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  • The Sunday Lunch Club

  • By: Juliet Ashton
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 319

The first rule of Sunday Lunch Club is...don't make any afternoon plans.  

Every few Sundays, Anna and her extended family and friends get together for lunch. They talk, they laugh, they bicker, they eat too much. Sometimes the important stuff is left unsaid, other times it's said in the wrong way.   

Sitting between her ex-husband and her new lover, Anna is coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy at the age of 40. Also at the table are her ageing grandmother, her promiscuous sister, her flamboyantly gay brother and a memory too terrible to contemplate.  

Until, that is, a letter arrives from the person Anna scarred all those years ago. Can Anna reconcile her painful past with her uncertain future?  

Juliet Ashton weaves a story of love, friendship and community that will move you to laughter and to tears. Think Cold Feet meets David Nicholls, with a dash of the joy of Jill Mansell added for good measure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I just loved this book

  • By Mary Bolch on 27-06-18

dull dull dull

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

Reviewed: 24-03-19

Admittedly this sort of "girly" book is not my taste but i was intrigued by the write ups.. what a disappointment badly written in a much over used format.. nice girl hard times gets the good guy in the end... dull dull dull

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Break

  • By: Marian Keyes
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,138
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,136

The story of a relationship that everyone thought was forever and which is now in danger of being for never, The Break is about getting older and staying in love when life, real life, is trying to pull you apart.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Incredibly Disappointing

  • By Angela Marchi on 18-09-17

phew made it to the end..

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

Reviewed: 22-03-19

I brought this book as part of the BOGOF audible often do. Having seen a book i wanted and loving a bargain i frantically searched for another but couldn't find any. As i was about to give up i noticed this one narrated by Aoife McMahon who is one of my favourites and if i am honest thats the sole reason i picked it.
So i feel i should quantify this by saying it is not my genre, and i cant say it was a bad book, it is "what it says on the tin" a fluffy rom com and Aoife is her usual brilliance (apart from a seriously bad Goordie Accent but she is so competent in all else i can let that slide) but 2O HOURS! by the time it got to the 12th hr i just wanted it done with already the only reason i made it to the end is because it was audible and i could listen while doing other things and because it required no real concentration to keep up with the plot line, if i had brought the physical book i would have given up by hr 5 skipped to the last couple of chapters and lost nothing of the story in the process.

  • The Real Sherlock

  • By: Lucinda Hawksley
  • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

Sherlock Holmes is the most portrayed fictional character of all time, and he has been reimagined by actors, playwrights and directors over centuries - but who is the creator behind the detective? Arthur Conan Doyle’s own life was often stranger than fiction, and his most famous characters’ stories and personalities bear more than a passing resemblance to his own life and his closest friends. Biographer and broadcaster Lucinda Hawksley gains unprecedented access to a treasure trove of Doyle’s never-before-seen personal letters and diaries.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • FLIMSY AND UNENLIGHTENING

  • By scribbler123 on 24-03-19

dreadful editing

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

Reviewed: 19-03-19

honestly whoever edited this series should find a different job.. half of each episode is made up of clips of what we are about to hear ,what will be in the next episode, introduction and credits and unfortunately whats in between is very weak with little substance.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Dirty Little Secrets

  • By: Jo Spain
  • Narrated by: Michele Moran
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

Death stalked the Vale. In every corner, every whisper. They just didn't know it yet. Six neighbours, six secrets, six reasons to want Olive Collins dead. In the exclusive gated community of Withered Vale, people's lives appear as perfect as their beautifully manicured lawns. Money, success, privilege - the residents have it all. Life is good. There's just one problem. Olive Collins' dead body has been rotting inside number four for the last three months. Her neighbours say they're shocked at the discovery, but nobody thought to check on her when she vanished from sight. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Delightfully Different Style of Thriller.

  • By David M on 23-03-19

great book

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

Reviewed: 19-03-19

Jo Spain back to her best. I didnt like confessions so was sceptical about buying another stand alone but i loved it. Fast paced page turner with a good twist at the end

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  • The Confession

  • By: Jo Spain
  • Narrated by: Michele Moran, Christopher Bonwell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

Late one night a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and his wife, Julie. The man launches an unspeakably brutal attack on Harry as a horror-struck Julie watches, frozen by fear. Just an hour later the attacker, JP Carney, has handed himself in to the police. He confesses to beating Harry to death, but JP claims that the assault was not premeditated and that he didn't know the identity of his victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I cannot rate this book highly enough.

  • By Deirdre More on 18-02-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 17-03-19

I have loved all the Jo Spain books I have read to date but with any author not every book is going to be to everyone's taste.. i found this book pretty tedious, just meandering and pointless and 'revelation' prdictable about half way through. In the end i gave up bored to tears and skipped to the last couple of chapters.

  • Sleeping Beauties

  • By: Jo Spain
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

The inspector frowned and examined the earth under the trees. As he scanned the glade, his stomach lurched. One, two, three, four. Five, counting the mound of earth disturbed under the tent. Somebody had cleared the earth of its natural layer and sown their own flowers. In five places. Five graves. A young woman, Fiona Holland, has gone missing from a small Irish village. A search is mounted, but there are whispers. Fiona had a wild reputation. Was she abducted, or has she run away?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly entertaining

  • By DartmoorDiva on 08-11-17

Loved it but...

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

Reviewed: 15-03-19

I do love Jo Spains books and think she is a great talent. I still love the characters and the plot lines except for the introduction of his new boss... the theme of a great detective working for a hostlie boss is so old and 80% of writers in this genre include one which makes it tedious and unimaginative, so for Jo to follow trudging in these overused footsteps was very disappointing. On the plus side the return of the brilliant Aoife McMahon as narrator was a HUGE relief.

  • Beneath the Surface

  • An Inspector Tom Reynolds Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Jo Spain
  • Narrated by: Brian Tynan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

From top-10 Irish best-selling author Jo Spain comes the second novel in the Inspector Tom Reynolds series. Ryan Finnegan, a high-ranking government official, is brutally slain in Leinster House, the seat of the Irish parliament. Detective Inspector Tom Reynolds and his team are called in to uncover the truth behind the murder. As the suspects start to rack up, Tom must untangle a web of corruption, sordid secrets and sinister lies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm a Jo Spain fan but ....

  • By Deirdre More on 15-03-18

Narrator spoilt it

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

Reviewed: 13-03-19

This was never going to be my favourite book in the series as I hate politics but that doesnt stop it from being a perfectly good book and a necessary read to prepare for the next, the problem is the narrator who was simply dreadful
He appeared to have literally no understanding of punctuation, either that or the copy he was reading from had none. He also had all the dramatic flair of someone reading a telephone book. Am utterly delighted to see Aoife McMahon is back for the next book so am off to purchase and followed by a begging email to Jo Spain to never let anybody else narrator for her again.

  • With Our Blessing

  • An Inspector Tom Reynolds Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Jo Spain
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252

It's 1975. A baby, minutes old, is forcibly taken from its devastated mother. In 2010, the body of an elderly woman is found in a Dublin public park in the depths of winter. Detective Inspector Tom Reynolds is working the case. He's convinced the murder is linked to historical events that took place in the notorious Magdalene Laundries. Reynolds and his team follow the trail to an isolated convent in the Irish countryside. But once inside, it becomes disturbingly clear that the killer is amongst them....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By DartmoorDiva on 04-11-17

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 12-03-19

this is one of the best books i have read in a very long time. once started i simply couldn't stop listening.. had me interested and then gripped page after page loved the characters and for someone who normally avoids female narrator's this one was excellent and perfect for the job. finished in just two sittings ( unfortunately i had to sleep) am buying book 2 immediately and so hope its as good.

  • Queenie Malone's Paradise Hotel

  • By: Ruth Hogan
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Tilly was a bright, outgoing little girl who liked playing with ghosts and matches. She loved fizzy drinks, swear words, fish fingers and Catholic churches, but most of all she loved living in Brighton in Queenie Malone's magnificent Paradise Hotel, with its endearing and loving family of misfits - staff and guests alike. But Tilly's childhood was shattered when her mother sent her away from the only home she'd ever loved to boarding school with little explanation and no warning. Now, Tilda has grown into an independent woman still damaged by her mother's unaccountable cruelty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A magical slice of life

  • By amanda di clemente on 15-02-19

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 07-03-19

i really loved the first two books so was so looking forward to this one. Sadly it turned out to be a tedious and pointless rambling read, possible because i couldnt relate to or even like the child. It was bad enough its put me off buying any future books she might write.

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  • The Private Lives of the Tudors

  • Uncovering the Secrets of Britain's Greatest Dynasty
  • By: Tracy Borman
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble, Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336

The Tudor monarchs were constantly surrounded by an army of attendants, courtiers and ministers. Even in their most private moments, they were accompanied by a servant specifically appointed for the task. A groom of the stool would stand patiently by as Henry VIII performed his daily purges, and when Elizabeth I retired for the evening, one of her female servants would sleep at the end of her bed. These attendants knew the truth behind the glamorous exterior.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly absorbing!

  • By Gabrielle Harvey-Jones on 19-06-16

strange book

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

Reviewed: 05-03-19

am at a loss what to say about this book which is nothing more than lists, food eaten, clothes brought, household accounts and names of those who served the Tudors, yet it is utterly compelling and i simply couldn't stop listening.. In short it should be as dull as ditch water but is in fact fascinating.