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Granny June

Kent, England
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  • Mystery Man

  • By: Colin Bateman
  • Narrated by: Stephen Armstrong
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 151

He’s the Man With No Name and the owner of No Alibis, a mystery bookshop in Belfast. But when a detective agency next door goes bust, the agency’s clients start calling into his shop asking him to solve their cases. It’s not as if there’s any danger involved. It’s an easy way to sell books to his gullible customers and Alison, the beautiful girl in the jewellery shop across the road, will surely be impressed. Except she’s not – because she can see the bigger picture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just get it

  • By Caroline on 28-04-13

Deliciously funny!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-09-18

Wonderfully funny and gripping. Got this after a recommendation. of Facebook and will now work my way through as many of Bateman's book as I can find.

  • The Sewing Machine

  • By: Natalie Fergie
  • Narrated by: Angus King, Ruth Urquhart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 416
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 376
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 377

It is 1911, and Jean is about to join the mass strike at the Singer factory. For her, nothing will be the same again. Decades later, Connie sews coded moments of her life into a notebook, as her mother did before her. More than 100 years after his grandmother's sewing machine was made, Fred unpicks the secrets of four generations, one stitch at a time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An intriguing walk through generations

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-07-18

Delightful!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-18

This book touched me in so many ways, so it became a personal journey. I was born and grew up near the Singer Factory. My father worked for Singer in the fifties and used their machines in his business. I learned to sew on an old foot treadle Singer and my first sewing machine was a hand operated Singer, bought second hand. I made my first layette on that machine as well as most of my clothes.
The narration was brilliant - the change in accents from West to east impressive. The story was well crafted and rang true. I look forward to more from this author.

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  • How to Stop Time

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,848
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,715
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,712

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to jazz age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot and now craves an ordinary life. Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover - working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he'd never witnessed them firsthand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb as I expected from Matt Haig

  • By Kaggy on 17-07-17

Entertaining and educational

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-08-18

It took me a little while to get into this book but once I was there I could hardly put it down. At first when the narrative jumped back to the past, I wanted to hurry forward to the present but little by little I wanted to know more of the history. A very satisfying read. I do appreciate other customer reviews and recommendations which lead me to such wonderful books.

  • Penhaligon's Pride

  • By: Terri Nixon
  • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

The stirring second instalment in Terri Nixon's Penhaligon Saga series. 1910. Anna Garvey and her daughter are still running the Tin Streamer's Arms in Caernoweth, Cornwall, and it finally seems like she has left her tumultuous history behind in Ireland. Meanwhile, Freya Penhaligon has blossomed and is now the object of increasing affection of Hugh, the elder son of the wealthy Batten family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical fiction at its best

  • By Granny June on 31-07-18

Historical fiction at its best

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-07-18

A worthy sequel to 'Attic' which was every bit as enjoyable as 'Pride'. Well rounded characters and plenty of suspense too. The narration was excellent, the accents endearing. I can hardly wait for the next one in this series.

  • Penhaligon's Attic

  • Penhaligon Saga, Book 1
  • By: Terri Nixon
  • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

1910. Anna Garvey arrives in Caernoweth, Cornwall, with her daughter and a secret. Having come from Ireland to take up an inheritance of the local pub, she and her 18-year-old daughter, Mairead, are initially viewed with suspicion by the close-knit community. Anna soon becomes acquainted with Freya Penhaligon, a vulnerable girl struggling to keep her family business afloat in the wake of her grandmother's death, and starts to gain the trust of the locals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging

  • By Granny June on 23-07-18

Engaging

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-07-18

I loved this book when I read it as a ebook and it enchanted me again with the audio version. From the first chapter's description of life in a small fishing village and all the lovely accents it drew e in and held me there. This author never fails to delight and already I am on tenterhooks for the next installment.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,503
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,707
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,684

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Viva Eleanor!

  • By Kaggy on 30-06-17

An engaging story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-18

I bought this on a recommendation on Audible's Facebook page. Thank you! Great read, fascinating story and excellent narrator. I look forward to more from this author.

  • The Word Is Murder

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,837
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,825

A wealthy woman strangled six hours after she's arranged her own funeral. A very private detective uncovering secrets but hiding his own. A reluctant author drawn into a story he can’t control. What do they have in common? Unexpected death, an unsolved mystery and a trail of bloody clues lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz's new thriller. Spread the word. The word is murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Unemployed Detective

  • By Sarah on 30-08-17

Namedropping par excellence!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-02-18

Thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. Well constructed, suspenseful and witty. The name-dropping is delightful and added to my enjoyment. The narration was just right and the plot kept me guessing to the end.

  • 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 3,476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,207

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

Delightful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-18

I really enjoyed this. The novel within the novel was engaging and the performances were excellent.

  • The Keeper of Lost Things

  • By: Ruth Hogan
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood, Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,463
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,235

Once a celebrated author of short stories now in his twilight years, Anthony Peardew has spent half his life collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before. Realising he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfil his legacy and reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners. But the final wishes of the Keeper of Lost Things have unforeseen repercussions which trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book

  • By Mrs on 07-02-17

Heartwarming and then some.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-09-17

What a lovely story with memorable characters and unique plot. I loved Sunshine and will read this again immediately as I enjoyed it so much.

  • 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 14,702
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,265
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,208

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

Brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-08-17

Just brilliant all round. A wonderful end to Harry's story brought to life by Stephen Fry.