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  • When the Sky Fell Apart

  • By: Caroline Lea
  • Narrated by: Lara J West
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Jersey, June 1940: it starts after the bombs land, obliterating the last shred of hope that Hitler will avert his attention from the Channel Islands. Within weeks 12,000 German troops land on the Jersey beaches. For 10-year-old Claudine, it means a reeducation under German rule, and for Maurice it means protecting his sick wife at all costs. These memorable characters take you on a journey through the war that you will not forget.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • beautiful story form new author

  • By TommyBurn on 23-05-17

Refunded

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

Reviewed: 21-05-16

This may well have been a great book but sadly I couldn't cope with the narration. The delivery was painfully slow, so much so, that it made it impossible for me to follow the story. I listened to about half an hour but then applied for a refund.

  • A Cornish Stranger

  • By: Liz Fenwick
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

There's an old Cornish saying: "Save a stranger from the sea, he'll turn your enemy...." When her reclusive grandmother becomes too frail to live alone, Gabriella Blythe moves into the remote waterside cabin on Frenchman's Creek which has been her grandmother's home for decades. Once a celebrated artist, Jaunty's days are coming to a close, but she is still haunted by events in her past, particularly the sinking of Lancasteria during the war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, enchanting,

  • By Patricia on 28-05-15

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 09-08-15

Having read the good reviews for this book, I was expecting an engaging listen, especially as it is set in Cornwall, which should have provided an atmospheric backdrop for the novel.
The characters of Gabriella and her grandmother, Jaunty, didn't engage me, they were one dimensional and stereotypical. Their past stories were hinted at in a clumsy, obvious way that failed to interest me or draw me into the book. I found the way the characters behaved in social situations to be unbelievable, their reactions to situations unrealistic and the dialogue stilted and strange.
The backdrop of Cornwall was not described in a way that transported the listener but rather like the characters was bland and monochromic.
The narrator did a good job.
I tried to persevere but when it became a chore to continue to listen, I decided to give up and move on.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Beautiful Lies

  • By: Lisa Unger
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Kaye
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53

If Ridley Jones had slept 10 minutes later or had taken the subway instead of waiting for a cab, she would still be living the lie she used to call her perfect life. Instead, she's in the wrong place at the right time to unleash a chain of events that begins with a mysterious package on her doorstep. A package that informs her that her entire world is just an illusion. Forced to question everything she knows about herself, Ridley wanders into dark territory, where everyone is hiding something.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Captivating collection of twists and turns

  • By Emma Tucker on 27-04-14

Gripping Thriller

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

Reviewed: 27-03-14

What did you like most about Beautiful Lies?

Beautiful Lies is a very well written and engaging thriller with multiple strands running through it. It is primarily the story of Ridley, who because of a series of random events, becomes a media sensation for a few days. As a result she receives information which leads her to question, who she is and how she came to be the person she has always unquestioningly believed herself to be.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ridley is an engaging and likeable heroine. She feels real, a good person leading a normal life, she is kind, reliable and hardworking. Ridley is also a loving daughter but the events at the beginning of the novel cause her to question everything about her life and who she believes she is.

What about Elizabeth Kaye’s performance did you like?

This book was very well performed indeed. Elizabeth Kaye became Ridley Jones. She read with tremendous feel for the character and the events. One of the best read audiobooks I have listened to.

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

It had me guessing, trying to work out what was happening before it was revealed. I liked the story of Ridley and Jake, I don't want to give anything away so I will just say that this part of the story was powerfully written.

Any additional comments?

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, the first I have read/listened to by Lisa Unger. I was pleased to see that audible have several of her novels so look forward to hearing some more.Highly recommended.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • What Alice Forgot

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,423

When Alice Love surfaces from a beautiful dream to find she's been injured in a gym, she knows that something is very wrong – she hates exercise. Alice's first concern is her baby – she's pregnant with her first child, and she's desperate to see her husband, Nick, who she knows will be worried about her.But Alice isn't pregnant. And Nick isn't worried.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must listen

  • By Helen on 01-12-13

Not Brilliant but not Terrible Either

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

Reviewed: 31-01-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It is not a bad book and was okay to pass time as I did mundane jobs but I have heard a lot of better books. I didn't hate it and it is easy enough to listen to but I felt that it was a bit contrived and after a while found it tedious.I wasn't sorry when I got to the end.

If you’ve listened to books by Liane Moriarty before, how does this one compare?

This was the first book I have listened to by this author.

Would you be willing to try another one of Caroline Lee’s performances?

Unlike other reviewers I didn't particularly like the narrator's voice, I found it a bit whiney, so I will avoid performances by this narrator in future.

Was What Alice Forgot worth the listening time?

In that it was entertaining enough, I don't regret listening to it while I did other things but like Alice, the heroine in the book, I will forget about it very quickly.

Any additional comments?

Nothing in this book made me want to know what was going to happen next. In fact most of the time I knew what was going to happen next.

Just not really my cup of tea.

  • A Little Love Song

  • By: Michelle Magorian
  • Narrated by: Michelle Magorian
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23

It is the summer of 1943, and war continues to rage. For Rose and her sister Diana, it’s a time of independence and self-discovery as they find first loves. But when Rose unearths a love story from another war, she discovers an extraordinary secret and must ask herself: is she really in love? Read by the author.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwarming

  • By JenPeter on 31-01-14

Heartwarming

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

Reviewed: 31-01-14

If you could sum up A Little Love Song in three words, what would they be?

Heartwarming, wartime, romance

What other book might you compare A Little Love Song to, and why?

It reminded me of 'Part of the Furniture' by Mary Wesley (another excellent book). It had the same authentic wartime feel, many of the themes were similar and the style of the books were alike.

Which character – as performed by Michelle Magorian – was your favourite?

Mad Hilda. I thought her story, which runs parallel to that of the heroine, was desperately moving. Although fictional, I am sure that the author based Hilda's story on real life events as I have heard accounts of women suffering the same fate in the early twentieth century. It makes you realise how things have changed for the better in the last one hundred years.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely.

Any additional comments?

An easy to listen to, well written story with a strong sense of the period.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Apple Tree Yard

  • By: Louise Doughty
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,962
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,956

Yvonne Carmichael has a high-flying career, a beautiful home and a good marriage. But when she meets a stranger she is drawn into a passionate affair. Keeping the two halves of her life separate seems easy at first. But she can’t control what happens next.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Recommendation!

  • By Mrs. Helen M. Herbert on 09-02-14

Brilliant psychological thriller

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

Reviewed: 23-01-14

If you could sum up Apple Tree Yard in three words, what would they be?

Shocking, dark, thriller.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Apple Tree Yard?

There is an unforgettable violent incident that is difficult to listen to but it is pivotal to the story.

Which character – as performed by Juliet Stevenson – was your favourite?

I actually disliked all the characters - they were interesting, complex and very well written but I couldn't actually 'like' their characters or empathise with them.

All the characters were brilliantly performed by Juliet Stevenson, she brought them to life.

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

The scenes in The Old Bailey were very moving. The detailed descriptions painted such a vivid picture. I felt like I was there.

Any additional comments?

I didn't like this book to begin with and nearly gave up on it after the first couple of chapters but I am so pleased I did not do that. It built slowly but once drawn into the story, I could not stop listening. It is a very clever plot and the slow build is necessary to justify the events that occur later in the book. Highly recommended

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

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

Great story - very well read

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

Reviewed: 23-01-14

If you could sum up A Place to Call Home in three words, what would they be?

This is a modern, heart warming story of a woman on the run from her abusive husband. Ayesha and her daughter, Sabina, find refuge with a wonderful group of people, all living under the roof of Hayden Daniels, a retired pop star. Each of the characters comes to the house with their own problems and together they support and help each other.

What other book might you compare A Place to Call Home to, and why?

What I liked about this book it is different to other books I have read. I can't think of anything else to compare it to. The character of Ayesha is unusual and has different values to many modern British born heroines. I found the originality of this book refreshing.

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

No, I haven't come across Rita Sharma before but I was very impressed with her reading of this book. Rita Sharma is perfect as the voice of quiet, gentle Ayesha, who is originally from Sri Lanka, equally good as bubbly dancer, Crystal and also as the voice of Joy an older embittered widow.

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

It made me both laugh and cry. Throughout the book there is a build up of tension I found myself really caring about the characters and wanting things to go well for them.

Any additional comments?

An uplifting, life affirming book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Good, the Bad and the Dumped

  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Now, you obviously, would never, ever look up your exes on Facebook. Nooo. And even if you did, you most certainly wouldn't run off trying to track them down, risking your job, family and happiness in the process. Posy Fairweather, on the other hand...Posy is delighted when Matt proposes - on top of a mountain, in a gale, in full-on romantic mode. But a few days’ later disaster strikes: he backs out of the engagement. Crushed and humiliated, Posy starts thinking.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I just love Jenny Colgan!

  • By rebeccah prince on 04-02-15

Poor narration

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-01-13

I couldn't listen beyond the first chapter because the narrator's voice was so irritating and the accents were shocking

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • My Last Duchess

  • By: Daisy Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Cora Cash, possibly the wealthiest heiress in 1890’s America, has been raised to believe that money will open every door to her. But when her mother whisks Cora to England to secure her an aristocratic match, Cora is dismayed by the welcome she at first receives. The great English houses in which she is entertained are frosty and forbidding, dogged by intrigue above stairs, and gossip below.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Recommended

  • By JenPeter on 03-12-12

Highly Recommended

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-12

I loved every minute of this brilliant book, it was one of those audiobooks you just don't want to finish listening to.

Although this book is fiction it is based on the fantastic real life stories of the American heiresses who travelled to Britain in the late 19th century in search of a title and in particular Consuelo Vanderbilt, who married The 9th Duke of Marlborough in 1895.

Highly recommended. If you like Downton Abbey you will enjoy this book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Park Lane

  • By: Frances Osborne
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

Bea treads carefully on the thick carpet, quite deliberately like a servant. Her elder sister, Clemmie, tells her that it is "not done" to worry about being heard but Bea enjoys this oh-so-silent rebellion against convention. She teases back, "This is the twentieth century, Clem, things are about to change." London, 1914.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't get into it

  • By JenPeter on 25-07-12

Couldn't get into it

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-07-12

Was disappointed with this book as I had previously enjoyed The Bolter by the same author. I found the narrater poor and thought her reading did not help.
I'm afraid I abandoned it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful