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  • The Butterfly Room

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie
  • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

Posy Montague is approaching her 70th birthday. Still living in her beautiful family home, Admiral House, set in the glorious Suffolk countryside where she spent her own idyllic childhood catching butterflies with her beloved father, and raised her own children, Posy knows she must make an agonising decision. The house is crumbling around her, and Posy knows the time has come to sell it. Then a face appears from the past - Freddie, her first love, who abandoned her and left her heartbroken 50 years ago. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved, loved loved

  • By Amazon Customer on 22-05-19

Pleasant enough, but not Riley’s best novel

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

Reviewed: 14-06-19

The setting and the style of the narration make this a real Aga Saga. More wine and cake is consumed than I would have thought possible! The heroine is elevated to virtual sainthood, but it’s hard to see why. Some difficult topics are introduced, but rather romanticised, and so lose their impact. The narration adds to the sense of upper class English life where everything can be resolved by a cup of tea. I usually love Lucinda Riley’s novels, but this one didn’t do it for me.

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  • Last Letter from Your Lover

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 998
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,004

When journalist Ellie looks through her newspaper's archives for a story, she discovers a letter from 1960, written by a man asking his lover to leave her husband.... In 1960, Jennifer wakes up in hospital after a car accident with no memory. And then, when she returns home, she uncovers a hidden letter, and begins to remember the lover she was willing to risk everything for.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story but didn't enjoy the narration.

  • By J on 18-03-12

Not vintage Moyes

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

Reviewed: 14-06-19

The story line is rather far fetched, but pleasant. The difference between the lives of young women in the 1950’s compared 50 years later is well drawn. Overall enjoyable, but not remarkable.

  • The Clockmaker's Daughter

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 700

In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor in rural Oxfordshire. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared, a priceless heirloom is missing and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins. Over 150 years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable!

  • By Mrs. A. Hemsworth on 30-09-18

Complex, but worth the effort!

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

Reviewed: 21-04-19

This is Kate Morten at her very best! A very complex story involving a huge cast of characters from across 150 years. It is only possible to follow it because of the clever characterisation of Joanne Froggatt. Who manages to make all the characters recognisably different. The house at the bend of the river is the common thread that keeps all the other stories together. As usual Kate Morten’s descriptive powers are compelling, and the house, its garden and the river come alive. I was very sad to finish the story

  • I'll Keep You Safe

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Anna Murray, Peter Forbes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,286
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,281

Husband and wife Niamh and Ruairidh Macfarlane co-own Ranish Tweed: a Hebridean company that weaves its own special variety of Harris cloth, which has become a sought-after brand in the world of high fashion. But when Niamh learns of Ruairidh's affair with Russian designer Irina Vetrov, then witnesses the pair killed by a car bomb in Paris, her life is left in ruins. Along with her husband's remains, she returns home to the Isle of Lewis bereft.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointing

  • By Michael D Hewitt on 28-01-18

Enjoyable but predictable

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

Reviewed: 21-04-19

I predicted the outcome very early on which rather spoilt this book for me. It didn’t detract from the wonderful descriptions of Lewis and its people and weather which always make Peter May’s books a joy to listen to, especially when they are read by Peter Forbes.

  • The Improbability of Love

  • By: Hannah Rothschild
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards, Jilly Bond
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 566

Annie McDee, alone after the disintegration of her long-term relationship and trapped in a dead-end job, is searching for a present for her unsuitable lover in a neglected secondhand shop. Within the jumble of junk and tack, a grimy painting catches her eye. Leaving the store with the picture after spending her meagre savings, she prepares an elaborate dinner for two - only to be stood up, the gift gathering dust on her mantelpiece.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Loved Every Minute of It. Great Characters.

  • By bookylady on 02-04-16

An interesting story, with some flaws, but still worth persevering with.

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

Reviewed: 12-03-19

This book is very hard to pigeon hole. It covers the history of art, fine dining and the foibles of the very wealthy all pulled together into a thriller about a rediscovered old master and the lengths some people will go to cover up its provenance. The story line is original and interesting, but some of the descriptions of food and wealth are over long and not necessary to the plot. The female narrator’s voice is very irritating at first, although I did get used to it. It was worth listening to, but not the best book I have heard this year.

