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  • The Undomestic Goddess

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Phoebe James
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 615

Samantha is a high-powered lawyer in London. She works all hours, has no home life, and cares only about getting a partnership. She thrives on the pressure and adrenalin. Until one day...she makes a mistake. A mistake so huge it'll wreck her career. She goes into meltdown, walks right out of the office, gets on the first train she sees, and finds herself in the middle of nowhere.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Give the book a better chance

  • By kai on 01-05-11

Not just chick lit

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

Would you listen to The Undomestic Goddess again? Why?

Yes I am sure I have missed bits.

What did you like best about this story?

This is not your average chick lit story. There is an element of believable detection

Have you listened to any of Phoebe James’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No I have not heard her before But I am impressed with her performance excellent.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book made me laugh it made me jubilant "eventually"

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended. Its a good read More interesting than your average chick lit. It fun, romantic and satisfying. An easy read with a great twist.

  • The Rosie Project

  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O'Grady
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,660
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,416

Meet Don. Don is a genetics professor who just might be somewhere on the autistic spectrum. He looks a little like Gregory Peck and is getting married. He just doesn’t know who to yet. But he has designed a very detailed questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman. And it’s definitely not Rosie. Absolutely, completely, definitely not .Rosie, meanwhile, isn’t looking for love; she’s looking for her biological father. Sometimes, though, you don’t find love: love finds you...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By F on 26-05-13

We don't always know what we want.

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

Reviewed: 22-01-17

If you could sum up The Rosie Project in three words, what would they be?

well worth reading

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rosie Project?

The restaurant closely followed by the deans room meeting.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I laughed all the way through. This is an excellent book with subtle humour. A great read. This is an original story I really recommend it.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Its a bit long to read in one go but it is a book to read again. Excellent

Any additional comments?

An original story beautifully read. I rate it in my top ten.

  • Coffin Road

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,035
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,866
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,856

A man stands bewildered on a deserted beach on the Hebridean Isle of Harris. He cannot remember who he is. The only clue to his identity is a folded map of a path named the Coffin Road. He does not know where this search will take him. A detective from Lewis sits aboard a boat, filled with doubt. DS George Gunn knows that a bludgeoned corpse has been discovered on a remote rock 20 miles offshore. He does not know if he has what it takes to uncover how and why.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable whodunnit.

  • By bookylady on 18-01-17

Who to trust

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

Reviewed: 24-09-16

If you could sum up Coffin Road in three words, what would they be?

Who to trust. Nothing is what it seems. No one is who you may think they are.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The narrator. He guides you through

What does Peter Forbes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Peter Forbes has a wonderful voice. He clearly leads you through the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would be more than happy to find a cosy spot to sit and listen again to the whole story.

Any additional comments?

One of the best stories I have ever read. An original tale with twists and turns throughout. Well recommended a great read. Very satisfying.

  • A Vintage Wedding

  • By: Katie Fforde
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 332

Weddings, romance, humour ,and happy-ever-after endings. The deliciously romantic new novel from the number-one Sunday Times best-selling author of Recipe for Love, A French Affair, and The Perfect Match.

In a small Cotswold country town, Beth, Lindy, and Rachel are looking for new beginnings. So they set up in business, organising stylish and perfectly affordable vintage weddings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Annother winner from Katie Fforde

  • By Jess on 16-02-15

a vintage classic

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

Reviewed: 09-08-16

What made the experience of listening to A Vintage Wedding the most enjoyable?

Rollicking good story. Just that bit different from the norm

What other book might you compare A Vintage Wedding to, and why?

I think its n original

Have you listened to any of Jilly Bond’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Excellent she did a great job. I have not liked all her work but this one was brilliant

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh and held my interest.

Any additional comments?

Great story recommended for chicklit romcom lovers. Three very different woman, all with a different tale. Lots of great characters. I will enjoy this again sometime.

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 1
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,484
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,462

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and likeable

  • By Dragon on 06-05-13

Not Mr Potter

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

Reviewed: 31-03-16

Would you listen to The Cuckoo's Calling again? Why?

Probably because I am sure I have missed some content

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cuckoo's Calling?

A meeting with the victims brother

Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favourite?

Robyn Cormorons secretary She is a pretty special multi talented well woman

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh no one needs to come up for air

Any additional comments?

An origin take on a well trodden genre. Well worth the read The back stories and details add colour and texture to a well thought out tale.

  • A Cottage by the Sea

  • By: Carole Matthews
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215

Grace has been best friends with Ella and Flick forever. The late-night chats, shared heartaches, and good times have created a bond that has stood the test of time. When Ella invites them to stay for a week in her cottage in South Wales, Grace jumps at the chance to see her old friends. She also hopes that the change of scenery will help her reconnect with her distant husband. Then Flick arrives; loveable, bubbly, incorrigible Flick, accompanied by the handsome and charming Noah. This is going to be one week which will change all their lives forever...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Suzanne on 08-07-13

Not all sea and sunshine

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

Reviewed: 23-02-16

If you could sum up A Cottage by the Sea in three words, what would they be?

follow your heart

What other book might you compare A Cottage by the Sea to, and why?

