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  • As the Sun Breaks Through

  • Cliffehaven, Book 15
  • By: Ellie Dean
  • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 29

Cliffehaven, June 1944. As the planes continue to circle over Cliffehaven, Peggy Reilly’s sister, Doris, must seek refuge after a V-1 blast destroys her home. Rita, Sarah and the other residents at Beach View Boarding House quickly find their peace disturbed, and it’s not long before even Peggy loses her patience. But with more bad news to come, will Doris finally be forced to swallow her pride? Meanwhile Peggy’s father-in-law, Ron Reilly, is delighted when his sweetheart, Rosie, returns home. Until a heartbreaking confession suggests things may never be the same between them. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Author

  • By Sheila on 24-09-18

They just get better !

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

when you get to the last chapter your heart sinks. You think the next book won't be as good, it can't be, but it always is. Brilliant narration.

  • Auschwitz

  • A Doctor's Eyewitness Account
  • By: Richard Seaver (translator), Tibere Kremer (translator), Miklos Nyiszli
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

When the Nazis invaded Hungary in 1944, they sent virtually the entire Jewish population to Auschwitz. A Jew and a medical doctor, the prisoner Dr. Miklos Nyiszli was spared death for a grimmer fate: to perform "scientific research" on his fellow inmates under the supervision of the man who became known as the infamous "Angel of Death" - Dr. Josef Mengele. Nyiszli was named Mengele's personal research pathologist. In that capacity he also served as physician to the Sonderkommando, the Jewish prisoners who worked exclusively in the crematoriums and were routinely executed after four months.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • disappointing

  • By Amazon Customer on 19-04-18

disappointing

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

Reviewed: 19-04-18

Delivered in a detached robotic American tone it was difficult to connect with the characters events

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Unmentionable

  • The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners
  • By: Therese Oneill
  • Narrated by: Betsy Foldes Meiman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Have you ever wished you could live in an earlier, more romantic era? Ladies, welcome to the 19th century, where there's arsenic in your face cream, a pot of cold pee sits under your bed, and all of your underwear is crotchless. (Why? Shush, dear. A lady doesn't question.) Unmentionable is your hilarious, scandalously honest (yet never crass) guide to the secrets of Victorian womanhood.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Sorry just too American kitsch

  • By Mrs B on 31-07-17

disappointing

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

I struggled with the American narrator. Almost gave up. Had got a lot of potential which it didn't fulfill

  • The Poppy Girls

  • By: Margaret Dickinson
  • Narrated by: Kate Rawson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18

Thwarted in her desire to become a doctor like her brother, Robert, Pips Maitland rebels against her mother's wishes that she settle down and raise children. However, when Robert brings home a friend from medical school, Giles Kendall, it seems perhaps Pips might fall in love with an acceptable suitor after all. But the year is 1914, and the future is uncertain. Hearing that her father's friend, Dr John Hazelwood, is forming a flying ambulance corps to take to the front lines, Pips is determined to become one of its nurses and asks Alice Dawson, her maid, to go with her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful and poignant story

  • By Jane Bryder on 22-11-18

A story with huge potential

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

Reviewed: 24-02-18

The story was thoroughly spoilt for me by a narrator that had a very irritating attempt at the characters voices, it was so false. The sing song tone throughout almost made me give up.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Emily

  • By: Val Wood
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

Emily was only five years old when she was sent away from her ma and pa and her brother, Joe, to go and live with old Granny Edwards. A loving and hardworking child, she goes into service when she is 12 at the house of Roger Francis, whose connections with Emily's own family prove to be closer than she could ever have guessed. Roger's daughter, Deborah, takes a great fancy to Emily, and when Emily has moved to another household in Hull she finds that her new employer's son, Hugo, is to marry Deborah.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting.....

  • By Mama C on 28-10-17

perfect escapism

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

Loved the story. Loved the characters. Loved the maritime link.
Normally love Anne Dover as a narrator but found her voices very similar so you couldn't tell which character was speaking

  • The Children's House of Belsen

  • By: Hetty E. Verolme
  • Narrated by: Deidre Rubenstein
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 64

Hetty’s family was torn apart following the German invasion of the Netherlands. Rounded up by the Nazis and then separated from their parents, Hetty and her brothers were sent to the Children’s House, within Belsen concentration camp. As one of the eldest, Hetty became the ‘Little Mother’, helping to care for not only her siblings, but the other children as well.In a direct and powerful style, Hetty recalls one of the remarkable, largely untold stories of the Holocaust – the extraordinary struggle and survival of this group of children through those terrible years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heart-breaking!

  • By Ian on 26-08-16

Distressing, moving, inspiring,courageous

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

Reviewed: 26-01-18

if you listen to this wonderful book you will feel every emotion and you won't be able to stop listening

  • We Shall Remember

  • By: Emma Fraser
  • Narrated by: Jane MacFarlane
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

1939. Irena is a young medical student living in Warsaw when the German army invade Poland. Those closest to her are dying and when Irena realises that no one is coming to Poland's aid, it's clear that she is alone. Forced to flee to Britain, Irena meets Richard, a RAF pilot who she's instantly drawn to and there's a glimmer of happiness on the horizon. And then the war becomes more brutal and in order to right a never-forgotten wrong Irena must make an impossible decision.1989.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • many words can be used where only one is required.

  • By Amazon Customer on 22-01-18

many words can be used where only one is required.

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

Reviewed: 22-01-18

Exceptional!.


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  • District Nurse on Call

  • By: Donna Douglas
  • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

West Yorkshire, 1926. After completing her training in Steeple Street, Agnes is looking forward to making her mark as the village's first district nurse, confident she can make a difference in the locals' lives. But when she arrives, she's treated with suspicion, labelled just another servant of the wealthy mine owners. The locals would much rather place their trust in the resident healer, Nella Black.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it! couldn't stop listening

  • By Amazon Customer on 17-10-17

loved it! couldn't stop listening

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

Reviewed: 17-10-17

Can be fully appreciated when read as part of the series. And certainly doesn't disappoint

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • This Is Going to Hurt

  • Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
  • By: Adam Kay
  • Narrated by: Adam Kay
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,839
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,351
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,321

Welcome to 97-hour weeks. Welcome to life and death decisions. Welcome to a constant tsunami of bodily fluids. Welcome to earning less than the hospital parking meter. Wave good-bye to your friends and relationships.... Welcome to the life of a junior doctor. Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, comedian and former junior doctor Adam Kay's This Is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, Well told

  • By The_Animagus on 23-09-17

A downhill run

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

Reviewed: 04-10-17

Started with a amusing recount of the career path of a junior doctor. it had so much promise but all joy and escapism from this book ebbs away as the eventual diatribe against government policy regarding management of the nhs reaches its crescendo !
I failed to last the course!


0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Our Country Nurse: Can East End Nurse Sarah Find a New Life Caring for Babies in the Country?

  • By: Sarah Beeson, Amy Beeson
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

All seems tranquil as newly qualified health visitor Sarah motors into a small Kentish hilltop village in her new green mini. She's barely out of the car when she's called to assist the midwife with a bride who's gone into labour in the middle of her own wedding reception. And so her adventures begin.... As a health visitor, Nurse Sarah is as green as grass, but she puts her best foot into wellies and braves the mad dogs, killer ganders and muddy tracks of the farming community.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • disappointing narration

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-10-17

disappointing narration

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

Reviewed: 01-10-17

I nearly gave up on this due to the poor narration.
The narrator could not do the characters voices and attempts were irritating and inconsistent