of a high school girlfriend begin to torment him. Lost innocence and one very difficult choice flood his conscience, and he is no longer sure what the future will bring except for this: he must find his old love and make amends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great book by one of my favourit authors.

  • By ian mcnamara on 13-02-17

Moving story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-11-16

Loved it. Moving realistic story. I feel the storyline could help anyone who feels the need for forgiveness.

  • Waves of Mercy

  • By: Lynn Austin
  • Narrated by: Rachel Dulude, Margaret Strom
  • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Geesje de Jonge crossed the ocean at age 17 with her parents and a small group of immigrants from the Netherlands to settle in the Michigan wilderness. Fifty years later, in 1897, she's asked to write a memoir of her early experiences as the town celebrates its anniversary. Reluctant at first, she soon uncovers memories and emotions hidden all these years, including the story of her one true love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-06-18

Inspirational story of faith alongside suffering

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-16

Loved it. The characters were so real and their humanity and faith shone through.