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Carol S

DAVENTRY, United Kingdom
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  • Becoming Reverend

  • A Diary
  • By: Matt Woodcock
  • Narrated by: Matt Woodcock
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26

Matt Woodcock's frank, funny real-life diaries reveal what it was like for him to train as a vicar while struggling against all odds to become a father. In them he lays bare his joys and struggles as he attempts to reconcile his calling as a vicar with his life as a party-loving journalist, footie-freak, and incorrigible extrovert.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth a listen, even to the cynics out there.

  • By Carol S on 14-05-17

Worth a listen, even to the cynics out there.

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

Reviewed: 14-05-17


Humour, sincerity & honesty. A moving account of training to be a vicar/priest ( I was a bit confused which) with some very funny moments along the way. This guy bares all.
An ordinary bloke with a passion for Jesus but questions some of the bible.
His love of people & life sent a warm glow through me. And his odd bursts of temper & irritation with both of these made him a normal human being like you & I.

What a breath of fresh air! Churches are in need of a good shake up & be brought into the 21st century.

Almost makes me want to get up & go to church myself on a sunday, but then Matt wouldn't be taking the service, so I'll give it a miss. But I may get down on my knees & give prayer a go. You'll have to listen to the book to see why.

Thoroughly enjoyable listen. Left me wanting more, so I'll just have to listen to it again.

  • Like Father, Like Son

  • By: Diane Allen
  • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 4

There would be trouble at Paradise.... From birth, Polly Harper seems destined for tragedy. Raised by her loving grandparents on Paradise Farm, she is unknowingly tangled in a web of secrecy regarding her parentage. When she falls in love with Tobias, the wealthy son of a local landowner of disrepute, her anxious grandparents send her to work in a dairy. There she becomes instantly drawn to the handsome Matt Dinsdale, propelling her further into the depths of forbidden romance and dark family secrets.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator issues

  • By Carol S on 22-03-17

Narrator issues

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

Reviewed: 22-03-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I have just finished listening to "For A Fathers Pride" by the same author & loved it, so purchased this follow on book. I couldn't make out why the one other reviewer left a one star rating as Diane Allen is an excellent story teller. However now I'm listening to this I think I know why!
Tobias who we met in the previous book is born & bred in Yorkshire, so are his parents, & in the previous book they all spoke with a Yorkshire accent. In this novel he speaks posh! While all those around him continue to speak with a Yorkshire accent. The voice is driving me nuts & I can no longer listen to it.
The narrator has obviously not read the previous novel, & just because someone is Lord of the manner doesn't mean they speak with a plum in their mouth. The previous Lord of the manner didn't !
I'm unfortunately returning this, & going the read the novel on kindle instead as this I'm sure a great novel.

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  • Nella Last's War

  • The Second World War Diaries of 'Housewife 49'
  • By: Nella Last
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

In September 1939 housewife and mother Nella Last began a regular diary that lasted for 30 years. The account that she left of life during the Second World War is moving, fascinating, and unique. While Nella's younger son joined the army, she and the rest of the family tried to adapt to the transformed rhythms of life in Barrow-in-Furness, which suffered terribly from enemy bombing raids. Writing each day for the "Mass-Observation" project, Nella's diary entries tell a powerful story about the war years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nella Last's War (Unabridged)

  • By Kathy on 19-06-09
  • Nella Last's War
  • The Second World War Diaries of 'Housewife 49'
  • By: Nella Last
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd

Outstanding Narration makes the diary come alive.

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

Reviewed: 05-12-13

What made the experience of listening to Nella Last's War the most enjoyable?

The Narrator. She read the dairy so well that you believed it was Nella speaking, but the diary itself was a splendid listen, I wasn't expecting so much detail of her daily life & surroundings.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Nella Last's War?

That's a difficult one, there are many, the one that stands out at this precise moment is when Cliff gave the letter he received from his then deceased friend, to his mother to read & her response to it, my heart went out to him at his attempt to open up, yet Nella still didn't grasp it.

Which character – as performed by Carole Boyd – was your favourite?

Has to be Nella.

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

I would have loved to, but time didn't permit.

Any additional comments?

I have gone onto to purchase the other two audio books, Nella Lasts Peace & Nella Last in the 1950's.

Excellent listens.