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HARRIETBELLE

Worthing, United Kingdom
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  • Beneath a Golden Veil

  • A Novel
  • By: Melanie Dobson
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

As elegant as the Sacramento residence she operates, Isabelle Labrie keeps her past concealed, like the treasure she hides under the Golden Hotel. It's 1853, the heyday of the California Gold Rush. Isabelle is full of hope, staking her claim on the city's refined clientele and her future on a sweetheart's promise to marry her when he returns from the gold fields. Then, unexpected guests - fugitive slaves seeking safe passage to the North - force her to confront her past and reconsider her path.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gentle story of Justice.

  • By HARRIETBELLE on 25-09-18

A Gentle story of Justice.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-09-18

This was my 2nd book by this author, on a completely different subject but still very good writing and narration. Its a good story and I enjoy the way this writer brings all the strands together at the end....very satisfying! I also appreciate the GOOD language without the use of swearing and blasphemy to create a realistic character.....there were plenty of these without offensive language!

  • The Stolen Girls

  • Detective Lottie Parker, Book 2
  • By: Patricia Gibney
  • Narrated by: Michele Moran
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290

The young woman standing on Lottie's step was a stranger. She was clutching the hand of a young boy. "Help me," she said to Lottie. "Please help me." One Monday morning, the body of a young pregnant woman is found. The same day, a mother and her son visit the house of Detective Lottie Parker, begging for help to find a lost friend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fabulously intricate story, and great narration

  • By Sam Hall on 01-08-17

Another brilliant production.

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

Now I will HAVE to get the 3rd book of this brilliant writer. I thought it would be a good T. V series and of course it would..... But this audio production has been so good I feel I have seen it!

  • The Missing Ones

  • Detective Lottie Parker, Book 1
  • By: Patricia Gibney
  • Narrated by: Michele Moran
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602

When a woman's body is discovered in a cathedral and hours later a young man is found hanging from a tree outside his home, Detective Lottie Parker is called in to lead the investigation. Both bodies have the same distinctive tattoo clumsily inscribed on their legs. It's clear the pair are connected, but how? The trail leads Lottie to St Angela's, a former children's home, with a dark connection to her own family history. Suddenly the case just got personal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Mrs. J. Answer on 24-05-17

Gripping from the start to the end<br />

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

I think this has to be one of the best thrillers ever written! It had realistic characters and storylines and no frustrating loose ends. Brilliant!

  • Apprentice - Scarlet City - Part I

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Rebecca Gablé
  • Narrated by: Douglas Booth, Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,606
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,459

A rags-to-riches tale, Jonah's journey spans the breadth of human experience, from the intricacies of Edward III's political intrigues to the cutthroat world of international trade, from the triumphs of war to the agonies of personal loss - love, friendship, joy, heartbreak and glory. Set largely in London, the Scarlet City, the centre of medieval England, the Scarlet City trilogy is a thrilling portrait of the age and the people who made it so rich, colourful and extraordinary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfectly Formed Tale Hits the Sweet Spot

  • By Simon on 06-12-17

Good story poorly read.

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

Good story with facts mingled well with fiction.
The reader was not good and at times her abrupt ending to short sentences spoiled the flow of what was a well written book.

  • Innocent Blood

  • By: P. D. James
  • Narrated by: Kaite Scarfe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Innocent Blood is a standalone thriller and chilling mystery from P.D. James, the best-selling author of Death Comes to Pemberley and Children of Men. Philippa Palfrey, adopted as a child, believes herself to be the motherless, illegitimate daughter of an aristocratic father. At eighteen she exercises her right to find out the truth. What she discovers will change her life forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Innocent Blood

  • By Gerald on 16-08-17

Excellent and well read.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-05-18

I have been completely absorbed in this story from beginning to end. Each character have their secrets and every secret links with another, to eventually make a whole!

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  • London

  • By: Edward Rutherfurd
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 48 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

A wonderful, epic story that tells the history of the greatest city in the world, from Roman times to the present day. From the author of Paris, Sarum and New York. London has perhaps the most remarkable history of any city in the world. Now its story has a unique voice. In this epic novel, Edward Rutherfurd takes the listener on a magnificent journey across 16 centuries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By ms on 13-03-18

A Brilliant Historical Novel.<br />

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

Reviewed: 17-05-18

This is the most expansive historical novel I have ever read (heard) Covering such a vast area of British history and making every era come alive with stories of ficticious characters mingling and meeting with known historical characters, is an enormous challenge. Edward Rutherford successfully takes the imagination on a journey that is both exciting and interesting as each story unfolds.
It brought back all my good history lessons of school days and reminded me of the pattern of the growth of the nation. I would recommend it for everyone aged 10yrs upwards.
A brilliant masterpiece.

  • Then She Was Gone

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,156

A missing girl. A buried secret. From the acclaimed author of I Found You and the Richard & Judy best seller The Girls comes a compulsively twisty psychological thriller that will keep you gripped to the very last moment. She was 15, her mother's golden girl. She had her whole life ahead of her. And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone. Ten years on, Laurel has never given up hope of finding Ellie. And then she meets a charming and charismatic stranger who sweeps her off her feet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Kate on 18-10-17

Absolutely brilliant!!

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

Reviewed: 24-04-18

A beautifully written story that kept me interested and then enthralled from beginning to end!

  • Coming Home

  • By: Rosamunde Pilcher
  • Narrated by: Helen Johns
  • Length: 40 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 83

Born in Colombo, Judith Dunbar spends her teenage years at boarding school while her beloved mother and younger sister live abroad with her father. When her new friend, Loveday Carey-Lewis, invites Judith home for the weekend to Nancherrow, the Carey-Lewises' beautiful estate on the Cornish coast, it is love at first sight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A marathon treat

  • By Linda Carroll on 23-03-18

Good Story with realistic characters.

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

Reviewed: 21-04-18

I loved Rosamunde Pilcher's Shell Seekers that I read years ago so I was delighted to have another of this author to listen to. At first however, I found the voice of the reader so irritating I nearly gave up! It sounded as if there was going to be a drama coming with every sentence and then nothing more than another mundanity of which there were many! I think when I was reading R.P's books I skipped the endless pointless descriptions of every meal, piece of clothing and action (dressing, washing, walking, knocking on a door then opening it etc etc. ) Hearing it all read out was so irritating I just stopped listening and only started to pay attention when I realised there was something happening of interest! Some of the descriptions of idylic Cornish life with the upper classes of the 40's and 50's with their OTT expressions e.g. 'Too beastly darling' ,or ' too funny' etc and the wonderful picnics on sun- drenched beaches that were never too hot, were pure 'Enid Blyton'!
In the end I got used to the voice and found her character voices very convincing despite the ' type- casting' and I actually became involved with the lives that over the years developed their stories and dramas.
By the end it had become,as every long people- saga should, a part of me and I was pleased that every individual had a conclusion to their story and I shed a tear even though it was all so perfectly perfect!!
I must choose a thriller for my next listen!!

  • The Night Watch

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 19 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 194

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Book of the Year, 2007.
Shortlisted for Audible's Listen of the Year, 2006.
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, 2006.
Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, 2006.

Moving back through the 1940s, through air raids, blacked out streets, illicit liaisons, sexual adventure, to end with its beginning in 1941...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Atmospheric and gripping

  • By Karen on 26-03-06

Excellent Story but too much detail.<br />

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-18

This was a very good story, linking up varios characters whose lives had crossed during the war. At times I found the extensive detail of sexual acts too much and had to push it on to the story line. It was at best Mills and Boon and at worst bordering on porn. ( When the prisoners are in their cell at night for instance!) I felt that was unnecessary, we can use our imaginations. I must admit the ending was unexpected and I would have preferred more tied up ends! If it is part of a trilogy or something I will be very pleased to go on with the characters.

  • Winter Pilgrims

  • Kingmaker, Book 1
  • By: Toby Clements
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 981

February 1460. In the bitter dawn of a winter’s morning, a young man and a woman escape from a priory. In fear for their lives, they are forced to flee across a land ravaged by conflict. For this is the Wars of the Roses, one of the most savage and bloody civil wars in history. Where brother confronts brother, king faces king, and Thomas and Katherine must fight just to stay alive....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic read

  • By Loraine on 10-01-16

Like listening to theatre.

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

This is the first I novel I have heard from this writer and I cannot wait to download the next! It was absolutely compelling and as I listened, from beginning to end I was completely captivated by the story as if I was watching an excellent play at the theater or on the T.V. It was so well researched and the sound effects as well as the voice of the narrator created the characters so that they became real people in my imagination.
A warning for the squeamish though! The wounds of battle and illness and surgical procedures performed in grossly inadequate situations, are equally well described and very graphic, so if you are going to listen to those bits don't be eating as you listen!!