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  • The Summer of Impossible Things

  • By: Rowan Coleman
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585

Thirty years ago something terrible happened to Luna's mother. Something she's prepared to reveal only after her death. In settling her mother's affairs, Luna finds more questions than answers until something impossible and magical happens.... Luna meets her mother as a young woman back in the summer of 1977. If she can truly travel back in time, she can change things. But in order to save her mother's life, will she have to sacrifice her own?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So lovely

  • By Emma on 02-09-17

Fabulous

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-19

A great story with plenty of twists and turns. Haven't wanted to put it down, only sorry that it's come to the end. Too marks for originality. Great narration too.

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,449
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,405
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8,378

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a human story

  • By Amy Featherstone on 03-12-18

Exceptional

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-12-18

I cannot rate this book more highly. It is beautifully and thoughtfully written by an amazing and inspirational lady. This book should, in my opinion, be on every school syllabus as a thought provoking guide as to what any child, of any ethnic background, can achieve if she, or he, works hard enough.

A fascinating insight into the life of the first black First Lady. I was given a copy of the book Becoming as a gift, but the audio book is even better as Michelle Obama has a wonderfully expressive voice that allows you to share her thoughts and emotions.

  • Villa on the Riviera

  • By: Elizabeth Edmondson
  • Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 246

Absorbing and escapist, The Villa on the Riviera is perfect summer listening for fans of Rachel Hore and Santa Montefiore. Polly Smith is struggling to make a living as an artist when her friend and patron, Oliver, invites her to the south of France. But her world is unexpectedly turned upside down when she digs out her birth certificate to apply for a passport. Her parents are not who she believed them to be - even her name is different.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling

  • By Animal lover on 14-08-15

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-18

Loved the storyline, which wove together wonderfully. The author's description of both the personalities and their surroundings were charming., plus the narration too was excellent. Highly recommend.

  • A Season of Secrets

  • By: Margaret Pemberton
  • Narrated by: Kristin Atherton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218

Sweeping from the Great War, through the Jazz Age to the 1940s, this unforgettable tale follows the entwined lives of the Fentons, an aristocratic family from Yorkshire. Set against the rich canvas of the first half of the twentieth century, A Season of Secrets is an unforgettable tale of passion and betrayal, love and war from the ever popular Margaret Pemberton.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceeds expectations

  • By Ellen on 05-09-17

Excellent family saga

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-09-18

A wonderful book with powerful imaginative descriptions of both people and situations which brought the story to life. The narration was also excellent. I look forward to listening to more books by Margaret Pemberton.

  • North and South

  • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934

Written at the request of Charles Dickens, North and South is a book about rebellion that poses fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience. Gaskell expertly blends individual feeling with social concern and her heroine, Margaret Hale, is one of the most original creations of Victorian literature. When Margaret Hale's father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience she is forced to leave her comfortable home in the tranquil countryside of Hampshire....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • an interesting novel made special by the reading

  • By Margaret on 27-12-10

Great book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this interesting period drama. Plenty of great characters brought together perfectly by fabulous narration.

  • Sleeping Tiger

  • By: Rosamunde Pilcher
  • Narrated by: Lucy Paterson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Are you brave enough to wake the sleeping tiger? Selina Bruce has impulsively left behind her lawyer fiancé in London and flown alone to a tiny island off the Spanish coast. She is searching for the father she has never known, but what she finds is an unexpected truth about herself and the man she plans to marry. For exotic San Antonio offers Selina more than the penetrating brilliance of the noonday sun. It offers the mysterious George Dyer, who holds the key not only to her past...but to her heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Paul Edwards on 28-01-18

Good read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-05-18

As usual Rosamunde Pilcher has produced a therapeutic novel. Fairly predictable but a good tale and well narrated

  • Christmas at Tiffany's

  • By: Karen Swan
  • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
  • Length: 16 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Cassie settled down too young, marrying her first serious boyfriend. Now, 10 years later, she is betrayed and broken. With her marriage in tatters and no career or home of her own, she needs to work out where she belongs in the world and who she really is. So begins a yearlong trial as Cassie leaves her sheltered life in rural Scotland to stay with each of her best friends in the most glamorous cities in the world: New York, Paris and London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best To Date!

  • By Barbara Benbow-Wright (Consignment) on 16-11-17

Easy listening

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

Reviewed: 24-02-18

I enjoyed this book despite its predictability. The insight into her characters lifestyles was fun and her description of the various cities imaginative. The narration was excellent.

  • A Woman of Substance

  • Emma Harte, Book 1
  • By: Barbara Taylor Bradford
  • Narrated by: Bea Holland
  • Length: 35 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 39

The gripping multimillion-copy best seller charting the rags to riches story of Emma Harte. In 1905 a young kitchen maid leaves Fairley Hall. Emma Harte is 16, single and pregnant. By 1968 she is one of the richest women in the world, ruler of a business empire stretching from Yorkshire to the glittering cities of America and the rugged vastness of Australia. But what is the price she has paid? A Woman of Substance is as impossible to pause as it is to forget.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unput downable

  • By Deiana on 27-08-17

A modern day Classic

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

l loved this book when I first read it 30+ years ago. Still an excellent story and beautifully narrated.

  • Inner Peace

  • Finding a Calm Center in a Frantic World
  • By: Maggie Staiger
  • Narrated by: Maggie Staiger
  • Length: 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    1.5 out of 5 stars 2

Using the image of pebbles falling into a peaceful, moonlit lake, hypnotist Maggie Staiger brings the listener into a state of deep calm that can be maintained even in trying situations. This audio enhances a person's ability to allow what is happening in the world to remain outside, where it belongs, while inside staying calm and focused.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narration appauling, could not listen to it.

  • By Abbey on 23-11-17

Narration appauling, could not listen to it.

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

Reviewed: 23-11-17

Book has been recommended so I shall buy a hard back. Sadly could not listen to the narration!!!! No Inner Peace, therefore unable to give a rating.

  • The Pearl Sister

  • The Seven Sisters, Book 4
  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Racine, Rehanna MacDonald
  • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292

Following the death of her father, CeCe D'Aplièse finds herself at breaking point. In desperation, she decides to flee England and discover her past; the only clues she has are a photograph and the name of a woman pioneer who lived in Australia over 100 years ago. When CeCe finally reaches the Red Centre of Australia, she begins the search for her past. With help from those she meets on her journey, CeCe begins to believe that this wild, vast continent could offer her a sense of belonging.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely wonderful!

  • By Amanda Tork on 07-11-17

excellent

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

Reviewed: 23-11-17

I've enjoyed all of this series and loved this Star Sister. I would highly recommend this latest Sister. The narration was equally excellent. Only sadness was when it ended!! Can't wait for the next sister's. Wish he had adopted more!!

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