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  • Sea of Memories

  • By: Fiona Valpy
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

In 1937, seventeen-year-old Ella’s life changes forever when she is sent to spend the summer on the beautiful Île de Ré and meets the charismatic, creative Christophe. They spend the summer together, exploring the island’s sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, and, for the first time in her life, Ella feels truly free. But the outbreak of war casts everything in a new light. Ella is forced to return to Scotland, where she volunteers for the war effort alongside the dashing Angus. In this new world, Ella feels herself drifting further and further from who she was on the Île de Ré.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely story.

  • By Debbie on 09-06-18

Very disappointed

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

Thought I was in for a real treat but the Scots narration was pathetic. It was an intense story of a Scots lady Involved in the war effort but failed to engage me

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  • Lady of Quality

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Eve Matheson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

When spirited, independent Miss Annis Wynchwood embroils herself in the affairs of a runaway heiress, she is destined to see a good deal of Mr Carleton, Lucilla's uncivil and high-handed guardian. And, chafing at the restrictions of Bath society, Annis has to admit that at least Mr Oliver Carleton is never boring.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Irritating Leading Man

  • By SarahC on 06-01-15

Oh dear

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

First time for this author. Too much squeaky females carrying the plot. Not for me

  • The Olive Branch

  • By: Jo Thomas
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 125

It's amazing what you can buy online these days: memorabilia, fashion accessories, a crumbling Italian farmhouse... After a Prosecco-fuelled girls' night in gets out of hand, Ruthie Collins awakes to discover that she has bid for her dream Italian home online - and won. Recently out of a relationship, a new start is just what she needs. Anything is better than sleeping on her mum's settee.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A transporting romance

  • By Pipsicalpopsicle on 05-04-15

A bit formulaic

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

Reviewed: 23-06-18

After really enjoying the Oyster CatcherI thought I'd try another of Up Thomas's books. The Olive Branch storyline was; broken relationship, took a risk and went far away to a new life. Struggled against adversity but love conquers all! Disappointed as this was too similar a storyline to the Oyster Catcher therefore not engaging.

  • Moonlit Garden, The

  • By: Corina Bomann, Alison Layland - translator
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

Lilly Kaiser had come to terms with her solitary, uncomplicated life after becoming a young widow. So when a stranger delivers an old violin to her Berlin antiques shop and tells Lilly it belongs to her, she's completely bewildered. Why should she be the one to inherit such an exquisite instrument?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • a nice wee story

  • By SusanMcC on 26-09-16

very superficial

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

Reviewed: 26-02-18

not an engaging intro. loss me in the first 5 minutes. nothing new. sorry I bought this

  • The Secret Mandarin

  • By: Sara Sheridan
  • Narrated by: Ana Clements
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Desperate to shield her from scandal, Mary's brother-in-law, the ambitious botanist Robert Fortune, forces her to accompany him on a mission to China to steal tea plants for the East India Company. But Robert conceals his secret motives - to spy for the British forces, newly victorious in the recent Opium War. His task is both difficult and dangerous - the British are still regarded as enemies by the Chinese, and exporting tea bushes carries the death sentence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By Sailaway on 16-02-18

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 16-02-18

First book with this author and narrator. Good story moving about between characters in a exotic environment. Characters were clearly defined. A bit predictable but enjoyable.

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  • The Last Queen of England

  • Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery, Book 3
  • By: Steve Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

While on a visit to London, American genealogist Jefferson Tayte’s old friend and colleague dies in his arms. Before long, Tayte and a truth-seeking historian, Professor Jean Summer, find themselves following a corpse-ridden trail that takes them to the Royal Society of London, circa 1708.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full of mystery

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-12-14

Great story

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

Reviewed: 07-08-17

Another excellent book by Steve Robinson. Story twists and turns as one clue is discovered that leads to another. This one leaves you on a cliff hanger......Jefferson's family

  • The Amber Keeper

  • By: Freda Lightfoot
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 103

After her mother's suicide, Abbie Myers returns home to the Lake District with her young child - and no wedding ring. Estranged from her turbulent family for many years, Abbie is heartbroken when she hears that they blame her for this tragedy. Determined to uncover her mother's past, Abbie approaches her beloved grandmother, Millie, in search of answers. The old woman reveals the story of how she travelled to Russia in 1911 as a young governess and became caught up in the revolution.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ok story, shame about the narration!!!

  • By Miss D Srao on 18-06-15

Good listen

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

Reviewed: 03-08-17

Enjoyed the story listening to the audio. Brought alive the struggle of three generations of women with complex pasts. Each character was clearly defined but the only down side was the narrators aspirating the end of each sentence when no accent was involved.

Charles Dickens: The BBC Radio Drama Collection: Volume Two cover art
  • Charles Dickens: The BBC Radio Drama Collection: Volume Two

  • Barnaby Rudge, Martin Chuzzlewit & Dombey and Son
  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings, Robert Glenister, Simon Cadell
  • Length: 17 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Thrilling full-cast radio dramatisations of three of Charles Dickens' classic novels. Charles Dickens is one of the most renowned novelists of all time, and this second volume of the dramatised canon of his work includes the gripping historical novel Barnaby Rudge, picaresque comedy Martin Chuzzlewit and bittersweet tale of family relationships Dombey and Son.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite as listenable as Volume 1.

  • By david morris on 23-09-16

Not as expected

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

Reviewed: 25-07-17

Would you try another book written by Charles Dickens or narrated by the narrators?

Love Charles Dickens books but this format was a bit bizarre

What other book might you compare Charles Dickens: The BBC Radio Drama Collection: Volume Two to, and why?

Best read the individual books by a sympathetic narrator..

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The cast tried to enliven the stories and achieved just a noisy, disconnected rendition.

Do you think Charles Dickens: The BBC Radio Drama Collection: Volume Two needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not in this format.

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  • Home

  • By: Karen Dionne
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

You'd recognise my mother's name if I told it to you. You'd wonder, briefly, where is she now? And didn't she have a daughter while she was missing? And whatever happened to the little girl? Helena's home is like anyone else's. With a husband and two daughters, and a job she enjoys. But no one knows the truth about her childhood. Born into captivity and brought up in an isolated cabin until she was 12, Helena was raised to be a killer by the man who kept her captive – her own father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cunning Darkness!

  • By Simon on 15-06-17

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 25-07-17

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Those who prefer recent stories from the 21st century

What was most disappointing about Karen Dionne’s story?

Didn't engage me after some period pf time. Soon realised not for me

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Emily Rankin?

Was disappointed with the book and found that I was not enjoying any of the book

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In the Market for Murder

  • Lady Hardcastle, Book 2
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

Spring, 1909, and Lady Hardcastle, amateur sleuth and all-round eccentric, is enjoying a well-deserved rest. But a week after a trip to the cattle market, Spencer Caradine, a local farmer, turns up dead in the pub, face-down in his beef and mushroom pie. Once again, it is up to Lady Hardcastle and her maid, Florence, to solve the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Foul language excluded .

  • By George on 26-10-17

oooops made a mistake here

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

Not my best choice of reading matter. Bit too 'jolly hockey sticks' . In a class of it's own

1 of 4 people found this review helpful