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  • The Throwaway Children

  • By: Diney Costeloe
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 646
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646

Rita and Rosie Stevens are only nine and five years old when their widowed mother marries a violent bully. Under pressure from her new husband, she is persuaded to send the girls to an orphanage. It is not long before the powers that be decide to send a consignment of orphans to their sister institution in Australia. Among them, without their family's consent or knowledge, are Rita and Rosie, the throwaway children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful novel, beautifully narrated.

  • By Elizabeth on 28-02-17

Diney Costeloe does it again!

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

After listening to, The Girl With No Name by Diney and loving it. I decided to give her, The Throwaway Children a go. I'm so glad I did, as it captivated me just as much.

Based around a shameful chapter in British history. The cruel and heartless deportation of our children then within the "Care System" to Australia.
Although a work of fictional characters. It surely brings to light the treatment and conditions, which many of those real children endured, from what I previously knew about this period.
This makes the story even more heartbreaking at times, knowing events mustn't have been far from the truth for many.

Wonderfully narrated by Anne Dover, as to be expected. How she didn't choke up at times during her narration, I don't know? Because I did! Not through over sentimentality either, I'm not that way inclined. But i imagine she had to do some retakes?

This so deserves to be made into a TV miniseries by the BBC. Period dramas are what they do best in my opinion.

This book is thoroughly recommended.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with No Name

  • By: Diney Costeloe
  • Narrated by: Bea Holland
  • Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 442
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439

Thirteen-year-old Lisa escapes from Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport and arrives in England in August 1939. She can't speak a word of English, and among her meagre belongings is one precious photograph of her family. But when the Blitz blows her new home apart, she wakes up in hospital with no memory of who she is. The authorities give her a new name and despatch her to a children's home. With the war in full swing, what will become of Lisa now?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Girl with no name!

  • By Magic Maggie on 14-09-16

Up there with The Book Thief!

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

Reviewed: 17-06-17

Brilliant. Takes a little while to get going properly, then I couldn't stop listening to what happened next?
Very well read, which can make or break a book IMO.

  • Escape from Sobibor

  • By: Richard Rashke
  • Narrated by: Robert Blumenfeld
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

On October 14, 1943, 600 Jews imprisoned in Sobibor, a secret Nazi death camp in eastern Poland, revolted. They killed a dozen SS officers and guards, trampled the barbed wire fences, and raced across an open field filled with anti-tank mines. Against all odds, more than three hundred made it safely into the woods. Fifty of those men and women managed to survive the rest of the war. In this edition of Escape from Sobibor, fully updated in 2012, Richard Rashke tells their stories

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Let down by the narration.

  • By John Burns on 26-01-17

Escape From Sobibor

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

Reviewed: 13-02-17

Excellent book. Not just about the escape, also some other important, relevant stories .

Any book covering the Holocaust is going to leave a bad taste in the readers mouth, quite rightly so.

I've read a few books on this subject matter and each time, I come away with more questions than answers? Not because the researchers have done a poor job, but because they open my eyes to the bigger picture, which is just as disturbing. Each book leaves me feeling, that lessons have not been learnt from this tragic and disgraceful event?

It is an absorbing read and one I had to follow to its conclusion.

The narrator does a good job on the whole.

I came to this book on the strength of the film, also of the same title.

  • Northern Lights: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 1

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Philip Pullman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,352

This is the first book in the Carnegie Medal and Guardian Award-winning trilogy His Dark Materials, from Philip Pullman. Set in a parallel world very similar to our own, Northern Lights tells the compelling story of 12-year-old Lyra's quest to rescue her friend and find her father, aided by her daemon, an armoured bear, and a witch-queen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT BRILLIANT

  • By Clair on 16-10-07

Excellent story and narration!

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

Reviewed: 27-07-16

I found it a little slow to start, but totally worth sticking with. Looking forward to the continuation of Lyra's journey, in the next book.