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  • Daisy's Vintage Cornish Camper Van

  • By: Ali McNamara
  • Narrated by: Laura Kirman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

Welcome to the gorgeous Cornish town of St Felix, where there's magic in the air...When Ana inherits a broken-down camper van from her best friend, she takes the chance for a quick trip to Cornwall - some sea air and fish and chips on the beach is just the tonic she needs. But St Felix has bigger plans for Ana. She discovers a series of unsent postcards, dating back to the 1950s, hidden in the upholstery of the van. Ana knows that it's a sign: she'll make sure that the messages reach the person that they were meant for. And as the broken-down van is restored to gleaming health, so Ana begins to find her way back to happiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spellbinding

  • By Kindle Customer on 20-07-18

Lovely, Gentle Book

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

This was an enjoyable listen. Didn't demand much from the listener, but provided an enjoyable listen. Excellent narration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 376
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 342

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

I Loved This Book

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

Reviewed: 28-07-18

A great listen, with history of two Scottish Towns and several interconnected families across time. The sewing machine, was central to the story throughout and that provided interesting history. The characters were well rounded and the narration good. I would like to read more of this author.

  • Two Steps Forward

  • By: Graeme Simsion, Anne Buist
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater, Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

A romantic comedy from Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project, and his wife, Anne Buist. Two misfits walk 2000 km along the pilgrims' way in Spain to find themselves and, perhaps, each other. Zoe, a sometime artist, is from California. Martin, an engineer, is from Yorkshire. Both have ended up in picturesque Cluny, in central France. Both are struggling to come to terms with their recent past - for Zoe, the death of her husband; for Martin, a messy divorce.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyable listen

  • By Anonymous User on 25-10-18

A Very Enjoyable Read

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

Reviewed: 28-07-18

This was a long shot for me as I was not sure it would be enjoyable. However, I was wrong. The characters were engaging from the beginning and the story of the Chemin and Camino were interesting and informing. Good narration and an all round good listen. Worth a shot.

  • Somebody I Used to Know

  • By: Wendy Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302

When Wendy Mitchell was diagnosed with dementia at the age of 58, she had to say good-bye to the woman she once was. Her career in the NHS, her ability to drive, cook and run - the various shades of her independence - were suddenly gone. Yet Wendy was determined not to give in. She was, and still is, propelled by a need to live in the moment, never knowing which version of herself might surface tomorrow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very informative

  • By Anne H. on 07-03-18

Wonderful Book

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

This book enthralled from the beginning. The narrator drew me into her world of decline into dementia; not in a depressing way though. As her battle with the disease progressed she showed immense courage and determination; continually trying to outwit dementia. Sometimes, she was successful in this for a long time.

The book is Inspirational, Moving and uplifting. I wish this had been around when a relative of mine had dementia.

  • September

  • By: Rosamunde Pilcher
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 20 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

As spring comes to Scotland and the hills burst into life, a dance is planned for September. The invitations summon home the group of people Violet Aird has cared for most in her long life. The oldest, strongest and wisest of them all, she sees Alexa, her vulnerable granddaughter, find love for the first time while the decision to send her little grandson away to school is driving parents Edmund and Virginia even further apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous

  • By Tracey on 10-04-18

A good family saga

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-18

Jilly Bond's narration was stunningly good. She brought all the characters to life and the voices were distinct from one another. A complex family drama with a few twists and turns.
An enjoyable read.

  • If My Father Loved Me

  • By: Rosie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Rula Lenska
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Sadie's life is calm and complete. She is a mother, a good friend, and the robust survivor of a marriage she deliberately left behind. She has come to believe that she has everything she wants, or deserves. But now her father is dying; the vital, elusive man who spent his life creating perfumes for other women is slipping away from her. When she realises that she can never make her peace with him, Sadie begins to look back over her childhood to confront the truth about her father.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as enjoyable as others she has written.

  • By jacqui on 26-12-17

Not as enjoyable as others she has written.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-12-17

I kept waiting to enjoy this book but never quite got there . I also found certain aspects of the story quite fanciful and frustrating. Having loved 'Iris and Ruby' and ' Midnight Sun' I was left disappointed. Rula Lenska is a spectacular narrator but the editing of paragraphs was annoying; Sometimes barely a second passed before jumping into the next para. Editor... Please note!

  • The Glass Room

  • A Vera Stanhope Mystery, Book 5
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Charlie Hardwick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397

When one of DI Vera Stanhope's hippy neighbours goes missing, she feels duty-bound to find out what happened. It's an easy job to track the young woman down to a country retreat where aspiring authors gather to work through their novels. It gets complicated when a body is discovered and Vera's neighbour is found with a knife in her hand. Calling in the team, Vera knows that she should hand the case over to someone else, but the investigation is too tempting.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By melanie on 06-07-12

Not her best

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

Reviewed: 26-10-17


The story was fast paced initially but lost some of this toward the end. This made the final part disappointing.

Personally, I found the some of the narrator's character voices very bland and irritating. She played Vera well but some of the other characters less so.

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  • Restless

  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 940
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 933

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Richard and Judy Best Read, 2007.
Winner of the Costa Book Awards, Novel of the Year, 2006.
A Richard and Judy Book Club selection.
Longlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.

What happens when everything you thought you knew about your mother turns out to be an elaborate lie? During the summer of 1976, Ruth Gilmartin discovers that her very English mother, Sally, is really Eva Delectorskaya, a Russian émigrée and one-time spy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gripping and thoughtful book

  • By Tom on 03-11-07

Loved this book

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

Reviewed: 18-10-17

This was my first William Boyd book and I was sad when it finished.

The story was well constructed and also interesting. The characters were both complex and well developed. I did not expect the final denouement. That was a surprise.

Well worth reading.


  • Return to the Olive Farm

  • By: Carol Drinkwater
  • Narrated by: Carol Drinkwater
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

After 16 months of travelling round the Mediterranean in search of the ancient secrets of the olive tree, Carol returns to her beloved olive farm in the south of France. However, the homecoming celebrations are overshadowed by disturbing discoveries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as The Olive Farm but worth the read

  • By jacqui on 18-10-17

Not as good as The Olive Farm but worth the read

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

Reviewed: 18-10-17

I didn't enjoy some parts of the book because I felt as though the author was on a bit of a rant. Although I heartily agree with her sentiment, it was not a relaxing read, as was expecting. However, the latter part of the book was good.

When C D is at her best, her writing is poetic. The latter part of the book lived up to this.

  • The Break

  • By: Marian Keyes
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,036
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,838
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,838

The story of a relationship that everyone thought was forever and which is now in danger of being for never, The Break is about getting older and staying in love when life, real life, is trying to pull you apart.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • So boring ...

  • By Heike on 14-11-17

Very Enjoyable Listen

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

Reviewed: 18-10-17

I enjoyed the story and the narrator. Thought it may be a bit corny at the end, but it wasn't and the characters were well constructed.