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  • It Must Have Been the Mistletoe

  • By: Judy Astley
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Thea’s parents decide to host a big family Christmas in a house by the sea… even though they are, in fact, about to split up. Thea herself is newly single - her sister and brother are both settled, with children, homes and a future. But Thea’s boyfriend has ditched her in favour of his pedigree dogs, and Thea can’t decide whether or not she minds. There will be copious food and drink, holly and mistletoe, lots of bracing walks and a wintry barbecue on the beach.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok story

  • By Dylan on 30-10-16

Ok story

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

Reviewed: 30-10-16

I liked the story but not a fan of the narrator - I found her different 'voices' for the people in the book irritating. Probably just me.

  • Magpie Murders

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner, Samantha Bond
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,289

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the tattered manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has little idea it will change her life. She's worked with the revered crime writer for years, and his detective, Atticus Pund, is renowned for solving crimes in the sleepy English villages of the 1950s. As Susan knows only too well, vintage crime sells handsomely. It's just a shame that it means dealing with an author like Alan Conway.... But Conway's latest tale of murder at Pye Hall is not quite what it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who? How? Where & Why?

  • By Mrs Q on 10-10-16

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 25-10-16

I wasn't sure what to expect but thoroughly enjoyed it; I would definitely recommend it!

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • The Truth about Melody Browne

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

When she was nine years old, Melody Browne's house burned down. As well as destroying all her possessions, the fire took with it all her memories - Melody remembers nothing before her ninth birthday. Now she hasn't seen her parents since she left home at 15. She's made a life for herself and her son and likes it that way. Until one night she faints at a hypnotist show - and when she comes round she starts to remember.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heart warming

  • By Arlene on 09-02-16

Good story!

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

Reviewed: 27-07-16

I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would, definitely recommend it, couldn't wait to hear the end!

  • The Girls

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister, Amelie Jewell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 787
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 713
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 708

You live on a picturesque communal garden square, an oasis in urban London where your children run free, in and out of other people’s houses. You’ve known your neighbours for years, and you trust them. Implicitly. You think your children are safe. But are they really? On a midsummer’s night, a 13-year-old girl is found unconscious in a dark corner of the garden square. What really happened to her? And who is responsible?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Weak in several parts

  • By Giftgiver on 14-11-16

A really good listen

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

Reviewed: 26-05-16

Chose this book quite randomly, found it quite gripping and enjoyable. Definitely would recommend it.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Summer Daydreams

  • By: Carole Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 94

What if you had always dreamed of something more? Waving goodbye to the chip shop, Nell McNamara starts up a new business making her own line of must-have handbags, which are soon flying off the shelves. It seems Nell's dreams are finally coming true, but her success doesn't come without a price. Before too long, Nell has to ask herself if it's really possible to have it all….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed this book

  • By Jill on 02-08-13

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 06-05-16

Given the reviews I thought I would like this; sadly I didn't. Oh well, never mind.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Village Secrets

  • Tales from Turnham Malpas, Book 5
  • By: Rebecca Shaw
  • Narrated by: Anne Cater
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

The village school of Turnham Malpas is to get a new head teacher. At first sight, Kate Pascoe seems ideal. But when she introduces meditation classes and tree-hugging, the villagers begin to think again. A strange malaise afflicts the whole village and a sudden, shocking death plunges the village into a state of superstitious dread. And always at the eye of the storm is the head teacher: Kate Pascoe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As always, very entertaining.

  • By Cathy Swanson on 25-02-17

Easy listening

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

Reviewed: 20-04-16

Fairly predictable but pleasant story, well performed but the ghastly music between chapters was annoying!

  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262

Recently, there had been some strange goings on at Styles St Mary. Evelyn, constant companion to old Mrs Inglethorp, had stormed out of the house muttering something about "a lot of sharks". And with her, something indefinable had gone from the atmosphere. Her presence had spelt security; now the air seemed rife with suspicion and impending evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous audiobook

  • By david llewellyn on 17-08-17

Old Favourites

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

Reviewed: 18-01-15

I started reading Agatha Christie over 40 years ago, still enjoy them as much today, particularly in this format.