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  • Three Things About Elsie

  • By: Joanna Cannon
  • Narrated by: Paula Wilcox
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,270

There are three things you should know about Elsie. The first is that she's my best friend. The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better. And the third...might take a little bit more explaining. Eighty-four-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat. As she waits to be rescued, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light; and, if the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly like a man who died 60 years ago?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Extraordinary Life

  • By Amazon Customer on 30-01-18

Poignant and funny.

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

Great story, with current themes about life, love and ageing. Highly recommended and well read.

  • Anatomy of a Scandal

  • By: Sarah Vaughan
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal, Luke Thompson, Esther Wane, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,085
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,081

You want to believe your husband. She wants to destroy him. Gripping psychological drama for fans of Apple Tree Yard, The Good Wife and Notes on a Scandal. Anatomy of a Scandal centres on a high-profile marriage that begins to unravel when the husband is accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is sure her husband, James, is innocent and desperately hopes to protect her precious family from the lies which might ruin them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tense, engrossing and very topical

  • By Kaggy on 06-02-18

Pertinent political sexual scandal

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

Completely immersed in this story from the start. Good readers who inhabit the characters. Place and time of historical events well fleshed out.

  • The Burning Chambers

  • By: Kate Mosse
  • Narrated by: Hattie Morahan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304

Bringing 16th century Languedoc vividly to life, Kate Mosse's The Burning Chambers is a gripping story of love and betrayal, mysteries and secrets; of war and adventure, conspiracies and divided loyalties....   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A special time and a special place

  • By Beady on 20-05-18

Classical tale with modern sensibilities

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

Well written, well read. Kept the atmosphere of the Middle Ages right through the story which is credible and brings to life the locations. Perfect rendition of historical detail. Bought the book as a reminder of a very enjoyable visit to Carcassonne and it didn't disappoint in both location detail and the telling of the story. Recommended.

  • Apple Tree Yard

  • By: Louise Doughty
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,049
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,042

Yvonne Carmichael has a high-flying career, a beautiful home and a good marriage. But when she meets a stranger she is drawn into a passionate affair. Keeping the two halves of her life separate seems easy at first. But she can’t control what happens next.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Recommendation!

  • By Mrs. Helen M. Herbert on 09-02-14

Made me want to scream in frustration

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

I absolutely hated the main character. All through the book I could not reconcile the supposedly smart scientist with the woman that acted like a victim all the time (even the start of the affair was imposed by the man's will without any forethought from her). I could not reconcile her behaviour with her supposedly being a high flying scientist. Just made me want to scream! Although I got through it I cant say it was the best listen of the year!

  • The Beat Goes On

  • The Complete Rebus Short Stories
  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: James Macpherson, Ian Rankin
  • Length: 20 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380

Over the years, Ian Rankin has amassed an incredible portfolio of short stories. Published in crime magazines, composed for events, broadcast on radio, they all share the best qualities of his phenomenally popular Rebus novels. Brought together for the first time, and including brand-new material, this is the ultimate Rebus short-story collection and a must-have book for crime lovers and for Ian's millions of fans alike. No Rankin aficionado can go without it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A satisfying collection...

  • By FictionFan on 13-11-14

Essential Rebus

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

Great short stories giving the essence of Rebus as a man and a detective. Well read.

  • Why Mummy Drinks

  • By: Gill Sims
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 772
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 693
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694

Why Mummy Drinks is the brilliant novel from Gill Sims, the author of the online sensation Peter and Jane. It is Mummy's 39th birthday. She is staring down the barrel of a future of people asking if she wants to come to their advanced yoga classes and polite book clubs where everyone claims to be tiddly after a glass of Pinot Grigio and says things like 'oooh gosh, are you having another glass?'

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOL

  • By Sarah on 04-01-18

LOL

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

Reviewed: 04-01-18

Eleventy billion reasons to listen to this book! I was only able to snatch 15 minutes each time to listen to the audio but that was enough to send me off with a giggle or smile.

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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,876
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,886
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,857

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilarating adventure. Brilliantly executed.

  • By Kaggy on 30-08-14

Great Listen

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

Reviewed: 13-07-16

What did you like most about The Martian?

I really liked the characterisation, I felt I knew him at the end. I wanted him to win.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Martian?

The final chapter was so exciting I think I held my breath!

Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favourite?

The Martian!

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

They left him behind.

Any additional comments?

Well written and read, interesting space facts, good characterisation. Exciting story line. Everything a good book should be.

  • The Rose Petal Beach

  • By: Dorothy Koomson
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 153

Every love story has a dangerous twist.Tamia Challey is horrified when her husband Scott is accused of something terrible – but when she discovers who his accuser is, everything goes into freefall.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A depressing read

  • By Kaggy on 22-08-13

Lots of twists and turns

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

Reviewed: 17-03-16

Good story, well read, and although I didn't warm to the main characters I did want to know who done it and why.

  • An Absolute Scandal

  • By: Penny Vincenzi
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 32 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161

It's the glittering 80s and Lucinda Cowper, Elizabeth Beaumont, and Flora Fielding feel happy and secure in the power and pleasure of wealth. Nothing could have prepared them for a devastating financial scandal, which turns the boom to bust. The crash takes away their hope, their self-respect, and for some, it destroys even more. Facing bleak futures, affairs begin, lies are spun, relationships are pushed to breaking point, and within the year someone will be dead. But who? And why?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An easy listen which compelling and unputdownable!

  • By Lynda on 17-09-13

Not as I imagined

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

Reviewed: 26-09-15

Thought this would be a chic lit but turned out to be more a family saga, enjoyed the story, the contrast of five families coping with the same real life drama. Not so keen on narration, I prefer my books read not acted out.

  • Daughter

  • By: Jane Shemilt
  • Narrated by: Sophie Aldred
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 229

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Daughter by Jane Shemilt, read by Sophie Aldred. I still don't know why we had to check. Did we really think you would be there, curled up and sleeping on the stage? That we would put our arms round you, and take you home? Naomi has vanished, leaving her family broken and her mother Jenny desperately searching for answers. But the traces fifteen-year-old Naomi left behind reveal a very different girl to the one Jenny thought she'd raised.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kept me hooked...after a while

  • By Ms. E. Townsend on 19-02-15

Modern life

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

Reviewed: 12-07-15

Story of a dysfunctional family who think that if they are working on the day to day practicalities of life then everything else is OK. Father distant and absent, mother hard working, children uncommunicative. Everyone rubbing along until a shocking incident shakes everyone out of their complacency. Family unit disintegrates as each of them look outside the family to cope with a tragedy. Although the book is called Daughter it's actually about the mother, who does not come across as a very likeable character. I wanted to like her as a hardworking mum but couldn't as even when she realises the truth she can still only see it from her own perspective, wanting her own desired outcome.
Writing could do with heavier editing, use of identical similes on different occasions and identical character tics for different people jarred.
The reading was excellent and did not intrude on the story.
Overall I enjoyed it and looked forward to listening to it, but I'm not sure what the book was trying to say.

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