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  • Once Upon a River

  • By: Diane Setterfield
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410

A dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames. The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child. Hours later the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can it be explained by science? An exquisitely crafted multilayered mystery brimming with folklore, suspense and romance as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, Once Upon a River is as richly atmospheric as Setterfield’s best seller The Thirteenth Tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful listen!

  • By Diana Haret on 04-02-19

Beautiful and intriguing story

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 30-04-19

As always Juliet Stevenson's narration is magnificent. she leads you into a w0rld of mystery and love where it becomes impossible to spot listening until you reach the end.

  • Wild Swans

  • By: Jung Chang
  • Narrated by: Pik-sen Lim
  • Length: 27 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 743
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 676

Few books have had such an impact as Wild Swans: a popular best seller and a critically acclaimed history of China that opened up the country to the world. Through the story of three generations of women in her own family - the grandmother given to the warlord as a concubine, the Communist mother, and the daughter herself - Jung Chang reveals the epic history of China's 20th century. Breathtaking in its scope, unforgettable in its descriptions, this is a masterpiece that is extraordinary in every way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mesmerising and haunting at the same time

  • By Busy of Devon on 29-04-16

Magnificent story beautifully told

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-04-19

The thrilling and secret history of China throughout the tumultuous 20th century with an emotional, enchanting and heartbreaking personal history a family living in this time

  • The Winter of the Witch

  • Winternight Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Katherine Arden
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 72

Moscow is in flames, leaving its people searching for answers - and someone to blame. Vasilisa, a girl with extraordinary gifts, must flee for her life, pursued by those who blame their misfortune on her magic. Then a vengeful demon returns, stronger than ever. Determined to engulf the world in chaos, he finds allies among men and spirits. Mankind and magical creatures alike find their fates resting on Vasya's shoulders. But she may not be able to save them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect ending<br />

  • By Mrs U on 12-01-19

A magnificent trilogy

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-02-19

A heart thrilling coming of age story. incredibly interesting Russian fairy tales mixed with history.

  • The Bear and the Nightingale

  • Winternight, Book 1
  • By: Katherine Arden
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403

In a village at the edge of the wilderness of Northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift - a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, the father hides the gift away, and his daughter, Vasya, grows up a wild, willful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Shades of good and bored

  • By S on 19-03-17

An enchanting fairy tale!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-12-18

loved this beauty of a story. A very powerful story with a wonderful protagonist. I really enjoyed the narrator.

  • The Nothing Girl

  • The Frogmorton Farm Series, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 800
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 796

Getting a life isn't always easy. And hanging on to it is even harder.... Jodi Taylor brings all her comic writing skills to this heartwarming tale of self-discovery. Known as The Nothing Girl because of her severe stutter and chronically low self-confidence, Jenny Dove is only just prevented from ending it all by the sudden appearance of Thomas, a mystical golden horse only she can see. Under his guidance Jenny unexpectedly acquires a husband - the charming and chaotic Russell Checkland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful book

  • By ellen on 08-05-15

simply wonderful

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-11-18

A magnificent story beautifully told and narrated. I was taken into a magical and misterious world. I would love to listen about Jenny, Thomas and Russel every day.

  • An Almond for a Parrot

  • By: Wray Delaney, (Sally Gardner)
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

I would like to make myself the heroine of this story and my character to be noble - an innocent victim led astray. But alas, sir, I would be lying.... Tully Truegood: orphan. Magician's apprentice. Whore. In prison, accused of murder, Tully begins to write her life story. A story that takes her from a young daughter-skivvy in the back streets of 18th-century London to her stepmother Queenie's fairy house - a place where decadent excess is a must....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book!

  • By Bronnage on 14-09-17

Beautifully narrated story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-18

deliciously intriguing and compelling story. The main character comes to life with a magnificent narrator

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Signature of All Things

  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270

Elizabeth Gilbert’s first novel in twelve years is an extraordinary story of botany, exploration and desire, spanning across much of the 19th century. This audiobook follows the fortunes of the brilliant Alma Whittaker (daughter of a bold and charismatic botanical explorer) as she comes into her own within the world of plants and science. As Alma’s careful studies of moss take her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, the man she loves draws her in the opposite direction into the realm of the spiritual, the divine and the magical.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Suzanna on 12-02-15

A treasure and Juliet Stevenson is the crown

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-04-18

A beautifully told historic novel on the commerce of plants and human relationships and interactions

  • Anne of Green Gables

  • By: Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Rachel McAdams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 369

With all of the pluck and charm of its eponymous young hero, Rachel McAdams ( The Notebook, Spotlight, Midnight in Paris) delivers a spectacular reading of Montgomery's beloved bildungsroman. In moments both funny and bittersweet, McAdams' voice is imbued with the spark that has made Anne a much-loved symbol of individualism and cheer for over a century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic rendering of well-loved book

  • By carolr on 15-12-17

Pure Joy

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Reviewed: 21-11-17

Rachel McAdams gives life to a magnificent book. Where you will find yourself laughing and crying and flying away transported with Anne into her world.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83¼ Years Old

  • By: Hendrik Groen
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

Hendrik Groen is 83¼ years old, and he has decided that it is time to make something of his life. He may be rich in years, but he refuses to give in to all the trappings of old age just yet. Hendrik's hilarious and touching diary documents his life as an OAP living in a care home. When he recruits some similarly young-at-heart friends to join his Old but Not Dead Club, Hendrik proves that love can blossom, rules can be broken and fun is within reach, even at their age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Old but not Dead Club

  • By Rachel Redford on 05-10-16

excepcional

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 02-11-17

I absolutely loved it. the narrator draws you in and you feel part of Hendrik's world

  • My Family and Other Animals

  • By: Gerald Durrell
  • Narrated by: Nigel Davenport
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511

This memoir is soaked in the sunshine of Corfu, where Gerald Durrell lived as a boy, surrounded by his eccentric family - as well as puppies, toads, scorpions, geckoes, ladybugs, glowworms, octopuses, bats, and butterflies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Animal Anecdotes

  • By Kindle Customer on 21-08-07

Exquisite!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-07-17

A wonderful story full of magic, charm and glory told beautifully. I recommend this book to everyone.