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  • The Franchise Affair

  • By: Josephine Tey
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

Marion Sharpe and her mother seem an unlikely duo to be found on the wrong side of the law. Quiet and ordinary, they have led a peaceful and unremarkable life at their country home, The Franchise. Unremarkable that is, until the police turn up with a demure young woman on their doorstep.Not only does Betty Kane accuse them of kidnap and abuse, she can back up her claim with a detailed description of the attic room in which she was kept, right down to the crack in its round window.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well-paced and intriguing

  • By Knucklebones on 23-07-11

Great story and brilliant narrator

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

Reviewed: 26-04-16

I listen to this over and over. Why can't all audiobooks be narrated by Carol Boyd?

  • Some Kind of Fairy Tale

  • By: Graham Joyce
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 493
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 297

Some Kind of Fairy Tale is a very English story. A story of woods and clearings, a story of folk tales and family histories. It is as if Neil Gaiman and Joanne Harris had written a fairy tale together.... It is Christmas afternoon and Peter Martin gets an unexpected phone call from his parents, asking him to come round. It pulls him away from his wife and children and into a bewildering mystery. His sister, Tara. Not so unusual you might think, this is Christmas after all, a time when families get together. But 20 years ago, Tara took a walk into the woods and never came back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A real page turner

  • By Kate on 02-08-12

A real page turner

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-12

I really enjoyed this book. Loads of mystery and a rivetting "read" which I recommend highly. Only a couple of things bothered me: Firstly there were a lot of Americanisms in a book based in the English midlands: trunk instead of boot; schoolyard for playground were a couple. A minor point but it did grate a little. The other was the narrator's rubbish Leicestershire accent - he made everyone sound like Paul McCartney, apart from the fat policeman who had a Birmingham accent. Perhaps he needs to visit Leicestershire! A pity because he's an excellent narrator. Apart from those two niggles it is a fantastic story - literally.

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  • The Chaperone

  • By: Laura Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth McGovern
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

On a summer's day in 1922, Cora Carlisle boards a train to New York City, leaving behind a marriage that's not as perfect as it seems and a past that she buried long ago. She is charged with the care of a stunning young girl with a jet-black fringe and eyes wild and wise beyond her 15 years. This girl is hungry for stardom, and Cora is hungry for something she doesn't yet know. Under the bright lights of Broadway, in a time when prohibition reigns and speakeasies thrive, Cora and her charge, Louise Brooks, take their first steps towards their dreams.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • America 1926 Louise Brooks early years in New York

  • By Fizog on 08-07-13

Rivetting

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-12

A really good story. I couldn't put it down. Elizabeth McGovern narrated it really well. Recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful