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R. Howlett

Cambridge UK
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  • A Keeper

  • By: Graham Norton
  • Narrated by: Graham Norton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,075

The mystery of Elizabeth Keane's father is one that has never been solved by the people of Buncarragh - not for lack of speculation. Her mother, Patricia, had been assumed a spinster until she began dating a mysterious man from out of town and within months had left Buncarragh and had married. Less than two years later, Patricia was back, with a new baby in her arms but no new husband by her side and unbendingly silent about her recent past. A secret she would take with her to her grave.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely...A Keeper.

  • By Sarah White on 06-10-18

Mystery tale becommingly told

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

Reviewed: 18-11-18

I love Norton’s insight into small town lives and thinking. The twists and fixes that the folks involved find themselves in for the sake of appearances.
His characters are well drawn and endearing, human through and through.
Great story superbly told.

  • Emma

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jane Austen, Anna Lea - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Joanne Froggatt, Isabella Inchbald, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

This Audible Original production is narrated by Emma Thompson (Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA winner, Love Actually, Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility), with a full supporting cast including Joanne Froggatt, Morgana Robinson, Aisling Loftus, Joseph Millson, Alexa Davies and rising star Isabella Inchbald as our eponymous heroine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brought to life by Emma Thompson

  • By Rhi07 on 19-09-18

If you need an abridged version then this is quite fun

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

Reviewed: 23-09-18

The actors are great and the abridged story well planned but thus is very abridged and will not stand for true Austen fans or those studying the text.
I could have done without the soppy tinkly music as well.
Otherwise not “ badly done Emma”!

20 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • The Ship of Brides

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483

Australia, 1946: 650 brides are departing for England to meet the men they married in wartime. But instead of the luxury liner they were expecting, they find themselves aboard an aircraft carrier, alongside a thousand men. On the sun-baked decks, old loves and past promises become distant memories, and tensions are stretched to the limit as brides and husbands change their minds. And for Frances Mackenzie, it soon becomes clear that the journey is more important than the destination....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but found it slow.

  • By Elizabeth B on 12-06-18

Entrancing in its detail

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

Wowed by the threads that weave this story- based on the momentous journey made by so many brides of British service personnel. Superbly read by Nicolette Mckenzie. I hope it becomes a film some day!!

  • Beneath the Cypress Tree

  • By: Margaret Pemberton
  • Narrated by: Louiza Patikas
  • Length: 16 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Summer 1935. Best friends Kate Shelton, Ella Tetley and Daphne St. Maur are on the cusp of a new life, having graduated with classics degrees. Kate is desperate to start work on an archaeological dig straightaway, and she is thrilled to be given a position at the famous Knossos palace site in Crete. However, she doesn't bargain for working with gruff site director Lewis Sinclair - nor for her own complex feelings towards him. In Yorkshire, Ella's family expect her to marry Sam, her steady friend who is training to be a doctor....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb!

  • By Claire on 16-12-17

Sweeping tale of passionate WW2 archeologists!!

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

Reviewed: 04-10-17

Marvellous reading of a griping tale of an archeological investigation, a love of history, a passion for Crete and it's history and people plus some fabulously constructed characters that make you care for their every move. Lovely!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Summer of Love

  • By: Katie Fforde
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Sian Bishop has only ever experienced one moment of recklessness – a moment that resulted in her beloved son Rory. It’s not that she doesn’t love the outcome of that wild night, but since then she has always taken the safer route. So when dependable, devoted Richard suggests a move to the beautiful English countryside, she leaves the hustle and bustle of the city behind, and she throws herself into the picture-postcard cottage garden, her furniture restoration business, and a new life in the country.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing narration

  • By Christine on 07-08-12

Contrived

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

Reviewed: 01-09-17

I'm usually a real fan but some how this novel did not ring true. It seemed a bit pat.
Not her best, performance was ok but it felt very constructed. Her books don't usually.

  • Holding

  • By: Graham Norton
  • Narrated by: Graham Norton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,782
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,778

Graham Norton's masterful debut is an intelligently crafted story of love, secrets and loss. The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama, and yet its inhabitants are troubled. Sergeant PJ Collins hasn't always been this overweight; mother of two Brid Riordan hasn't always been an alcoholic; and elegant Evelyn Ross hasn't always felt that her life was a total waste.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A classic tale of love and loss

  • By Panda on 13-11-16

Clever Irish detective story

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

Reviewed: 04-04-17

I listened to this non stop. He has drawn great, mature, flawed and self aware characters without ever loosing sympathy with them. I loved the twists in the plot and can visualise every bit of that bit of Ireland.

  • The Muse

  • By: Jessie Burton
  • Narrated by: Cathy Tyson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,215

On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, knowing that her life is about to change forever. Having struggled to find her place in the city since she arrived from Trinidad five years ago, she has been offered a job as a typist under the tutelage of the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick. Although Quick takes Odelle into her confidence and unlocks a potential she didn't know she had, she remains a mystery - no more so than when a lost masterpiece with a secret history is delivered to the gallery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Left me emotionally confused... But I loved it!

  • By Sarah-rose on 26-08-16

Tight plot skilfully woven

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

Reviewed: 03-04-17

Jessie Burton has a way of easing you under the skin of her characters even when flawed. I loved the voice of Odile. Cathy Tyson's rendition if all the different voices and accents is just right.
Marvellous story of the largely unspoken civil war in Spain from the peasant perspective.
Unputdownable!!

  • The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle

  • By: Kirsty Wark
  • Narrated by: Siobhan Redmond
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 184

Born just before the First World War, Elizabeth Pringle has been a familiar yet solitary figure on the Scottish island of Arran. A dutiful daughter, an inspirational teacher, a gardener. But did anyone really know her? When Elizabeth dies, her will contains a surprise. She has left her home and her belongings to someone who is all but a stranger, a young mother she watched pushing a pram down the road more than thirty years ago. Now it falls to Martha, the baby in that pram, to find out how her mother inherited the house in such strange circumstances, and in doing so, perhaps leave her own past behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why should a house be left to your mother?

  • By J on 20-06-14

Part mystery, part love story, evokes Arran beautifully.

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

Reviewed: 22-08-16

Thought provoking book on so many levels. Martha is loosing her mother to the ravages of dementia but through a chance bequest learns of another's life and loss.
The mystery is carefully woven through the two protagonists stories.
Masterful prose. I loved every minute.

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  • Madensky Square

  • By: Eva Ibbotson
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Susanna Weber is the best dress maker in Imperial Vienna. Through skill and hard work, she now owns her own dress shop, looking out over the beautiful Madensky Square. To do so, she has left her past behind, if not without regret, at least resolutely. Looking around her, at her customers and friends, Susanna is aware that she has more than most - but a few small changes cause her to realize just how precarious her situation is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Viennese delight

  • By Katharine on 20-04-16

Superb character study of belle epoch Vienna

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

Reviewed: 25-12-15

I've yet to be disappointed by anything Eva Ibbotson has written.
This is written in a very Edwardian style.
I loved every second.
It was hard initially to like some of the characters but then as they are explored each one revealed an inner life that made them so understandable.
Jaunita MacMahon's reading of it is of a untirable clarity.

  • Elephant Moon

  • By: John Sweeney
  • Narrated by: Helen Johns
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 342

As the Second World War rages, the Japanese Imperial Army enters Burma, and the British rulers prepare to flee. But the human legacy of the British Empire will be left behind in the shape of 62 Anglo-Burmese children, born to local women after affairs with foreign men. Half castes, they are not acknowledged by either side, and they are to be abandoned with no one to protect them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwarming

  • By Granny June on 28-01-16

Sweeney injects realism into an unbelievable story.

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

Reviewed: 15-12-15

His first novel. I loved every minute. I feel his exposure to all walks of life has empowered him to write the human view so well.
For those interested in the bigger theatre of World War 2 it is a peach of a story.
Thank you

7 of 7 people found this review helpful