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  • The Labyrinth of the Spirits

  • By: Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Lucia Graves
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 27 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16

From the international best-selling author of The Shadow of the Wind. Barcelona, 1957. Daniel Sempere runs the Sempere & Sons bookshop, is happily married and has a son. No longer the child who discovered the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, he is still haunted by the mysterious death of his mother when he was six years old. Meanwhile his best friend and accomplice, Fermin, is about to marry the love of his life. But something appears to be bothering him....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly beautiful and a little bit life changing

  • By RMS on 16-10-18

Utterly beautiful and a little bit life changing

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

Reviewed: 16-10-18

I loved this book so much. I was expecting something different after reading the online adverts prior to release. It took me a while to accept the direction it takes but it is SO WORTH THE WAIT.
Beautifully written and left me in tears of joy and sadness!
A fitting farewell to what feels like old friends.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,686
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,968
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,945

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Viva Eleanor!

  • By Kaggy on 30-06-17

Utterly spellbinding

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

Reviewed: 14-03-18

I didn’t know what to expect but but the final chapter I was totally in love with Eleanor.
Subtlety dark and totally uplifting

  • My Sweet Revenge

  • By: Jane Fallon
  • Narrated by: Jenny Funnell, Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 888
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 831
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 828

Paula has had Robert's back since they got together as drama students. She gave up her dreams so he could make it. Now he's one of the nation's most popular actors. And Paula's just discovered he's having an affair. She's going to remind Robert just what he's sacrificing, and then she's going to break his heart like he broke hers. It will be her greatest acting role ever. Revenge is sweet. Isn't it?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Revenge is definitely sweet

  • By Sue R. on 08-09-17

Similar arc but really addictive

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

Story is similar to some of her other novels but there was the That trade mark twist!

  • Faking Friends

  • By: Jane Fallon
  • Narrated by: Sally Scott, Kristin Atherton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 906
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Faking Friends by Jane Fallon, read by Sally Scott and Kristin Atherton. Best friend. Soulmate. Confidante. Backstabber. Amy thought she knew who Melissa was - then again, Amy also thought she was on the verge of the wedding of her dreams to her long-distance fiancé. When her career begins to unravel, she pays a surprise trip home to London. Her boyfriend Jack is out, but another woman has been making herself at home....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't want it to end

  • By JGC on 18-01-18

Really great listen.

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

I’m read Getting Rid of Matthew years ago and really enjoyed it so was nervous that this would be too similar. I was pleased I took the risk. It’s an easy listen with a few surprises along the way. Couldn’t switch it off

  • The Pearl Sister

  • The Seven Sisters, Book 4
  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Racine, Rehanna MacDonald
  • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

Following the death of her father, CeCe D'Aplièse finds herself at breaking point. In desperation, she decides to flee England and discover her past; the only clues she has are a photograph and the name of a woman pioneer who lived in Australia over 100 years ago. When CeCe finally reaches the Red Centre of Australia, she begins the search for her past. With help from those she meets on her journey, CeCe begins to believe that this wild, vast continent could offer her a sense of belonging.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely wonderful!

  • By Amanda Tork on 07-11-17

Best one yet!

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

Reviewed: 18-02-18

I Loved this book. Best of the series and by far the best narration.

It’s made me want to travel to the places Celeno visits.

Can not wait for book 5

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  • The Seven Sisters

  • The Seven Sisters, Book 1
  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Emily Lucienne
  • Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312

Maia D'Apliése and her five sisters were all adopted as babies. When their father dies each of them are given a clue to their true heritage - a clue which takes Maia across the world… Rio de Janeiro, 1927, Izabela Bonifacio convinces her father to allow her to accompany him to Europe. There, in the heady, vibrant cafés of Montparnasse, she meets ambitious young sculptor Laurent Brouilly, and knows at once that her life will never be the same again…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unanswered questions and misleading title.

  • By Frances on 08-12-14

Intriguing opening to the series

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

Reviewed: 16-01-18

The reviews were mixed for this one but I thought it was surprisingly good. Yes, the narrator is a little bit like a primary school teacher but I didn’t mind that so much. The story is strong enough to carry it. After a while I quite enjoyed the narrators style.

I can’t wait to get started on the next one to see if my predictions are correct! It would make a great tv show

  • The Black Tulip

  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: Gail Timmerman Vaughan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

"The Black Tulip" is a historical novel written by Alexandre Dumas. The story begins with a historical event - the 1672 lynching of the Dutch Grand Pensionary (roughly equivalent to a modern Prime Minister) Johan de Witt and his brother Cornelis, by a wild mob of their own countrymen - considered by many as one of the most painful episodes in Dutch history, described by Dumas with a dramatic intensity.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Awful narration

  • By RMS on 04-03-17

Awful narration

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

Reviewed: 04-03-17

The story is interesting and a nice introduction to Dumas. Perhaps nice for teens.

Narration really lets it down!

  • The Prince of Mist

  • By: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

Max Carver's father - a watchmaker and inventor - decides to move his family to a small town on the Atlantic coast, to a house built for a prestigious surgeon, Dr Richard Fleischmann and his wife, that was abandoned when the couple's son drowned in a tragic accident. Behind the house, Max spies an overgrown garden full of statues surrounded by a metal fence topped with a six-pointed star....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant and a little unnerving

  • By RMS on 15-11-16

Brilliant and a little unnerving

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

Reviewed: 15-11-16

Another wonderful woven tale of mystery and intrigue. Skilfully read. A treat for young adults and not so young ones!

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  • Marina

  • By: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

The novel Carlos Ruiz Zafón wrote just before The Shadow of the Wind. 'Fifteen years on, the remembrance of that day has returned to me. I have seen that boy wandering through the mist of the railway station, and the name of Marina has flared up again like a fresh wound. We all have a secret buried under lock and key in the attic of our soul. This is mine...' In May 1980, 15-year-old Oscar Drai suddenly vanishes from his boarding school in the old quarter of Barcelona. For seven days and nights no one knows his whereabouts...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another cracker

  • By RMS on 11-11-16

Another cracker

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

Reviewed: 11-11-16

Another beautiful story to get lost in the streets of. If you like others from this author you will like this. Elements of the supernatural in this one but written with the same gothic elegance as shadow of the wind.
Read beautifully too. For me Dan Stephens is Zafons voice but this is equally as well read and was a feast for the ears

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  • The Midnight Palace

  • By: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

Calcutta, May 1916. Lieutenant Peake pauses for breath outside the ruins of Jheeter's Gate station knowing that he only has a few hours to live. Inside his overcoat he is sheltering two newborn babies - twins, a boy and a girl. Peake runs at full tilt to the house of Aryami Bose, to whom he entrusts the children. In 1932 we meet the boy, Ben, and his group of friends the night before they are due to leave St Patricks orphanage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This guy can write an ending !

  • By RMS on 03-11-16

This guy can write an ending !

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

Reviewed: 03-11-16

As always Dan Stevens reads Zafon beautifully.

This is a mysterious story with other worldly elements but at its core is Friendship, love and I think a little hope tinged in old age

Well worth a listen

1 of 1 people found this review helpful