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  • What She Lost

  • By: Susan Elliot Wright
  • Narrated by: Kate Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Eleanor and her mother, Marjorie, have always had a difficult relationship, and although they've tried, they have somehow just failed to connect. Now Marjorie has Alzheimer's, and as her memory fades, her grip on what she has kept hidden begins to loosen. When she calls her daughter to say, "There's something I have to tell you," Eleanor hopes this will be the moment she learns the truth about the terrible secret that has cast a shadow over both their lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What she lost

  • By brenda miller on 30-03-19

What she lost

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-03-19

Interesting but easily explained. Not one I would read again. Ok for a leisurely read.

  • The Chalk Man

  • By: C J Tudor
  • Narrated by: Andrew Scott, Asa Butterfield
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,401
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,317
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,312

None of us ever agreed on the exact beginning. Was it when we started drawing the chalk figures, or when they started to appear on their own? Was it the terrible accident? Or when they found the first body?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, narration not so good

  • By C rimmer on 08-11-18

Disappointing changes

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-01-18

I thoroughly enjoyed the first parts of this book and the flashbacks. But why did Eddy become an almost inaudible Irishman? As I have a hearing problem I thought it was myfault and spent a considerable amount on a new headset. I didn't find out about similar comments until I read the reviews . Why isn't the sound edited when the recording is made. Unfortunately I cannot recommend the second narrator of this book which spoils the overall quality.













2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Paying Guests

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,086
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,010
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,007

Frances had been picturing her lodgers in purely mercenary terms - as something like two great waddling shillings. But this, she thought, was what it really meant to have paying guests: this odd, unintimate proximity, this rather peeled-back moment, where the only thing between herself and a naked Mrs Barber was a few feet of kitchen and a thin scullery door. An image sprang into her head: that round flesh, crimsoning in the heat.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • There but for the grace of go I

  • By MS REBECCA WARREN on 23-09-14

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

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

Reviewed: 19-02-15

I COULDN'T WAIT FOR THIS BOOK BUT HAVE NOT FINISHED IT = I COULD NOT GET INTERESTED IN THE MAJOR CHARACTERS AND THE MEN WERE JUST BITCHY CARICATURES - EVEN THE "NICE" ONES - HOWEVER THE NARRATION AND HISTORICAL ATMOSPHERE ETC WERE SUPERB - I HAVE KEPT THE BOOK IN THE LIBRARY AND MAY GO BACK TO IT AGAIN - MAYBE START FROM THE BEGINNING WITH A DIFFERENT ATTITUDE TO IT

  • The King's Curse

  • Cousins' War Book 6
  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 24 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274

The riveting story of Margaret Pole, daughter of George, Duke of Clarence, and was one of the few surviving members of the Plantagenet dynasty after the Wars of the Roses. Plantagenet, once carried proudly by Margaret like a crown upon her head, is now, at the end of the 15th century, the most dangerous name in England...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Irritating if you're english!

  • By Janey de Nagle Costello on 21-01-15

The same again, please

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

Reviewed: 15-11-14

I was hooked once again from beginning to end - I particularly like Bianca's narration and her ability to "be" the character without "acting" it - please can we have some more by this writer

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Boy That Never Was

  • By: Karen Perry
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan, Gerry O'Brien, Christopher Ragland, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 88

Five years ago, three-year-old Dillon disappeared. For his father Harry - who left him alone for ten crucial minutes - it was an unforgivable lapse. Yet Dillon's mother Robyn has never blamed her husband: Her own secret guilt is burden enough. Now they're trying to move on, returning home to Dublin to make a fresh start. But their lives are turned upside down the day Harry sees an eight-year-old boy in the crowd. A boy Harry is convinced is Dillon. But the boy vanishes before he can do anything about it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully narrated.

  • By nitapet on 07-08-14

I wanted to finish it!

