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Diane H. Smith

Oxon, UK
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  • The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes

  • By: Anna McPartlin
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

Rabbit Hayes loves her life, ordinary as it is, and the extraordinary people in it. She loves her spirited daughter, Juliet; her colourful, unruly family; the only man in her big heart, Johnny Faye. But it turns out the world has other plans for Rabbit, and she's OK with that. Because she has plans for the world too, and only a handful of days left to make them happen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a fab story

  • By Lauren on 30-01-15

A beautiful book

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

I started this twice. The first time I had too much upset in my life to cope with the subject matter but I returned to it a few weeks later and am so glad I did. Beautifully read and written. You are in safe hands listening to this, so relax and enjoy!

  • Bella Figura

  • How to Live, Love and Eat the Italian Way
  • By: Kamin Mohammadi
  • Narrated by: Kamin Mohammadi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

One woman's story of finding beauty and herself - and a practical guide to living a better life, the Italian way! Kamin Mohammadi, a magazine editor in London, should have been on top of the world. But after heartbreak and loneliness, the stress of her 'dream life' was ruining her physical and mental health. Gifted a ticket to freedom - a redundancy package and the offer of a friend's apartment in Florence - Kamin took a giant leap.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Good Life

  • By Kate Lord Brown on 30-06-18

Stick with it’s worth the journey

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

I wasn’t at all sure if I was going to enjoy this to start with but I loved it! The author is the reader so obviously not as polished as most professional Audible narrators but I grew to love her honest delivery. I am trying to incorporate Bella Figura into my own life. Such a feeling of well being ( even without the Italian weather or beauty of Florence!) comes from slowing down, appreciating what is around you and what you eat and drink, and most importantly being kind to yourself. I shall listen again as necessary!

  • The Queen of Bloody Everything

  • By: Joanna Nadin
  • Narrated by: Kelly Hotten
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479

As Edie Jones lies in a bed on the 14th floor of a Cambridge hospital, her adult daughter, Dido, tells their story, starting with the day that changed everything. That was the day when Dido - aged exactly six years and 27 days old - met the handsome Tom Trevelyan, his precocious sister, Harry, and their parents, Angela and David.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful and intelligent, witty and honest

  • By Lu on 21-04-18

Beautiful book.

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

Reviewed: 17-08-18

I did so enjoy this book. Beautifully written and so beautifully read by Kelly Hotten. She has a rare talent for capturing the nuances of characters voices and making them totally believable. The writing was superb also so she had great raw material. If you were a parent or child in the 70s and subsequent decades it will resonate. Highly recommended!

  • The Secret Child

  • By: Kerry Fisher
  • Narrated by: Emma Spurgin Hussey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447

Susie did something that she knows she will always regret: giving her baby son up for adoption, to keep her infidelity secret from her family. Louise, Susie's daughter, feels the effects of that decision echoing down through the years - her mother has always been difficult, too strict with her but not strict enough with her sister, Grace, who is wild and out of control. And Danny, Susie's husband, adores her but has always sensed something wrong at the heart of their marriage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A really thought provoking story

  • By Frances Locke on 25-02-18

Thoroughly enjoyable read

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I am delighted to have found this gem of a book. Very well constructed and held my interest throughout. Characters were believable and engaging. I shall look for more books by Kerry Fisher!

  • The Color of Water in July

  • By: Nora Carroll
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

It's been a long seventeen years since Jess last saw her grandmother or visited the family cottage set on an idyllic lake in Northern Michigan. For all that time, she's been haunted by loss - of her innocence and her ability to trust and, most of all, of a profound summer romance that might have been something more. So when her grandmother leaves the house to her, Jess summons her courage and returns to a place full of memories - and secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected delight

  • By Diane H. Smith on 17-04-18

An unexpected delight

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

Reviewed: 17-04-18

What a lovely book this turned out to be! At the outset, I had to force myself to continue because the narrator has that sort of US poetic voice which I tend to find unnatural and affected. As I got into the book however, I started to enjoy her reading, which was well suited to the wonderfully evocative prose.
The characters were well drawn and believable. Shades of grey, rather than the black or white which can make reading a book seem a waste of my time. The story evolves in a very subtle and fascinating way. There is a mystery at its core but not a standard one.
Thoroughly enjoyable all round!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • While My Eyes Were Closed

  • By: Linda Green
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory, Maggie Mash, Gareth Bennett-Ryan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,646
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,508
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,508

Dare you close your eyes for even a few seconds? One, two, three... Lisa Dale shuts her eyes and counts to 100 during a game of hide-and-seek. When she opens them, her four-year-old daughter, Ella, is gone. Disappeared without a trace. The police, the media and Lisa's family all think they know who snatched Ella. But what if the person who took her isn't a stranger? What if they are convinced they are doing the right thing? And what if Lisa's little girl is in danger of disappearing forever?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Page turner

  • By Ms on 26-03-16

Fabulous book

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

This book had me hooked from the start. Very hard to explain why without spoiling it for future readers to be honest. Take it from me it was well written and very well read. I had to listen to the last couple of hours in one sitting, putting off other things I ought to have been doing!

  • The Widow

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,088

Exclusive to Audible! Listen to a discussion between the author and the narrator of The Widow at the end of this recording. We've all seen him: the man - the monster - staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime. But what about her: the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs - the wife who stands by him? Jean Taylor's life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she'd ever wanted: her Prince Charming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Confession is a dangerous thing.

  • By Wras on 26-01-16

Excellent debut novel

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

I listened to the second in the series (The Child) first and enjoyed it so much I went looking for the first. Really well constructed book and really well read (as always) by Clare Corbett. I am hoping Fiona Barton will continue the series!

  • The Ship of Brides

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418

Australia, 1946: 650 brides are departing for England to meet the men they married in wartime. But instead of the luxury liner they were expecting, they find themselves aboard an aircraft carrier, alongside a thousand men. On the sun-baked decks, old loves and past promises become distant memories, and tensions are stretched to the limit as brides and husbands change their minds. And for Frances Mackenzie, it soon becomes clear that the journey is more important than the destination....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but found it slow.

  • By Elizabeth B on 12-06-18

A gem of an audio book

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

Reviewed: 15-01-18

I can unreservedly recommend The Ship Of Brides. As good as it gets in my opinion. A really interesting and absorbing story ( as always with JoJo Moyes) and the narrator was amazing. I didn’t want it to end, though I was desperate to hear what happened! Fabulous!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Child

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Adjoa Andoh, Finty Williams, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,693
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,390

When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers, it's impossible to ignore. For one woman it's a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her. For another it's the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered. And for a third, a journalist, it's the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth. The Child's story will be told.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Rich Drama of Complex Emotions

  • By Simon on 30-06-17

Excellent book

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

The first by Fiona Barton for me but won’t be the last. A good listen. Complicated enough to keep my interest but not so puzzling that I forgot who was who or what had gone before. Satisfying ending also!

  • Now We Are Dead

  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385

Detective Chief Inspector Roberta Steel got caught fitting up Jack Wallace - that's why they demoted her and quashed his sentence. Now he's back on the streets, and women are being attacked again. Wallace has to be responsible, but if Detective Sergeant Steel goes anywhere near him, his lawyers will get her thrown off the force for good. The Powers That Be won't listen to her, not after what happened last time. According to them, she's got more than enough ongoing cases to keep her busy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fudge Flavoured Wombles in Tartan Noir

  • By Simon on 03-11-17

The best yet!

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

Reviewed: 16-11-17

The latest and best in my opinion. I hesitated before buying this since it’s a Roberta Steel rather than Logan MacRae centred book but I shouldn’t have worried. Hilarious and filthy it kept me listening from start to finish. Keep writing Mr MacBride. Your readers need you!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful