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  • Teacher, Teacher!

  • By: Jack Sheffield
  • Narrated by: Jack Sheffield
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

It's 1977 and Jack Sheffield is appointed headmaster of a small village primary school in North Yorkshire. So begins Jack's eventful journey through the school year and his attempts to overcome the many problems that face him as a young and inexperienced headmaster. The many colourful characters include Ruby, the 20-stone caretaker with an acute spelling problem; a secretary who worships Margaret Thatcher; a villager who grows giant carrots; a barmaid/parent who requests sex lessons, and a five-year-old boy whose language is colourful in the extreme.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dull dull dull

  • By Colin on 13-02-16

Light hearted and easy listen

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

Reviewed: 14-09-17

It took a while to get used to the narrator and at some points he lacked a bit of expression. However, still turned out to be an enjoyable listen. The story is pleasant but uneventful.

  • The Little Shop of Happy-Ever-After

  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis.
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532

Given a backroom computer job when the beloved Birmingham library she works in turns into a downsized retail complex, Nina misses her old role terribly - dealing with people, greeting her regulars, making sure everyone gets the right books for their needs. Then a new business nobody else wants catches her eye: owning a tiny little bookshop bus up in the Scottish Highlands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully descriptive.

  • By Di on 15-06-16

A lovely listen

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

Another good one for any Jenny Colgan fan's. The narrator does a good job of the many varied accents.

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  • Rules

  • Things are Changing at the Little School by the Sea
  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

For the first time, the girls caught sight of the turreted, castle-like building that would be home for the next nine months, the four towers of the main houses nestled in the hills, with the cliffs behind, leading down to the still turquoise sea. Maggie loves teaching English at beautiful Downey House but she is less keen on planning her wedding to dependable Stan. Instead, she's working on ignoring her crush on David McDonald, who teaches English at the local boys' school.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Follow Up to "Class"

  • By Carg on 17-12-16

Great Follow Up to "Class"

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

Reviewed: 17-12-16

I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy the narration from a teenagers point of view but in fact it works well. The story features realistic characters and in particular the reader really understands Maggie's position and dilemma.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Silent Tide

  • By: Rachel Hore
  • Narrated by: Gerri Halligan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

Rachel Hore's intriguing and suspenseful new novel magnificently connects the very different worlds of two young women, who are linked by their individual quests for truth, love and happiness. When editor Emily Gordon commissions an account of the great English novelist Hugh Morton, she finds herself caught between Morton's formidable widow, Jacqueline, and the charming biographer, Joel Richards. What is the secret buried in Morton’s past? One winter's day in 1948, a chance meeting for Isabel Barber leads to a fascinating career in publishing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strong holiday read set in 50s and present day

  • By debbieg on 12-04-15

Excellent, fantastic characterisation.

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

Reviewed: 30-04-16

I throughly enjoyed the book, however I couldn't quite get to like the central character. She was vivid and believable but so often I wanted her to do something else and I was disappointed in learning what her last act of the story was. The modern day heroine was a reflection of what the central character should have been.

  • The Glass Painter's Daughter

  • By: Rachel Hore
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

Fran Morrison, a travelling musician, is summoned home to London after her father suffers a stroke. She finds herself in charge of the family business - a stained glass workshop. When the vicar of the local church asks Fran to restore a shattered window, her research into its origins uncovers a fascinating and moving love story from the Victorian past that resonates in her own life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyable story

  • By Mrs on 03-11-09

Very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 14-04-16

The pace was a bit slow at the beginning but once the scene was set I couldn't stop listening. As usual the past and the present weave together to tell a brilliant story.

  • The Shadow Hour

  • By: Kate Riordan
  • Narrated by: Andy Secombe, Daniel Weyman, Eve Webster, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Shadow Hour by Kate Riordan, read by Eve Webster, Rachel Bavidge, Andy Secombe, Roy Mcmillan, Helen Fraser, Daniel Weyman and Steven France. Nineteen twenty-two. Grace has been sent to the stately and crumbling Fenix House to follow in her grandmother's footsteps as a governess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Shadow Hour

  • By Anita Shrirve on 04-03-16

Intriguing

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

Reviewed: 26-03-16

What started off as a great story about the past meeting the present turned out to be an intriguing page turner with twists you didn't expect. Very enjoyable!

  • The Blue Cotton Gown

  • A Midwife’s Memoir
  • By: Patricia Harman
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Heather is pale and thin, seventeen and pregnant with twins when Patricia Harman begins to care for her. Over the course of the next five seasons Patsy will see Heather through the loss of both babies and their father. She will also care for her longtime patient Nila, pregnant for the eighth time and trying to make a new life without her abusive husband. And Patsy will try to find some comfort to offer Holly, whose teenage daughter struggles with bulimia. She will help Rebba learn to find pleasure in her body and help Kaz transition into a new body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Addictive!

  • By Carg on 24-02-16

Addictive!

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

Reviewed: 24-02-16

I really enjoyed this book. It was a compelling journey through the women's lives with the stories told in such a way that I empathised with each one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Summer at the Little Beach Street Bakery

  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Anne-Marie Piazza
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279

Summer has arrived in the Cornish town of Mount Polbearne, and Polly Waterford couldn't be happier. Because Polly is in love: She's in love with the beautiful seaside town she calls home, she's in love with running the bakery on Beach Street, and she's in love with her boyfriend, Huckle. And yet there's something unsettling about the gentle summer breeze that's floating through town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely Story!

  • By Vicky on 10-04-15

Can't help but like the main character.

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

Reviewed: 07-12-15

An easy listen and a pleasant story different enough to keep your interest. Well told by the narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Emily of New Moon

  • By: L. M. Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Susan O’Malley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Emily Starr had never known what it was to be lonely - until her beloved father died. In this, the first of the Emily novels, young Emily is orphaned and goes to live with her mother's snobbish relatives at New Moon Farm. Sure that she'll never be happy there, Emily endures her stern Aunt Elizabeth and malicious classmates by holding her head high and using her quick wit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another L.M Montgomery Delight

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-06-17

As good as I remember it!

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

Reviewed: 03-05-15

Beautifully narrated. I read all the Emily books in my early teens and loved them. This was a great way to revisit them.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful