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  • The Girl in the Corner

  • By: Amanda Prowse
  • Narrated by: Amanda Prowse
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

Rae-Valentine and Howard were childhood sweethearts. They’ve shared twenty-five peaceful years since they were brought together by Dolly, Howard’s larger-than-life sister. But now, on the night of their wedding anniversary, Howard reveals a shocking betrayal that leaves Rae reeling. Heartbroken, she takes Dolly on her would-be anniversary trip to Antigua and the two women drink and dance and talk like they haven’t in years. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant book!!

  • By Catherine on 01-03-19

contrived

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

The lower end of chick flick books. Characters not very believable. a wanna be Shirley Valentine without the flair.

  • The Rosie Effect

  • Don Tillman 2
  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O’Grady
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,063
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 963
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964

With the Wife Project complete, Don settles happily into a new job and married life in New York. But it's not long before certain events are taken out of his control and it's time to embark on a new project. As Don tries to get to grips with the requirements of starting a family, his unusual research style soon gets him into trouble. To make matters more difficult, Don has invited his closest friend to stay with them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, different and intelligent!

  • By Ann D on 09-11-14

A passable continuance of the first book

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

Reviewed: 24-05-15

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

Good follow up

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I liked the story, as had really enjoyed the Rosie Project. I thought this was fine as an extension of the original story.

What about Dan O'Grady’s performance did you like?

I think Dan O'Grady brings the characters to life really well, & his voice is great to listen to

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 9,793
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,964
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,940

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...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Roberto on 23-06-13

Great start to a series that I hope will never end

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

Reviewed: 24-05-15

What did you like most about The Cuckoo's Calling?

I loved the world that the author creates, the descriptions of characters & places allows a vivid image of the world of Strike to build & stays with you.

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

I love Robyn & Cormoran - as individuals & their interactions.

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

Yes - happily

Any additional comments?

I loved this book so much that I went out immediately & purchased the audio book of the second book 'The Silkworm' & devoured that next. I can't wait for the third book to come out this autumn.

  • Wild

  • By: Cheryl Strayed
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,991
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,797
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,795

A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an 1100-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe and built her back up again. At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. After her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than an idea: vague, outlandish, and full of promise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Exceptional Story

  • By Colin on 30-01-15

Makes you want to walk the trail

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

Reviewed: 24-05-15

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

great travel journal

What did you like best about this story?

Descriptions of the trail, & of Cheryl's trials and tribulations

Any additional comments?

I didn't particularly think this was the greatest story ever, and the regular repetition of either "the PCT" or "Pacific Crest Trail......etc." started to feel like 'filling'. But overall an interesting account. The descriptions of the scenery & geography of the book have made me interested in seeing the film now.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Oh Dear Silvia

  • By: Dawn French
  • Narrated by: Dawn French, James Fleet, Llewella Gideon, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 905
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 909

Who is in Coma Suite Number 5? A matchless lover? A supreme egotist? A selfless martyr? A bad mother? A cherished sister? A selfish wife? All of these. For this is Silvia Shute, who has always done exactly what she wants. Until now, when her life suddenly, shockingly stops. Her past holds a terrible secret, and now that she is unconscious in a hospital bed, her constant stream of visitors are set to uncover the mystery of her broken life. Meanwhile she must lie there, victim of the beloveds, the borings, the babblings and the plain bonkers. Like it or not, the truth is about to pay Silvia a visit. Again, and again and again...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious!!!!

  • By Indigoleopard on 01-11-12

A really enjoyable, well observed story

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

Reviewed: 24-05-15

What made the experience of listening to Oh Dear Silvia the most enjoyable?

I thought Dawn French narrated her own story brilliantly. The observations of the characters where very true to life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked Silvia, as she is a delicious mix of mother, wife, career woman, lover etc., and portrays normal human beings & their rack of hats in life & how those are juggled, & understandably not always successfully.

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

Yes

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Silkworm

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 2
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,000
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,979

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 star rating based on quality not name

  • By Linda on 06-08-14

Absolutely loving this series so far!

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

Reviewed: 24-05-15

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

Fantastic storytelling

What other book might you compare The Silkworm to, and why?

I love the way the author paints such a vivid picture of the characters & settings of the book.

