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  • Rivals

  • Rutshire Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Jilly Cooper
  • Narrated by: Louise Hobden
  • Length: 25 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Into the cutthroat world of Corinium television comes megastar Declan O'Hara. Declan soon realises that the Managing Director, Lord Baddingham, has recruited him merely to help retain the franchise for Corinium. Baddingham has also enticed Cameron Cook, a gorgeous, domineering woman executive, to produce Declan's programme. As a rival group emerges to pitch for the franchise, reputations ripen and decline, true love blossoms and burns, marriages are made and shattered and sex raises its head at almost every throw....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Great book totally spoilt

  • By amanda c. on 09-02-18

Love this book...shame about the narration

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

I’ve been waiting for years for this to come out in audio. I love the story. It’s comes a close second to Riders as my favourite book ever.

But....

The narration is appalling. The intonation, the poor pronunciation, the dreadful accents, the mistakes spoiled the whole experience. The narrator couldn’t even say Corinium (the main company name in the whole book) correctly!

Did anybody listen to the narrator read a sample before she was chosen to read the whole book? Did anybody listen to it when it was finished?

The narration on ‘Riders’ was superb and Rivals left me so, so disappointed. I feel that Jilly Cooper would be disappointed too.

  • A Question of Trust

  • By: Penny Vincenzi
  • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 22 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

A Question of Trust is vintage Penny Vincenzi: rich with characters, life-changing decisions, glamour, love, desire and conflict. London, 1950s. Tom Knelston is charismatic, working class and driven by ambition, ideals and passion. He is a man to watch. His wife, Alice, shares his vision. It seems they are the perfect match. Then, out of the blue, Tom meets beautiful and unhappily married Diana Southcott, a fashion model. An exciting but dangerous affair is inevitable and potentially damaging to their careers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vincenzi at her best

  • By Merelina on 26-11-17

Annoying synopsis

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

I enjoyed this but was spoilt in part by the synopsis which completely unnecessarily gave away the storyline of the second part of the book so I spent the first 6 hours knowing what was to come. Very irritating but a good book overall.

  • The Last Summer

  • By: Judith Kinghorn
  • Narrated by: Jane Wymark
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 130

A sweeping debut, perfect for reading groups and fans of Kate Morton and Downton Abbey - a beautiful and haunting story of lost innocence and a powerful, enduring love.Clarissa is almost seventeen when the spell of her childhood is broken. It is 1914, the beginning of a blissful, golden summer - and the end of an era. Deyning Park is in its heyday, the large country house filled with the laughter and excitement of privileged youth preparing for a weekend party.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Last Summer, by Judith Kinghorn

  • By Mrs on 10-06-12

Love it

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

Reviewed: 14-11-16

I adore this book. It is the Only book That I have listened to twice.