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  • Mount!

  • By: Jilly Cooper
  • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
  • Length: 19 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415

In Jilly Cooper's latest, raciest novel, Rupert Campbell-Black takes centre stage in the cutthroat world of flat racing. Rupert is consumed by one obsession: that Love Rat, his adored grey horse, be proclaimed champion stallion. He longs to trounce Roberto's Revenge, the stallion owned by his detested rival, Cosmo Rannaldini, which means abandoning his racing empire at Penscombe and his darling wife, Taggie, and chasing winners in the richest races worldwide, from Dubai to Los Angeles to Melbourne.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully sentimental

  • By Ami-Lou on 04-12-16

Oh Dear Jilly

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

I had not read/listened to any of Jilly Coopers books for a number of years and looked forward to revisiting Rupert CB et al, but I was so disappointed with Mount. The narrator was ok on some characters but others requiring accents were dreadful. The more... shall we say 'risqué' scenes, were reduced to sounding like a third rate farce, some of the narrative was beyond ridiculous bordering on cringe worthy.

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

  • Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
  • By: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,051
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,850
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,844

When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind – until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out. Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Over hyped and dreadfully narrated

  • By AdaT on 29-06-12

Never give in to the hype.

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

Reviewed: 20-04-17

I need to have a quiet word with myself, I finally succumbed and bought the book that I had judiciously avoided for so long, why oh why did I do it.

Apart from the grammar, the story line is cringe worthy, the characters are ridiculous and to round it off I have never listened to such a poor narrator, it was dreadful.

  • A Place to Call Home

  • By: Carole Matthews
  • Narrated by: Rita Sharma
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

In the dead of night, Ayesha takes her daughter, Sabina, and slips quietly from her home, leaving behind a life of full of pain. Boarding a coach to London, all Ayesha wants is a fresh start. Hayden, a former popstar, has kept himself hidden away for years. He's only opened up his home to two people - Crystal, a professional dancer with a heart of gold, and Joy, an ill-tempered retiree with a soft spot for waifs and strays.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't Stop Listening - Great Book

  • By Elaine Calderwood on 15-01-14

Way Too Schmaltzy

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

Reviewed: 25-02-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A rewrite

Has A Place to Call Home put you off other books in this genre?

My first foray into books by this author and on the basis of this one it will most likely be my last

What didn’t you like about Rita Sharma’s performance?

Average at best

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Place to Call Home?

Oh dear don't tempt me, it was way to predictable and and the characters lacked depth.

Any additional comments?

The content had great potential but it was not given enough time to develope and engage. For people who enjoy very light reading this book would be enjoyable, it was just way too light weight for me. I do enjoy enjoy sun lounger books and chic lit but I just could not connect fully with this offering.

  • The Scent of Lemon Leaves

  • By: Clara Sanchez
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins, Sean Baker
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

Five months pregnant and facing difficult decisions, 30-year-old Sandra leaves her job and her boyfriend to take stock of her life in her sister’s beach house on the Costa Brava. She befriends an elderly Norwegian couple, Karin and Fredrik, who provide her with stimulating company and take the place of the grandparents she never had. However, when she meets Julian, a former concentration-camp inmate who has just returned to Europe from Argentina, she discovers that all is not what it seems and finds herself involved in a perilous quest for the truth.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Slow and unsatisfying

  • By R. Gladwin on 01-12-12

Why Such Strange Accents

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

Reviewed: 15-02-14

Sadly after a promising beginning this story loss pace and some of the accents were so ridiculous it also lost reality. I listened to the end but was totally underwhelmed by the conclusion.

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