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  • My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 883
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 814

The hilarious, heartbreaking novel by the author of the international best seller A Man Called Ove. Granny has been telling fairy tales for as long as Elsa can remember. In the beginning they were only to make Elsa go to sleep, to get her to practise Granny's secret language, and a little because Granny is just about as nutty as a granny should be. But lately the stories have another dimension as well. Something Elsa can't quite put her finger on....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderfully engaging, great story well read.

  • By Catherine Smith on 27-08-15

Excellent from start to finish

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

What an amazing tale! Great story telling from Fredrik Backman. Loved the literary devices used to tell a story through a child’s eyes. Joan Walker was perfect in her performance of every character. Really going to miss the wurse 🐾😥

  • Lost for Words

  • By: Stephanie Butland
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 695

Loveday Cardew prefers books to people, and her job in a York bookshop is her refuge. If you look carefully, you might see the first lines of the novels she loves the most tattooed on her skin, but there are secrets Loveday will never share. Into the bookshop come a poet, a lover, a friend and three mysterious deliveries, each of which stirs unsettling memories she wants to forget. Turning the pages of her past will be the hardest thing Loveday has ever done. Can she trust those around her?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Special

  • By Jordan Brewitt-Taylor on 13-08-17

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

Loved the unravelling of the plot and characterisation. Highly recommended. Super performance by Imogen Church.

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  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

  • By: Khaled Hosseini
  • Narrated by: Atossa Leoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Passionate story, passionless reading

  • By Siobhan on 31-07-07

Shocking, Beautiful and Outrageous

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

Reviewed: 31-01-18

After reading The Kite Runner and loving it, I was told this novel was less superior. An absolute untruth. I am totally shocked by the Afghan history, disgraced that I did not realise how much Afghan people were suffering and totally devastated (but moved) by the narrative and characterisation. An Amazing Read.

  • Rose Madder

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Blair Brown
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271

Roused by a single drop of blood, Rosie Daniels wakes up to the chilling realisation that her husband is going to kill her. And she takes flight - with his credit card. Alone in a strange city, Rosie begins to build a new life: she meets Bill Steiner and she finds an odd junk shop painting, Rose Madder, which strangely seems to want her as much as she wants it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly 'unturnoffable'. Very well read

  • By Paula on 13-04-11

Very Strange but Intriguing

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

Packed with tension and horrifying in parts, I mostly enjoyed the book. However I found the ending a little dissatisfying.

  • Only the Innocent

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,342
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,221

When billionaire philanthropist Sir Hugo Fletcher is discovered murdered in his London home, tied naked to a bed, the scandal is only a shadow of the darkness lurking off-camera. Laura Fletcher returns from an Italian vacation to find her home under siege by paparazzi. Is she shocked? Yes. But is she distraught? Not exactly. Chief Inspector Tom Douglas reveals his suspicions that Hugo’s killer is female. The deeper Douglas digs, the more sordid details he uncovers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very poor narration

  • By mrs c a dunne on 20-07-15

A Great Story!

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

Reviewed: 03-08-17

I struggled at first with the performance of Laura - I found her extremely wet and annoying when she voiced her letters. Once the story got going, I thoroughly enjoyed it and would strongly recommend it.

  • The Kite Runner

  • By: Khaled Hosseini
  • Narrated by: Khaled Hosseini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 866
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 872

Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them. When Amir and his father flee the country for a new life in California, Amir thinks that he has escaped his past. And yet he cannot leave the memory of Hassan behind him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully Poignant

  • By Lynne on 06-03-07

What an experience....

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

Reviewed: 30-04-17

I have avoided reading this book for years for fear it would be extremely upsetting. It was. But wow, what a beautifully written and crafted story. I am truly blown away. I am horrified by the atrocities inflicted on the innocent in the east. Everyone should read this. Highly, highly recommended.

  • I Let You Go

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe, Julia Barrie
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,109

A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn't have prevented it. Could she? In a split second, Jenna Gray's world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief, and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever. Slowly Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous debut!

  • By Ann D on 09-05-15

Absolutely stunning!

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

Reviewed: 17-03-16

I loved this book. What a great and gripping plot! I highly recommend this title. One of the best stories I've heard in a long while.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,684
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,415

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • waste of time

  • By Nicole on 02-10-16

Highly recommended

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

Reviewed: 20-01-16

Loved the narrative. I was gripped throughout. Not to be confused with a free kindle book which isn't v good apparently

  • The Silkworm

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 2
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,078
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,057

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 star rating based on quality not name

  • By Linda on 06-08-14

Entertaining. Readable.

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

Reviewed: 07-01-16

I enjoyed the growing relationship between Robyn and Strike, and guessing who'd dunnit. Quite intriguing.

  • The Redbreast: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 3

  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,093
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 764

Harry Hole, drunkard, loner and brilliant detective is reassigned to surveillance after a high profile mistake. He’s bored by his new job until a report of a rare and unusual gun being fired sparks his interest because of its possible links to Neo Nazi activity. Then a former soldier is found with his throat cut. Next Harry’s former partner is murdered. Why had she been trying to reach Harry on the night her head was smashed in?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slow burner, but thrilling finish

  • By Steven on 06-09-11

Complicated

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

Reviewed: 25-11-15

I really struggled to follow the plot in this Nesbo novel. It may have been because I couldn't visualise the character names and thus lost track of who was who. I did however find aspects gripping but needed to clear up the character names.

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