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Esther Loftus Gough

U.K.
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  • Secret Lives of the Tsars

  • Three Centuries of Autocracy, Debauchery, Betrayal, Murder, and Madness from Romanov Russia
  • By: Michael Farquhar
  • Narrated by: Enn Reitel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Scandal! Intrigue! Cossacks! Here the world's most engaging royal historian chronicles the world's most fascinating imperial dynasty: the Romanovs, whose 300-year reign was remarkable for its shocking violence, spectacular excess, and unimaginable venality. In this incredibly entertaining history, Michael Farquhar collects the best, most captivating true tales of Romanov iniquity. Secret Lives of the Tsars captures all the splendor and infamy that was Imperial Russia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Secret lives of the Tsars fascinating and thought provoking.

  • By Esther Loftus Gough on 22-08-18

Secret lives of the Tsars fascinating and thought provoking.

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Reviewed: 22-08-18

Secret lives of the Tsars- such an interesting and informative audiobook to listen to. Gripping, but sad listening.

  • Les Parisiennes

  • How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s
  • By: Anne Sebba
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Strevens
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

What did it feel like to be a woman living in Paris during the years 1939 to 1949? These were years of fear, power, aggression, courage, deprivation and secrets until, finally, there was renewal and retribution. Even at the darkest moments, dogs and cats might be abandoned howling on the street, the swastika flew from the Eiffel Tower and danger lurked on every corner, but glamour was ever present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting reading

  • By Esther Loftus Gough on 02-06-18

Very interesting reading

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Reviewed: 02-06-18

Fascinating, eye opening, sad reading about the reality of France under the German occupation in WW2.

  • The Married Girls

  • By: Diney Costeloe
  • Narrated by: Juliette Burton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

The war is over, but trouble is brewing.... Wynsdown, 1949. In the small Somerset village of Wynsdown, Charlotte Shepherd is happily married and now feels settled in her adopted home after arriving from Germany on the Kindertransport as a child during the war. Meanwhile, the squire's fighter pilot son, Felix, has returned to the village with a fiancée in tow. Daphne is beautiful, charming...and harbouring secrets. After meeting during the war, Felix knows some of Daphne's past....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't finish it

  • By Lucy on 06-06-18

The married girls

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Reviewed: 15-01-18

A follow up lovely romantic reading experience- enjoyed immensely. Looking forward to the next book

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  • Cider with Rosie

  • By: Laurie Lee
  • Narrated by: Laurie Lee
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

Cider with Rosie is a wonderfully vivid memoir of childhood in a remote Cotswold village, a village before electricity or cars, a timeless place on the verge of change. Growing up amongst the fields and woods and characters of the place, Laurie Lee depicts a world that is both immediate and real and belongs to a now-distant past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Narration

  • By Mr. Robertson on 23-12-12

Cider with Rosie

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Reviewed: 01-12-17

Fabulous listening experience and such detailed story telling-with the imagination and audiobook-a truly great read.

  • The Throwaway Children

  • By: Diney Costeloe
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 719
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    5 out of 5 stars 642
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 642

Rita and Rosie Stevens are only nine and five years old when their widowed mother marries a violent bully. Under pressure from her new husband, she is persuaded to send the girls to an orphanage. It is not long before the powers that be decide to send a consignment of orphans to their sister institution in Australia. Among them, without their family's consent or knowledge, are Rita and Rosie, the throwaway children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful novel, beautifully narrated.

  • By Elizabeth on 28-02-17

The throwaway children

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Reviewed: 26-11-17

A gripping but terribly sad reading experience. The story is so intense that I was in the scenario. I couldn’t put the book down once I started it-& it was an audiobook!

  • Calling Me Home

  • By: Julie Kibler
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin, Lorna Raver
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

Love doesn't play by the rules... Shalerville, Kentucky, 1939. A world where black maids and handymen are trusted to raise white children and tend to white houses, but from which they are banished after dark.Sixteen-year-old Isabelle McAllister, born into wealth and privilege, finds her ordered life turned upside down when she becomes attracted to Robert, the ambitious black son of her family’s housekeeper. Before long Isabelle and Robert are crossing extraordinary, dangerous boundaries and falling deeply in love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gentle road trip

  • By Venetia on 13-12-13

Calling me home

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Reviewed: 26-11-17

Very good reading experience with interesting characters and story line. Audiobook was great to listen to.

  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

  • By: Khaled Hosseini
  • Narrated by: Atossa Leoni
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A powerful and moving social history

  • By Eirian on 11-10-08

A thousand splendid suns - another best read

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Reviewed: 30-07-17

Fabulous reading- a little slow to get started but once gripped by the unfolding saga I couldn't put the book down. Great reading.

  • Positive Thinking for Kids

  • Parenting Skills for a Positive Mindset
  • By: Anne Marshall
  • Narrated by: Anne Marshall
  • Length: 53 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4 out of 5 stars 5
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 4

We all want our children to have the best in life and that includes having a positive mental attitude and a sense of empowerment, yet children are not always given the opportunity to actively learn how to acquire these skills. Knowing how to release negative thinking patterns and make use of mind skills such as visualization techniques, affirmations, intuitive intelligence, and positive self-talk are all skills that can be easily learnt but they do need to be taught.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • By J on 02-04-15

Positive thinking for children

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Reviewed: 21-09-16

I listened to positive thinking for kids on audiobooks. It was great to listen to and easy to take in.
Very good, interesting and informative knowledge to listen to in an uncomplicated, simple format . Will definitely use the book with reference to my son.

  • The Night I Danced with Rommel

  • By: Elisabeth Marrion
  • Narrated by: Nancy Peterson, Bennett Allen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
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    5 out of 5 stars 2
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    5 out of 5 stars 2

"May I have this dance, Hilde?" asked Field Marshal Rommel, opening the Grande Ball held in his honour. Did this dance save the life of Hilde's Polish friends? Hilde had come a long way since her dream of becoming a singer was shattered when her father made arrangements for her to work as a housekeeper in Berlin at the tender age of fourteen. Hilde's life is thrown into turmoil in Berlin during the late 1920s early 1930s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Night I danced with Rommel

  • By Esther Loftus Gough on 06-08-16

Night I danced with Rommel

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Reviewed: 06-08-16

Very interesting informative story. Sad ending but a very true account. Gripping and spell binding