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  • Sticks and Stones

  • By: Jo Jakeman
  • Narrated by: Erin Shanagher
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Imogen’s husband is a bad man. His ex-wife and his new mistress might have different perspectives, but Imogen thinks she knows the truth. And now he’s given her an ultimatum: get out of the family home in the next fortnight or I’ll fight you for custody of our son. In a moment of madness, Imogen does something unthinkable: she locks her husband in the cellar. Now she’s in control. But how far will she go to protect her son and punish her husband? And what will happen when his ex and his girlfriend get tangled up in her plans?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping read - 5 STARS

  • By sandy dean on 31-10-18

Far too long

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

This book takes on the difficult subject of domestic violence and mental bullying - but I found a lot of the storyline unrealistic and went on far too long
Not for me

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Romanov Empress

  • By: C. W. Gortner
  • Narrated by: Katharine McEwan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

Narrated by the mother of Russia’s last tsar, this vivid, historically authentic novel brings to life the courageous story of Maria Feodorovna, one of Imperial Russia’s most compelling women, who witnessed the splendor and tragic downfall of the Romanovs as she fought to save her dynasty in its final years. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A little drawn out

  • By Amazon Customer on 29-07-18

A little drawn out

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

Reviewed: 29-07-18

Amazing story - I would ready other books by this author now - I enjoyed the performance but it was a bit slow at times

  • The Race to Save the Romanovs

  • By: Helen Rappaport
  • Narrated by: Damien Lynch
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

On 17 July 1918, the whole of the Russian imperial family was murdered. There were no miraculous escapes. The former Tsar Nicholas, his wife, Alexandra, and their children - Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexey - were all tragically gunned down in a blaze of bullets. On the 100 year anniversary of these brutal murders, historian Helen Rappaport set out to uncover why the Romanovs’ European royal relatives and the Allied governments failed to save them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very good, one of the better books

  • By SGCOTG on 08-09-18

Buy the book not the audio!

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

Reviewed: 27-07-18

It was interesting to hear all the details about the murder of the Russian royal family. In particular it shows the action of King George in a different light

But I didn’t enjoy the audio - some very strange long pauses and it really was a struggle at times

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983-1992

  • By: Tina Brown
  • Narrated by: Tina Brown
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

The Vanity Fair Diaries is the story of an Englishwoman barely out of her 20s who arrives in New York City with a dream. Summoned from London in hopes that she can save Condé Nast's troubled new flagship Vanity Fair, Tina Brown is immediately plunged into the maelstrom of the competitive New York media world and the backstabbing rivalries at the court of the planet's slickest, most glamour-focused magazine company.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, spiky and surprisingly warm

  • By Mark on 07-02-18

Disappointment

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

This should be such an engaging book but it fails IMO
The story is too long ago - too much time has elapsed and many of the celebrities referred to haven’t lasted in people’s memory.
The style is very jumpy and doesn’t flow
I didn’t find Brown to be a likable character
Her voice! - it’s very very difficult to listen to her unfortunately. She speaks too quickly and I felt like I was being preached at
One to miss

1 of 3 people found this review helpful