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  • The Darkest Hour

  • By: Barbara Erskine
  • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 20 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

In the summer of 1940, most eyes are focused on the skies above the South of England. The battle for Britain has just begun. But young Evie Lucas has eyes for no-one but a dashing young pilot called Tony. Evie has a glittering career as an artist ahead of her but seems to be wasting her time sketching endless portraits of Tony. She wants his parents to have something to remember him by in case it all goes wrong in the war…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it.................

  • By Karen on 09-07-14

Another winner

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Reviewed: 23-11-17

This was slightly different then her other works, but I really enjoyed it... The ending was especially moving. I love Barbara Erskine.

  • The Rose Garden

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Carolyn Bonnyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

When Eva’s film star sister Katrina dies, she returns to Cornwall to scatter Katrina’s ashes. But the house where she stayed as a child is home not only to her friends the Halletts, but also to the people who lived there in the 18th century. When Eva accepts that she can slip between centuries, she begins to question her place in the present, and comes to realise that she must decide where she really belongs, choosing between the life she knows and the past she feels so drawn towards.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A magical summers listen .

  • By Carol on 02-07-12

You must listen or read

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Reviewed: 20-10-17

I’ve listened to Mariana which I loved but for me this was utterly beautiful. I loved the characters, the plots, the pace of the story and especially the scene with Claire and Eva in the kitchen near the end. I would recommend, this is pure escapism at its best. Never stop writing Susanna Kearsley.

  • The Gamble

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Emma Taylor
  • Length: 25 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Nina Sheridan desperately needs a timeout vacation. With a fiancé who can't even remember how she takes her coffee, Nina wants some distance to rethink her engagement. Flying halfway around the world from England to a mountain town in Colorado should do the trick. But when she finds a gorgeous man at her rental cabin, Nina's cold, lonely adventure suddenly heats up.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The British accent was awful and put me off

  • By Lady D on 05-12-17

Easy listening

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Reviewed: 20-10-17

I like Kirsten Ashley, this book would be great for a cold, rainy Sunday afternoon or even a holiday read.

  • Time’s Legacy

  • By: Barbara Erskine
  • Narrated by: Janice Mackenzie
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

In present-day Cambridge, Abi, a recently ordained priest of the Church of England, is appointed to a notoriously difficult parish. The priest in charge is the charismatic but fundamentalist Kier. He objects to her mysticism, her practice of healing in particular. When she sees a vision of a congregation in an old church, Kier accuses her of witchcraft, but Abi soon sees more visions; an entire Roman family history dark with betrayal and a promise of bloody revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting listening

  • By thefrenchfiend on 02-09-10

Pure escapism

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Reviewed: 08-10-17

I love Barbara Erskine and I loved this book... she draws you in until you don't want to stop listening... I especially liked the thought of Jeshua being here in England, at Glastonbury... makes me want to revisit.

  • River of Destiny

  • By: Barbara Erskine
  • Narrated by: Gina Peach
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

On the banks of the River Deben in Suffolk lies a set of barns dating back to the Anglo Saxons. Within their walls, secrets have been buried deeply. Zoe and Ken have just moved into one of the barns, ready to start a new life away from the hustle and bustle of the city. To the outside world they seem like an ordinary couple, but underneath they are growing more distant by the day. And when Zoe becomes close to local recluse, Leo, she finds her attraction to him undeniable.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Spoiled by the narrator

  • By Mrs on 30-07-12

Ms Erskine never disappoints

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Reviewed: 29-09-17

Not read / listened to Barbara Erskine for a while, I forgot how good she was... Loved the three stories that all entwined, the characters and the narrator... definitely worth a few hours of happy escapism...

  • Mariana

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Carolyn Bonnyman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Juliet Beckett believes in destiny. When she moves into Greywethers, a beautiful 16th-century farmhouse, she suspects that more than coincidence has brought her there. The locals are warm and welcoming; especially the eligible squire of Crofton Hall, yet beneath the ordinaries, Julia senses a haunting sadness about her new home. Then she learns of Mariana, a beautiful young woman who lived there 300 years ago. It seems history has been waiting for Julia...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting time-slip tale

  • By Deirdre on 14-07-10

Pure escapism ...

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Reviewed: 14-09-17

Beautifully written story, that reels you in and you don't want to stop until you reach the end. Narrated wonderfully with the gentle change in accents and tones. A must read, weaving from past to present, can't wait for another of Ms Kearsley's stories.

  • Three Wishes

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

When Lily Jacobs was born, she inherited Fazire - a genie. Her family had three wishes and they'd only ever used one so Fazire was stuck in the human world. This worked since he'd become a member of the family anyway. Even with a genie, Lily's young life wasn't perfect. To escape the kids making her miserable at school, Lily buried herself in romance novels. One day, when the teasing was just too much, she used one of her wishes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good in parts, but not a keeper

  • By Susan on 02-10-17

Magical... will make you laugh, cry and wish you was Lily

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Reviewed: 01-08-17

This was my first audio book, the title recommended by my sister... I can't say how much I loved it... absolutely brilliant, a must read for everyone!!!