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  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 7

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 23 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,325
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,630
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,566

As he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid's motorbike and takes to the skies, leaving Privet Drive for the last time, Harry Potter knows that Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters are not far behind. The protective charm that has kept Harry safe until now is broken, but he cannot keep hiding. The Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything Harry loves and to stop him Harry will have to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes. The final battle must begin - Harry must stand and face his enemy....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hallowed Be Thy Name Harry Potter!

  • By Simon on 20-12-15

Far more than a children’s book!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-04-19

I have just listened to the entire series and it has been a far more enthralling, moving and exciting experience than I had anticipated, despite my having read all the books before, as they were published! As we all know, J K Rowling is a genius and the wonderful Stephen Fry brings that extra,magical, touch to his reading - truly a National Treasure!

  • How Not to Die

  • Discover the foods scientifically proven to prevent and reverse disease
  • By: Dr Michael Greger, Gene Stone
  • Narrated by: Michael Greger
  • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 650
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 583

Why rely on drugs and surgery to cure you of life-threatening disease when the right decisions can prevent you from falling ill to begin with? How Not to Die gives effective, scientifically proven nutritional advice to prevent our biggest killers - heart disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes - and reveals the astounding health benefits that simple dietary choices can provide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book has changed my life!

  • By ramin rad on 20-04-18

A complete ‘no brainier’!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-03-19

So well worth listening to! While this book is a little ‘American’ for my rather more English susceptibilities, I found the arguments both helpful and convincing. My vegetarian diet is now, very largely vegan, which I am happy with from both a personal health and an animal welfare basis! As I said in my headliner - it is, for me, a complete no-brainer! If you are the slightest bit tempted by this book, or The China Study, I urge you to at least listen to the arguments these highly qualified men put forward!

  • The Sealwoman's Gift

  • By: Sally Magnusson
  • Narrated by: Katherine Manners
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

In 1627 Barbary pirates raided the coast of Iceland and abducted some 400 of its people, including 250 from a tiny island off the mainland. Among the captives sold into slavery in Algiers were the island pastor, his wife and their three children. Although the raid itself is well documented, little is known about what happened to the women and children afterwards. It was a time when women everywhere were largely silent.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • spellbinding read

  • By Fran Brady on 09-03-18

A complete delight

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Reviewed: 18-03-19

I was completely lost in this beautifully assured tale! Katherine Manners was the perfect reader and I was really sad when it came time to leave these carefully drawn characters behind in their lost, long gone, world.

  • The Ruby in the Smoke

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,923
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,707
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,698

An unabridged reading of Philip Pullman's nerve-shattering thriller, set in the murky streets and opium dens of Old London. When 16-year old Sally's father drowns in suspicious circumstances, she is left to fend for herself in Victorian London. Although she doesn't know it, she is already in terrible danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A layered and satisfying listen

  • By Barry on 08-09-16

A true delight!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-19

Beautifully drawn characters, perfect period details, complex, carefully conceived plot - a real delight from start to finish! Anton Lesser never puts a foot wrong, through the entire thing! Altogether a complete joy!

  • Blackberry and Wild Rose

  • By: Sonia Velton
  • Narrated by: Heather Long, Beth Eyre
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

When Esther Thorel, the wife of a Huguenot silk weaver, rescues Sara Kemp from a brothel she thinks she is doing God's will. Sara is not convinced being a maid is better than being a whore, but the chance to escape her grasping madam is too good to refuse. Inside the Thorels' tall house in Spitalfields, where the strange cadence of the looms fills the attic, the two women forge an uneasy relationship. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BlackBerry and Wild rose 🌹

  • By Vivienne Burke on 30-01-19

Loved it!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-19

Beautifully written and wonderfully read - the intricately interwoven stories of strong women, finding their way in a world where men call all the shots, was a delight I did not want to come to an end! These characters will live with me for some time to come - always the mark of a excellent book,to my mind!

  • Crime on the Fens

  • DI Nikki Galena, Book 1
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554

DI Nikki Galena: A police detective with nothing left to lose, she's seen a girl die in her arms, and her daughter will never leave the hospital again. She's gotten tough on the criminals she believes did this to her. Too tough. And now she's been given one final warning: make it work with her new sergeant, DS Joseph Easter, or she's out.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Awful Narration

  • By Jennie Georgina on 05-09-17

Sorry - all a bit of a let down!

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-19

While I have loved all of Joy Ellis’s ‘Jackman’ series, sadly I really struggled to get through this, the first in the Nikki Galena series. I’m not sure if it was the reader (who I really did not enjoy) or the writing - but I certainly will not be listening to any more of them! Only the story line kept me hanging on, but even that was a bit ‘touch and go’ towards the end!

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  • The China Study, Revised and Expanded Edition

  • The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health
  • By: T. Colin Campbell PhD, Thomas M. Campbell II MD
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 18 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226

More than 30 years ago, nutrition researcher T. Colin Campbell and his team at Cornell University, in partnership with teams in China and England, embarked upon the most comprehensive study ever undertaken of the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease. What they found, when combined with findings in Campbell's laboratory, opened their eyes to the dangers of a diet high in animal protein and the unparalleled health benefits of a whole foods, plant-based diet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mind-blowing - changed my life

  • By Molly on 27-02-17

Truly, a must read!

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Reviewed: 26-02-19

I have been vegetarian for nearly 40 years but have always felt that the leap to being vegan was a step too far. This carefully researched, well written and well read book has provided the very nudge in that direction that I needed. It all seems to be a complete non-brainer to me! Please, at least listen to what this very impressive man has to say, before making up your mind about your future diet!

  • The Travelling Cat Chronicles

  • By: Hiro Arikawa, Philip Gabriel
  • Narrated by: George Blagden
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa, read by George Blagden. The tender feelgood story of a man's journey around Japan with a streetcat. Translated by Philip Gabriel, a translator of Murakami. It's not the journey that counts but who's at your side. Nana is on a road trip, but he is not sure where he is going. All that matters is that he can sit beside his beloved owner, Satoru, in the front seat of his silver van. Satoru is keen to visit three old friends from his youth, though Nana doesn’t know why, and Satoru won’t say.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb!

  • By Codfish on 12-06-18

Charming and unexpected!

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Reviewed: 08-02-19

This book was donated to me by my best friend, who obviously understands me all too well

  • Once Upon a River

  • By: Diane Setterfield
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341

A dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames. The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child. Hours later the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can it be explained by science? An exquisitely crafted multilayered mystery brimming with folklore, suspense and romance as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, Once Upon a River is as richly atmospheric as Setterfield’s best seller The Thirteenth Tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By jlbenefield on 04-02-19

Magical!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-19

A delightful and absorbing experience, beautifully written by Diane Setterfield and gloriously read by Juliet Stevenson. Peopled with wonderfully drawn characters who you are reluctant to abandon when the story draws to its very satisfying conclusion!

  • Spinning Silver

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father’s too kindhearted to collect his debts. They face poverty until Miryem hardens her own heart and takes up his work in their village. Her success creates rumours she can turn silver into gold, which attract the fairy king of winter himself. He sets her an impossible challenge - and if she fails, she’ll die. Yet if she triumphs, it may mean a fate worse than death. And in her desperate efforts to succeed, Miryem unwittingly spins a web which draws in the unhappy daughter of a lord. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spinning gold more like

  • By Jenny on 24-07-18

Superb!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-01-19

To say that I loved this book would be to sadly underplay it’s effect on me! If you are at all tempted by it, please don’t resist - you will not be disappointed!