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  • The Love Letter

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Camilla Rockley
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392

1995, London. When Sir James Harrison, one the greatest actors of his generation, passes away at the age of 95 he leaves behind not just a heartbroken family but also a secret so shocking, so devastating that it could rock the English establishment to its core. Joanna Haslam is an ambitious young journalist assigned to cover the legendary actor's funeral. The great and the good of the celebrity world are there. But Joanna stumbles on something dark beneath the glamour: the mention of a letter James Harrison has left behind, the contents of which others have been desperate to conceal for over 70 years. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Waste of my time

  • By Patricia Nicklin on 13-09-18

Read this!

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

Reviewed: 29-09-18

One of the best stories I have listened to in quite some time. Full of twists and turns. If you are undecided about it I urge you to read this you will not regret it.

  • The Circle

  • By: Dave Eggers
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 799
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 743
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 747

When Mae is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. Mae can't believe her great fortune to work for them - even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Internet bad guys - so uncool!

  • By Kaggy on 16-08-15

Great concept disappointing outcome

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

Reviewed: 18-05-18

This was a great idea for a story that just didn’t come to anything.
There’s a great book in there somewhere but it’s not this one

  • After the Last Dance

  • By: Sarra Manning
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Kings Cross station, 1943: As the bombs fall, Rose loses her heart to a pilot but will lose so much more before the war has done its worst. Las Vegas, present day: A beautiful woman in a wedding dress walks into a seedy bar and asks the first man she sees to marry her. So when Jane meets Rose, now a formidable older lady, there's no love lost between them. But with time running out, can Rose and Jane come together to make peace with the secrets that have haunted their lives?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous Historical Novel

  • By Roberta on 07-04-18

Evocative

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

Reviewed: 31-03-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and would have given it a five star rating were it not for a couple graphic sex scenes which to me were wholly gratuitous and not really needed. I’m not a prude but couldn’t really see the point of them. Don’t let that put you off though as the story is well worth it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

The Testament
    A Novel
    
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    Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
    16 ratings
    Overall 4.3
  • The Testament

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Troy Phelan is a self-made billionaire, one of the richest men in the United States. He is also eccentric, reclusive, confined to a wheelchair, and looking for a way to die. His potential heirs, to no one's surprise - especially Troy's - are circling like vultures. But Troy shocks them all when he leaves his fortune to an estranged, illegitimate daughter.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • May be a good story I will never know

  • By lynn on 16-09-14

May be a good story I will never know

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

Reviewed: 16-09-14

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Those people not put off by poor narration

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Different narrator - I could not finish this book as the narrator was just too irritating.

How could the performance have been better?

Again -different narrator

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment - I thoroughly enjoyed Sycamore Row and on that basis chose this book. However I found this narrator so irritating that I just could not get past that and enjoy the actual story.

  • Public Secrets

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

Emma McAvoy may have grown up in the limelight, but some secrets are hidden in a darkness no light can reach. Now on the verge of a successful career, and having fallen in love with the man of her dreams, Emma is looking to the future. Yet it’s the past that is about to catch up with her. For Emma, her childhood had been almost like a rags-to-riches fairy tale - until the tragic night that changed her family forever. But what Emma thinks she knows about that terrible night and the man she’s about to marry is only half the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • would be 5star but for narrator

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-09-14

Okay story ruined by dreadful narrator

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

Reviewed: 30-08-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was ok, but I almost gave up because of the narrator

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

A different narrator

How could the performance have been better?

Using someone who could actually read with a southern English accent as many of the characters are English

Did Public Secrets inspire you to do anything?

No

Any additional comments?

What a shame, I usually look forward to and enjoy Noras' audiobooks.Does anyone vet the narrators? It would have been obvious from the start that this person was unable to perform london accents and her Irish accent was only marginally better.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Sycamore Row

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 20 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,442
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,439

Fight them, Mr Brigance. To the bitter end. We must prevail. In the long-awaited successor to the novel that launched his phenomenal career, John Grisham brings us the powerful sequel to A Time to Kill. As filled with twists as it is with legal mastery, Sycamore Row proves beyond doubt that John Grisham is in a league of his own. Jake Brigance has never met Seth Hubbard, or even heard of him, until the old man's suicide note names him attorney for his estate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham back at his best

  • By Liz on 10-12-13

My best listen of the year

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

Reviewed: 30-08-14

What made the experience of listening to Sycamore Row the most enjoyable?

Excellent narration and a gripping story

Who was your favorite character and why?

Harry, he got the best lines. With Jake running a close second

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The playing of the video in court

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Would have loved to be able to, unfortunately mundane things like work, eating etc: got in the way. Had a few late nights - listening to 'just one more chapter'

Any additional comments?

I rarely write reviews because usually books are just okay,this for me is my best listen of the year so far.
If you're undecided, go ahead - you will not regret it!!

  • War and Remembrance

  • By: Herman Wouk
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 56 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 145

Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues here in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best read/listen-to for years!

  • By SussexDodo on 10-12-13

I urge you to read this book

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

Reviewed: 16-08-13

What did you like most about War and Remembrance?

It brought history to vivid life

What was one of the most memorable moments of War and Remembrance?

Udams' farewell

Which character – as performed by Kevin Pariseau – was your favourite?

'Pug Henry'

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

absolutely

Any additional comments?

The best book I have ever 'read'. Along with its prequel 'The winds of war' - The whole saga was so moving as to be almost life altering.This is a novel that everybody should read.
Yes it is History and about an event that will have shaped the lives of every living person today, but it is brought to life through characters that you desperately care for.
I will return to this book and its prequel over and over again.
I urge you to read this and the 'Winds of War' - you will not regret it.
If I could only keep one novel (well stretch that to the two installments) it would definitely be this!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

  • An Eclipse Novella (Twilight Saga)
  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

Fans of The Twilight Saga will be enthralled by the riveting story of Bree Tanner, a character introduced in Eclipse, and the darker side of the newborn vampire world she inhabits. In another irresistible combination of danger, mystery and romance, Stephenie Meyer tells the devastating story of Bree and the newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to an unforgettable conclusion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deeply moving

  • By Nadia on 20-06-10

Didn't disappoint

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-10

Having read all of the Twighlight saga novels I thought this may be a little disappointing. It was not. Even though I knew what would happen to Bree, somehow I kept hoping that she would make a different decision and was surprised at how sad I felt for her in the end. This goes to show that there are lot more stories to be told in this saga and I hope that the author does decide to write more - particularly 'Midnight Sun', 'Edwards' Story'.

  • The Host

  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 22 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 881
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too-vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive

  • By indigodreamer on 14-11-11

Surprising

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-02-10

After listening to all of the Twilight Saga books in record time and more than once I decided to give this a try! What a pleasant surprise. I was expecting not to like it as I still had Edward,Bella et al in my head and it did take a while to get into this story. The first part of the story is very slow and the narrators' inflection is quite irritating (that was the reason I did not give this 5 stars), however the story does pick up so do stick with it. I found it pulled me in without my realising it and I look forward to the rumoured sequels to this to see what happens to the expanding cast of characters. Not as good as the Twilight Saga but definitely worth listening to. In fact I would suggest putting another read between the Twilight books and this one so that you come to it with a fresh mind.

  • The Horse Dancer

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515

Sarah's grandfather was a horseman of rare talent - only the exceptional are allowed into France's elite riding academy, Le Cadre Noir. But life took an unexpected turn, and now from a council estate in east London, the Captain hopes to train his granddaughter towards a better life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best yet!

  • By lynn on 03-11-09

Best yet!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-09

This was one of the best books I have downloaded for a while. JoJo Moyes never disappoints. Every book is different, and this is definitely one of her best. Highly recommended even if you aren't into horses.If you have read JoJos' books before then you will not be dissapointed. If you are new to her books then this is a great place to discover her.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful