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Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
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  • Keep the Midnight Out

  • By: Alex Gray
  • Narrated by: Joe Dunlop
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 157

When the body of a red-haired young man is washed up on the shore of the beautiful Isle of Mull, Detective Superintendent Lorimer's tranquil holiday away from the gritty streets of Glasgow is rudely interrupted. The body has been bound with twine in a ghoulishly unnatural position and strongly reminds Lorimer of another murder: a twenty-year-old Glasgow case that he failed to solve as a newly fledged detective constable and which has haunted him ever since.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Scottish Isles murder mystery

  • By Miss Sissons on 20-07-15

Struggled to finish

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

Reviewed: 25-09-18

Seemed to go on too long, over complicated. It's probably a good book but in the end I gave up and skipped to the end.

  • Widows

  • By: Lynda La Plante
  • Narrated by: Ann Mitchell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326

Facing life alone, they turned to crime together. Dolly Rawlins, Linda Perelli and Shirley Miller are left devastated when their husbands are killed in a security van heist that goes disastrously wrong. When Dolly discovers her husband's bank deposit box containing a gun, money and detailed plans for the hijack, she has three options. She could hand over the ledgers to the Detective. She could hand them over to the thugs who want to take over Harry's turf. Or, she and the other widows could finish the job their husbands started....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Sorry had to return

  • By Sarah on 03-08-18

Perfectly read, faded at the end

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

After reading other reviews about the narrator, I nearly skipped over this book but, after listening to the preview, decided to get it anyway and I have to say that I think the narration fitted the story perfectly. Good story, just slightly weak ending in my opinion.

  • Clover House

  • By: Alan Cuthbertson
  • Narrated by: Gaynor M. Kelly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

How many rules would you break to fulfill a loved one's wishes? Clover House is a home run by the local council. Residents are there because their parents, family, or the community can no longer deal with their behavior. Leo French has lived at Clover House for nearly eight years. For Leo life was dull and mundane; that was, until Julie Sykes arrived. After uncovering Julie's secret, Leo uses his limited time and resources to make her wishes come true. At the time he had no idea it would include foreign travel, theft, and attempted murder....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice story with interesting twist at the end.

  • By Deborah on 01-10-16

Nice story with interesting twist at the end.

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

Reviewed: 01-10-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, delightful story.

What other book might you compare Clover House to, and why?

Difficult to compare to anything else as it's a very unique story.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Perfect choice of narrator for this story.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

A real tearjerker at the end.

Any additional comments?

After the twist at the end I had to go back and listen to it again from the start. A very different, but nonetheless enjoyable, experience.

  • Fiestas and Siestas Miles Apart

  • By: Alan Cuthbertson
  • Narrated by: Richard Southworth
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Ever wondered how easy it would be to start new life in a different country? Fiestas and Siestas Miles Apart is a humorous look at what happened to the Cuthbertson family, Alan and Heather along with daughters Stacey and Ashlie when they decide to sell everything, including the family stationery business, load the family car and move from England to Spain. Unfortunately half way through the process the girls have other ideas and take off on their own adventure...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cheerful Escapism

  • By Amazon Customer on 22-04-18

Lighthearted account of life as an ex-pat in Spain

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

Reviewed: 01-10-16

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

Difficult to say.

What was most disappointing about Alan Cuthbertson’s story?

Having lived in Spain for 16 years, I found several unnecessary factual errors which were annoying. The author obviously does live in Spain but should have taken greater care with his facts.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

When choosing a narrator for a book including a spattering of foreign words, it would be better to have someone with at least a knowledge of the correct pronunciation of that language. Also, there is a section in the book which deals with the Spanish people's inability to pronounce the author's wife's name but the narrator pronounces certain sounds incorrectly which, not only is detracting, but also makes this part of the story a bit pointless.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom.

Any additional comments?

Not a bad book but probably not for those who've done the same thing. This genre is led by Chris Stewart's "Driving Over Lemons" - this book is a poor imitation.

  • Billionaire

  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 243

From Peter James, the award-winning author of the Roy Grace series, comes Billionaire, an exhilarating financial thriller. City stockbroker Alex Rocq leads a comfortable life, with a luxury flat in London, a country cottage, a very expensive car, and a lucrative job that still leaves time for leisure. But all this isn't enough. After receiving a tip-off, Alex decides to play the commodities market for himself. He soon learns the hard way that fortune doesn't always favour the brave, and his luck comes to an abrupt end.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Alex Rocq is no Roy Grace

  • By Simon on 03-01-16

He's written much better works

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

Reviewed: 04-06-16

As a lover of the Grace series, I thought I'd try this but it didn't really do it for me. I have to admit that the last hour or so I just had on as background listening, just to get to the end of the book. Love Peter James normally but this one doesn't get the usual five stars.

  • Cruise Yourself Slim

  • Enjoy Your Cruise...Without Piling on the Pounds!
  • By: Martin Shirran, Marion Shirran, Fiona Graham
  • Narrated by: Martin Shirran, Marion Shirran
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Over 22 million people completed cruise holidays in 2015; many of those went home weighing upward of four pounds heavier - due in no small part to the huge quantities and choices of food and drink onboard modern cruise liners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Awesome

  • By leila on 12-05-16

Interesting Read

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

Reviewed: 13-03-16

An interesting book, and refreshing to read something written by people who actually seem to know what they are talking about.

Definitely worth reading by anyone who cruises and plenty of good tips for home use by those who don't.

  • The Sunrise

  • By: Victoria Hislop
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 245

In the summer of 1972, Famagusta, in Cyprus, is the most desirable resort in the Mediterranean, a city bathed in the glow of good fortune. An ambitious couple open the island's most spectacular hotel, where Greek and Turkish Cypriots work in harmony. Two neighbouring families, the Georgious and the Özkans, are among many who moved to Famagusta to escape the years of unrest and ethnic violence elsewhere on the island. But beneath the city's façade of glamour and success, tension is building.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK

  • By Ms on 17-10-14

good story, as always from Victoria...

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

Reviewed: 20-02-16

... but rather a weak ending. still enjoyed it though, good narrator and compelling right up to the last chapter

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    Length: 25 hrs and 12 mins
    285 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • The Shell Seekers

  • By: Rosamunde Pilcher
  • Narrated by: Hannah Gordon
  • Length: 25 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

Artist's daughter Penelope Keeling can look back on a full and varied life, yet she is far too energetic and independent to settle sweetly into pensioned-off old age. Now she is faced with a decision that could tear her family apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written & so enoyable

  • By Joanne on 05-05-11

My mum's favourite book ...

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

Reviewed: 30-01-16

... and one I love more each time I read or listen to it. Hannah Gordon is fabulous as a narrator and just perfect for this book.

  • Paths of Glory

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Roger Allam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255

This is the story of a man who loved two women, and one of them killed him. Some people have dreams that are so outrageous that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. Francis Drake, Robert Scott, Percy Fawcett, Charles Lindbergh, Amy Johnson, Edmund Hillary and Neil Armstrong are among such individuals. But what if one man had such a dream, and when he'd achieved it, there was no proof that he had fulfilled his ambition?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic stuff

  • By Brand on 13-03-09

Brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-11-10

I'm not keen on Jeffrey Archer but I was intrigued by the synopsis of this book and decided to try it. I was absolutely gripped and spent three days almost permanently attached to my iPod. This is one of the best audiobooks I own and I have a lot! Get it - you will not regret it.

  • The Power of One

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 21 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 454

Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic reading of a great book

  • By Sarah on 20-08-06

The best book I've bought from Audible

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-09

I bought this book on the recommendation of my brother and I am so glad I did. It moved me to tears on several occasions and I became totally hooked and have spent the last few days with my iPod permanently attached! I'm only sad that I've finished it as I enjoyed it so much. The reader is brilliant and really gets the accents right. I can't wait now for my next book as I've decided to work my way through Bryce Courtenay's entire list. FANTASTIC!

10 of 11 people found this review helpful