What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

The voices were excellent & his performance just drew you in.

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

this book just made me want more! I couldn't wait to get back into it.

  • David Jason: My Life

  • By: David Jason
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 873

The long-awaited autobiography of one of Britain’s best-loved actors. Born the son of a Billingsgate market porter at the height of the Second World War, David Jason spent his early life dodging bombs and bullies, both with impish good timing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book so much

  • By Caroline on 26-10-13

Wonderful Biography

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

Reviewed: 09-03-14

If you could sum up David Jason: My Life in three words, what would they be?

Funny, Grounded, Real

What was one of the most memorable moments of David Jason: My Life?

I loved the whole book, but I thought the opening situation 'diving' and his thoughts around life etc. (no spoilers here hopefully), was really good and set the tone for the whole autobiography.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

All were good, but particularly the first one.

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

Both, I laughed more than I cried, but there were tears.

Any additional comments?

A wonderful life story of one of Englands most loved actors - especially for those of us who grew up loving 'Open all Hours' & 'Only Fools and Horses'. David Jason writes & narrates as you imagine him to be - down to earth, no pretentions, and with a love for life and those who share it with him.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Silent Wife

  • By: A. S. A. Harrison
  • Narrated by: Emily Pennant-Rea
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 177

A chilling psychological thriller portraying the disintegration of a relationship down to the deadliest point when murdering your husband suddenly makes perfect sense. A novel perfect for readers of Sophe Hannah, Nicci French, and Barbara Vine. Todd Gilbert and Jodie Brett are in a bad place in their relationship. They've been together for 28 years, and with no children to worry about there has been little to disrupt their affluent Chicago lifestyle. But there has also been little to hold it together, and beneath the surface lie ever-widening cracks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A real find!

  • By M on 28-08-13

Really enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 09-03-14

Where does The Silent Wife rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I really enjoyed this audio book. It kept me wanting to jump back into my car & drive for longer to hear more of the story (I listen to books whilst driving). It isn't the best I've heard so far, but certainly up near the top.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Silent Wife?

I really liked the way the chapters alternated between 'Her' & 'Him' - progressing the story from both the main characters viewpoints.

What about Emily Pennant-Rea’s performance did you like?

I really liked Emily's voice. Her speech was clear and easy to understand.

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

Actions speak louder than words

Any additional comments?

A really enjoyable book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Committed

  • A Sceptic Makes Peace With Marriage
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

At the end of her bestselling memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert fell in love with Felipe - a Brazilian-born man of Australian citizenship who'd been living in Indonesia when they met. Resettling in America, the couple swore eternal fidelity to each other, but also swore to never, ever, under any circumstances get legally married. (Both survivors of difficult divorces. Enough said.) But providence intervened one day in the form of the U.S. government.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Catch up .... it's as good as the last one!

  • By Jacqueline on 22-01-10

a bit repetative

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

Reviewed: 09-03-14

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

Yes, because I think Elizabeth Gilbert has an amazing voice. She is very easy to listen to and her speech draws you in.

If you’ve listened to books by Elizabeth Gilbert before, how does this one compare?

I didn't like this as much as 'Eat, Pray, Love', mainly as this one isn't really a story, or at least the journey she describes is too much the same. It makes it feel too long.

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

Her amazing voice, and obvious knowledge of the subject as it's her book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No unfortunately not. The only thing I did feel from time to time was irritation, at some of the times when EG keeps going backwards and forwards with contradictory opinions as part of the research she was doing.

Any additional comments?

Disappointing compared to Eat, Pray, Love. Too much a 'lesson' in beliefs and research about marriage & not enough about the lifes of the people actually involved, maybe there wasn't enough to justify writing a book about it, as some of the lengthy explanations and readings came across as padding.

  • The Storyteller

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622

Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ambitiously promises a lot which it can’t quite de

  • By Victoria on 19-07-13

LOVED THIS BOOK

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

Reviewed: 30-11-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely. I loved the story, but the 4 narrators just brought it to life. Enjoyed every minute.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved them all, but particularly liked Sage, as she blossomed, and Leo's portrayal was very good.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Can't choose - they were all very good.

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

Not outloud, but it made a big impression.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful