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  • The Trick to Time

  • By: Kit de Waal
  • Narrated by: Fiona Shaw
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Trick to Time by Kit de Waal, read by Fiona Shaw. Mona is a young Irish girl in the big city, with the thrill of a new job and a room of her own in a busy boardinghouse. On her first night out in 1970s Birmingham, she meets William, a charming Irish boy with an easy smile and an open face. They embark upon a passionate affair, a whirlwind marriage - before a sudden tragedy tears them apart. Decades later, Mona pieces together the memories of the years that separate them. But can she ever learn to love again?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I didn't want it to end. Fabulous novel.

  • By bookylady on 14-05-18

Exceptional

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

Reviewed: 15-11-18

A beautifully written story, with intrictaly imagined detail, of love and loss and true kindness.

  • White Oleander

  • By: Janet Fitch
  • Narrated by: Oprah Winfrey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Astrid is the only child of a single mother, Ingrid, a brilliant, obsessed poet who wields her luminous beauty to intimidate and manipulate men. Astrid worships her mother and cherishes their private world full of ritual and mystery, but their idyll is shattered when Astrid's mother falls apart over a lover. Deranged by rejection, Ingrid murders the man, and is sentenced to life in prison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is very addictive

  • By Agata on 07-07-14

One of the best books ever.

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

Reviewed: 22-05-17

I absolutely loved this book, its exquisite writing and ability to really show what it is to be a person yearning for the love of a mother and having nothing. There was just one issue, which is that Oprah sounds like and older black woman whereas the MC is a young, blonde girl. Normally this would bother me but she reads so beautifully, getting ever single nuance right, that I couldn't possibly dislike it. Love love love this book!

  • Fat Chance

  • By: Nick Spalding
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds, Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 658
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 584
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 581

Meet Zoe and Greg Milton, a married couple who have let themselves go a bit. Zoe was a stunner in her college days, but the intervening decades have added five stone, and removed most of her self-esteem. Greg's rugby-playing days are well and truly behind him, thanks to countless pints of beer and chicken curry. When Elise, a radio DJ and Zoe's best friend, tells them about a new competition, it seems like the perfect opportunity to turn their lives around.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Awful narration

  • By GKH on 02-01-17

Unbearable

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

Reviewed: 28-08-15

The narration is awful. I found myself auguring with Ms Mills over how she be telling the story because her robotic, nasal voice was overwhelmingly irritating. The parts of the story I could focus on left me frustrated because of the writing. Nick Spalding talks of a curtain growling as it is pulled across; seriously? Growling? And uses narrative viewpoints that are impossible such as the woman in the changing room who's stuck in a dress so badly that she can only just see through the top of it but can somehow describe what the dress looks like round the waist. Just awful. I'm getting my money back. Avoid.

42 of 43 people found this review helpful

  • Sister

  • By: Rosamund Lupton
  • Narrated by: Juanita Mahon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 685
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 420
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 417

Their bond was unbreakable. The truth was unimaginable. When Beatrice receives a call to say that her sister, Tess, is missing, she boards the first flight home. But as she learns about Tess’s disappearance, she is stunned to discover how little she actually knows of her sister's life. Everyone around her accepts they have lost Tess, but Beatrice refuses to give up, embarking on a dangerous journey to discover the shocking truth, whatever the cost...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sooooo gooood!

  • By Ann-Marie on 03-03-11

Great story marred by the choice of reader.

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

Reviewed: 07-03-15

Unfortunately I found myself constantly battling to believe that the main character was 26 because the voice if the narrator, although perfectly pleasant, is certainly not that of a 26 year old. I would have put her at 20 years older. It made for quite a confusing listen. I also thought she struggled with the accents if some of the characters too. Some started off sounding wrong and others slipped mid-sentence. It's such a pity.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Apple Tree Yard

  • By: Louise Doughty
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,033
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,026

Yvonne Carmichael has a high-flying career, a beautiful home and a good marriage. But when she meets a stranger she is drawn into a passionate affair. Keeping the two halves of her life separate seems easy at first. But she can’t control what happens next.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Recommendation!

  • By Mrs. Helen M. Herbert on 09-02-14

A tightly-written, excellent story

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

Reviewed: 09-06-14

What made the experience of listening to Apple Tree Yard the most enjoyable?

I can't quite express how brilliant Juliet Stevenson is. Everything about her reading of this book is superb. There's one bit where a barrister is interviewing a policewoman. I couldn't, for the life of me, believe that it was the same woman creating those two voices. Incredible.

What did you like best about this story?

It's very tightly written, not flabby at all. The character is utterly believable.

  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone

  • By: Laini Taylor
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462

In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she's a 17-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in 'Elsewhere', she has never understood Brimstone's dark work - buying teeth from hunters and murderers - nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn't whole.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ASTONISHING

  • By @Scattered_Laura on 11-10-11

Very unfortunate narrator

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-11

I'd love to be able to give this book a good review but I found the first few words of the book utterly trite (something I would have written aged 14) compounded by a narration that was impossibly annoying. The speaker has a gravely, nasal American accent. I have no problem with American accents generally but hers is so strong and so irritating that I found it impossible to really listen to the story. I managed just over half and hour and simply gave up. It's such a pity because I've found all the other audio books, so far, to be un-switch-offable.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful