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Ellen Lingwood

London UK
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  • Heart’s Blood

  • By: Juliet Marillier
  • Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Whistling Tor is a place of secrets: a mysterious, wooded hill housing the crumbling fortress belonging to Anluan - a chieftain whose name is spoken throughout the region in tones of revulsion and bitterness. A curse lies over Anluan's family and his people, and the woods themselves hold a perilous force whose every whisper threatens doom. Then the young scribe Caitrin appears in Anluan's garden, admiring the rare plant known as heart's blood. Retained to sort through entangled family documents, Caitrin brings about unexpected changes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful book!

  • By Ellen Lingwood on 03-11-18

A wonderful book!

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

I really enjoyed this! I’m a fan of Juliet Marillier, so was thrilled to see a new audiobook had been released. I know it was written in 1972 but in my opinion it’s one of her best ever.

  • The Little Shop of Found Things: A Novel

  • Found Things, Book 1
  • By: Paula Brackston
  • Narrated by: Marisa Calin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Xanthe has always had an affinity with some of the antiques she finds. When she touches them, she can sense something of the past they come from and the stories they hold. When she has an intense connection to a beautiful silver chatelaine, she has to know more. It is while she’s examining the chatelaine that she’s transported back to the 17th century, where it has its origins. She discovers there is an injustice in its history. The spirit that inhabits her new home confronts her and charges her with saving her daughter’s life, threatening to take Flora’s if she fails. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Triumph for Ms Brackston!

  • By Ellen Lingwood on 26-10-18

Another Triumph for Ms Brackston!

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

Reviewed: 26-10-18

This is a gripping and beautifully written story of impossible love in all its form. With a malevolent ghost and time slip adding that frisson of fear. I’m so sorry to have finished it!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The King's Sister

  • By: Anne O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Jessica Ball
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

One betrayal is all it takes to change history. It's 1382. Daughter of John of Gaunt, sister to the future King Henry IV, Elizabeth of Lancaster has learned the shrewd tricks of the court from England's most powerful men. In a time of political turmoil, allegiance to family is everything. A Plantagenet princess should never defy her father's wishes. Yet headstrong Elizabeth refuses to bow to the fate of a strategic marriage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I would recommend this book

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-03-18

A wonderful book!

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

Reviewed: 29-10-17

I enjoyed this book so much! The author’s depth of knowledge of the human condition runs through this portrayal of Elizabeth of Lancaster. Bringing her to vivid life whilst crafting this fascinating story line of love and and what it meant to be a royal woman during the turbulent 14th century.

  • Marlene

  • A Novel
  • By: C. W. Gortner
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Raised in genteel poverty after the First World War, Maria Magdalena Dietrich dreams of a life on the stage. When a budding career as a violinist is cut short, the willful teenager vows to become a singer, trading her family's proper middle-class society for the free-spirited, louche world of Weimar Berlin's cabarets and drag balls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant book

  • By Ellen Lingwood on 20-06-17

Brilliant book

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

Reviewed: 20-06-17

II loved this book. It's deeply absorbing. Why did it end so suddenly? I hope there's going to be a sequel' The only small flaw is that the narrator's voice can seem monotonous at times.

  • Don't Let Me Go

  • By: Susan Lewis
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Charlotte Nicholls has a secret that haunts her. She and three-year-old Chloe have left their home and friends, and are now building a new life for themselves elsewhere. All Charlotte wants to do is to forget the past, to blot out what went before, and to look only to the future. At last she and Chloe feel safe. Then, suddenly, their nightmare returns, and Charlotte finds she has no power to prevent what comes next…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent, gripping listen.

  • By Saffy on 23-10-13

Deeply moving and compelling

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

Reviewed: 06-04-17

I found this book totally compulsive. It is so emotionally charged and brilliantly written and performed. Possibly the best audiobook that I have ever listened too. Absolutely brilliant!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Heirs of Hammerfell (Darkover)

  • By: Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Narrated by: Michael Spence
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

Nobody alive knew how the feud between Storn and Hammerfell had begun, but that didn't stop the fighting. When Storn's men burned Hammerfell's castle, his infant twin sons were separated, and each grew up thinking himself the rightful Duke of Hammerfell. Conn, raised in the mountains by his father's paxman, continued to fight the Storns. Alastair grew up with his mother in Thendara and planned to marry his cousin, Floria. But when Conn came to Thendara to seek King Aiden's help, and the twins encountered each other, it changed all their lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing!

  • By Ellen Lingwood on 08-02-17

Disappointing!

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

Reviewed: 08-02-17

This is a children's story! I've read and enjoyed the Avalon books. This is very poor. The plot is weak and the outcome so obvious that I expected a twist. There wasn't one.

  • A Week in Paris

  • By: Rachel Hore
  • Narrated by: Avita Jay
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

September 1937. Kitty Travers enrols at the Conservatoire on the banks of the Seine to pursue her dream of becoming a concert pianist. But then war breaks out and the city of light falls into shadow.... Nearly 25 years later, Fay Knox, a talented young violinist, visits Paris on tour with her orchestra. She barely knows the city, so why does it feel so familiar? Soon touches of memory become something stronger, and she realises her connection with these streets runs deeper than she ever expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic book

  • By david dodson (purple triangle ltd) on 25-09-15

Compelling Story

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

Reviewed: 05-10-16

I really enjoyed this audiobook. The narrator was very good but with one flaw. She has very little knowledge of French pronunciation. Some French words were mispronounced and I found that irritating but overall a most enjoyable book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Jeweled Fire

  • Elemental Blessings, Book 3
  • By: Sharon Shinn
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

As one of the four princesses of Welce, Corene always thought she might one day become queen. Only circumstances changed, leaving fiery Corene with nothing to show for a life spent playing the game of court intrigue - until a chance arises to become the ruler of a nearby country. After stowing away on a ship bound for Malinqua with her loyal bodyguard, Foley, Corene must try to win the throne by making a play to marry one of the empress' three nephews.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Ellen Lingwood on 09-12-15

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 09-12-15

I loved the Twelve Houses books. This isn't a patch on any of those. I won't bother buying any sequels.

  • The Golden Fool

  • The Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Nick Taylor
  • Length: 25 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499

The second in the thrilling fantasy series returning listeners to the Six Duchies and the magical world of the Farseers. Fitz has succeeded in rescuing Prince Dutiful from the clutches of the Piebald rebels, and has returned with him to Buckkeep castle. With Dutiful safe again, Queen Kettricken can proceed with plans to marry him to the Outislander princess, Elliania, but with tensions building among the peoples of the Six Duchies over Kettricken’s tolerance of the Wittted, even Buckkeep is no longer safe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Tawny Man Trilogy

  • By Ellen Lingwood on 07-04-13

The Tawny Man Trilogy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

This outstanding trilogy ties up some of Robin Hobb's earlier story threads so characters from earlier books, nothing to do with the main characters the Fool and Fitz start appearing in "The Golden Fool" I am thoroughly impressed with Robin Hobb's literary skills. This trilogy is enthralling! I would recommend it to anyone. My only regret is that there are no more of her books available on Audible. I have listened to them all! But "The Tawny Man" is the best of them all!

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  • The Crow

  • The Third Book of Pellinor
  • By: Alison Croggon
  • Narrated by: Colin Moody
  • Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

As this enthralling epic nears its climax, the young heroine’s brother discovers his own hidden gift – and the role he must play in battling the Dark. Hem is a weary orphan whose struggle for survival ends when he is reunited with his lost sister, Maerad. But Maerad has a destiny to fulfill, and Hem issent to the golden city of Turbansk, where he learns the ways of the Bards and befriends a mysterious white crow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Crow by Alison Croggan

  • By Ellen Lingwood on 16-03-12

The Crow by Alison Croggan

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-03-12

I enjoyed this book very much but was very disappointed that the narrator was not the same as the previous two books of Pellinor. I can see why a man was felt to be more suitable for this volume, but Colin Moody's voice is not an easy one to listen to. After enjoying Eloise Oxer's reading of the first two books of Pellinor, Colin Moody was a big disappointment!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful