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  • Two Steps Forward

  • By: Graeme Simsion, Anne Buist
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater, Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

A romantic comedy from Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project, and his wife, Anne Buist. Two misfits walk 2000 km along the pilgrims' way in Spain to find themselves and, perhaps, each other. Zoe, a sometime artist, is from California. Martin, an engineer, is from Yorkshire. Both have ended up in picturesque Cluny, in central France. Both are struggling to come to terms with their recent past - for Zoe, the death of her husband; for Martin, a messy divorce.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyable listen

  • By Anonymous User on 25-10-18

imspiring

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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: 12-06-18

i enjoyed the rosie project but simsion excells here. i laughed and cried - a true test of a good book.

  • The Trick to Time

  • By: Kit de Waal
  • Narrated by: Fiona Shaw
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Trick to Time by Kit de Waal, read by Fiona Shaw. Mona is a young Irish girl in the big city, with the thrill of a new job and a room of her own in a busy boardinghouse. On her first night out in 1970s Birmingham, she meets William, a charming Irish boy with an easy smile and an open face. They embark upon a passionate affair, a whirlwind marriage - before a sudden tragedy tears them apart. Decades later, Mona pieces together the memories of the years that separate them. But can she ever learn to love again?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I didn't want it to end. Fabulous novel.

  • By bookylady on 14-05-18

fantastic

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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: 30-05-18

first kit de waal book ive read and its one of those rare books that stay with you for weeks. marvellous.

  • Murder at the Mill

  • The Mill, Book 1
  • By: M. B. Shaw
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 102

The first in a new crime series from M. B. Shaw, pen name of best-selling author Tilly Bagshawe. Murder at the Mill introduces listeners to portrait painter and amateur sleuth Iris Grey, who sees the truths of others while struggling to find her own way. Grey arrives at The Mill in Hampshire, commissioned to paint a portrait of Dominic Wetherby, a celebrated author. She quickly finds herself drawn into a world of village gossip, romantic intrigue, buried secrets and murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good story line.

  • By JM Manington on 18-12-17

easy listen

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-05-18

an enjoyable easy listening type of murder she wrote book. nothing terribly special but have read much worse.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

  • By: Stuart Turton
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,889
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,759
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,755

'Somebody's going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won't appear to be a murder, and so the murderer won't be caught. Rectify that injustice and I'll show you the way out.' It is meant to be a celebration, but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden - one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party - can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself over and over again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complex but Brilliant. A Classic in the making!

  • By Martin on 03-08-18

good but requires concentration

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

Reviewed: 30-05-18

great premise for a book and very well plotted. i fear listening rather than reading made it tricky at times and i had to rewind to recap occassionally because its quite convoluted. very enjoyable though. i thought it might get a bit boring ground hog day samey but it didnt. good twist.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Let Me Lie

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan, Clare Mackintosh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 872
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 816
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 817

The police say it was suicide. Anna says it was murder. They're both wrong. One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life - a shocking suicide carefully played out to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with her parents' deaths ever since. Now with a young baby herself, Anna feels her mother's presence keenly and is determined to find out what really happened. But as she looks for answers, someone is trying to stop her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Real Maze of a Thriller

  • By Simon on 14-03-18

excellent

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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: 30-05-18

very good twisty turnily plotted book. as good as i let you go with plausible characters.

  • The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes

  • By: Ruth Hogan
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood, Esther Wane
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233

Masha's life has stopped. Once a spirited, independent woman with a rebellious streak, her life has been forever changed by a tragic event 12 years ago. Unable to let go of her grief, she finds solace in the silent company of the souls of her local Victorian cemetery and at the town's lido, where she seeks refuge underwater - safe from the noise and the pain. But a chance encounter with two extraordinary women - the fabulous and wise Kitty Muriel, a convent girl-turned-magician's wife-turned-70-something-roller-disco-fanatic, and the mysterious Sally Red Shoes, a bag lady with a prodigious voice - opens up a new world of possibilities, and the chance to start living again.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Three or five stars, still not sure!

  • By Sharron on 31-08-18

heartwarming

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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: 30-05-18

i liked keeper of lost things and loved this. a heartwarming story that takes a tragedy and manages to make it sad but not depressing whilst employing funny characters for light relief. wouls suit fans of eleanor oliphant, and goats n sheep.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Hoarder

  • By: Jess Kidd
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 623
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565

Maud Drennan - underpaid carer and unintentional psychic - is the latest in a long line of dogsbodies for the ancient, belligerent Cathal Flood. Yet despite her best efforts, Maud is drawn into the mysteries concealed in his filthy, once-grand home. She realises that Cathal, and the junk-filled rooms, are opening up to her. With only her landlady and a troop of sarcastic ghostly saints to help, Maud must uncover what lies beneath Cathal's decades-old hostility and the strange activities of the house itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written, beautifully read Irish novel

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-03-18

delightful

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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: 08-04-18

whizzed through this because it was such an entertaining read. the characters are well written and the gentle comedic aspect works well alongside dark truths and imaginings

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

  • By: Truman Capote
  • Narrated by: Michael C. Hall
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566

Golden Globe-winning actor Michael C. Hall (Six Feet Under) performs Truman Capote's masterstroke about a young writer's charmed fascination with his unorthodox neighbor, the "American geisha" Holly Golightly. Holly - a World War II-era society girl in her late teens - survives via socialization, attending parties and restaurants with men from the wealthy upper class who also provide her with money and expensive gifts. Over the course of the novella, the seemingly shallow Holly slowly opens up to the curious protagonist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timeless

  • By I OFarrell on 06-10-15

fab

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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: 02-02-18

a truly memorable and bitter sweet love story. better than the film adaptation. well worth a listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Mitford Murders

  • The Mitford Murders, Book 1
  • By: Jessica Fellowes
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 339

Lose yourself in the gripping first novel in a new series of Golden Age murder mysteries set amid the lives of the glamorous Mitford sisters. It's 1919, and Louisa Cannon dreams of escaping her life of poverty in London, and most of all her oppressive and dangerous uncle. Louisa's salvation is a position within the Mitford household at Asthall Manor, in the Oxfordshire countryside.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely, lovely, lovely!!!!

  • By cdw on 09-10-17

delightful

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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: 01-02-18

a very well put together and thoroughly entertaining read. good mix of history and fiction.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Death Around the Bend

  • A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 3
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207

When Lady Hardcastle and her maid, Florence, are invited to Lord Riddlethorpe's country estate for a week of motor racing and parties, they both agree it sounds like a perfectly charming holiday. But when one of the drivers dies in a crash during the very first race, they discover that what seemed like an uncharacteristic error in judgement may have a more sinister explanation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thi series is getting better by the book

  • By Teddy on 18-07-17

ever brilliant

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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: 28-11-17

loved it. marvellous characterisation and a thoroughly enjoyable read. proper comfort reading. just the ticket.