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  • Different Class

  • By: Joanne Harris
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey, Ewan Goddard
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335

After 30 years at St Oswald's Grammar in North Yorkshire, Latin master Roy Straitley has seen all kinds of boys come and go. Each class has its clowns, its rebels, its underdogs, its 'Brodie' boys who, whilst of course he doesn't have favourites, hold a special place in an old teacher's heart. But every so often there's a boy who doesn't fit the mould. A troublemaker. A boy with hidden shadows inside.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fifteen hours of skilfully drip-fed darkness!

  • By Rachel Redford on 09-05-16

A better class of book

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

Reviewed: 22-01-18

Would you listen to Different Class again? Why?

If this had been a paper book instead of an audiobook, I would have flicked back to check - "Did he really say that?"...."But I thought....". Joanne Harris has set traps for the reader. Things are never quite what they seem. Details that seemed trivial in early chapters, assume a different proportions as the story progresses. I would be happy to hear the whole book again if only to understand the plot better.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Different Class?

It would give away the plot to say too much but this is not just a 'whodunnit' but also 'a who was it done to?' There is a moment when the character of one of the two narrators is revealed as being somewhat different to that which we have taken for granted. A masterstroke!

What about Steven Pacey and Ewan Goddard ’s performance did you like?

It is beautifully read. Steven Pacey has all the gravitas needed for his role. We may not agree with his rather conservative views but we know that we can trust him. Ewan Goddard's character is quite the opposite = a nasty piece of work - but convincing nonetheless.

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

At least until overcome by the need to sleep but I did my absolute best!

Any additional comments?

A better class of read! It's the third book in a trilogy and, although each book is complete in itself, is best read in order.

  • My Husband's Wife

  • By: Jane Corry
  • Narrated by: Abigail Thaw, Lily Bevan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,205
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,208

When lawyer Lily marries Ed, she's determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind. But when she takes on her first criminal case, she starts to find herself strangely drawn to her client. A man who's accused of murder. A man she will soon be willing to risk everything for. But is he really innocent? And who is she to judge?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Amanda W on 29-09-16

Too much of a good thing!

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

Reviewed: 14-06-17

What did you like best about My Husband's Wife? What did you like least?

The book is well read, the characters are interesting. There are secrets for us to guess at - and there are plenty twists and turns to keep us interested. And there is the trouble. Twists and turns come thicker and faster as the book progresses, and with the twists and turns comes the feeling that this is just too unlikely. The last few chapters had me groaning - too many coincidences, too many unlikely happenings, too many unnecessary plot twists. The tension in a thriller does depend on the audience believing that this could just happen. .

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

All five (or six) main characters in the story are each - in various ways - branded as 'Different' by the society in which they live and experience rejection on that account. The wronged woman, the excluded child, the artist, the autistic children (two or three of these), And of course the Master Criminal!

The portrayal of the worlds of the Artist and the Lawyer were not really credible

Which character – as performed by Abigail Thaw and Lily Bevan – was your favourite?

Carla Cavaletti.

Could you see My Husband's Wife being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

It seems to have been written with the view of being made into a TV drama.

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  • Watching Edie

  • By: Camilla Way
  • Narrated by: Chloe Massey, Kathryn Griffiths
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

There are some friends you'll never forget...no matter how hard you try. Before: Edie is the friend that Heather has always craved. But one night it goes terrifyingly wrong. And what started as an innocent friendship ends in two lives being destroyed. After: Sixteen years later Edie is still rebuilding her life. But Heather isn't ready to let her forget so easily. It's no coincidence that she shows up when Edie needs her most.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book..

  • By Sarah on 13-10-16

Author keeps readers fooled right up to the end

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

Reviewed: 09-10-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Watching Edie to be better than the print version?

Yes, the book is beautifully read by the two performers who bring the characters to life in a very real way..

Who was your favorite character and why?

The two main characters are beautifully balanced. Their existence depends on one another - the book tells the story of their relationship.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The return by Edie to the scene of her adolescent experience that is to frame the remainder of her life.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There is a point in the book where Edie learns the value of sacrifice.

Any additional comments?

Gritty Northern realism - great stuff!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: B A Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,437

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie? Jack has looks and wealth; Grace has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do. You'd like to get to know Grace better. But it's difficult, because Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows. Sometimes the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW !!!!

  • By M F Herbert on 23-04-16

Drags on....and on....and on!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-16

What disappointed you about Behind Closed Doors?

An unlikely scenario is proposed in the early stages of the book which is never adequately explained. Instead the reader is treated to the same plot devices over and over like a stuck record. There is a tiny twist at the end but it is such a tiny twist that many readers, their eyes heavy with sleep, their brains exhausted by repetition, may miss it altogether.

What could B A Paris have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I suspect that the writer enjoys Victorian novels as the language used seems to belong to a melodrama of that era. But the author needs to study what actually happens in 21st century Britain. People are no longer dumped in "asylums" because their family doesn't want them!

What didn’t you like about Georgia Maguire’s performance?

It was fine - she did what she could with the material.

What character would you cut from Behind Closed Doors?

None

Any additional comments?

No

15 of 17 people found this review helpful