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  • 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 785
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 713
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 711

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 Listen While Travelling Alone

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

Reviewed: 27-05-17

What made the experience of listening to Out of Practice the most enjoyable?

I took this audio book on holiday where I knew I would have time to kill in airports and train stations etc. It was a light hearted romantic story that was easy on the ears and filled in the time that would have otherwise been a bit boring as I was travelling on my own.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Out of Practice?

The river swim event.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Taffy revealing his feelings.

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

The moment when she realised what her future could hold.

Any additional comments?

Might look out for more by same author for future travels.

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  • The Year of the Runaways

  • By: Sunjeev Sahota
  • Narrated by: Sartaj Garewal
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215

The Year of the Runaways tells of the bold dreams and daily struggles of an unlikely family thrown together by circumstance. Thirteen young men live in a house in Sheffield, each in flight from India and in search of a new life. Avtar has a secret that binds him to protect the choatic Randeep. Randeep has a visa wife in a flat on the other side of town. And Tarlochan, a former rickshaw driver, will say nothing about his past in Bihar.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Out of the shadows.

  • By Rens de Groot on 21-10-15

insight into dangerous world of economic migration

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

Reviewed: 17-09-16

What did you like most about The Year of the Runaways?

A fascinating insight into the world from the perspective of those born in to harsh environments and the effects this can have on an person. Sometimes graphic descriptions of the terrible things humans inflict upon each other but interwoven with glimpses that kindness and humanity can still win through. Thought the book a gripping listen but was just a tad disappointed with the abrupt ending. thought the characters had a compelling realism and the narrator a joy to listen too. Would look out for for by same author.

What other book might you compare The Year of the Runaways to, and why?

Kite Runner

Which character – as performed by Sartaj Garewal – was your favourite?

Narinder as she had the most but ultimately sacrificed herself for the benefit of others. She was a dutiful daughter and she helped the others to achieve a level of happiness but she ended up on her own.

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

Yes it brought up a whole raft of emotions and questions about how we see one another and judge people. It also questioned the impact of religion and beliefs on the actions of individuals.

Any additional comments?

it was am impulse choice and I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it as it was a departure from the genre I would normally select. However it was a story well written and told and I could have listened to it for many hours more.

  • Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts

  • By: Lucy Dillon
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225

Romantic novel of the year 2010. When the abandoned strays from a local dogs' home are matched with brand new owners, it turns out it might not be just the dogs who need rescuing. Rachel's aunt has left her a house, a border collie and, despite Rachel knowing nothing about dogs, a crowded kennel. But since her life has collapsed, she's not sure she can deal with any more lost souls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I didn't want it to finish

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-08-16

For Dog lovers Everywhere!

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

Reviewed: 23-08-16

If you could sum up Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts in three words, what would they be?

warm,funny,uplifting

Who was your favorite character and why?

Megan's she seemed to have her finger on the pulse of what was going on dishing out loads of dog related advice. Brilliant

Have you listened to any of Lucy Price-Lewis’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have loved them all

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

Both I loved the descriptions of the dogs they came to life for me especially Bertie. It reminded me of our own rescue dog in the early days

Any additional comments?

The books are light hearted and cheery and brilliant to listen to while walking the dogs or travelling in the car. Have listened to them all now and wish there were a few more Longhampton tales to brighten the days.

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