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  • Summer at the Lake

  • By: Erica James
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184

A fateful car crash sets in motions a series of events for Floriana, Esme. Floriana gathers the courage to attend the wedding of her one true love, and Esme journeys with her to Lake Como to find the man who stole her heart many years ago. It’s time for Esme and Floriana to face the past - and the future - on the shore of the most romantic and enchanting of lakes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gently romantic story set in Oxford and Italy.

  • By Mrs on 19-03-14

I left my world and lived in this one for week

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

What made the experience of listening to Summer at the Lake the most enjoyable?

The characters built by the clever uncover of each of their pasts. I really enjoyed esmes past set in Italy the beautiful love story. I really enjoyed the unlikely joining of the 3 main characters .

What other book might you compare Summer at the Lake to, and why?

It's hard to compare the book as it isn't like another story I've read. In terms of writing style and depth of research it's similar to Marian Keyes. Not like any of Marian's story just style and the way the characters build.

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

The accents were good and her Italian was amazing. She really brought the story alife I didn't notice she was a lady when reading male characters

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

Would of liked to read in one sitting but too long think my ears would have fell off. The bulk was listened to over Saturday and Sunday while sunbathing.. Infact buy this for a holiday listen on the beach

Any additional comments?

I don't usually give five but for the fact I haven't stopped thinking about the story. I'll have to search for a discussion group of readers echo have read the story and want to discuss.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Hidden Fire

  • Elemental Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Hunter
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

No secret stays hidden forever. A phone call from an old friend sets mysterious book researcher Giovanni Vecchio back on the path of a mystery that has eluded him for centuries. Little does he suspect a young librarian holds the key to an ancient secret, nor could he expect the danger Beatrice De Novo would attract. Now both will follow a twisted maze leading from the archives of a university library, through the fires of Renaissance Florence, and toward a passion that could destroy them both.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshing...

  • By Sharon on 28-09-13

My series of this year year

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

Reviewed: 26-09-13

Where does A Hidden Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

top five and i've heard many

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Hidden Fire?

Well they say "absence makes the heart grow fonder" !! and only when you read you will understand what i mean Besides the the mystery around gio and the humour between B & G I loved the way Elizabeth set out the history.

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

Dinas character voice changes were excellent. Her voice for Beatrice and Gio were just as I imagined when i read the books earlier in the year .

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

If life were this exciting you would want to live forever

Any additional comments?

This isn't a teenage " Vampire Diarie"s or Twighlight. this is an adult story (not as in rudeness more in terms of maturity) I actually didn't know it was based on human and vampire world until a few chapters in. Beatrice (or B in early parts) found out stuff the same time as we did, very clever how that was writing in a slow reveal of information. I probably wouldn't have read it otherwise thinking it was going to be a teen goth book lolIt is worth joining

Elizabeth Hunters facebook page.she is a newish author with a building fan bass and answers most posts. its amazing the research Elizabeth goes into while preparing for her books. in the summer she was blogging to us all from istanbul where she was researching for another book series.

The whole series needs to be heard/read not just this book.

There are 4 elemental mysteries books followed by a onward series called elemental world that explores the characters more and uncovers more of the mystery of vampire politics crime and drug situation as well as further character development. This series is still expanding I believe.

A Hidden Fire (Elemental Mysteries Book One)This Same Earth (Elemental Mysteries Book Two)The Force of Wind (Elemental Mysteries Book Three)

A Fall of Water (Elemental Mysteries Book Four)Building From Ashes (Elemental World Book One) Waterlocked (An Elemental World Novella)Blood and Sand (Elemental World Book Two)

Blood and Sand (Elemental World 3) was my favorite in the second series and explored the character of Boajia

Extract: From BLOOD AND SAND...

Natalie was trying to take her first tai chi lesson seriously. Really. She was. But the feel of Baojia moving her arms and legs into various positions, then standing really close to move her from form to form was more than a little distracting. "You should really put on a shirt if you want me to concentrate." He moved in front of her and tilted her chin up as she stood with arms stretched out and legs half-bent. "I don't have many clothes here, and I'm not going to ruin my nice shirts practicing. Now focus." She muttered, "Kind of hard to do after that thing you did an hour ago." A lift at the corner of his mouth was the only reaction she got.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Breakfast at Darcy's

  • By: Ali McNamara
  • Narrated by: Beth Chalmers
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

When Darcy McCall loses her beloved Aunt Molly, she doesn't expect any sort of inheritance - let alone a small island. Located off the west coast of Ireland, Tara hasn't been lived on for years, but according to Molly's will Darcy must stay there for 12 months in order to fully inherit, and she needs to persuade a village full of people to settle there, too. Darcy has to leave behind her independent city life and swap stylish heels for muddy wellies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By melanie on 06-07-12

Feel good story

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

Reviewed: 20-06-13

What made the experience of listening to Breakfast at Darcy's the most enjoyable?

Really great feel good story about a girl called Darcy who finds a aunt has left her an island and lots of money in her will but to inherit has to live on the island for 12 months and set up a community . Lots of laughter fun and even romance

What did you like best about this story?

Quirky story line

Which character – as performed by Beth Chalmers – was your favourite?

Demont

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh