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  • Annie

  • By: Val Wood
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

Annie Swinburn had killed a man - the killing was timely and well-deserved, for Francis Morton had been evil in every possible way. But Annie knew that however justified her crime, only the rope and the gibbet awaited her if she remained in the slums of Hull. And so she ran - up river, along the wild and secretive paths of the great Humber - a new and unfamiliar territory which was to lead her into a new and unfamiliar life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A compelling listen

  • By Linmary on 01-03-15

Another wonderful book a great authoress <br />

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-19

loved the story, notation was wonderful, gripping storyline with a great finish. got to read.

  • A Place to Call Home

  • By: Val Wood
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31

Ellen thought she’d always live in the remote, pretty coastal village where she grew up. After all, her husband, Harry, works on a farm where he’s guaranteed a job and home for life. But when the old landowner dies and the couple and their young children are forced from their cottage, the future is suddenly bleak. Rather than stay - and starve - in the countryside they love, Harry sets out to find a job in the factories and mills of nearby Hull, and Ellen must leave behind everything she’s ever known to follow her husband and build a new life for her family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • beautiful book

  • By suzanne barber on 25-02-19

beautiful book

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-02-19

wonderful story, well written and narrated with feeling. I wish it had gone on longer.

  • Rosa's Island

  • By: Val Wood
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31

Rosa grew up an orphan in a remote, watery island fastness on the wild East coast of Yorkshire. Taken in as a small child by the motherly Mrs Drew, she realised as she grew up that this large and seemingly close farming family contained many troubled souls: Mr Drew, whose religious fervour held a dark secret; Jim, the eldest son, who was terrified of something from his past; Delia, longing to escape from the island; and tall, handsome, confident Matthew, who wanted only one thing - Rosa herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story.

  • By Patricia on 17-01-17

lovely book with a great storyline

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-11-18

This is a lovely book, keeps your interest from start to finish. I highly recommend this author.

  • Fairfield Hall

  • By: Margaret Dickinson
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

A matter of honour. A sense of duty. A time for courage. Ruthlessly ambitious Ambrose Constantine is determined that his daughter, Annabel, shall marry into the nobility. A self-made trawler owner and fish merchant, he has only his wealth to buy his way into Society. When Annabel’s secret meetings with a young man employed at her father’s offices stop suddenly, she finds that Gilbert has mysteriously disappeared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly wonderful!!

  • By Hattie on 28-08-17

Brilliant read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-18

This book is the best of Margaret Dickinsons I think. It is full of ups and downs twists and turns. The plot seems tot change and the noration is perfect which makes the story line work even better. The fact that the things that go on in the book really did go on in the aristocracy of years gone by. I highly recommend this book you won’t be disappointed.

  • Sons and Daughters

  • By: Margaret Dickinson
  • Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 32

Charlotte is an only child, reared by a brutal father who cannot forgive her for not being the son he desires. Loved by most that she meets, Charlotte has a gift for friendship, and it is her work as a Sunday school teacher that gives her hope - and an escape from home. When Charlotte meets Miles Thornton, she is instantly drawn to him. He is new to the area and a widower, with three lovely young sons to look after, but the one thing he has longed for is a daughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply an amazing story.

  • By osteo1 on 27-11-18

Sons and Daughters

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-06-18

This book is one of the best books of Margaret Hutchinson. The author has a great way of leading you to think something is going to happen and then writing something totally different which keeps you on the edge of your seat wanting to keep on listening. I am always sorry when her books come to an end and can’t wait to start a new one. This is a very good book and very well narrated.

  • Tangled Threads

  • By: Margaret Dickinson
  • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

For Eveleen Hardcastle life gets no better than growing up on Pear Tree Farm in the Lincolnshire countryside. Her family works hard for the Dunsmore estate and Eveleen finds it impossible to resist the charms of their employer's son, Stephen Dunsmore. But Jimmy, ever quick to antagonize, ensures that his sister's clandestine trysts do not remain so for long. Mary Hardcastle reacts to the news of her daughter's affair with a shocking ferocity, which seems to be borm more of bitterness than maternal protectiveness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely story

  • By suzanne barber on 13-05-18

Lovely story

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 13-05-18

This book keeps you interested by the intertwined events and wonderful story line right to the end. It leaves you to try and work out what is going to happen next. Wonderful book I would highly recommend it.

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  • The Clippie Girls

  • By: Margaret Dickinson
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Rose and Myrtle Sylvester look up to their older sister, Peggy. She is the sensible, reliable one in the household of women headed by their grandmother, Grace Booth, and their mother, Mary Sylvester. When war is declared in 1939 they must face the hardships together and huge changes in their lives are inevitable. For Rose, there is the chance to fulfil her dream of becoming a clippie on Sheffield's trams like Peggy. But for Myrtle, the studious, clever one in the family, war may shatter her ambitions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Family at war!

  • By Sandra on 27-01-17

Captivating book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-18

Lovely war story with a twist, tells of hardships and triumphs with real feelings I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the noration was spot on.

  • Me Before You

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Jo Hall, Anna Bentinck, Steve Crossley, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,655
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,794
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,788

Lou Clark knows a lot of things. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop, and she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live, and now everything feels small and joyless. What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic, be inspired & provoked to think...

  • By Rachel on 24-01-12

brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 19-06-16

I couldn't put this book down, lovely story well norated. Highly recommended for a brilliant read.

  • Lovers and Liars

  • By: Josephine Cox
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

It is 1902. Emily is 16 and blissfully in love with John, two years her senior. Together they are secretly planning a life, when they are brutally driven apart. Denied a man she loves and dominated by a brutally possessive uncle, Emily is devastated when she is cruelly taken advantage of. When a child is born, her life is in tatters. And she cannot reveal the identity of the father to anyone, or there will be a terrible price to pay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • lovers and liars

  • By K on 13-02-06

young dreams

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-16

I loved the story from start to finish gripping in places finished well. great read.
I would definitely recommend this book and the narration was very sympathetic to the story.

  • Born Bad

  • By: Josephine Cox
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Harry always knew he would go back one day... Eighteen years ago he made a decision that drove him from the place he knew and loved. In those early years he carved out a life for himself and somehow found a semblance of peace. However, every waking moment during those long aching years he was haunted by what happened when he was a boy. He had never forgotten that warm, carefree girl with the laughing eyes. For Judy Saunders, the pain of her past has left her deeply scarred.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • thoroughly enjoyable

  • By MRS E on 08-07-13

throughly good read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-16

very gripping storyline, strong caricatures the only thing I had against the narration is Toms voice. well worth reading.

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