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  • The King's General

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

When the skeleton of a young cavalier was found by William Rashleigh at Daphne du Maurier's beloved mansion, Menabilly, she once again found inspiration in her surroundings. Putting pen to paper, Daphne created The King's General, a historical tale which takes place during the English Civil War and introduces one of du Maurier's greatest heroines: Honor Harris. Honor is a beautiful, brave and kind protagonist, a true embodiment of the name by which she goes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The King's General

  • By Maureen on 22-10-08

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-19

Who else but Daphne Du Maurier can write like this?
A brilliant story, backed up by historical facts, makes this a wonderful book to read or listen to.
Cannot rate it highly enough, it kept me intrigued all the way through.
And so wonderfully performed by Juliet Stevenson....she brings it to life.

  • Vince and Joy

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh, Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Vince and Joy by Lisa Jewell. July 1986. Vince and Joy have their whole lives ahead of them on the day they meet. Two weeks later they must part, each having lost a piece of their heart to the other. They won't see one another for seven years. Where will they be then? And in the years that follow? What will become of Vince and Joy?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwarming well written romance

  • By Janet biglari on 11-12-18

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-01-19

This was a very well constructed and enjoyable book.
The characters were all believable and I felt empathy with all of them. But the intricacies of the plot were very good and so cleverly managed.
It would make a great film!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Reflection

  • By: Diane Chamberlain
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Twenty years ago, a terrible tragedy shattered the tranquility of the small Pennsylvania Dutch town of Reflection. The residents of the village have never forgiven the one woman they blamed for what happened - Rachel Huber. After the incident, Rachel left the town and cut off all ties there. But when Rachel receives the news that her estranged grandmother, Helen, is ill and needs her care, she returns to Reflection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By Ellie Locke on 18-02-19

Excellent story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-18

Well planned and told plot. Very different.
Believable characters....
Diane Chamberlain knows how to write.....keeps up the interest.
Would make an excellent film! Judi Dench for Helen!

  • Things We Never Said

  • By: Nick Alexander
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

When Catherine learns that she is dying, she remembers the words her husband once jokingly uttered and decides to leave him the ultimate posthumous gift: a time capsule containing photographs of their life together along with tape recordings in which she recounts every secret she ever kept, every unspoken thought whether loving or treacherous - the things they never said.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Things we never said

  • By D P Allen on 13-01-18

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-10-18

Wasn't sure of this format at first, but I stuck with it and then admired the skill the author shows with it.
It really shows how people can live together and never really know everything about each other....
One small point - I didn't think that the main female subject of the book had the right name. Perhaps I could have believed in her fully as a girl from a Council house in Margate if she'd had a different name....as Catherine has connotations ( to me, anyway) of middle/upper classe s...even royalty. Maybe Cathy would have suited more?

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Everything Is Lies

  • By: Helen Callaghan
  • Narrated by: Anna Popplewell, Sian Thomas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 878
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 820
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 817

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Everything Is Lies by Helen Callaghan. Sophia's parents lead quiet, unremarkable lives. At least that is what she's always believed. Until the day she arrives at her childhood home to find a house ringing with silence. Her mother is hanging from a tree. Her father is lying in a pool of his own blood, near to death. The police are convinced it is an attempted murder-suicide. But Sophia is sure that the woman who brought her up isn't a killer....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely mesmerizing

  • By W. M. Koolstra-dekker on 06-03-18

A good concept for a book.....

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-09-18

This book was interesting but I couldn't feel anything for the main character Sophia. She reacted to huge events in her life with little emotion, which I found very weird.
A bit hard to believe at times, and found this story jumped about a lot.

  • The Stolen Marriage

  • By: Diane Chamberlain
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

In 1944, 23-year-old Tess DeMello abruptly ends her engagement to the love of her life when she marries a mysterious stranger and moves to Hickory, North Carolina. Hickory is a small town struggling with racial tension and the hardships imposed by World War II. Tess' new husband, Henry Kraft, is a secretive man who often stays out all night, hides money from his new wife and shows no interest in making love. Tess quickly realizes she's trapped in a strange and loveless marriage with no way out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Completely threw me. Loved it!

  • By Louise on 25-09-18

Very good reading

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-09-18

An excellent story, skilfully told.
This author really did her research for this book.. completely authentic and the attitudes of the era were illustrated perfectly.
Sometimes a little too dark though...a little more "lightness" would have been good here and there.
but a superb story and glad I read it.

  • Summer's Child

  • By: Diane Chamberlain
  • Narrated by: Carla Mercer-Meyer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Early on the morning of her 11th birthday, on the beach beside her North Carolina home, Daria Cato receives an unbelievable gift from the sea: an abandoned newborn baby. When the infant's identity cannot be uncovered, she is adopted by Daria's loving family. Now, 20 years later, Shelly has grown into an unusual, ethereal young woman whom Daria continues to protect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Puzzler74 on 12-11-18

Complicated but g ood!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-07-18

Enjoyable listening and kept me guessing throughout.
Well-plotted....the author must have worked extra hard with this onel

  • The Chilbury Ladies' Choir

  • By: Jennifer Ryan
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister, Imogen Wilde, Laura Kirman, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295

The village of Chilbury in Kent is about to ring in some changes. This is a delightful novel of wartime gumption and village spirit that will make your heart sing out. Kent, 1940. The women of Chilbury village have taken umbrage at the Vicar's closure of the choir now that its male singers are at war. But when spirited music professor Primrose Trent arrives, it prompts the creation of an all-female singing group.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Liz on 06-03-17

Charming !

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

This is a wonderful saga of village life during WW2.
It is inspirational and easy to listen to....I liked the way it was presented in diaryjournal and letter form.
A warm, cosy tale about women in that era and I enjoyed it very much.

  • The Moonstone

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Peter Jeffrey
  • Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448

Considered the first full-length detective novel in the English language, T.S. Eliot described The Moonstone as 'the first and greatest English detective novel'. The stone of the title is an enormous yellow diamond plundered from an Indian shrine after the Siege of Seringapatam. Given to Miss Verinder on her 18th birthday, it mysteriously disappears that very night. Suspicion falls on three Indian jugglers who have been seen in the neighbourhood. Sergeant Cuff is assigned to the case....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An absolute gem

  • By Joanne on 29-06-08

Good

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-05-18

Excellent Gothic book....quite long! Well crafted and well presented.
Willie Collins at best...I enjoyed the characters very much.

  • The Spice Box Letters

  • By: Eve Makis
  • Narrated by: Louise Barrett, Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Katerina inherits a spice box after her grandmother Mariam dies. It contains letters and a diary written in Armenian. Katerina learns that Mariam's childhood was shattered by the Armenian tragedy of 1915. Exiled from her home in Turkey and separated from her beloved brother, Mariam's life was marred by grief. Katerina tries to find resolution in her own life as she completes Mariam's story on a journey that takes her across Cyprus and then half a world away to New York.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a story!

  • By anasta on 26-02-18

What a story!

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

Reviewed: 26-02-18

Where does The Spice Box Letters rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

My favourite so far....by a long mile.It is a brilliant book....I can thoroughly recommend it.

What did you like best about this story?

The story spans generations of a family....but personalises the many years' breadth by telling the story from the point of view of just two or three characters - giving it depth and resonance.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The scene where Gabriel and his long-suffering wife are "entertaining" their dear granddaughter's future husband and his family is hilarious! It paints a picture of the irascible Gabriel and his steely strong character - but the details of the scene [the description of the special feast made especially for the special visitors] make it so vivid and enjoyable.I rather think the elusive snake in Gabriel's garden may be his past "personified"...he can never actually find it - it is always hiding.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES! If only I had had the time to do this....but I managed to do it in just a few sittings.

Any additional comments?

The book comes alive with the description of life in one village just before the Armenian Genocide and what happens to one particular family. The story's events unfold in many cruel ways and, because it is written from the point of view of two/three main characters from different generations, we can see how what happens to the family and how it affects their attitude to their past and then to their future.Eve Makis paints the picture of such a "never-ending story" excellently - both through the "plot" of the circumstances the characters find themselves in - and the importance of the characters' feelings about their family and, of course, the Armenian people. She tells the story so well, it made me feel like part of this family. I cared very much what happened to the characters. And - the sign of a good book - I did not want the story to end!