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  • Black Roses

  • By: Jane Thynne
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

Berlin, 1933. Aspiring actress Clara Vine arrives in Berlin to find work at the famous Ufa studios. Through a chance meeting, she is unwillingly drawn into a circle of Nazi wives, led by Magda Goebbels. British Intelligence officer Leo Quinn sees Clara as the perfect recruit to spy on her new elite friends. But then Magda reveals to Clara a dramatic secret and entrusts her with an extraordinary mission.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not a bad listen but lacking atmosphere

  • By Ellen on 17-07-17

Enjoyed very much

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-18

Well read good story and a history lesson all in one. I will buy the next in the series

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,610
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,595

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Claire on 21-02-18

Beautifully read love story.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-02-18

A very dark time but this book resorted my faith in the human race. I am so pleased this account if history has been documented. Well read. A beautiful love story.

  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 773
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 715

Bravery, courage, fear, and love in a time of war. Despite their differences sisters Viann and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Viann is content with life in the French countryside with her husband, Antoine, and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight, and Viann finds herself isolated, so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her. As the war progresses, the sisters' relationship and strength are tested.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • hreatbreaking and horrifying story

  • By Lynda on 17-10-17

Couldn’t stop listening

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-18

Great story. Many twists and turns. This book had me in tears many times. I very humbling read.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Gift of Rain

  • By: Tan Twan Eng
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin, Luke Thompson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

Penang, 1939: Sixteen-year-old Philip Hutton is a loner. Half English, half Chinese and feeling neither, he discovers a sense of belonging in an unexpected friendship with Hayato Endo, a Japanese diplomat. But when the Japanese invade Malaya, threatening to destroy Philip's family and everything he loves, he realises that his trusted friend has been harbouring a devastating secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The perfect novel

  • By SDY on 13-08-13

A classic. I will listen to this again and again

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-17

A lot of depth to the characters and a great insight into the Japanese culture.

  • The Liberation

  • By: Kate Furnivall
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 17 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 118

The Liberation is set in Italy in 1945 as British and American troops attempt to bring order to the devastated country and Italy's population fights to survive. Caterina Lombardi is desperate - her father is dead, her mother has disappeared, and her brother is being drawn toward danger. One morning, among the ruins of the bombed Naples streets, Caterina is forced to go to extreme lengths to protect her own life and in doing so forges a future in which she must clear her father's name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent Read

  • By Lucy locket on 12-09-17

Couldn't stop listening

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-09-17

A great performance great story with lots of twists and turns. Very enjoyable. Made me want to go to Italy again.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • World Without End

  • The Kingsbridge Novels, Book 2
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 45 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,272
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,603

On the day after Halloween, in the year 1327, four children slip away from the cathedral city of Kingsbridge. They are a thief, a bully, a boy genius, and a girl who wants to be a doctor. In the forest they see two men killed. As adults, their lives will be braided together by ambition, love, greed and revenge. They will see prosperity and famine, plague and war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bereaved when it ended

  • By bex4ad on 15-03-11

Fabulously entertaining

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-17

I was gripped again. The story is full of twists turns and surprises. KEN never lets me down.

  • French Women Don't Get Facelifts

  • By: Mireille Guiliano
  • Narrated by: Mireille Guiliano
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

In the natural sequel to her international bestseller French Women Don’t Get Fat, Mireille Guiliano tackles the delicate subject of aging – showing how women of forty and beyond can ‘attack’ the upcoming decades with attitude and style. Witty, perceptive and bursting with Mireille’s personal experiences, the book covers everything from skincare secrets and fashion tips to the role of relationships and the importance of relaxation. The path to aging elegantly lies in lifestyle choices and attitude adjustments rather than Botox and collagen fillers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed this book

  • By Neil on 13-06-17

Really enjoyed this book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-06-17

Really enjoyed this book it's inspiring. I will take a lot on board in my own life. Every women should listen to it.

  • This Was a Man

  • The Clifton Chronicles, Book 7
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,417
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,289

This Was a Man opens with a shot being fired, but who pulled the trigger, and who lives, and who dies? In Whitehall, Giles Barrington discovers the truth about his wife, Karin, from the Cabinet Secretary. Is she a spy or a pawn in a larger game? Harry Clifton sets out to write his magnum opus while his wife, Emma, completes her 10 years as Chairman of the Bristol Royal Infirmary and receives an unexpected call from Margaret Thatcher offering her a job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly entertaining rollicking melodrama

  • By Kirstine on 08-11-16

Well worth waiting for

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-11-16

I have listened to every book. They just get better . I can't wit for the film or series. Amerzon where are you

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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 1,705
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,478

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

My first novel by this author

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-05-15

Enjoyed the story and the performance was one of the best I have heard. Will buy more from the same author