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  • Only Time Will Tell

  • Clifton Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Roger Allam, Emilia Fox
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,892
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,397

The Clifton Chronicles is Jeffrey Archer’s most ambitious work in four decades as an international best-selling author. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the chilling words, ‘I was told that my father was killed in the war’. But it will be another twenty years before Harry discovers how his father really died, which will only lead him to question: who was his father?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story-telling

  • By Kirstine on 16-06-11

Captivating

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

Reviewed: 15-03-18

My first experience of Jeffrey Archers writing and was very surprised . Loved the book and devastated at the end !

  • Out of Practice

  • The Larkford Series, Book 1
  • By: Penny Parkes
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709

Out of Practice is based around a large country medical practice, which proves to be a hotbed of rivalry, resentment and romance - and that's just the doctors. Think James Herriot meets House.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Truly Enjoyable Read

  • By L Hayes on 04-04-17

Great narration

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

Reviewed: 14-07-17

Easy listening , entertaining and the narrator really brought the characters to life , very clever indeed

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Husband's Secret

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,751
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,583
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,573

The Husband's Secret is a funny, heartbreaking novel of marriage, grief, love, and secrets. When her husband announces he's in love with her best friend, painfully shy Tess picks up her young son and returns to her mother's house. There she begins an unexpected affair with an old flame. Rachel is a woman in her 60s consumed by grief and anger at the loss of her daughter 20 years earlier. When her son announces he is taking her beloved grandson overseas, Rachel begins a descent into deeper bitterness and pain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Makes you want to listen to the end

  • By Joanne on 10-11-13

Wow not the sort of secret I was expecting !

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

Reviewed: 18-11-16

Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favourite?

All were very good

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

the shock of the secret and how the characters reacted

Any additional comments?

Characters interwoven very well . Felt it was a slow start but well worth sticking with

  • Girl on the Run

  • By: Jane Costello
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

Abby Rogers has been on health kicks before - they involve eating one blueberry muffin for breakfast instead of two. When Abby is encouraged to join her sporty best friend's running club - by none other than its gorgeous new captain - she finds a mysterious compulsion to exercise. Then her colleague, Heidi, turns up at work and makes a devastating announcement, one that will change her life - and Abby's - forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So funny with true to life experiences

  • By MRS JANE CRUMPTON on 18-11-16

So funny with true to life experiences

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

Reviewed: 18-11-16

What made the experience of listening to Girl on the Run the most enjoyable?

The story was brilliant , wasn't sure what to expect when I ordered the book. Ordered it because I have just started running myself, but you don't have to be a runner to enjoy the story. The irony makes it fun. Narrator was brilliant and brought the characters to life.Some moments surprising and sad but not for long.

What other book might you compare Girl on the Run to, and why?

a Bridget Jones story

Have you listened to any of Emma Gregory’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't listened to this narrator before , but will certainly look out for her now

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

Laugh out loud

Any additional comments?

Looking to see which Jane Costello book I'm going to listen to next

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Postcard

  • By: Fern Britton
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

The new witty and warm novel from best-selling author and TV presenter Fern Britton. Perfect for fans of Katie Fforde, Jill Mansell and Trisha Ashley. Penny Leighton, TV producer and wife of the local vicar Simon Canter, is struggling to cope with motherhood. The couple have had their only child Jenna, while Penny is in her forties and it's been a big shock to her system. When Simon engages the services of a nanny, Ella, as a way of helping Penny, it serves only to push her further away from him and from Jenna.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely wonderful

  • By Amazon Customer on 27-06-17

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 29-08-16

All a bit too down in the dumps . Not the usual Fern lighthearted stories. Took a long time together going and abrupt end . If I had been reading the book I probably wouldn't have finished it

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Weekends of You and Me

  • By: Fiona Walker
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

Can your final fling become your happy ever after? When Jo Coulson finds herself single again in her late 30s, she finally resigns her membership to Last of the Hopeless Romantics, fully intending to tackle midlife and motherhood alone. First, she plans one legendary last fling.... In walks Harry Inchbold, and the connection is electric. Passionate, unpredictable and messily divorced, Harry is the perfect antidote to cosy coupledom. Known as The Sinner, drama follows him around with a clapper board.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By MRS JANE CRUMPTON on 09-06-16

Stunning

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

Reviewed: 09-06-16

Fiona Walker draws you into a chocolate box of characters yet again . Different to past stories I have read with fewer characters . But still the twists and turns of emotion . It's like being s fly on the wall. Very absorbing .
Narrator was excellent and created atmosphere and made the characters real .
Fabulous read thank you Fiona looking forward to your next book

  • If They Could See Me Now

  • By: Denise Welch
  • Narrated by: Denise Welch
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

Have you ever wondered if you made the right choices? Harper Clarke has.... Harper reminds me of many of the women I've known and cared about over the years. Now that her children are close to flying the nest, she is looking across the table and thinking, Is this really how my life was meant to be? As women, we make sacrifices for our children, for our husbands and for our families. Some are worth it, and some we may regret. But there comes a point when it's time to follow our own hearts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it!!!!

  • By n d white ` on 21-03-17

Great performance and story by Denise

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

Reviewed: 20-02-16

Excellent start got me hooked Too simplistic & predictable an end but very enjoyable . Would recommend

  • Heartbreak Hotel

  • By: Deborah Moggach
  • Narrated by: Nicky Henson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 339
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 284

The irrepressible Russell "Buffy" Buffery has upped sticks from London and moved to Knockton, Powys, to a B&B inherited from an old flame. With his future spread before him, and a string of failed marriages behind him, Buffy decides it's time for a new challenge. Meanwhile: Harold's wife has run off with a younger woman leaving him alone with his as-yet-unwritten novel narrated by Mary Pickford's cat; Amy's weedy boyfriend has turned out to be not so needy after all; and Andy's partner's corset-and-suspender-clad attempts at seduction are having anything but the desired effect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I did not want the story to end.

  • By G. Myers on 15-03-13

Good

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

Reviewed: 11-12-15

Disappointing end . Inconclusive / leave to your imagination a cop out . Otherwise often laugh out loud and very interesting . Laboured on some of the obvious signs . Won't mention what ad it will spoil the story . Good listen when having to travel miles most days for work thanks

  • Summer at Shell Cottage

  • By: Lucy Diamond
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 323

A seaside holiday at Shell Cottage in Devon has always been the perfect escape for the Tarrant family. But this year everything has changed. Following her husband's recent death, Olivia is struggling to pick up the pieces. Harriet's looking forward to a break with her lovely husband, Robert, and teenage daughter, Molly. But unknown to Harriet, Robert is hiding a secret - and so, for that matter, is Molly....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Summer satisfaction

  • By Fabulous Book Fiend on 21-06-15

Great read , narrator brought the book to life

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

Reviewed: 19-08-15

Loved the story , new something wasn't going to be quite right from the beginning . Great how we get to know the characters . Sad, realistic, funny. Loved the narrators way of bringing the characters to life . Have never been a great Lucy Diamond fan and bought the book for any easy holiday read . Have now just gone and purchased The Year of Taking fingers crossed will be as entertaining .

  • A Tiny Bit Marvellous

  • By: Dawn French
  • Narrated by: Dawn French
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 642
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 640

Everyone hates the perfect family. So you’ll love the Battles. Mo is about to hit the big 50, and some uncomfortable truths are becoming quite apparent: She doesn’t understand either of her teenage kids, which as a child psychologist, is fairly embarrassing. She has become entirely grey, inside, and out. Her face has surrendered and is frightening children....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indeed a whole lot of marvellous

  • By Mark on 12-11-10

Dissapointing

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

Reviewed: 24-07-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Didn't find this book captivating at all , maybe because it was written in a diary form .

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

There could have been more depth into modern family life.

What three words best describe Dawn French’s performance?

Expressive. Lyrical. Upbeat

Could you see A Tiny Bit Marvellous being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

a TV series maybe with more characters that can be developed and entwined

Any additional comments?

Preferred Oh Dear Sylvia