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  • One Night in Italy

  • By: Lucy Diamond
  • Narrated by: Geraldine Sharrock
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 203

How do you say 'I love you' in Italian? Anna's knows the father she's never met is Italian. Now she's baking focaccia and learning the language, determined to go and find him. After Catherine's husband walked out on her, and she's trying to pick up the pieces of her life. But she discovers his deception runs even deeper than infidelity. As their Italian evening class gets underway, friendships form and love affairs blossom; it's going to be a year that they will never forget.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hang on in there

  • By Lisa on 07-02-15

Well written, poorly narrated

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

Reviewed: 13-04-19

Another of Lucy’s feel good, easy reading books. The main characters are all well defined and believable. The main issue I have is with the narration which is good in parts but mostly delivered in a one speed monotone. I could mostly live with the pronunciation of the Italian words that introduce each chapter, other than a couple which I felt obliged to rewind in order to fully appreciate how so far off the mark they were. Having said that, the story line and characters were sufficiently entertaining to keep me going until the end of the book.

  • Rachel's Holiday

  • By: Marian Keyes
  • Narrated by: Gerri Halligan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502

Rachel Walsh is twenty-seven and the miserable owner of size 8 feet. She has regular congress with Luke Costello, a man who wears his leather trousers tight. And she's fond - some might say too fond - of recreational drugs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Never disappointed by Marian Keyes

  • By CharmayneFB on 14-12-13

Gerri strikes again!

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

Reviewed: 22-07-17

Yet again, a triumphal narration by Gerri Halligan, although it doesn't hurt that she has first class material to work with. I'm a big fan of the Walsh family and yet again Marian Keyes has delivered the 'complete picture of Rachel ', whose character has only been touched on in other books pertaining to the Walsh family. The subject of addiction has been dealt with sensitively, albeit most of the more gruesome aspects of addiction don't feature in this book. I for one am glad about that; if I wanted a warts and all story about an addict's daily battles with their demons, I would have read a different book! I do however, have one issue with this book- the ending. It was unrealistic, contrived and not in keeping with the innate characters of Rachel and Luke. It felt as if a deadline needed to be met so the book was forced to a speedy conclusion. Despite that, a thoroughly good read/listen. I've read and listened to this book more than once before and will undoubtedly do so again.

  • Angels

  • By: Marian Keyes
  • Narrated by: Gerri Halligan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

Unlike the rest of her family, Maggie Walsh has always done the right thing - that is until the day she leaves her husband and takes refuge with her friend Emily, a screenwriter in Los Angeles - a city where even the palm trees are skinny.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • LA Angels, review

  • By Linn on 21-06-08

A well narrated funny, sad (in parts), feel good book.

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

Reviewed: 13-07-17

Margaret is the least understood of the Walsh sisters until you read (or listen to), this book. Boy, does she have hidden depths. Whilst not being an expert on the trials and tribulations of Hollywood life, Marian's portrayal is very believable and almost makes me feel sorry for those who choose to endure such a superficial existence. Fortunately, Marian also introduces us to the funny side of La La Land with larger than life characters whose only role is to amuse and charm us. A book well worth listening to, I loved it!

  • Mammy Walsh's A-Z of the Walsh Family

  • By: Marian Keyes
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

For all fans of Marian Keyes, here is a laugh-out-loud short guide to everyone's favourite dysfunctional Irish family, Mammy Walsh's A-Z of the Walshes. Mammy Walsh introduces her family in her own special way, with views on everything, from fake tan to alcohol.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Essential reading for followers of th Walsh family

  • By Ann D on 15-07-14

Outrageously funny

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-01-17

For those of you yet to be acquainted with the Walsh family, you are in for a treat. I was pleased that only a very small part of this book was taken up by briefly (but very accurately), introducing the five Walsh sisters who each have their own opportunity to shine in their own books. The wisdom, wit and angst of Mammy Walsh quite rightly forms the backbone of this book. She is a delightful character and I would have thoroughly enjoyed more of her musings on her life experiences. It will therefore come as no surprise when I say my only criticism of this book is that it is too short. The audio version is of a very high standard and in parts was narrated so brilliantly, I literally walked into a wall whilst listening to it when out walking, I was laughing so much. It's not very often a book can have me still smiling at remembered passages, long after I've removed my headphones. This one did!

  • Clare in the Community: Series 10

  • Series 10 & a Christmas special episode of the BBC Radio 4 sitcom
  • By: Harry Venning
  • Narrated by: Alex Lowe, Full cast, Sally Phillips
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 68

The complete 10th series of the Sony Award-winning comedy series - plus a Christmas special. "The best comedy on radio." (Moira Petty, The Stage) Clare Barker, the social worker with all the politically correct jargon but none of the practical solutions, continues to struggle with her professional and private lives in these seven hilarious episodes, which include a special Christmas edition of the show.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who cares about Clare ?

  • By brendan on 02-12-15

Classic Clare

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

Reviewed: 07-06-16

Yet another "laugh out loud ' feast. I love the totally unexpected one liners, one of which caused me to burst out laughing whilst walking the dog. Much to the consternation of several passers by! The droll delivery of their lines by a superb cast coupled with the excellent script make this audio book one to treasure. I'm just sad it had to come to an end. For some reason the system won't allow me to give a 5* rating for story , but rest assured I would if I could

  • Light a Penny Candle

  • By: Maeve Binchy
  • Narrated by: Kate Binchy
  • Length: 19 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

As a child, Elizabeth was sent from her war-torn, rather loveless home in London to stay with a big, boisterous family in a small town in Ireland. There she meets Aisling, and begins what becomes a long-lasting friendship. Over the next 20 years, Aisling and Elizabeth's paths will cross and re-cross. As they face their loves, their marriages, and their disappointments, they realise that not all problems will be solved, nor all wishes granted by lighting a penny candle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Light a penny Candle

  • By Denise on 22-08-10

As comforting as your favourite blanket.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-04-16

I first read this book many years ago and enjoyed it as much, if not more the 2nd time around. It is very easy to warm to the main characters and even most of the minor characters bring something to the party. My only issue (and less believable aspect of the book) is the pairing of Elizabeth with not one but two querulous, semi manic depressives

  • Mansfield Park

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389

At the tender age of 10, Fanny Price is 'adopted' by her rich relations and is removed from the poverty of her home in Portsmouth to the opulence of Mansfield Park. The transplantation is not a happy one. Dependent, helpless, neglected and forgotten, Fanny struggles to come to terms with her new life until, tested almost to the limits of endurance, she assumes her righful role...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A reluctant Janeite not reluctant any more.

  • By Colin Davey on 20-11-16

Juliet Stevenson does herself proud once again.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-16

Whilst Mansfield Park isn't my favourite Jane Austen book, it still provides plenty of insights into the human psyche and possesses many comedic moments to lighten the mood.
Juliet Stevenson, as always is an excellent narrator and captures the tone of each character perfectly.

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