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  • My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 751
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 752

The hilarious, heartbreaking novel by the author of the international best seller A Man Called Ove. Granny has been telling fairy tales for as long as Elsa can remember. In the beginning they were only to make Elsa go to sleep, to get her to practise Granny's secret language, and a little because Granny is just about as nutty as a granny should be. But lately the stories have another dimension as well. Something Elsa can't quite put her finger on....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderfully engaging, great story well read.

  • By Catherine Smith on 27-08-15

Awfull

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

Reviewed: 21-09-18

I disliked everything about this book so bad I cannot say what I disliked about it most was.

  • The Make

  • By: Jessie Keane
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Murder, loyalty and vengeance collide in Jessie Keane's gritty fourth audiobook. Life is good for Gracie Doyle - running her Manchester casino keeps her busy. Until the police turn up at her door one day and her world is turned upside down. She is given news that her two estranged brothers have been viciously attacked. George is in hospital on a ventilator, and, worringly, Harry is missing. Gracie has no option but to leave the good life and dip her toe into the murky waters of her East End past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great

  • By Fersh on 02-10-17

Best ever

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

Reviewed: 19-02-18

This was a book that I stayed up two nights to listen to absolutely brilliant.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Throwaway Children

  • By: Diney Costeloe
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 610
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 610

Rita and Rosie Stevens are only nine and five years old when their widowed mother marries a violent bully. Under pressure from her new husband, she is persuaded to send the girls to an orphanage. It is not long before the powers that be decide to send a consignment of orphans to their sister institution in Australia. Among them, without their family's consent or knowledge, are Rita and Rosie, the throwaway children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful novel, beautifully narrated.

  • By Elizabeth on 28-02-17

Eye opening

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

Reviewed: 13-09-15

Would you listen to The Throwaway Children again? Why?

Yes I would as I dont think I took it all in

What other book might you compare The Throwaway Children to, and why?

none other

Which character – as performed by Anne Dover – was your favourite?

Daisy

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

I think it just brings it all home how badly some will treat children mainly for money and some for personal gratification .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Survivor

  • By: Lesley Pearse
  • Narrated by: Alison Dowling
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266

London, 1939: Eighteen-year-old Mari is defiant, strong-willed and selfish. She has craved independence her entire life and now, with the World on the brink of war, Mari has finally escaped the sleepy fishing village of her childhood in New Zealand. After passionately falling for Morgan, the cockney steward aboard ship on her voyage to England, she hastily dismisses him in favour of being taken out by handsome young pilots in the glamorous West end. But, without warning, the Blitz blows her new life apart. Now Mari has the chance to make a difference but can she learn from her mistakes in time?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A girl's development with some unexpected turns

  • By Ray on 24-03-14

Narration was brilliant

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

Reviewed: 28-08-14

Would you listen to Survivor again? Why?

I would listen again it was not a bad story but the reader was so good I would listen to all books narrated by her.