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  • The Housekeeper's Tale

  • The Women Who Really Ran the English Country House
  • By: Tessa Boase
  • Narrated by: Tessa Boase
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

The Housekeeper's Tale reveals the personal sacrifices, bitter disputes and driving ambition that shaped these women's careers. Using secret diaries, unpublished letters, and the neglected service archives of our stately homes, Tessa Boase tells the extraordinary stories of five working women who ran some of Britain's most prominent households.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping stories, compulsive listening

  • By Dora on 22-02-17

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 13-07-18

I love social history and learning about the downstairs world. I worked as a conservator for the National Trust a few years back so can identify with the footnote and how these roles have changed to reflect modern times. The research that has obviously gone into this book is thorough and exhaustive but the one thing that really lets it down are the imagined conversations between the housekeeper of Wrest Park, Hannah MacKenzie, and the writer JM Barrie, peppered with the phrase ‘I can just imagine them saying....’. It doesn’t lend anything and becomes quite annoying after a while, spoiling, for me anyway, an otherwise excellent book

  • Keep the Home Fires Burning

  • War at Home, 1915
  • By: Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

The year is 1915, and the war is raging on.... The war was not 'over by Christmas' after all, and as 1915 begins, the Hunters begin to settle into wartime life. Diana, the eldest Hunter daughter, sees her fiance off to the front but doesn't expect such coldness from her future mother-in-law. David's battalion is almost ready to be sent to the front, but how will Beattie's fragile peace of mind endure?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Authors story telling is as always great!

  • By Mrs on 13-03-16

Well researched and written,

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

Reviewed: 04-03-17

I`m loving this series of books. This is the second book and carries on from where "Goodbye Piccadilly" left off. Although I`d had a break between listening to the two books I`ve not found it at all difficult to pick up the threads again.
There are some lovely, well-written characters and the historical content is spot on. It`s based in England so the descriptions of the war and the battle fields are coming from soldiers home on leave and the story centres mainly around those left behind and the WW1 home front.
I have to say tho that this book is let down somewhat by the narrator. It might have been a good idea for her to have read through the book first and made a mental note of where to put in punctuation and how the sentences flow. But rise above that and this is a thoroughly enjoyable story

  • Home to Roost

  • By: Tessa Hainsworth
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Seagulls in the Attic left Tessa thrilled as Annie, her best friend from London, fell in love and married a local Cornishman. Alas the newlyweds decide to settle out of the county but Tessa and her husband are delighted when a new young couple arrive in the village fresh from the city. However what looks such a promising new friendship turns into a nightmare, as these are people who think money can buy them acceptance - and the village is soon in quiet revolt. Tessa finds herself in the thick of it - and realises that she has grown very strong roots in the community in the two years she has been in Cornwall.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bullet points

  • By Greenie on 16-08-16

Bullet points

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

Reviewed: 16-08-16

This is the third of Tessa Hainsworth`s books about the trials and tribulations of relocating from London to Cornwall and the whole series is thoroughly enjoyable. Tessa`s luck in gaining employment as the local postie brings her into contact with a wide range of characters, some loveable (the locals) some not so nice (mostly the second homers) but she writes with humour and equanimity of them all.

However, Anna Bentinck`s reading of the book is abysmal. She speaks with what I can only describe as a smiley voice when she`s narrating Tessa`s doings, which only serves to make Tessa seem half-baked, and the Cornish dialect obviously comes better to Ms Bentinck when spoken out of the side of her mouth.
She also
Speaks in
Bullet points
All the
Way through.

I have listened to other books narrated by Anna, and if I`m honest, her narration is what led me to these books in the first place. But, oh dear. Maybe this should be one for the written word.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,720
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,594
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,588

Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighbourhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Despite the narrator

  • By James on 06-02-15

An excellent, well researched novel

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

Reviewed: 02-11-14

This has to be my all time favourite buy from Audible, excellently written with almost peotic prose and well drawn characters. It centres around a young girl, Maire-Laure, who has a degenerative eye condition, and a young German boy, Werner, who are both in occupied France during WW2. The story floats backwards and forwards, starting from the siege of St Malo and ending in 1974, interweaving the lives of Marie-Laura and Werner and dragging you into a world of Jules Verne, radios and airwaves. Absolutely beautiful, poignant and one that stays with you. I don`t mind admitting I actually put off listening to the last hour of it because I seriously did not want it to end!!

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Memory Book

  • By: Rowan Coleman
  • Narrated by: Robert Blackwood, Clare Corbett, Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

The name of your first-born. The face of your lover. Your age. Your address... What would happen if your memory of these began to fade? When Claire starts to write her Memory Book, she already knows that this scrapbook of mementoes will soon be all her daughters and husband have of her. But how can she hold onto the past when her future is slipping through her fingers...?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heart wrenching

  • By lisa on 09-04-14

Perfect!!

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

Reviewed: 02-11-14

Absolutely perfect! Beautiful story, beautifully read. It has moments of humour and moments of intense sadness, and is extremely thought provoking. An excellent listen, I`ll look out for more by this author.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Miniaturist

  • By: Jessie Burton
  • Narrated by: Jessie Burton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,958
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,773
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,771

There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed...On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tricky to get in to

  • By DebNwood on 20-05-15

Pointless

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

Reviewed: 02-11-14

Some nice historical information, and on an era and country I don`t know much about, so that gives this book a plus, and the heroine is a plucky little thing that you easily warm too, but there are just so many loose ends to this book. There`s so much you never find out, no conclusions, and there`s no real ending to the story. The book just stops. I can`t help but wonder if the author ran out of ideas. Or steam. Or the will to live....
Use your credit on something else. I wish I had done.

  • Look Who's Back

  • By: Timur Vermes
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,246
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,243

Berlin, Summer 2011. Adolf Hitler wakes up on a patch of open ground, alive and well. Things have changed – no Eva Braun, no Nazi party, no war. Hitler barely recognises his beloved Fatherland, filled with immigrants and run by a woman. People certainly recognise him, albeit as a flawless impersonator who refuses to break character. The unthinkable, the inevitable happens, and the ranting Hitler goes viral, becomes a YouTube star, gets his own T.V. show, and people begin to listen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb satire on modern life

  • By Evolutionary Artefact on 16-09-14

Perfect!!

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

I loved this book! Very tongue in cheek, and a little bit too close to the knuckle in places, it nevertheless illustrates nicely how someone like Hitler could insinuate himself into the hearts of the people around him. It`s got some brilliant moments in it, in particular the scene where Hitler tries to answer his mobile phone for the first time. Listening to this at work, I had to just lean against a table and laugh!
Highly recommended, though possibly not for everyone. I can`t wait for the film :)

The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year
    
    
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    Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
    338 ratings
    Overall 3.6
  • The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year

  • By: Sue Townsend
  • Narrated by: Caroline Quentin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 224

The day her children leave home, Eva climbs into bed and stays there. She's had enough - of her kids' carelessness, her husband's thoughtlessness and of the world's general indifference. Brian can't believe his wife is doing this. Who is going to make dinner? But Eva won't budge; and soon she realises to her horror that everyone has been taking her for granted - including herself.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A disappointment

  • By Amanda on 18-12-12

Why?

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-12

This book had me laughing out loud once or twice, but by the second half, Caroline Quentin`s voice had begun to grate a tad, and the accents she gave some of the characters made them seem a sandwich short of a picnic. And while I thought the idea of going to bed and making everyone wait on me was quite appealing, Eva soon lost any sympathy I had for her as she developed into a whiney, self centred woman. The book just finishes, there`s no satisfying conclusion, in fact, there`s no conclusion at all. Hence the title of this review. Still, it passed a few shifts at work, but not one I`d recommend.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

Little Hands Clapping
    
    
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        Dan Rhodes
    
    


    
    
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        Kris Dyer
    
    


    
    Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
    81 ratings
    Overall 3.9
  • Little Hands Clapping

  • By: Dan Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

In a room above a bizarre German museum lives the Old Man. Caretaker of the museum by day, by night he enjoys the sound of silence, broken by the occasional crunch of a spider between his blackened teeth. Little Hands Clapping brings together the Old Man with the respectable Doctor Ernst Frohlicher, his greedy dog Hans, and a cast of grotesque and hilarious townsfolk, all of whose lives are thrown together as the town uncovers a crime so outrageous that it will shock the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Curious, dark, creepy and delightful.

  • By Mr on 06-03-12

Amazing!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-12

Despite the somewhat "dodgy" subject matter, this had me laughing out loud frequently! At times the storyline seems to drift away, in fact I was wondering if it was a collection of short stories at one point, but it all comes together wonderfully. Beautifully narrated in a droll style, with amusing accents, and a tidy ending, this book has it all and I shall be looking for more by this author. Definitely a 5* listen :)

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • My Dear I Wanted to Tell You

  • By: Louisa Young
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297

Set on the Western Front, in London and in Paris, My Dear I Wanted to Tell You is a moving and brilliant novel of love, class, and sex in wartime, and how war affects those left behind as well as those who fight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful,moving and engrossing

  • By helen on 20-06-11

A Must Buy!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-02-12

Absolutely beautiful. Perfectly read and with a brilliantly satisfying conclusion. It`s just a shame it`s not several thousand pages longer!!!