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  • The Mistress of Windfell Manor

  • By: Diane Allen
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Charlotte Booth loves her father and the home they share, which is set high up in the limestone escarpments of Crummockdale. But when a new businessman, Joseph Dawson, enters their lives, both Charlotte and her father decide he's the man for her, and within six months Charlotte marries the dashing mill owner from Accrington. Then a young mill worker is found dead in the swollen River Ribble. With Joseph's business nearly bankrupt, it becomes apparent that all is not as it seems, and Joseph is not the man he pretends to be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story - hoping for a sequel!

  • By Linmary on 07-11-16

Great story - hoping for a sequel!

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

Reviewed: 07-11-16

This is a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging "listen" - full marks to the narrator who brought it to life very well. I was disappointed when the story started to unravel towards its conclusion - left me wanting more - certainly room for a sequel here so let's hope Diane Allen is minded the same way! I wholeheartedly recommend this book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Cherry Tree Lane

  • By: Anna Jacobs
  • Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

For Mattie Willit, caught in a thunderstorm running away from her bullying stepfather, rescue comes in the form of Jacob Kemble, a widowed farmer living with his two young children. She is escaping from an enforced marriage; he, struggling with the memory of a loveless one. As Jacob nurses Mattie back to health, the two come know and love each other. Meanwhile, wealthy and elderly Miss Emily Newington needs their help to save her from her greedy cousin who is plotting to take her house.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exce

  • By simplyswing on 08-06-17

Hoping for a sequel!

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

Reviewed: 06-03-16

This was my first encounter with this Author and I will now be listening to all her audiobooks available. The story is well constructed but an easy listen - there isn't the intricate web and time differences as in some books. Just a story with a beginning and end but kept me hooked in - I love it when you feel attached to the central character - always a good sign for me. I found I was hooked in the first chapter which is great - I hate slow starts! - and another plus for me was there aren't too many characters to get to know early on - it just slowly built into an entertaining story. It left me wanting more at the end too; I would love a sequel to find out how their lives developed afterwards - I won't talk of the plot as it will spoil it but I thoroughly recommend this book. Special mention must go to Nicolette McKenzie whose narration made it all the more enjoyable - I felt she coped well with the male accents with marked differences between them.

  • Annie

  • By: Val Wood
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

Annie Swinburn had killed a man - the killing was timely and well-deserved, for Francis Morton had been evil in every possible way. But Annie knew that however justified her crime, only the rope and the gibbet awaited her if she remained in the slums of Hull. And so she ran - up river, along the wild and secretive paths of the great Humber - a new and unfamiliar territory which was to lead her into a new and unfamiliar life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A compelling listen

  • By Linmary on 01-03-15

A compelling listen

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

Reviewed: 01-03-15

This must be Valerie Wood at her best ............ it links in with The Hungary Tide, though both can be read in isolation without problem. It was fascinating to join Annie and to see how her life turned out. Infact, the impression I had gained of her in the Hungary Tide was not what she turned out to be: a woman with forethought, sobriety, steadfastness and a steely determination to win through and make something of her life. The book could have finished earlier but I admired the way the Author took time to revisit Annie's past which was covered in great detail and resolved any queries the reader would have in mind as to Annie's earlier days. The author's depiction of life in Hull was remarkable; I could almost smell it! A thoroughly enjoyable and compelling listen. I highly recommend this book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Loving Family

  • By: Dilly Court
  • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

She longed to be reunited with her family. The compelling new novel from the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Workhouse Girl. Eleven-year-old Stella Barry is forced into service when her family find themselves living hand-to-mouth.Leaving her mother and younger brother and sister behind, Stella goes to a big country house outside London. When she returns home one Sunday, she discovers they have disappeared.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful listen!

  • By Linmary on 17-02-15

Delightful listen!

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

Reviewed: 17-02-15

Another great story of how a girl regains her lost family and makes good - this is a superb listen with great characters and wonderful depiction of the times they lived. Thank you Dilly Court.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Workhouse Girl

  • By: Dilly Court
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

Circumstances force eight-year-old Sarah and her widowed mother to enter the notorious St Giles and St George’s Workhouse. When her mother dies in childbirth, the independent-minded Sarah falls foul of the workhouse master, Trigg, and his cruel wife. Sarah’s ordeal seems to be over when a sugar mill owner takes her into his home. But her wealthy benefactor reports Trigg and his wife. And blaming Sarah for their misfortune, in a fit of revenge, the couple decide to take the law into their own hands.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating Listen

  • By Linmary on 17-02-15

Captivating Listen

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

Reviewed: 17-02-15

This is the third book I have listened to and I am hooked on this author - having now put all the books I can find in my Wish List. This book is a thoroughly absorbing, captivating story of poor girl making good with riveting storyline and detail in between. I so admire the author for the descriptive scenes and great characters. I highly recommend this audio book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Ragged Heiress

  • By: Dilly Court
  • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

On a bitter winter's day, an unnamed girl lies dangerously ill in hospital. When two coarse, rough-speaking individuals come to claim her, she can remember nothing of the events that brought her to her present state, not even her name. According to the men, she is their young sister, Lucy. As her health improves and her memory gradually returns, she realises she's been kidnapped. But she has no means of escaping the hideous confines of the filthy basement room in which they have imprisoned her in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect piece of escapism

  • By Amazon Customer on 19-03-17

A wonderful listen

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

Reviewed: 03-01-15

This author is new to me and I am very pleased I found her! Overall a very good story and I must congratulate the narrator who made the characters come alive. If I had any criticism it would be that considering there was so much detail on a particular scene in earlier chapters, I would have liked a little more detail and "action" when the ragged heiress claims her inheritance back. That said, this does not detract from what to me was a thoroughly good listen and left me wanting more from this author. I highly recommend this book.

  • A Perfect Heritage

  • By: Penny Vincenzi
  • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 28 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237

The House of Farrell - home of The Cream, an iconic face product that has seen women flocking to its bijoux flagship store in the Berkeley Arcade since 1953. At Farrell, you can rely on the personal touch. The legendary Athina Farrell remains the company's figurehead and in her kingdom at the Berkeley Arcade, Florence Hamilton plies their cosmetics with the utmost discretion. She is sales advisor - and holder of secrets - extraordinaire. But of course the world of cosmetics is changing and the once glorious House of Farrell is now in decline.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me

  • By Kirstine on 23-07-15

One for us ladies I think

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

Reviewed: 07-09-14

This author was knew to me - I liked her a lot - certainly admired her for the depth of her writing - the fine but very appropriate smaller details - amongst other things, the book also highlighted the ever spoken conflict of us ladies and our career. All the story was beautifully concluded and summarised in the Epilogue. It kept me chained to my Ipod and looking forward to the next listen - I will definitely be listening to more of Penny's books and I must congratulate the narrator - a marvellous job considering how many characters popped in and out.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Italian Girl

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Eva Alexander
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

Rosanna Menici is just a girl when she meets Roberto Rossini, the man who will change her life. In the years to come, their destinies are bound together by their extraordinary talents as opera singers and by their enduring but obsessive love for each other - a love that will ultimately affect the lives of those closest to them. For, as Rosanna slowly discovers, their unison is haunted by irreversible events from the past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good book ruined by terrible accents in Narration

  • By Apts48 on 09-08-14

Another wonderful listen

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

Reviewed: 19-08-14

As always, I was sorry when this book came to an end. I have only been reading fiction for around 18 months and Lucinda Riley is by far my favourite author to-date.. Her stories are so compelling; the listener is drawn into the lives of the characters very quickly - the way the author weaves around the different time zones is brilliant - it's as if you step into the story right away - I noted the original story here was written under the author's earlier pen name and updated ...........please, please Lucinda hurry up and update your earlier books; I am now bereft as I am at the point where I have listened to all your books currently available via audio! Cannot wait to see another appear in the list. I highly recommend this author. I mustn't forget the narrator here - Eva Alexander - who was brilliant and made it all come alive.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

The Light Behind the Window
    
    
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        Lucinda Riley
    
    


    
    
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        Gerri Halligan
    
    


    
    Length: 15 hrs
    444 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • The Light Behind the Window

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Gerri Halligan
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394

THE PRESENT - After her mother’s death, Emilie de la Martiniéres finds herself the sole inheritor of a chateau in the south of France. There she discovers an old notebook which leads her along a journey to unravel the tragic love story of the mysterious Sophia. THE PAST (1943). Constance Carruthers, arrives in occupied Paris at the height of conflict. There she stumbles into the heart of a wealthy family and is drawn into a web of deception, the repercussions of which will affect generations to come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very compelling listen

  • By Linmary on 19-07-13

A very compelling listen

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

Reviewed: 19-07-13

I must congratulate Lucinda Riley on this very compelling "listen" - this is a superb story that weaves its way through two time frames very effectively. I am usually not keen on dual timelines but here I make exception - I marvelled at the lengths Lucinda has gone to in depicting some very palpable scenarios - the two times frames could have been separate books themselves - so brilliantly written that it made me forget one "story" whilst listening to the other! This really was a book I didn't want to stop listening to and I started to feel disappointed when it was obviously nearing conclusion. True, I found some of it predictable - but it was a thrilling, emotional and enjoyable read throughout. Special mention must be given to Gerri Halligan who narrated it brilliantly - and made the characters believable. I thoroughly recommend this compelling listen - I have now listened to all Lucinda's books on Audible and can't wait for her next one to be published. A truly enjoyable author (and narrator).

10 of 10 people found this review helpful