I have not read one similar to this its a unique original story.

What does Claire Corbett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I think she is great I really enjoy her reading. She flows smoothly and consistently from character to character. Also I listen to these books in bed you don't need the light on to listen.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

rough seas and stormy relationships.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this book I was sorry when it was finished. I will reread later in the year

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Secrets of Happiness

  • By: Lucy Diamond
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 945
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 951

Rachel and Becca are stepsisters living far apart, with little in common. Rachel is the successful one: happily married with three children and a big house. Becca, meanwhile, lurches from one dead-end job to another and has given up on love. The two of them have lost touch, but when Rachel doesn't come home one night, Becca is called in to help. As Becca begins to untangle Rachel's secrets, she is forced to confront some uncomfortable truths.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • beyond chick lit

  • By lynn clough on 09-02-16

beyond chick lit

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

Reviewed: 09-02-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Secrets of Happiness to be better than the print version?

Audio is better for me. I read snuggled up in bed. I can't have the light on as this would disturb my husband. Stories lull me to sleep.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The book is full of wonderful characters. Eight of whom I would love to get to know. Even the villains of the story are interesting characters, adding colour and contrast to the story.

Have you listened to any of Gabrielle Glaister’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes I have listened to her read other stories. She is alawys excellent, her characterisation is brilliant she moves seamlessly from one distinct character to another, It must be a challenge to narrate voices from Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Wales all in one story. All of whom she very believably portrait's without apparent stress.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh no. I enjoy the daily development of the story and the characters. I enjoy looking forward to the next event. The saddest thing is the end I don't want the story to finish. I really would like this book to go on and on chronicling the lives of such lovely people.

Any additional comments?

This really is a unique story. There is romance but this is not the focus of the book. If you want more than girl meets boy, they have a row, make up and fall in love and sail off into the sunset, then this book is for you. I don't think you would be disapointed.

33 of 35 people found this review helpful

  • Summer With My Sister

  • By: Lucy Diamond
  • Narrated by: Kate Rawson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

Polly has always been the high-flier of the family, with the glamorous lifestyle to match.… Clare is a single mum with two children, struggling to make ends meet in a ramshackle cottage. The two sisters are poles apart and barely on speaking terms. But then Polly’s fortunes change unexpectedly. Left penniless and with nowhere else to go, she’s forced back to the village where she and Clare grew up, and the sisters find themselves living together for the first time in years. With an old flame reappearing for Polly, a blossoming new career for Clare and a long-buried family secret in the mix, sparks are sure to fly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and Easy Listening

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-04-13

Not as cleaver as you may think

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

Reviewed: 01-02-16

Would you listen to Summer With My Sister again? Why?

Yes I will listen again. There are always new angles and missed snippets to be gleaned from good books..

What other book might you compare Summer With My Sister to, and why?

Sweet Temptation this one is better.

Have you listened to any of Kate Rawson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Kate Rawson is an excellent narrator. I have read "Sweet Temptation" this one is better

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not possible I have a life to lead

Any additional comments?

I found this a good read. However I feel it difficult to believe that such a high flyer coould really be as silly as she some times is.

  • Summer of Love

  • By: Katie Fforde
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

Sian Bishop has only ever experienced one moment of recklessness – a moment that resulted in her beloved son Rory. It’s not that she doesn’t love the outcome of that wild night, but since then she has always taken the safer route. So when dependable, devoted Richard suggests a move to the beautiful English countryside, she leaves the hustle and bustle of the city behind, and she throws herself into the picture-postcard cottage garden, her furniture restoration business, and a new life in the country.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing narration

  • By Christine on 07-08-12

Well I never

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

Reviewed: 01-02-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Summer of Love to be better than the print version?

It could be said, as I like to read in bed that the audio version is better However when sitting relaxing, the written version is better.

What did you like best about this story?

Rory

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I did not enjoy her narration. It felt breathless and stilled

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Get to know someone before you sleep with them.

Any additional comments?

I enjoy Katie Fforde but this narrator could put you off.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Parcel for Anna Browne

  • By: Miranda Dickinson
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

The gift of a lifetime? Anna Browne is an ordinary woman living an ordinary life. Her day job as a receptionist in bustling London isn't exactly her dream, yet she has everything she wants. But someone thinks Anna Browne deserves more.... A parcel addressed to Anna Browne arrives. She has no idea who has sent it. Inside she finds a beautiful gift - one that is designed to be seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A case for Nanny Ogg

  • By lynn clough on 29-01-16

A case for Nanny Ogg

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

Reviewed: 29-01-16

Would you listen to A Parcel for Anna Browne again? Why?

Defiantly. A brilliant story on many levels.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Shenice Wilson she made me laugh. Probably due to Clare Corbets fantastic narration. She glides from character to character seamlessly. Eventually I warmed to Anna. Watching her grow was heart warming.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I don't want to spoil the story so I will just say one with her mother, one with her boss and and one at the end.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I will next time i am feeling ill it will improve how I feel

Any additional comments?

Its a story, a puzzle and its full of life lessons. Well worth a read.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful