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  • The Stranger in My Home

  • I thought she was my daughter. I was wrong.
  • By: Adele Parks
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 339

Alison is lucky, and she knows it. She has the life she always craved, including a happy home with Jeff and their brilliant, vivacious teenage daughter, Katherine - the absolute centre of Alison's world. Then a knock at the door ends life as they know it. Fifteen years ago someone else took Alison's baby from the hospital. And now Alison is facing the unthinkable. Her daughter belongs to someone else. What would you do if you discovered your beloved child is not yours?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious

  • By lisa jane fox on 16-03-17

A STRANGER IN MY HOME

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

Reviewed: 26-01-17

Very good book. Great story. Beautifully read by Rachel Atkins. I would definitely recommend this book.

  • Cartes Postales from Greece

  • By: Victoria Hislop
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens, Victoria Hislop, Esther Wane, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 203

Week after week the postcards arrive, addressed to a name Ellie does not know, with no return address, each signed with an initial: A. With their bright skies, blue seas and alluring images of Greece, these cartes postales brighten her life. After six months, to her disappointment, they cease. But the montage she has created on the wall of her flat has cast a spell. She must see this country for herself.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Fragmented and tenuous

  • By V on 06-11-17

Cartes Postal From Greece

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

Reviewed: 14-10-16

Lovely story about some letters that never reach the recipient. A beautifully written book , well narrated and a marvellous insight into travelling in Greece. Well worth a read. I would definitely recommend this book.

  • The Secret

  • The Number One Best-Selling Author of The Letter
  • By: Kathryn Hughes
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,081
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,008
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001

Mary has been nursing a secret. Forty years ago, she made a choice that would change her world for ever, and alter the path of someone she holds dear. Beth is searching for answers. She has never known the truth about her parentage, but finding out could be the lifeline her sick child so desperately needs. When Beth finds a faded newspaper cutting amongst her mother's things, she realises the key to her son's future lies in her own past. She must go back to where it all began to unlock...the Secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good book. Recommended.

  • By M.A. on 22-07-16

THE SECRET

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

Reviewed: 30-09-16

Beautiful story set in the North of England. . This story spans over the life of an unwanted baby, from her birth and then takes you on a journey through to her discovery of her family. Beautifully read by Rachel Atkins. I would highly recommend this book. Well worth a read.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Thread

  • By: Victoria Hislop
  • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426

Thessaloniki, 1917. As Dimitri Komninos is born, a devastating fire sweeps through the thriving Greek city where Christians, Jews and Muslims live side by side. Five years later, Katerina Sarafoglou's home in Asia Minor is destroyed by the Turkish army. Losing her mother in the chaos, she flees across the sea to an unknown destination in Greece. Soon her life will become entwined with Dimitri's, and with the story of the city itself, as war, fear and persecution begin to divide its people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic and moving story of love ad war

  • By Kirstine on 21-07-12

The Thread by Victoria Hislop

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

Reviewed: 14-09-16

Such a lovely story about a family torn apart by war and how they survived. Takes place in Greece, a very interesting history of the country. Well worth a read.

  • Sheltering Rain

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Judith Boyd
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 359

On Coronation night the ex-pat community in Hong Kong gathers for a celebration party, and 21-year-old Joy falls in love at first sight. She is engaged within 24 hours, but will not see her fiancé again for a year. Fifteen years later, when Sabine, her mother and grandmother are brought together, not only a deeply buried family secret is discovered, but also some fundamental truths: about the conflict between love and duty, about women's choices, and about mothers and daughters.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So So JoJo

  • By Kaggy on 06-10-15

Jo Jo Moyes

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

Reviewed: 08-09-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Sheltering Rain to be better than the print version?

I loved the audio version, beautifully read and portrayed by Judith Boyd.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sabine was my favourite character I loved the way she changed and matured at the end.

What does Judith Boyd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Her wonderful way of characterising each person, so you know who is who.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A lovely family saga which spans from Hong Kong to England and then to Ireland

Any additional comments?

Very good story by Jojo Moyes. One of her best.

  • Paris Time Capsule

  • By: Ella Carey
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

New York - based photographer Cat Jordan is ready to begin a new life with her successful, button-down boyfriend. But when she learns that she's inherited the estate of a complete stranger - a woman named Isabelle de Florian - her life is turned upside down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A lovely story with a great central motif

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-05-18

PARIS TIME CAPSULE

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

Reviewed: 29-08-16

Excellent story, about a young woman who inherits a fortune. The story has so many surprising twists and turns of events. a very good read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Honeymoon in Paris

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 133

For fans of Jojo Moyes' The Girl You Left Behind, this is the prequel novella, Honeymoon in Paris. Sophie, a provincial girl, is swept up in the glamour of Belle époque Paris but discovers that loving an artist like Edouard brings undreamt of complications. Following in Sophie's footsteps 100 years later, Liv, after a whirlwind romance, finds her Parisian honeymoon is not quite the romantic getaway she had been hoping for....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An appetiser for the main story

  • By Kaggy on 22-03-14

Honeymoon in Paris

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-08-16

Lovely story, thoroughly enjoyed it. Definitely a must read for JoJo Moyes fans.

  • The Art Whisperer

  • By: Charlotte Elkins, Aaron Elkins
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

When art conservator Alix London spots a forgery, she knows trouble will follow. So she’s understandably apprehensive when her connoisseur’s eye spots something off about a multimillion-dollar Jackson Pollock painting at Palm Springs’s Brethwaite Museum - her current employer. Alix is already under fire, the object of a vicious online smear campaign. Now the Brethwaite’s despicable senior curator, obsessed with the "maximization of monetized eyeballs," angrily refuses to decommission the celebrated Pollock piece.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Alix London Trilogy

  • By MARLENE on 01-08-16

Alix London Trilogy

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

Reviewed: 01-08-16

Good trilogy but not enough of a plot in the last book, but nevertheless a good read.

  • The Peacock Emporium

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Judith Boyd
  • Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 637

The only place Suzanna Peacock finds comfort is her shop, which provides a haven for the misfits in town. But she is forced to confront events of the past and her family that have been haunting her for so long. And she discovers that the key to her happiness may have been in front of her all along....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Peacock Emporium

  • By MARLENE on 12-07-16

The Peacock Emporium

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

Reviewed: 12-07-16

Yet another lovely story from Jo Jo Moyes. I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is a story about a troubled young woman who is unhappy with her life and tries to find herself by opening a little shop, where she can just be herself. Coming from a family who really love her but she cannot see it. And a husband she is unhappy with. This book definitely deserves a read. I would highly recommend it.

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Lily Love

  • By: Maggi Myers
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Caroline used to have it all: she was madly in love with her husband, Peter, and they worshiped their beautiful baby girl. But as Lily grows into a toddler, Caroline notices that her daughter seems to live and act with a disconnect, and soon the perfect future Caroline had envisioned, along with her marriage, begin to crumble. Now she and Peter are no longer lovers, they're plaintiffs in the throes of divorce while still struggling to care for Lily.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I found it a bit boring

  • By Jackie T on 12-06-18

Lily Love

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

Reviewed: 04-07-16

Lovely story. Poignant, romantic and joyful. I could feel Caroline's pain over her daughter. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Yet another good read by Maggie Myers. Beautifully read by Kate Rudd. I would definitely recommend this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful