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  • Letting in Light

  • By: Emma Davies
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

Rowan Hill means many things to many people, but to Ellie Hesketh it represents new beginnings. Putting her life back together after a break-up is going to take time, but the crumbling country estate - as much in need of TLC as she is - seems the perfect place to do it. But Ellie is not the only person for whom Rowan Hill is a refuge. There's Will, damaged and complicated, whose secrets almost nobody knows. And Finn, his brother, who's finally decided to stop running from his own past.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Is this the worst narration ever?

  • By Katie on 13-02-19

Is this the worst narration ever?

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

Reviewed: 13-02-19

I think Henrietta Meire reading this could win the prize for the worst narration ever, if there was such a prize she would certainly be a contender. I tried really hard to cope with the narrator as I wanted to listen to the story and it seemed quite promising,however when I had listened to about half to two thirds of it I couldn't bear the awful narration any more. I gave it up and am about to return it. The narrator has a nice voice she just should never be let near a microphone! The way she reads gives you that nails down a blackboard feeling. I wish I'd taken notice of the other reviewers now.

  • The Endless Beach

  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Sarah Barron
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

On the quayside next to the Endless Beach sits the Summer Seaside Kitchen. It's a haven for tourists and locals alike, who all come to eat the freshest local produce on the island and catch up with the gossip. Flora, who runs the café, feels safe and content - unless she thinks too hard about her relationship with Joel, her gorgeous but emotionally (and physically) distant boyfriend. While Flora is in turmoil about her relationship, her best friend, Lorna, is pining after the local doctor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic read, hope there is a part 3

  • By Lisasarah2020 on 11-02-18

A reasonable sequel

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

Reviewed: 25-06-18

I was looking forward to this and began this book with high expectations after reading Summer at the Seaside Kitchen, but I found this sequel to that story disappointing. Parts of it deteriorated into being quite silly, which is a shame as the first book had hidden depths compared with this and showed such promise for these slightly mismatched characters. Still a reasonable sequel and good in places and at the beginning, but not a patch on the first in the series.

  • The Summer Seaside Kitchen

  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Sarah Barron
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208

Flora is forced to move back to the tiny island of Mure from the bright lights of London. It's tough: even the beautiful landscapes and bright blue sea can't lift her spirits - she's too busy looking after her dad and her feckless brothers. Then she chances upon her mum's collection of recipes and begins to cook her way through it. As she reconnects with her family and the place she was born, might she also find herself?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Different but brilliant!

  • By JulieGeorgiana on 20-02-17

Island life and foodie treats

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

Reviewed: 25-06-18

This is one of Jenny Colgan's better offerings and more mature in theme than the last few books of hers that I listened to before this. This one's a slightly deeper, more atmospheric book, with descriptions of the island and island life. I like that Flora and Joel are intriguing and complex characters and that it has cooking! Jenny Colgan always seems to do her best writing when she's writing about baking, cooking and food so it's a bit of a treat. In fact I would have given it five stars but towards the end it gets less satisfying compared to the rest of the story. When it finished though I was eager to listen to the sequel.

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  • A Good Heart Is Hard to Find

  • By: Trisha Ashley
  • Narrated by: Eva Haddon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Random House presents the audiobook edition of A Good Heart is Hard to Find by Trisha Ashley, read by Eva Haddon. 'It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man of over 40 is in possession of a major defect....' Cassandra Leigh has woken as if from a bad dream: 44, childless and 20-plus years into an affair with a married man. Max assures her they just need a little more patience and for his wife to die (!), but Cass is desperate for a baby and running out of time.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Had to return

  • By Claire Hanna on 24-02-18

Another original offering from Trisha Ashley

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

Reviewed: 24-06-18

Quite spooky in some ways, Cass' journey of multidimensional discovery is enjoyable, yet fabulously quirky from start to finish.

I hadn't come across Eva Haddon as a narrator before, though she really brought these characters to life, instilling much comedy into the story.

  • Class

  • Welcome to the Little School by the Sea
  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

Maggie went to the window and opened it wide, inhaling the lovely, ozoney air off the sea. Why had she never lived by the sea before? Why had she always looked out on housing estates and not the little white hulls of trawlers bobbing off in the distance? It's gloriously sunny in Cornwall as the school year starts at the little boarding school by the sea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story!

  • By Sossy on 09-09-18

Small adventures, exploring different meanings of the word class

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

Reviewed: 24-06-18

The story is quite good with lots of attention to petty details, where small conflicts and dramas, between likeable characters, take centre stage. The thread of teacher Maggie's storyline, seems a little unresolved at the end, maybe this is resolved in the sequel. Maggie and her pupils despite their different ages, were all equally as engaging to listen to, as characters.

  • The House of Hopes and Dreams

  • By: Trisha Ashley
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The House of Hope and Dreams by Trisha Ashley, read by Julia Franklin. When Carey Revell unexpectedly becomes the heir to Mossby, his family’s ancestral home, it’s rather a mixed blessing. The house is large but rundown and comes with a pair of resentful relatives who can’t be asked to leave. Still, newly dumped by his girlfriend and also from his job as a TV interior designer, Carey needs somewhere to lick his wounds. And Mossby would be perfect for a renovation show. He already knows someone who could restore the stained glass windows in the older part of the house….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great countryside mystery

  • By Dewdrop on 04-04-18

Old fashioned mystery meets modern day romance

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

Reviewed: 23-06-18

The house of hopes and dreams is an old house full of half suspected secrets, a housefull of clues in many layers hidden, yet on show for all to see. Moving panels, priest holes and the like with unsuspected depths, make this story as exciting as a Georgette Heyer. There's a lot in here; enjoyable narration, the main characters Angel and Carey are extremely likeable and all sorts of secrets are to be discovered with them as they go on their journeys of discovery. If you like your romance with a bit of mystery this one's a gem.

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  • The Undomestic Goddess

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Phoebe James
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 656

Samantha is a high-powered lawyer in London. She works all hours, has no home life, and cares only about getting a partnership. She thrives on the pressure and adrenalin. Until one day...she makes a mistake. A mistake so huge it'll wreck her career. She goes into meltdown, walks right out of the office, gets on the first train she sees, and finds herself in the middle of nowhere.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Give the book a better chance

  • By kai on 01-05-11

I loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 23-06-18

This was one of those rare books that grips you from the very beginning, to the very end. Never a dull moment. I didn't want to stop listening and didn't want it to end. The narrator is great too, she gauges everything just right. Sophie Kinsella at her best, truly.

  • Where Have All the Boys Gone?

  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Helen McAlpine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

While Katie's glad it's not a man's world anymore, she'd be quite pleased if there were more men in it - or at least single ones, anyway. More likely to get murdered than married, according to gleeful media reports, Katie resigns herself to the fact there's no sex in the city and heads for the hills - or the Scottish Highlands, to be precise. Despite the fact she's never been a girl for wellies and Fairlish is in the middle of nowhere, the tiny town does have one major draw: men. Lots of them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Worth persevering with?

  • By Katie on 23-06-18

Worth persevering with?

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

Reviewed: 23-06-18

Despite exploring interesting themes all the way through, this was a strange one in that it took me until chapter seventeen to really get into and start enjoying the book and I was quite near the end then as well...

I particularly liked the idea of too many ladies in London for the number of 'boys' and too many gents for the number of ladies in the small Scots town where it ends up, an idea that showed much promise of entertainment, which I didn't feel was fully realised. Almost like Jenny Colgan had this great idea and then wasn't entirely sure what to do with it!

Up until chapter seventeen I found the characters were a bIt annoying at times. During chapter seventeen, when I began to like the main characters and to care what happened to them, I began to feel glad I had persevered as it did get so much better and had a satisfying ending. So although worth persevering for in the end, it was a mixed bag of a book.

  • The Little Teashop of Lost and Found

  • By: Trisha Ashley
  • Narrated by: Colleen Prendergast
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

Alice Rose is a foundling, discovered on the Yorkshire moors above Haworth as a baby. Adopted but then later rejected again by a horrid stepmother, Alice struggles to find a place where she belongs. Only baking - the scent of cinnamon and citrus and the feel of butter and flour between her fingers - brings a comforting sense of home. So it seems natural that when she finally decides to return to Haworth, Alice turns to baking again, taking over a run-down little teashop and working to set up an afternoon tea emporium.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good all-round telling of someone's life

  • By Dewdrop on 14-03-18

A perfect piece of storytelling

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

This was the best book I listened to last year and I couldn't resist a relisten in this year too.
Trisha Ashley has made a fascinating, detailed storyline and main plot. It has everything I look for in a story. Part mysterious, part saga, with likeable characters, some turmoil leading to a learning experience for the main character and a smidgen of romance. I couldn't have asked for more!
The narrator seemed to fit the subject matter perfectly.

  • 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

Less would have been more

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

Reviewed: 22-06-17

I found this book had interesting bits and could have been better for a lot of editing. As it was so long winded, in places it was just boring and I only continued in the hope it would get to the point soon! Unfortunately though the interesting parts don't make up for it, as the other parts are just so boring and rambling. But to be fair to Ali McNamara, surely her editor could have fixed this issue and in other more recent books by her, she doesn't seem to have this problem, so there it is in a nut shell, it could have been better. It had the makings of a good story so I did finish it, but somehow it missed the boat to this particular island.