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  • River's End

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Olivia's parents had been one of Hollywood's glittering golden couples...until the night the monster came. The monster who destroyed their beautiful home and took her mother away from her forever. The monster with the face of her father. Now a young woman, Olivia has a chance to confront her tragic past - and the longings of her own lonely heart. But before she can confront her past, she must safeguard her future.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really wanted to enjoy this

  • By JillyB on 25-11-18

Another gripping tale from a brilliant author

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

Reviewed: 03-09-16

. This was a great thriller and had some surprise in twists and turns. The ending took you by surprise and was really very unexpected. Thoroughly enjoyed ball with some amazing story lines and some fabulous descriptive passages. A true delight to read and a fun holiday book


  • The Search

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

To most people, Fiona Bristow seems to have an idyllic life — a quaint house on an island off Seattle’s coast, a thriving dog-training school, and a challenging volunteer job performing canine search and rescue. Not to mention her three intensely loyal Labs. But Fiona got to this point by surviving a nightmare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Loved This Book!

  • By Ann D on 26-05-14

Funny and gripping

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

Reviewed: 26-08-16

Moments of Yuma, beautiful emotional writing and everything story
Fun and interesting characters and from moments of truth Hume

  • A Place to Call Home

  • By: Carole Matthews
  • Narrated by: Rita Sharma
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

In the dead of night, Ayesha takes her daughter, Sabina, and slips quietly from her home, leaving behind a life of full of pain. Boarding a coach to London, all Ayesha wants is a fresh start. Hayden, a former popstar, has kept himself hidden away for years. He's only opened up his home to two people - Crystal, a professional dancer with a heart of gold, and Joy, an ill-tempered retiree with a soft spot for waifs and strays.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't Stop Listening - Great Book

  • By Elaine Calderwood on 15-01-14

Lovely moving story

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

Reviewed: 15-06-16

This was a lovely book well written and taken from the respective of the main characters. Emily and joyful and very easy to warm to eat carrots return. Definitely a good drink

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Obsession

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208

Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father's crimes and made him infamous. Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she's ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up - especially the determined Xander Keaton.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Sorry Nora, this one isn't good enough...

  • By Veteran Listener on 30-04-16

A thriller with some wonderful twists

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

Reviewed: 10-06-16

I enjoyed the characters in this book and it was a nice departure from the usual Nora Roberts that I have read before

  • The Saffron Trail

  • By: Rosanna Ley
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 184

Once there was a girl who loved saffron. She loved its secrets and its mystery, and best of all she loved its hint of magic. After the death of her beloved mother, Nell travels from rural Cornwall to the colour and chaos of Marrakech. Her marriage may be on the rocks, but exploring the heady delights of Moroccan cuisine could help her fulfil her dream of opening her own restaurant. It's there she meets Amy - a young photographer trying to unravel the story behind her family's involvement in the Vietnam War.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Locations

  • By Kathy on 07-11-16

Evocative tale

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

Reviewed: 25-02-16

Where does The Saffron Trail rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the more moving books

What other book might you compare The Saffron Trail to, and why?

The Villa by the same author is another journey of discovery, misunderstandings and beautiful descriptions

What does Julie Teal bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Emotional characterisations bring the book to life

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The discovery of the truth in the journal

Any additional comments?

Well worth a read and although the story jumps around a lot in terms of time it brings the various strands together well.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Beach Hut

  • By: Veronica Henry
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

The Beach Hut follows the stories of the families who come to Everdene each year, people who fall in – or out – of love, remembering their pasts, or trying to forget them…There’s Jane Milton, left only debts by her husband, and forced to sell the beloved beach hut that holds so many happy memories; Sarah; for whom fidelity has lost its appeal; and Harry, suffering from the anguish of first love when he falls for Florence – who has grown up to be far more alluring than she ever used to be.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully read

  • By Saffy on 23-09-13

A romantic story with some unexpected twists

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

Reviewed: 02-12-15

Where does The Beach Hut rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Some breathtaking descriptions of the coastline, beautiful images are conjured by the narrative and a story that has many twists and turns along the way.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Beach Hut?

The discovery of why the house was of such importance to the new owner and what it had signified.

Have you listened to any of Julia Franklin’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Excellent narration as ever, with very distinct characterisations

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Some very sad moments in the book, but others that made you truly smile with pleasure.

Any additional comments?

A great holiday read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Bachelor Establishment

  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 543

High adventure and dark mystery combine in a sparkling historical romance, by Jodi Taylor writing as Isabella Barclay from The Chronicles of St. Mary's. Bascombe, widowed and tied to an impoverished estate, has learned to ask little of life. With no hope of leaving, the years have passed her by. Lord Ryde, exiled abroad after a scandal, has returned to strip his estate and make a new start in America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Almost as good a discovering a new Georgette Heyer

  • By Beccameriel on 24-01-16

A historical novel that is gentle and fun

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

Reviewed: 02-12-15

What did you like most about A Bachelor Establishment?

The story line is a fun twist on an Agatha Crhistie type mysteries and has some lovely characters.

What did you like best about this story?

The female characters are fun, feisty and well represented by the narrator

Have you listened to any of Anna Bentinck’s other performances? How does this one compare?

She always reads well and makes the characters come alive

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book made me smile a lot

Any additional comments?

Well worth a read - a nice gentle pace with some amusing scenes.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Island

  • By: Victoria Hislop
  • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480

Winner of the British Book Awards, Newcomer of the Year, 2007.
Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Book of the Year, 2007.

Alexis Fielding longs to find out about her mother's past, but Sofia has never spoken of it. She only admits to growing up in a small Cretan village before moving to London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely book

  • By Ragen Nelson on 02-02-08

Moving tale of love

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

Reviewed: 30-07-15

Evocative, touching & beautiful story. The best read in ages
Fabulous descriptions, incredibly moving characters, wonderful plant and a lovely story which transcends the generations

  • Blood Magick

  • The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Branna’s strength and selflessness hold together a close circle of friends and family - along with their horses and hawks and her beloved hound. But there’s a single missing link in the chain of her life: love…

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant story, dreadful narration

  • By Loz on 03-12-14

Magical mystery story with fun and to time travel

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

Reviewed: 18-07-15

I departure from her normal style I thought, but entertaining, heartwarming, thrilling in places, and touching. A story of good over evil of life over death and hope over despair. Well worth a read

  • The Honeymoon Hotel

  • By: Hester Browne
  • Narrated by: Jessica Anne Ball
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

The Bonneville Hotel is the best-kept secret in Mayfair: its art deco suites and glittering ballrooms a former home-away-from-home for royalty and movie stars alike. Recent years haven’t been kind, but thanks to events manager Rosie, the Bonneville is reclaiming some of its old cachet as a chic retro-glam wedding venue. While Rosie’s weddings are the ultimate in romance, Rosie herself isn’t; she’s focused on the details, not the dramas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Romantic escapism and a fun read

  • By Alexandra on 04-02-15

Romantic escapism and a fun read

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

Reviewed: 04-02-15

Where does The Honeymoon Hotel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

High - Really enjoyable and a feel good book for rainy days

What other book might you compare The Honeymoon Hotel to, and why?

Vintage Girl is another book from the same author, with some great descriptive passages and again makes you smile in all the right places

Have you listened to any of Jessica Anne Ball’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This was enjoyable

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Rosie's realisation in the ballroom after the New Year's Eve party - quite magical

Any additional comments?

A really nice feel-good book that is ideal for a time when you need a lift.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful