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  • A Family Recipe

  • By: Veronica Henry
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

Laura's life has just been turned on its head, and with an empty nest and a crumbling marriage she launches a new business from her own kitchen, making artisan jams, chutneys and relishes from her grandmother's cookbook to sell at the local farmer's market. So can her flair for cooking, her most special family recipes and a better understanding of her grandmother's past help her find a happy future?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Annoyng narration

  • By Christine on 28-08-18

Annoyng narration

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

Reviewed: 28-08-18

The story is reasonably interesting, though not as well written as usual and suffers from interminable lists (chapter 18!).
The really annoying feature is the narration, delivered in a cutesy, ‘bwave’ little girly voice with a reverse lisp - words like ‘thick’ turn into ‘sick’. At other times the narrator seems to have a gobstopper in her mouth and cannot pronounce words properly.
All other books by Veronica Henry have been mich more enjoyable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Head over Heels

  • By: Jill Mansell
  • Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

In the picturesque village of Upper Sisley, everyone thinks they know their neighbors, but nobody knows what scandalous surprise is going to happen next. An unexpected reunion between two former lovers changes both their families forever. Old friendships fade and new ones blossom as neighbors begin to see one another in a new light. A young woman finally asks for what she really wants, a young man atones for bad behavior, and both find that courage brings its own rewards.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why in American?

  • By Thomas Monument on 07-09-18

Beware- edited for the American market!

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

Good story but the use of American words is thoroughly irritating. Yard instead of garden, trash instead of bin, vacation instead of holiday and so on. A warning would have been welcome.

  • The Queen of New Beginnings

  • By: Erica James
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Clayton Miller's life is a mess. His career as one of the country's best comedy script writers has stalled and his long term girlfriend has left him for his ex best friend and ex writing partner. Just when he thinks his life couldn't get any worse, he commits a spectacularly public fall from grace and with the press hounding him, his agent banishes him to the middle of nowhere until the dust has settled.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Queen of New Beginnings

  • By crazy chicken on 25-04-11

Excellent narrator

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

Reviewed: 14-12-15

Very good story, quite a lot of comedy and brought to life by excellent story telling

  • The Secret Garden

  • By: Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Maroney
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

This is the story of Mary and her friends and a garden which had been locked away for 10 years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Baboosh on 13-05-18

Lovely story

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

Reviewed: 16-09-15

The narrator is good. The story is poorly edited in that there is no pause between paragraphs and chapters.

  • Sad Cypress

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: David Suchet
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

Beautiful young Elinor Carlisle stands serenely in the dock, accused of the murder of Mary Gerrard, her rival in love. The evidence is damning: only Elinor had the motive, the opportunity, and the means to administer the fatal poison. Yet, inside the hostile courtroom, one man still presumes Elinor is innocent until proven guilty: Hercule Poirot, who is all that stands between Elinor and the gallows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable listening

  • By bobbs on 19-08-16

Irritating narrator

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-08-10

Excellent story but David Suchet is thoroughly irritating - the last word of a sentence disappears and the rhythm of sentences is idiosyncratic. The use of falsetto is not much of a pleasure, either.

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