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  • The Girl You Left Behind

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,710
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,483

France, 1916. Sophie Lefevre is ordered to serve the German officers who socialise in her hotel. When the new Kommandant sets eyes on Sophie's portrait - painted by her husband Edouard - a dangerous obsession is born. Almost a century later, Sophie's portrait hangs in the home of Liv Halston. A chance encounter reveals the painting's true worth - and its troubled history that is about to resurface and turn Liv's life upside down…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spellbinding - I loved it

  • By Happy and Smiling on 16-02-13

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

The narration is absolutely spot on. The French accents were not exaggerated or corny. I couldn't stop listening, if "life" had allowed I would have listened to it in one go!

I fully recommend this book, it is enthralling, the characters are believable and strong, the time skipping flawless. An easy listen albeit a little shocking in parts.

  • Meridon

  • Wideacre, Book 3
  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Charlie Sanderson
  • Length: 20 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

The third volume in the best-selling Wideacre trilogy. Set in the 18th century, they launched the career of Philippa Gregory, the best-selling author of The Other Boleyn Girl and Three Sisters, Three Queens. Meridon, a desolate Romany girl, is determined to escape the hard poverty of her childhood. Riding bareback in a travelling show while her sister, Dandy, risks her life on the trapeze, Meridon dedicates herself to freeing them both from danger and want.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Mrs. O. W. Hawkins on 29-09-17

Absolutely brilliant

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

Reviewed: 14-02-18

A couple of bad reviews nearly stopped me buying this audio but family sagas and long audio books are the best so this book appealed to me when it came up as the daily offer, sold!

I was half way through and absolutely fixated, totally addicted actually, that I immediately bought the other two as soon as my credits came through. Philippa Gregory, what can I say, research is brilliant, the writing is impressive and the story, so far, enthralling.

Listen to this audio, beautifully narrated, brilliant storyline and believable characters.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman Next Door

  • By: Cass Green
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck, Bea Holland
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 606
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 574

Two suburban women. Two dark secrets. The almost perfect murder. Everybody needs good neighbours.... Melissa and Hester have lived next door to each other for years. When Melissa's daughter was younger, Hester was almost like a grandmother to her. But recently they haven't been so close. Hester has plans to change all that. It's obvious to her that despite Melissa's outwardly glamorous and successful life, she needs Hester's help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant gripping story

  • By Miss Lesley Davidson on 28-01-17

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 29-10-17

Hester’s character is intriguing, sort of normal in a weird, deluded, evil way. The storyline is brilliantly written and presented, it gripped me from beginning to end. Twists and turns all the way.

If you haven’t downloaded this audible book yet, do it now, you will not regret it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Damaged

  • By: Martina Cole
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328

The new audiobook from Sunday Times number-one best seller Martina Cole sees the return of her iconic heroine DCI Kate Burrows. If you liked The Ladykiller you'll love Damaged. When the bodies of missing schoolgirls start turning up, former DCI Kate Burrows is dragged out of retirement. A new Grantley serial killer is in town and DCI Annie Carr turns to Kate for help.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Rubbish

  • By Maria on 05-10-17

Repetitive in places

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

Reviewed: 17-10-17

I love to listen to Annie Aldington, she has my attention no matter how the story is panning out. Martina Cole needs to stop filling pages and write more original descriptions instead of pages-filing repeats!

This is a typical Cole story, likeable characters, gory in parts, colourful language, predictable and, in this particular case, the perpetrator was obvious half way through and the ending was boring!!

Do not waste your money on this one unless you are an avid fan of Annie... like me.

  • The Taken

  • By: Casey Kelleher
  • Narrated by: Alison Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Saskia Frost's world is blown apart when her dad dies. Without any family, she's on her own now and up to her eyeballs in her father's debts. He owed a lot of money to some very dangerous men - Joshua and Vincent Harper. Before long, aspiring ballerina Saskia finds herself lap-dancing in a London club to survive. A club run by the infamous Harper brothers. Saskia is now their property and they're going to make her pay every penny back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • And the award goes to..............

  • By Gemma on 31-10-16

Disappointing ending

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

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

It was a harrowing listen! For the first 24 chapters I was truly hoping something nice was going to happen.... no chance! Time well spent? Not a waste of time put it that way.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Very disappointed with the ending. Compared with the rest of the book the ending fell flat.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Not so much enjoy but totally surprised was the grave diggers' story line, what was eventually revealed is extreme.

Do you think The Taken needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No! The ending is the end!

Any additional comments?

Besides the disappointing ending I recommend the book, it has a very good story line and is written well. Narrated brilliantly, good accents and intonation.

  • Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death

  • Agatha Raisin, Book 1
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383

Meet Agatha Raisin, high-flying public relations boss turned village sleuth. After her many years of bullying and cajoling others, her early retirement to a picture-perfect village in the Cotswolds is a dream come true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh out loud

  • By Louise on 03-07-13

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 27-06-17

A wonderful listen. Penelope Keith is brilliant! Love Agatha Raisin, her one liners are of LOL quality. Good story and well written.

  • Exposed

  • By: Roberta Kray
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Eden Chase is head over heels in love with her husband, Tom. He's the sort of man who doesn't give much away, but Eden doesn't mind that - Tom is worth the effort. So when he's accused of a years-old robbery and murder, Eden won't believe it. No, not her Tom - he's not capable of the things they're saying he did. With Tom in prison, it's up to Eden to clear his name. But the closer she gets to the truth, the more she uncovers about her husband's past. Does she really know him after all?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It was o.k.

  • By vonny57 on 24-05-18

Disappointing ending

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

I love listening to Annie Aldington, she compliments the books written by authors such as Roberta Kray and Martina Cole. The stories are easy to follow and, if you are a fan, you'll know they are quite predictable. This book I listened to after The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, that was heavy going; I nearly gave up half way through but persevered until the end. So as a little respite I needed Annie. Coincidently, I received the notification that Roberta's new book was available the day I finished Moonstone, smiles all round.

The story is good, performance good but the ending is so disappointing. I won't go into detail so as not to spoil it but I needed to write this in the review. I was really into the story expecting a big boom ending.... it didn't happen. There was a twist to it but so slight I nearly missed it.

Worth a listen if you like these types of books. As I wrote, the story is good and enjoyed it.

  • The Moonstone

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Peter Jeffrey
  • Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435

Considered the first full-length detective novel in the English language, T.S. Eliot described The Moonstone as 'the first and greatest English detective novel'. The stone of the title is an enormous yellow diamond plundered from an Indian shrine after the Siege of Seringapatam. Given to Miss Verinder on her 18th birthday, it mysteriously disappears that very night. Suspicion falls on three Indian jugglers who have been seen in the neighbourhood. Sergeant Cuff is assigned to the case....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An absolute gem

  • By Joanne on 29-06-08

Well narrated but the story is too slow

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

Reviewed: 27-04-17

I would not listen to this again, it's too slow for me. I had to find out what happened in the end but it was a bit of a struggle.

I like to listen to books while I am doing some tedious job or surfing the net etc and normally my concentration is good, this book required my full attention, not such an easy listen.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In a Dark, Dark Wood

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 807
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 738
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 743

Someone's getting married. Someone's getting murdered. Nora hasn't seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back. Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen do arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her? But something goes wrong. Very wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop reading

  • By KomKem on 10-11-15

Easy listen

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

Reviewed: 09-08-16

Well written, well narrated and very easy to follow but at the same time a good story with a good dose of intrigue. Two criticisms, one is that the suspense was drawn out far too long in some parts and two, if you are a vivid crime reader like myself the story was a little predictable in parts.

  • The Letter

  • By: Kathryn Hughes
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,912

The Number One Kindle best seller guaranteed to break your heart. Every so often a love story comes along to remind us that sometimes, in our darkest hour, hope shines a candle to light our way. Discover the Number One best seller that has captured thousands of hearts worldwide.... Tina Craig longs to escape her violent husband. She works all the hours God sends to save up enough money to leave him, also volunteering in a charity shop to avoid her unhappy home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Sheila on 19-07-15

A delight

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

Reviewed: 05-08-16

A beautifully written book and an absolute pleasure to listen to. The narrator is very good, if not a little weak on American accents. This shouldn't put anyone off listening to this wonderful, exciting, romantic book. The characters are strong and believable, I felt many emotions while listening.