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  • The Constant Heart

  • By: Dilly Court
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Despite living by the side of the Thames, with its noise, disease and dirt, 18-year-old Rosina May has wanted for little in life. Until her father's feud with a fellow bargeman threatens to destroy everything. To save them all, Rosina agrees to marry Harry, the son of a wealthy merchant. But a chance encounter with a handsome river pirate has turned her head and she longs to meet him again. When her father dies a broken man, Harry goes back on his promise and turns Rosina out onto the streets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Constant heart

  • By Edwina on 22-07-15

Good as usual but not for me.

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

Reviewed: 05-05-17

This is, as usual, a very good Dilly Court book. I, however, found it hard to follow, I don't know why but this always happens when the stories are on boats, ships etc. I prefer the story to be on land. The narration is the same as ever, good but always the same in her books, Annie Aldington, who always sounds the same in Dilly's books. She is an excellent narrator but sounds better in other books and in my opinion also sounds different. I have a lot of books with Annie reading them and sounds great.

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  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Jim Broadbent
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,906
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,901

When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof, or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking - to save someone else's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gentle but engaging

  • By Ms on 17-06-12

Cleverly Written!

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

Reviewed: 30-04-17

This is a very subtle, cleverly written book and excellent narration, just right for the character.
with a bit of comedy, it pulls at other emotions. It was moving without being depressing or boring
which is how some people may see it if they don't 'get it'. You are in fact embarking on this journey together like an invisible shadow, not just listening to it. For a first, this is indeed an excellent book.
Well done Rachel Joyce!

  • The Dressmaker

  • By: Rosalie Ham
  • Narrated by: Rachel Griffiths
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

After 20 years spent mastering the art of dressmaking at couture houses in Paris, Tilly Dunnage returns to the small Australian town she was banished from as a child. She plans only to check on her ailing mother and leave. But Tilly decides to stay, and though she is still an outcast, her lush, exquisite dresses prove irresistible to the prim women of Dungatar.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't listen to it!

  • By Michelle Dixon on 28-04-17

Couldn't listen to it!

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

Reviewed: 28-04-17

I could not listen to it because of the narration. I kept going back to try again with big intervals in between. The voice was very flat indeed and sounded like a very good' text to speech' because it sounded to be all on one level. I could not listen to it all to finish. I am very sorry indeed to Rachel Griffiths. It was a great shame, I really wanted to listen to it I loved the movie and wanted to hear the book. Sorry to Rosalie Ham, but my advice is to get a different narrator.

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  • On Her Own Two Feet

  • By: Pam Evans
  • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Bringing the Keep Fit movement vividly to life in 1940s' London, Pam Evans' family saga will inspire and enthral anyone who has ever dared to dream of a better life. In the middle of a party to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of King George V, in 1935, Mollie Fisher's good-for-nothing husband walks out on his wife and baby girl. Luckily, Mollie has a loving family to turn to for help. Mollie's mother, Marge, is delighted to look after baby Esme while Mollie goes out to work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Brilliant!

  • By Michelle Dixon on 27-04-17

Absolutely Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 27-04-17

Would you consider the audio edition of On Her Own Two Feet to be better than the print version?

Definitely the audio version. Penelope Freeman is a magnificent narrator and there are so many people I counted 12or 13 and each one has a different voice. I felt like I knew them all and was taking it back loads of times because I wanted to hear bits again. I was sad to see them go.' (or that the story ended).

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cora was my favourite character with her funny ways and her snooty voice, at 1st I felt like Mollie, I didn't like her at 1st, then It was if I became her friend because the narrator was such a professional she made you feel like they were your neighbours or something.

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

Well like I said only a professional could make you feel like you know the people and that is what she is and did, so much so that at the end of the story I knew just what some of them were going to say and how they would speak when someone came back after a long time. I won't say who or what so it does not spoil it for you. It definitely was not predictable.

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

yes, lots. I laughed, cried, was happy and sad, was shocked and surprised.

Any additional comments?

The story was absolutely brilliant. I will definitely be buying another Pam Evans book again.

  • The Orphan's Dream

  • By: Dilly Court
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

The heartwarming and nostalgic new novel from the Sunday Times top ten best-selling author of The Beggar Maid. Motherless since she was five, Mirabel Cutler was raised by her father to be a lady. But when he dies suddenly, Mirabel finds herself cast out on the street by her ruthless stepmother. She is taken to a place of refuge by charismatic sea captain Jack Starke. But the safe haven turns out to be a house of ill repute.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really enjoyed this book

  • By Amazon Customer on 27-04-17

If you love Dilly Court you probably love this

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

Reviewed: 21-04-17

What did you like best about The Orphan's Dream? What did you like least?

When she married Hubert and when he died just as he got to where he wanted to go all his life.

Would you recommend The Orphan's Dream to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend any of Dilly Courts books because they are very good. Also I prefer stories to be on land, I don't know why I just do.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I did not like the narrators voice and to many people to distinguish and they mostly sounded the same.

Was The Orphan's Dream worth the listening time?

yes and no. yes because she is a very good writer and no because the same voice over and over has made me go off them and that is a great shame because I used to love buying them.

Any additional comments?

Change the narrator please.

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  • The Secret of Happy Ever After

  • By: Lucy Dillon
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264

When story-lover Anna takes over Longhampton's bookshop, it's her dream come true. And not just because it gets her away from her three rowdy stepchildren and their hyperactive dalmatian. Unpacking boxes filled with childhood classics, Anna can't shake the feeling that maybe her own fairy-tale ending isn't all that she'd hoped for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally - an amazing story!

  • By Annemarie O'Brien on 06-06-16

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 16-04-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret of Happy Ever After to be better than the print version?

Yes, really I think so because it is so easy to listen to and imagine everything.I never got to reading it so I cannot really comment on that, I was enjoying listening to it so much.

What did you like best about this story?

The book shop. I was upset to hear that it might close or be downstairs. I think a lot of people would like to own a bookshop 2nd hand or new books, I know I would. Also I enjoyed listening about Pongo and Tavish and their little lives.

What about Lucy Price-Lewis’s performance did you like?

Everything! she has a great voice for this sort of story and at 1st I had trouble telling who was who except for a few people but I got them eventually. Lucy's voice did not change a lot for different people except a few, but still delivered the story across beautifully.

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

Yes I would of if I could, but did not buy to do that because I new I would not be able to. Plus our pets like listening to stories before the go to sleep every night.

Any additional comments?

I have to be careful the of content of books for the reason above, this lighthearted heartwarming story was quite apt in a way for my pets. And luckily I have the same taste in books as they do.This might seem a bit mad to some people but not to me.

  • The Tent, The Bucket and Me

  • By: Emma Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Emma Kennedy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 533
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535

For the '70s child, summer holidays didn't mean the joy of CentreParcs or the sophistication of a Tuscan villa. They meant being crammed into a car with Grandma and heading to the coast. With just a tent for a home and a bucket for the necessities, we would set off on new adventures each year stoically resolving to enjoy ourselves. For Emma Kennedy, and her mum and dad, disaster always came along for the ride no matter where they went.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great fun.

  • By c jennings on 02-12-15

Hilarious!!!

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

Reviewed: 28-05-16

It was brilliant and Emma is a wonderful narrator. The parts about the wendy house are great.

  • The Fault in Our Stars

  • By: John Green
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,818
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,609

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Far too good to be left to teenagers

  • By Charles on 22-02-12

Great Book!

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

Reviewed: 23-05-16

Great book, great performance, bought back a lot of memories. Well done John Green and Kate Rudd.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,424
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,127

'Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.' A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel - a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the '30s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the greats.

  • By Simon on 05-10-15

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 23-05-16

This was a fantastic book at school and years later....(not that many), it is of course still a great book. The characters were brought alive by Haper Lee and Sissy Spacek which made me feel like I was there with them. There is not much more to say because everyone else has said it. The only thing is (please don't hate me for saying this anyone), but I get a bit confused when just one person is speaking 5+POV's. I can't remember it from school and I read it from a book. Am I the only one?

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Lady of the Butterflies

  • By: Fiona Mountain
  • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

On the ancient marshlands of Somerset - a place of mists and magic - a girl grows up in the shadow of the English Civil War, knowing that one day she will inherit the rich estate which belonged to her late mother. Her father, a stern but loving Puritan, once a distinguished soldier in Cromwell's army, fears for his daughter in the poisonous aftermath of the war, and for her vulnerability as an heiress. But above all he fears and misunderstands her scientific passion for butterflies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Michelle Dixon on 20-05-16

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 20-05-16

What did you like most about The Lady of the Butterflies?

The history of it is so interesting but not like a boring history lesson like at school.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lady of the Butterflies?

Every time Edmund spoke, listening to Eleanor as a little girl, when she was pregnant, It was all very memorable so it is hard to say. I was shocked when Edmund died.

What three words best describe Patience Tomlinson’s voice?

natural, unscripted and funny. She made me laugh so many times and shocked me and did exactly what she was supposed to do.She has a voice which is very nice and easy to listen to.

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

I know it's stupid but I was annoyed when she killed the butterfly. I didn't really get particularly moved but I enjoyed practically every scene.

Any additional comments?

Buy this book it is well worth it.