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

Reviewed: 30-09-14

I tried very hard to get into this book but it just kept moving away from my attention span - the narrators were excellent but I just could not concentrate on the characters and their story

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • The Summer House

  • By: Santa Montefiore
  • Narrated by: Tara Ward
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

When her husband dies in a tragic accident, Antoinette's world falls apart. He was her rock and the man she thought she knew better than she knew herself. But as she arrives at the church for George's funeral, she sees an unfamiliar woman. Phaedra loved George too, and could not bear to stay away from his funeral. As she sits before his wife, she knows that what she is about to reveal will change their lives forever….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent story line

  • By Amazon Customer on 27-01-15

Challenging story-line

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

Reviewed: 26-09-14

I have enjoyed the story so far but the narration is awful and absolutely ruins the characterisation. I could not bear to listen to it again.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Luminaries

  • By: Eleanor Catton
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 29 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,435
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,306
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,303

It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written, but slower than a snail

  • By Avril Sawers on 02-11-13

Help!

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

Reviewed: 20-07-14

I am still trying to get past the first few chapters - has anyone actually finished it - I have asked friends who are all struggling with it - I will get there one day but am just interested to know what other listeners/readers think

  • Wars of the Roses: Stormbird

  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 977
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978

The thrilling first instalment in the Wars of the Roses series - set at the beginnings of this turbulent period of English history which saw the throne change hands six times in 30 years. The Swan sees Henry VI crowned King of England, and married to the young French noblewoman, Margaret of Anjou - and so begins the extraordinary story of how England became a divided nation, where brother took up arms against brother. This was the war which defined the England we know today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fresh and vivid historical fiction.

  • By John on 25-11-13

It must be just me!

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

Reviewed: 02-06-14

I just did not like this book - I thought I was reading the script of a tv pseudo historical drama series complete with a Robin Hood character with bow and arrow and a James Bond person who performed almost superhuman feats of appearance and disappearance - the narration was OK but I wanted more about Henry and Margaret and their relationship with each other and the Court - I finished the book still thinking I might have picked a "young person/children's" book by mistake.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle

  • By: Kirsty Wark
  • Narrated by: Siobhan Redmond
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 192

Born just before the First World War, Elizabeth Pringle has been a familiar yet solitary figure on the Scottish island of Arran. A dutiful daughter, an inspirational teacher, a gardener. But did anyone really know her? When Elizabeth dies, her will contains a surprise. She has left her home and her belongings to someone who is all but a stranger, a young mother she watched pushing a pram down the road more than thirty years ago. Now it falls to Martha, the baby in that pram, to find out how her mother inherited the house in such strange circumstances, and in doing so, perhaps leave her own past behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why should a house be left to your mother?

  • By J on 20-06-14

I was curious

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

Reviewed: 13-04-14

I wasn't sure what to expect from Kirstie Wark but decided to give it a go and was absolutely rivetted from beginning to end - the atmospheric descriptions of Arran and the details of changes in everyday life through specific periods of time were truly believable and at no time did anything seem out of place - hope we can have more from this writer.

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  • The Cleaner of Chartres

  • By: Salley Vickers
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

There is something special about the ancient cathedral in Chartres, with its mismatched spires, astonishing stained glass, and strange labyrinth. And there is something special, too, about Agnès Morel, the mysterious woman who is to be found cleaning it each morning. No one knows where she came from - not diffident Abbé Paul, who discovered her one morning 20 years ago, sleeping in the north porch; nor lonely Professor Jones, whose chaotic existence she helps to organise; nor Philippe Nevers, whose neurotic sister and newborn child she cares for; nor even the irreverent young restorer, Alain Fleury, who works alongside her each day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want to go to Chartres!

  • By Mrs on 22-01-13

UNUSUAL TITLE

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

Reviewed: 08-10-13

i REALLY ENJOYED THIS BOOK - i WAS NOT SURE WHETHER IT WAS GOING TO BE A TIME-TRAVELLER OR A MODERN VERSION OF A MEDIAEVAL STORY BUT IT WAS A MIXTURE OF VARIOUS TIME PERIODS RELATING TO A SET OF CHARACTERS EACH WITH A DIFFERENT BUT CONNECTING STORY. I PARTICULARLY LIKED THE DETAILS OF THE CATHEDRALS ART WORKS AND ARCHITECTURE WHICH BROUGHT THE STORY TO LIFE. I HAVE NOT READ ANY OF THIS AUTHOR;S WORKS BUT WILL TRY TO DO SO NOW.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful