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  • Keep Smiling Through

  • By: Ellie Dean
  • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 34

June 1940. Despite losing her mother at a young age and her father away on important war work, 17-year-old Rita Smith has plenty of people to turn to in the close-knit community of Cliffhaven. Until Italy sides with Germany and Rita's closest friends and neighbours are interned as enemies of the state. As war rages across Europe, Rita is more determined than ever to do her bit for the war effort. Although she is forced to give up her dream of joining the WAAF, she volunteers as a fire warden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic story fantastic narrator.

  • By david dodson (purple triangle ltd) on 21-04-15

incorrect series number on Goodreads!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

This is actually the second book in the series not the third. Goodreads should correct this.

  • Notes From a Small Island

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,131

After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson, the acclaimed author of such best sellers as The Mother Tongue and Made in America, decided it was time to move back to the United States for a while. This was partly to let his wife and kids experience life in Bryson's homeland, and partly because he had read that 3.7 million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another. It was thus clear to him that his people needed him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Note From A Small Islander

  • By Jo on 05-11-08

Just brilliant

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

Nothing more to add but this stupid app makes me write at least 20 words

  • There'll Be Blue Skies

  • By: Ellie Dean
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

When sixteen-year-old Sally is evacuated to the English south coast, she is terrified by what lies ahead of her. All she knows are the sights and sounds of London's East End – but Sally swallows her tears as they leave the familiar landmarks behind, knowing that she has to be a Grown-Up Girl and play mother to her six-year-old brother Ernie. Playing mother is nothing new for Sally – their real mother Florrie, a good-time girl, hasn't even come to the station to wave them off and Ernie, crippled at an early age by polio, is used to depending on his older sister.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Guilty pleasure

  • By Karen on 06-10-13

Another great Beach View story

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

Reviewed: 01-01-17

If you could sum up There'll Be Blue Skies in three words, what would they be?

Really good story

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ron, such a character!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Gabbled narration. Annie Aldington is great with cockney accents but that's about it. She fails to take notice of punctuation, and has a sharp delivery which I dislike intensely.

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  • Plough the Furrow

  • By: Margaret Dickinson
  • Narrated by: Susan Jameson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Lincolnshire, 1910. Shunned by her own family, desperate for work and a place to stay, Esther Everatt walks through the night to Sam Brumby's farm, seeking the chance to earn her keep. Reluctantly, the old man takes her on. But her peace and security are cruelly shattered when old Sam dies. As a woman she has no right to inherit the lease on the farm.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointment

  • By Ladylinx on 22-07-12

Alas abridged but not advertised as such...

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

Reviewed: 14-10-16

I've been reading this excellent trilogy on my kindle. What a scam to sell the audio book with only half the story! Shame on you Audible I will be reconsidering whether to bother in future. Can't recommend the WHOLE story highly enough but this offering was a joke.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sweet Memories of You

  • By: Ellie Dean
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31

'I'm not working on a factory floor or digging for victory, but in my own small way I do what I can for those I love.' It's 1943, and Peggy Reilly is at her best when the troubles of war come knocking at the door of Beach View Boarding House - especially when it concerns her younger sister, Doreen. Doreen is divorced from Eddie, but his letters have taken on a more threatening tone of late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good audiobook

  • By Amazon Customer on 20-03-16

Awful, gabbled narrration spoiled the story

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

Reviewed: 28-07-16

I didn't enjoy the previous book in the series by this narrator but gave in and bought this one because I'm a big fan of the Beach View series. I won't make the same mistake again. I use talking books to relax and nothing about Annie Aldington's rushed and abrupt style of speaking contributes to either enjoyment or relaxation. I'm sure she would be very good, her dialects are excellent, if she would just slow down a lot, it's not a race to get to the end as quickly as possible.

  • Sealed with a Loving Kiss

  • By: Ellie Dean
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

The gripping new Second World War novel from Sunday Times top ten best-selling author of While We're Apart. After the death of her parents in a bombing raid, Mary Jones discovers a secret in the pages of her father’s diaries. Her search for the truth brings her to Cliffehaven on the south coast. Here she finds work at the Kodak factory, sifting through the airgraphs, which are being sent from all over the world by the men and women in the armed forces and by their loved ones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Denise on 06-01-19

Great story, gabbled narration spoiled it for me

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

Reviewed: 04-07-16

I buy audible books to relax. The narrator's abrupt and gabbled style spoiled the story for ne, will avoid in future

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  • London Belles

  • By: Annie Groves
  • Narrated by: Anna Baatz
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

London Belles is a tale of four very different young women thrown together by war. Finding freedom and independence – as well as love, passion and heartbreak – for the very first time, a unique bond is formed as the hostilities take their toll on Britain.United by chance, bound together in times of needWhen tragedy strikes, Olive is forced to seek lodgers. Three girls come knocking at her door, each in need of a roof over their heads.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • nearly perfect

  • By annette bickley on 27-06-16

Sorry did not enjoy the narration at all

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

Reviewed: 20-06-16

What disappointed you about London Belles?

The narrator spoke much too fast and too much contrast between loud and soft, spoiled the story, I can't follow the story even though I've read all the books in this series with enjoyment.

Would you be willing to try another one of Anna Baatz’s performances?

No, sorry, I will avoid this narrator in future. She's really difficult to listen to, very harsh on the eardrums.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from London Belles?

I wouldn't have bought the book if it had been abridged. I only buy audible books that I've read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful