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  • Ma'am Darling

  • 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret
  • By: Craig Brown
  • Narrated by: Eleanor Bron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 155

From our funniest writer, a portrait of our most talked-about royal. She made John Lennon blush and Marlon Brando clam up. She cold-shouldered Princess Diana and humiliated Elizabeth Taylor. Andy Warhol photographed her. Jack Nicholson offered her cocaine. Gore Vidal revered her. John Fowles hoped to keep her as his sex slave. Dudley Moore propositioned her. Francis Bacon heckled her. Peter Sellers was in love with her. For Pablo Picasso, she was the object of sexual fantasy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • La-di-da

  • By Pamela on 06-11-17

Ruined by the reader

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

Reviewed: 05-02-19

I cant manage more than 5 minutes at a time listening to this reader. Sure it is an interesting story but not with this reader.

  • The Happy Hoofer

  • By: Celia Imrie
  • Narrated by: Celia Imrie
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

One of our best-loved actresses, Celia Imrie would rather have been a dancer. As a child she planned to join the Royal Ballet and marry Rudolf Nureyev. Now she has become one of our finest and funniest performers, on stage, TV and screen - adored for her roles in 'Acorn Antiques' and 'dinnerladies', as well as films including 'Calendar Girls' and 'Nanny McPhee'. In her hugely entertaining autobiography, Celia Imrie recounts a life hurtling (not always intentionally) into adventures both on stage and off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful book

  • By Kirstine on 01-07-15

Very amusing book!

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

Reviewed: 05-02-19

Very much enjoyed this book, I love Celie Imrie and it is great to hear her story!

  • A Spoonful of Sugar

  • A True Story of Life as a Norland Nanny
  • By: Brenda Ashford
  • Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Brenda Ashford is 91 years old and spent 62 years working as a Norland Nanny. Brenda began training at the Norland Institute in 1939 at the age of 18, shortly before war was declared. Even as a nervous young trainee, Brenda was determined to give the children in her care a wonderful childhood. She worked with evacuees from the East End, as well as in the nurseries of smart Kensington homes. She frequently put her life at risk, dashing to air raid shelters with her charges clutched to her chest. But the war was also a time when people pulled together like never before or since.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Even better than Call the Midwife

  • By vikki on 05-12-14

Great description of a classic Nanny

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

Reviewed: 14-12-18

I loved this book. I myself had a nanny who stayed with me till I was 16, then she was doing monthly new babies. I love this book as it is just what a really good genuine Nanny is all about. She lived till she was 97 and looked after 100 charges. She was writing her memories but they have disappeared. I loved mine, far more than my mother. I really salute these women who mostly never marry, just look after other peoples children. Nanny to many but mother to none. If you want to find out what Nanny is about listen to this book. To this day people employ a nanny, those who can afford them.

  • None of My Affair

  • By: Fiona O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Gerri Halligan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Supermodel Ali Armstrong is getting married on-board the luxury yacht Excalibur, surrounded by her closest friends and family. But as the guests arrive, tensions and secrets begin rising to the surface.

Will Ali’s mother Carrie finally accept the end of her own marriage? Can her sister Hope learn to trust again? The privileged world of the Armstrongs is about to be blown sky high…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely listen

  • By Ann D on 26-08-15

Unexpected book.

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

Reviewed: 14-12-18

Different from what I expected, and I really enjoyed this listen. Gerri Halligan is a great reader. This story is interesting and fun, again I will re-listen shortly.

  • The Beauty Chorus

  • By: Kate Lord Brown
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin, Maggie Mash
  • Length: 17 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

New Year's Eve, 1940: Evie Chase, determined to make a difference to the war effort, joins the ATA, the civilian pilots who ferry Tiger Moths and Spitfires to bases across Britain. Two other women nervously join up: Stella Grainger and Megan Jones. Billeted in a tiny cottage, they must learn to live and work together. Brave, beautiful and fiercely independent, they find romance, confront loss, and forge friendships that will last a lifetime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of My favorites

  • By Reuven Nisser on 10-09-13

Enjoyable and informative.

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

Reviewed: 14-12-18

Very interesting and good story. Telling how the ATS pilots worked, and this also has an excellent as well story. I will be re-listening to this book again shortly.

