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  • I Let Him Go

  • By: Denise Fergus
  • Narrated by: Siân Polhill-Thomas
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 415

A truly inspiring and heartbreaking book from the mother of little James Bulger - whose murder by two young boys shocked the world. On 12th February 1993, Denise's life changed forever. As she was running errands at New Strand Shopping Centre, she let go of her two-year-old son's hand to take out her purse. Denise never saw her son again. In this extraordinary and heart-wrenching audiobook comes the unflinching account of that terrible day from James Bulger's mother, Denise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • extremely well told.

  • By floatyman2 on 07-02-18

Heartrending

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-19

Absolutely heartrending book, without any sordid details of the dreadful murder of her young son Denise conveys the absolute horror and devastation of the last 25 years. Not least underlining the way the judicial system is so dreadfully biased towards the needs and comforts of criminals while victims and their families barely struggle on. This book will stay with you long after you close it. This family will forever be in my prayers.

  • Splinter the Silence

  • Tony Hill/Carol Jordan, Book 9
  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 624
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622

When psychological profiler Tony Hill comes across a series of suicides among women tormented by vicious online predators, he begins to wonder if there is more to these tragedies than meets the eye. Could it be murder? But what kind of serial killer wants his crimes to stay hidden? Tony and DCI Carol Jordan begin the hunt for the most dangerous and terrifying kind of killer - someone who has nothing to fear and nothing to lose.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narration has ruined a perfectly good story

  • By Kath on 21-11-15

Read don't listen!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-18

Great story as ever from this author, up to date and topical theme with great twists revealed along the way, but ....the narration spoils it dreadfully. Spoilt my enjoyment of a favourite author' s work next time I will go for the written version. A shame.

  • Made in America

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523

In Made in America, Bryson de-mythologizes his native land, explaining how a dusty hamlet with neither woods nor holly became Hollywood, how the Wild West wasn't won, why Americans say 'lootenant' and 'Toosday', how Americans were eating junk food long before the word itself was cooked up, as well as exposing the true origins of the G-string, the original $64,000 question, and Dr Kellogg of cornflakes fame.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A history of America through its language

  • By Tom on 12-05-10

Really??

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-03-18

Full of interesting history and origins of absolutely eveything! Where names of places, things, sports etc originated, and some very surprising background on things you thought you knew. You will find yourself saying 'really?!' Throughout.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
    
    
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        Paul Boehmer,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
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    Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
    775 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • By: Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639

It's 1946 and author Juliet Ashton can't think of what to write next. Out of the blue, she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey - by chance, he's acquired a book that once belonged to her - and, spurred on by their mutual love of reading, they begin a correspondence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A thoroughly enjoyable listen.

  • By Amazon Customer on 21-06-09

Loved this!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-18

Really enjoyed this unusual story. Based around the occupation of Guernsey during the war, I learnt about many things I was unaware had taken place. Lovely way to get the information across by the character collecting letters from islanders to enable her to write a book. Loved the way they weaved sad pieces of info in among a slow paced love interest. well done I loved it.

  • Foxglove Summer

  • Rivers of London, Book 5
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,144
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,878
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,863

In the fifth of his best-selling series Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London - to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can't take the London out of the copper. Travelling west with Beverley Brook, Peter soon finds himself caught up in a deep mystery and having to tackle local cops and local gods. And what's more all the shops are closed by 4pm....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You can take a city wizard to the country but...

  • By Sarah on 17-11-14

All is not what it seems

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-04-17

My first book by this author, didn't realise this wasn't the first in this series but very enjoyable all the same. Unusual idea for a detective story, cleverly woven around child abduction. Will definitely look up another of these.

  • Holding

  • By: Graham Norton
  • Narrated by: Graham Norton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,929

Graham Norton's masterful debut is an intelligently crafted story of love, secrets and loss. The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama, and yet its inhabitants are troubled. Sergeant PJ Collins hasn't always been this overweight; mother of two Brid Riordan hasn't always been an alcoholic; and elegant Evelyn Ross hasn't always felt that her life was a total waste.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A classic tale of love and loss

  • By Panda on 13-11-16

love that voice

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-01-17

Good debut story set in a small Irish village with secrets, bit of detective, bit of love, bit of humour! Made all the more enjoyable by being read by the author, love his voice anyway and you can be sure the story is read with exactly the right inferences. Definitely would recommend.

  • This Was a Man

  • The Clifton Chronicles, Book 7
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,454
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,323

This Was a Man opens with a shot being fired, but who pulled the trigger, and who lives, and who dies? In Whitehall, Giles Barrington discovers the truth about his wife, Karin, from the Cabinet Secretary. Is she a spy or a pawn in a larger game? Harry Clifton sets out to write his magnum opus while his wife, Emma, completes her 10 years as Chairman of the Bristol Royal Infirmary and receives an unexpected call from Margaret Thatcher offering her a job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly entertaining rollicking melodrama

  • By Kirstine on 08-11-16

the end is nigh

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-17

I have been waiting since the summer to read this, the last of the Clifton Chronicles. It did not disappoint, bringing several threads to their conclusion. An author I originally avoided for the political nature I assumed his books would have, how wrong - these have been page turners, each book leaving me eager for the next! I am now left with nothing to look forward to!

  • Coraline

  • An Adventure Too Weird for Words
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Dawn French
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256

Coraline has been made into an animated feature film directed by Henry Selick, director of Tim Burton�s The Nightmare Before Christmas, with a cast including Teri Hatcher, Ian McShane, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Dakota Fanning.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Like a Stephen King novel for kids...

  • By Nina on 24-12-16

a joy

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

Reviewed: 06-12-15

Where does Coraline rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

a short but entertaining listen. just right for a car journey one of my top 10

What did you like best about this story?

I do enjoy Neil Gaimen stories and this is no exception, a creepy tale, make sure you appreciate your parents!

What about Dawn French’s performance did you like?

The voice really complements the book, just the right amount of menace in it, very easy to listen to

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

I did want to but had to return to finish it the next day

Any additional comments?

a modern classic that I could listen to several times without losing interest

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  • Travelling to Infinity

  • The True Story Behind 'The Theory of Everything'
  • By: Jane Hawking
  • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 224

In this compelling memoir, Jane Hawking relates the inside story of her extraordinary marriage. As Stephen's academic renown soared, his body was collapsing under the assaults of motor neurone disease, and Jane's candid account of trying to balance his 24-hour care with the needs of their growing family is inspirational. This is a book about optimism, love and change that will resonate with listeners everywhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshingly honest

  • By H. F. Warner on 22-01-15

Not quite what I expected!

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

Reviewed: 24-07-15

Would you listen to Travelling to Infinity again? Why?

No I'm not sure that I would, I found it quite lofty and much more 'highbrow' than I had imagined it would be, even taking into account the subject matter.

What did you like best about this story?

Stephen Hawking has always been of interest to me, although I enjoyed the story, I hadn't realised the effect his illness had on his children and family alongside his achievements and what it cost many people for him to gain them.

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

She conveyed the very lofty academic situation of all in the story very well, naively perhaps I hadn't realised that Stephen's wife was such a scholar also.

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

When he was hit by the taxi I found the thought of such a great mind lying in the gutter, quite helpless was horrible.

Any additional comments?

I have a very different view of the great man after listening to this book, and not necessarily a very flattering one.

  • Secrets of the Tides

  • By: Hannah Richell
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

The Tides are a family full of secrets. Returning to Clifftops, the rambling family house high on the Dorset coastline, youngest daughter Dora hopes for a fresh start, for herself and the new life she carries. But can long-held secrets ever really be forgiven? And even if you can forgive, can you ever really learn to love again? Secrets of the Tides is the spellbinding debut from Hannah Richell; a rich and compelling family drama with a dark thread of suspense at its heart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story.

  • By Delores on 03-02-14

haunting

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

Reviewed: 11-12-14

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

I have not read the print version but after listening to the audio version I imagine it was almost as good, the reader was great

Who was your favorite character and why?

my favourite character was the daughter that was made to feel guilty throughout the book

Have you listened to any of Emilia Fox’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no but I would like to in the future

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

the whole book was very moving , I think the part where the young daughter finds out about the secret was particularly good

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this book it kept me gripped from the start, I wasn't sure of the direction it was heading so was surprised several times by its turns. The rawness of the family's loss was very well conveyed and the voice of Emilia Fox was very well matched to the story. A very enjoyable listen.