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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 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

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

Not one of her best ....

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

Reviewed: 16-05-19

I struggled to get into this one . It lacks a true focus and story journey for me .its a bit like filler , it did the job as I was gardening but not gripping in any shape or form.

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  • My Sweet Revenge

  • By: Jane Fallon
  • Narrated by: Jenny Funnell, Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,121

Paula has had Robert's back since they got together as drama students. She gave up her dreams so he could make it. Now he's one of the nation's most popular actors. And Paula's just discovered he's having an affair. She's going to remind Robert just what he's sacrificing, and then she's going to break his heart like he broke hers. It will be her greatest acting role ever. Revenge is sweet. Isn't it?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Revenge is definitely sweet

  • By Sue R. on 08-09-17

You’ll enjoy this .......

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

Reviewed: 25-04-19

Plausible characters consistent to type throughout. I took this a a light, refreshing tale out of my norm and was not disappointed. Trivial but satisfying I’d say ....

  • Hothouse Flower

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Beth Chalmers
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281

As a child, Julia Forrester spent many idyllic hours in the hothouse of Wharton Park estate, where her grandfather tended the exotic flowers. So when a family tragedy strikes, Julia returns to the tranquility of Wharton Park and its hothouse. Recently inherited by charismatic Kit Crawford, the estate is undergoing renovation. This leads to the discovery of an old diary, prompting the pair to seek out Julia's grandmother to learn the truth behind a love affair that almost destroyed Wharton Park.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such variety - real escapism

  • By Karen on 26-02-12

Totally absorbing ....

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

Reviewed: 07-04-19

A wonderful twisting tale to entangle your senses into. Irresistible, enjoy and book s holiday to Thailand!

  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,284

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

  • By MrsFiddleback on 29-05-09

So well worth a listen !

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

Reviewed: 27-03-19

Difficult start getting to grips with the Swedish names but your ear does get used to it and it is very definitely worth the perseverance. Seeing the film before hand I found helpful as it is a complex story but very clearly concluded in the end and more intriguing than the film . Dive in and try it !

  • I Found You

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,342

East Yorkshire: Single mum Alice Lake finds a man on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, no idea what he is doing there. Against her better judgement, she invites him in to her home. Surrey: 21-year-old Lily Monrose has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night, she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one. Then the police tell her that her husband never existed....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful ,involving and moving l Antonia Beamish's narration outstanding.

  • By Susie on 28-03-17

Fascinating story pulls you in .

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

Reviewed: 15-03-19

Keep your whits about you as it has a 3 prong thread but you get the hang of each characters story line and it’s worth it .
My random pick and I’m glad I did it !
Enjoy .....

  • Jasmine Nights

  • By: Julia Gregson
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

1942: Saba Tarcan is a talented young singer with big dreams. So when an opportunity arises to entertain the troops in the Middle East, she jumps at the chance, cutting short a burgeoning love affair with a young RAF pilot, Dom. It soon becomes clear that entertaining won’t be Saba’s only mission. It's a move that will jeopardize not only her own safety, but also the love of her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a lovely story beautifully narrated

  • By A.G.Raynor-Krill on 11-07-13

Fabulous tale , brilliantly described. A joy.

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

Reviewed: 12-03-19

New author to me . Another side to war keeping up moral . Fantastic location descriptions and twisting , engaging story with plausible characters. Buy with confidence.

  • The Light Years

  • Cazalet Chronicle, Volume 1
  • By: Elizabeth Jane Howard
  • Narrated by: Jill Balcon
  • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 303

The tangled lives of three generations evoke a vanished world in this, the first volume of the Cazalet Chronicle. Home Place, Sussex, 1937. The English family at home.... For two unforgettable summers they gathered together, safe from the advancing storm clouds of war. In the heart of the Sussex countryside these were still sunlit days of childish games, lavish family meals and picnics on the beach.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A snapshot of pre-WW2 upper middle class life

  • By Knucklebones on 09-01-12

Nothing happens! Set in middle class ,1940’s

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

Reviewed: 08-02-19

Too many characters so you’ll loose track of who’s who .
They drink tea constantly ...
Breakfast, Lunch , picnic, dinner it drove me mad !
I kept thinking there must be a point to it ?
There wasn’t!
Great for insomniacs it will send you to sleep in 10!!!!

  • The Love Letter

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Camilla Rockley
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508

1995, London. When Sir James Harrison, one the greatest actors of his generation, passes away at the age of 95 he leaves behind not just a heartbroken family but also a secret so shocking, so devastating that it could rock the English establishment to its core. Joanna Haslam is an ambitious young journalist assigned to cover the legendary actor's funeral. The great and the good of the celebrity world are there. But Joanna stumbles on something dark beneath the glamour: the mention of a letter James Harrison has left behind, the contents of which others have been desperate to conceal for over 70 years. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Ridiculous

  • By susan harper on 19-11-18

Don’t be mislead by the title...

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

Reviewed: 11-01-19

A fantastic listen. Not a soppy love story at all. Engaging and interesting story, multifaceted , modern and historical. A brilliant surprise , nothing like I expected from the title . Do take the plunge as I did .

  • One Day in December

  • By: Josie Silver
  • Narrated by: Eleanor Tomlinson, Charlie Anson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,426
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,292

Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn't exist. After all, life isn't a scene from the movies, is it? But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man whom she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there's a moment of pure magic...and then her bus drives away. Laurie thinks she'll never see the boy from the bus again. But at their Christmas party a year later, her best friend, Sarah, introduces her to the new love of her life. Who is, of course, the boy from the bus. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • made me laugh and cry lovely story.

  • By jules on 26-10-18

Loving listening

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

Reviewed: 06-01-19

Eleanor Tomlinson is a total triumph reading this with sincerity and expression that should make other reading performers sit up and take this master class . She is utterly brilliant , she makes a lite read fabulous.
Treat yourself....

  • Riders

  • By: Jilly Cooper
  • Narrated by: Gerri Halligan
  • Length: 28 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 629
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443

The brooding hero, gypsy Jake Lovell, under whose magic hands the most difficult horse or woman becomes biddable, is driven to the top by his loathing of the darling of the show ring, Rupert Campbell-Black. Having filched each other’s horses, and fought and fornicated their way around the capitals of Europe, the feud between the two men finally erupts with devastating consequences at the Los Angeles Olympics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!!! Riders perfect:)

  • By Jesse on 02-10-10

Nostalgic, jodhpur busting stuff

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

Reviewed: 19-12-18

Really fun revisiting this from years ago ! Frivolous, witty stuff that will keep you engaged even if you’re not especially horsey .