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,118

Pirriwee Public is a beautiful little beachside primary school where children are taught that ‘sharing is caring.’ So how has the annual School Trivia Night ended in full-blown riot? Sirens are wailing. People are screaming. The principal is mortified. And one parent is dead. Was it a murder, a tragic accident or just good parents gone bad? As the parents at Pirriwee Public are about to discover, sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Should be 4.5 Stars - Fantastic Surprise

  • By Gavingks on 06-11-14

Wonderful characters that fly off the page

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

I really enjoyed this book. The characters live in a small suburb of Sydney, and it is narrated by an Australian who really brings them to life. Lianne Moriarty has an interesting way of writing, putting commentary from minor characters at the end of each chapter. At first it is confusing, but as the characters come to life, it adds to the enjoyment of the story.

  • Foreign Fruit

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Judith Boyd
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 522
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 463

Merham is a well-ordered 50s seaside town - the kind of town where everyone knows their place (and those who don't are promptly put in it). Lottie Swift is an evacuee who has grown up with the respectable Holden family and loves Merham. The Holden's daughter Celia, however, chafes against the constraints on the town and longs to escape....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow burner but stick with it!!!

  • By bronagh on 16-11-17

Well written chick lit!

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

Another enjoyable book from Jo Jo Moyes. The first section is set in a seaside town in the 1950’s and captures the post-war period very well. The echoes of this feeling of respectability and resentment and fear of outsiders are found in the second half of the book too. A great story, with lots of interesting themes explored. I really enjoyed it.

  • A Quiet Life in the Country

  • A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 1
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 712
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 638

Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past. Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is 1908 and they've just moved from London to the country, hoping for a quiet life. But it is not long before Lady Hardcastle is forced out of her self-imposed retirement. There's a dead body in the woods, and the police are on the wrong scent. Lady Hardcastle makes some enquiries of her own, and it seems she knows a surprising amount about crime investigation...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amusing

  • By Kirsty on 23-02-17

Light weight but fun

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

Reviewed: 21-10-18

I enjoyed this book! It is a cross between Agatha Christie and PG Wodehouse. Set in 1908 it features Lady Emily Hardcastle and her maid Flo Armstrong. The plot revolves around unsolved murders in deepest Gloucestershire, but the main story is the unconventional relationship between the two women.

  • Winter Pilgrims

  • Kingmaker, Book 1
  • By: Toby Clements
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,129

February 1460. In the bitter dawn of a winter’s morning, a young man and a woman escape from a priory. In fear for their lives, they are forced to flee across a land ravaged by conflict. For this is the Wars of the Roses, one of the most savage and bloody civil wars in history. Where brother confronts brother, king faces king, and Thomas and Katherine must fight just to stay alive....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic read

  • By Loraine on 10-01-16

Bloodthirsty, but absorbing

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

The Wars of the Roses, which took place in the 15 th Century are largely unknown to me. I didn’t really learn much about the politics of the period from this book, but I learnt so much about the bloodthirsty battles that the politics produced! The central characters in the book are well drawn and interesting, but there is too much detail about the battles -hence the loss of a star. I now know far more about 15th century armour than I ever knew I needed to know! I am very interested in what happens in book two, but I am need a little rest before I start on the next phase of adventures!

  • The Humans

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,394

One wet Friday evening, Professor Andrew Martin of Cambridge University solves the world's greatest mathematical riddle. Then he disappears. When he is found walking naked along the motorway, Professor Martin seems different. Besides the lack of clothes, he now finds normal life pointless. His loving wife and teenage son seem repulsive to him. In fact, he hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton. And he's a dog.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A profound and shining star

  • By Kaggy on 24-08-13

Interesting idea which didn’t quite hit the mark

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

Reviewed: 31-08-18

The central character is an Alien from another universe who comes to Earth to prevent humans getting too much knowledge about mathematics. To do this he has to pretend to be a Cambridge Professor, and live the life of the professor. Very quickly he starts to like the life and not want to return to his own planet. The science is not as convincing as other similar stories, but it is well read.