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  • The Clockmaker's Daughter

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 548

In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor in rural Oxfordshire. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared, a priceless heirloom is missing and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins. Over 150 years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FANTASTIC !!!!

  • By helend on 26-09-18

well worth a listen

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

Reviewed: 16-04-19

this was a great story and although there are a lot of characters I didn't find it hard to follow. the writing really conjures up the different lives and stories of each person. I thought Joanne Froggatt was an excellent narrator and really brought the story to life.

  • Once Upon a River

  • By: Diane Setterfield
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339

A dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames. The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child. Hours later the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can it be explained by science? An exquisitely crafted multilayered mystery brimming with folklore, suspense and romance as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, Once Upon a River is as richly atmospheric as Setterfield’s best seller The Thirteenth Tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By jlbenefield on 04-02-19

excellent

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

Reviewed: 24-02-19

loved this book! I became very submerged in the story (!) which was so captivating and beautiful. loved the characters - there are a few different characters but the skill of the writing means it is easy to keep track of them. can't recommend this enough - one of my favourites.

  • The Murder of Harriet Monckton

  • By: Elizabeth Haynes
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman, Joe Jameson, Richard Reed, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

On 7th November 1843, Harriet Monckton, 23 years old and a woman of respectable parentage and religious habits, is found murdered in the privy behind the chapel she regularly attended in Bromley, Kent. The community is appalled by her death, apparently as a result of swallowing a fatal dose of prussic acid, and even more so when the surgeon reports that Harriet was around six months pregnant. Drawing on the coroner’s reports and witness testimonies, Elizabeth Haynes builds a compelling picture of Harriet’s final hours through the eyes of those closest to her and the last people to see her alive. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Melanie Preston Lewis on 29-01-19

Very much enjoyed

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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: 30-01-19

what a great story! very well written and really drew me in. definitely with a listen. really enjoyed the different perspectives of characters. well performed.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Corset

  • By: Laura Purcell
  • Narrated by: Nathalie Buscombe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

Dorothea and Ruth. Ruth and Dorothea. Prison visitor and prisoner. Powerful and powerless. Dorothea Truelove is young, wealthy and beautiful. Ruth Butterham is young, poor and awaiting trial for murder. When Dorothea is asked to visit Ruth as part of her charitable works, she could not be more delighted. Her first encounter with a murderer will provide the perfect opportunity to explore Dorothea’s fascination with phrenology and test her theories that the shape of a person’s skull can cast a light on their darkest crimes.  

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By J. Grear on 13-10-18

Excellent book

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

Reviewed: 28-11-18

I enjoyed this shop much. very well written, excellent story and some great twists. reminded me of novels by Sarah waters. well with a read. really good author.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Remains of the Day

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: Dominic West
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,425

A contemporary classic, The Remains of the Day is Kazuo Ishiguro's beautiful and haunting evocation of life between the wars in a Great English House. In the summer of 1956, Stevens, the ageing butler of Darlington Hall, embarks on a leisurely holiday that will take him deep into the countryside – and into his past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nostalgia for a time that has so much to teach us

  • By Amazon Customer on 20-07-15

masterpiece

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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: 01-03-18

just brilliant. loved this book so very much. made me laugh and cry. so much you could discuss and think about in this book. felt extreme warmth and sorrow for the main character. a must read/ listen.

  • The Siege

  • By: Helen Dunmore
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

Leningrad, September 1941. German tanks surround the city, imprisoning those who live there. The besieged people of Leningrad face shells, starvation, and the Russian winter. Interweaving two love affairs in two generations, The Siege draws us deep into the Levin's family struggle to stay alive during this terrible winter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Harrowing and deeply moving

  • By Kirstine on 08-10-16

A must listen

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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: 26-01-18

Helen Dunmore was a master writer. this novel made me cry and made me think as well as held me in the grip of its story. As with The Betrayal which follows this (although I listened to that first) this novel tells a story that is important people know and do not forget.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Betrayal

  • By: Helen Dunmore
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Leningrad in 1952: a city recovering from war, where Andrei, a young doctor and Anna, a school teacher, are forging a life together. Summers at the dacha, preparations for the hospital ball, work and the care of 16-year-old Kolya fill their minds. They try hard to avoid coming to the attention of the authorities, but even so their happiness is precarious. Stalin is still in power, and the Ministry for State Security has new targets in its sights.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • miserable reminder of Stalin's Russia

  • By helen on 12-04-13

Excellent

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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: 18-01-18

beautifully written and important to listen to. loved it. the reader was brilliant and brought appropriate passion to the story.

  • The Italian Girl

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Eva Alexander
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

Rosanna Menici is just a girl when she meets Roberto Rossini, the man who will change her life. In the years to come, their destinies are bound together by their extraordinary talents as opera singers and by their enduring but obsessive love for each other - a love that will ultimately affect the lives of those closest to them. For, as Rosanna slowly discovers, their unison is haunted by irreversible events from the past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good book ruined by terrible accents in Narration

  • By Apts48 on 09-08-14

brilliant story

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

I enjoyed this story loads - like many of Lucinda Riley's novels this really took me to another world. I liked the characters and the fact that they make mistakes in life. The story has many stages to it which takes you on a journey which continued to be interesting and enjoyable. I cried at the end.
I liked the reader very much, she put a lot of character and expression into the performance.
definitely worth a listen!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Stars Are Fire

  • By: Anita Shreve
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Elise Freeman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

1947. Fires are racing along the coast of Maine after a summer-long drought, ravaging thousands of acres, causing unprecedented confusion and fear. Five months pregnant, Grace Holland is left alone to protect her two toddlers when her difficult and unpredictable husband, Gene, joins the volunteers fighting to bring the fire under control. Along with her best friend, Rosie, and Rosie's two young children, the women watch in horror as their houses go up in flames, then walk into the ocean as a last resort.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful story

  • By Sheann on 03-07-17

Anita Shreve brilliant as always

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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: 21-11-17

loved it. excellent story, excellently written, brought tears to my eyes at least twice. narrator maybe a bit dispassionate but still good.