  • The Love Letter

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Camilla Rockley
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

1995, London. When Sir James Harrison, one the greatest actors of his generation, passes away at the age of 95 he leaves behind not just a heartbroken family but also a secret so shocking, so devastating that it could rock the English establishment to its core. Joanna Haslam is an ambitious young journalist assigned to cover the legendary actor's funeral. The great and the good of the celebrity world are there. But Joanna stumbles on something dark beneath the glamour: the mention of a letter James Harrison has left behind, the contents of which others have been desperate to conceal for over 70 years. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a twist!

  • By Angela on 29-08-18

Lucinda Riley at her best

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

Reviewed: 14-12-18

This is a lovely story and really exciting which is unexpected. For me it was another not to be put down. Thank goodness I now have a blue-tooth speaker so I can listen whilst sewing or ironing or other household jobs, naturally also listening when driving. It is a great book with a few twists and turns. I always like Lucinda Riley.

  • The Ghost Tree

  • By: Barbara Erskine
  • Narrated by: Vivian Helbrun
  • Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

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
  • Different and gripping

  • By Happy Shopper on 03-10-18

Erskine the ghost writer.

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

Reviewed: 14-12-18

This is a brilliant book Barbara is brilliant with here Ghost stories. I am listing when putting up the Christmas, when driving and any time I have time to listen. This is the second of her books I have read. The book is well set up and you always know who she is talking about, which makes the story easier to follow. I really recommend this story if you want to be captivated throughout.

  • September

  • By: Rosamunde Pilcher
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 20 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

As spring comes to Scotland and the hills burst into life, a dance is planned for September. The invitations summon home the group of people Violet Aird has cared for most in her long life. The oldest, strongest and wisest of them all, she sees Alexa, her vulnerable granddaughter, find love for the first time while the decision to send her little grandson away to school is driving parents Edmund and Virginia even further apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous

  • By Tracey on 10-04-18

Great Pilcher story

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

Reviewed: 18-10-18

Bit ruined for me as I put it onto disk and unfortunately the auto record missed out the end of sentences at the end of a disc and beginning of the next. I need a 5 minute overlap to remember what is going on. Now Audible has messed about and it is difficult to get an overlap. Why to companies have to mess up a good system. I play them at night when going to sleep.
Jilly Bond is a great reader. I love RP her stories are always so interesting, the first the Shell Seekers is becoming a classic and I love in some books a bit of reference to another book, as September does to Shell seekers. Using the same characters.

  • Cabin Fever

  • The Sizzling Secrets of a Virgin Air Hostess...
  • By: Mandy Smith
  • Narrated by: Milly Richardson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Mandy Smith spent 12 years strutting down the aisles as a Virgin flight attendant. From projectile vomit and celebrity tantrums to Manhattans and shopping in New York, her tales of life in the air are riotous good fun. Set against a backdrop of exotic locations, the cast of characters includes several celebrities, including Sir Richard himself. In-flight entertainment has never been so fun...and risqué!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Lorna103 on 04-08-18

Not a good read

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

Reviewed: 18-10-18

I thought this book was about air hostess life. Not a sex romp. I think it lowers Virgins image and is doing no good at all to Richard B. I am sure he would be ashamed how his employees are behaving. There are a few good accounts of flying adventures but the rest is just getting drunk and having very detailed sex. As another review said a disgusting book.

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  • The Olive Tree

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Lucinda Riley, Harry Whittaker
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

It has been 24 years since a young Helena spent a magical holiday in Cyprus, where she fell in love for the first time. When the now crumbling house, Pandora, is left to her by her godfather, she returns to spend the summer there with her family. At the difficult age of 13, her son, Alex, is torn between protecting his mother and learning the truth about his real father. Both Helena and Alex know that life will never be the same once Pandora's secrets have been revealed.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not her best and I normally love Lucinda's books

  • By White Rabbit on 23-03-17

Lucinda Riley is a great writer.

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

I am having difficulty finishing this book which I enjoyed to start with. . Unfortunately the narrator is terrible. When two people are talking, a husband and a wife you simply do not know which person is talking. Means listening is very difficult. Her voice is so flat and boring. I hope she does nor read any other of her stories which I love. Keep up the good stories Lucinda. Having read other peoples comments I see many of us think the same, she is a bad reader. I have several of her books one of the best is Hothouse Flower, with a very good reader, wish she had read this book.