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Mrs O

Melksham, United Kingdom
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  • The Race to Kangaroo Cliff

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Crawford Logan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Ben and Fee MacTavish and the rest of the School Ship Tobermory crew head down under to take part in a tall ships race. But after a good start the Tobermory runs aground, having first dropped out to rescue a local boy, Kimba, stranded on the rocks. When the ship's dog, Henry, disappears, Kimba helps them find him. But they begin to realise that a missing dog is the least of their problems....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great children's adventure story!

  • By Mrs O on 19-01-19

A great children's adventure story!

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

Reviewed: 19-01-19

In the tone of Swallows and Amazons or The Famous Five, the latest Tobermory adventure sees the gang visit Australia, come face to face with crocodiles and meet the other challenges of growing up. Great fun with a good positive messages about how we should treat our friends.

  • Where the Light Gets In

  • By: Lucy Dillon
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Where the Light Gets In by Lucy Dillon. 'You know those cracks in your heart, Lorna, where things didn’t work out, but you picked yourself up and carried on? That’s where the fear gets out. And where the light gets in.' It was Betty, defiant to the end, who sent Lorna back to Longhampton. If Lorna’s learned one thing from Betty, it’s that courage is something you paint on like red lipstick, even when you’re panicking inside. And right now, with the keys to the town’s gallery in her hand, Lorna feels about as courageous as Betty’s anxious little dachshund trembling beside her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charming and gentle, bittersweet as well, it draw

  • By Helen Taylor on 26-05-18

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 20-06-18

Another great book by Lucy Dillon. Deals well with touching and emotional issues. Highly recommended.

  • The Last Family in England

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 208

Meet the Hunter family: Adam, Kate, and their children, Hal and Charlotte. And Prince, their black Labrador. Prince is an earnest young dog, striving hard to live up to the tenets of the Labrador Pact (Remain Loyal to Your Human Masters, Serve and Protect Your Family at Any Cost). Other dogs, led by the Springer Spaniels, have revolted. As things in the Hunter family begin to go badly awry - marital breakdown, rowdy teenage parties, attempted suicide - Prince's responsibilities threaten to overwhelm him and he is forced to break the Labrador Pact.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing but sad

  • By Ms. Bookworm on 27-01-18

Seriously!

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

Reviewed: 24-05-18

I was sooooo disappointed by the end of this story. I loved the premise and the narration from the point of view of the dog. The culture and morals that the author created for the different breeds of dog were thought provoking, wryly funny and great for any dog lover. The story of the family who own Prince was also well crafted - I just felt the end was unnecessary and put me off the whole thing. A real disappointment as I usually love Matt Haig books.

  • Traces of Guilt

  • By: Dee Henderson
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Evie Blackwell loves her life as an Illinois state police detective...mostly. She's very skilled at investigations and has steadily moved up through the ranks. She would like to find Mr. Right, but she has a hard time imagining how marriage could work, considering the demands of her job.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story but....

  • By Mrs O on 24-05-18

Good story but....

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

Reviewed: 24-05-18

Unfortunately the overly sincere voice of the narrator and the overly insightful characters threatened to overwhelm the good story and mystery of this book. I enjoyed it but I had to engage a "filter" to keep from being annoyed by the these issues. If you like Dee Henderson, worth a listen - just a note of caution!

  • All I Ever Wanted

  • By: Lucy Dillon
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

Caitlin's life is a mess. Her marriage to a man everyone else thinks is perfect has collapsed, along with her self-esteem, and breaking free seems the only option. Nancy, her four-year-old daughter, used to talk all the time; in the car, at nursery, to her brother Joel. Then her parents split up. Her daddy moves out. And Nancy stops speaking. But when Eva agrees to host her niece and nephew once a fortnight, Caitlin and Eva are made to face the different truths about their marriages....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but not her best

  • By Cookie Monster on 25-01-17

One of her best

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

This book deals with the difficult issues of separation, children stuck in the middle as well as surprising post bereavement discoveries in a sensitive and touching way. This is a heart warming story.

  • Ballet Shoes

  • A Story of Three Children on the Stage (A Puffin Book)
  • By: Noel Streatfeild
  • Narrated by: Janet Streatfeild
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 37

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild, read by Janet Streatfeild. 'I wonder...if other girls had to be one of us, which of us they'd choose to be?' Pauline longs to be an actress. Petrova is happiest playing with cars and engines. And if she could...Posy would dance all day! But when their benefactor Great-Uncle Matthew disappears, the Fossil girls share a future of a dazzling life onstage, where their dreams and fears will soon come true....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's a classic.

  • By Mrs O on 08-02-18

It's a classic.

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

story is is good and entertaining as I remember it being when I was a child I was less impressed with the reader is styles quite abrupt and harsh

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  • The Christmasaurus

  • By: Tom Fletcher
  • Narrated by: Paul Shelley
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378

The Christmasaurus is a story about a boy named William Trundle and a dinosaur, the Christmasaurus. It's about how they meet one Christmas Eve and have a magical adventure. It's about friendship and families, sleigh bells and Santa, singing elves and flying reindeer, music and magic. It's about discovering your heart's true desire and learning that the impossible might just be possible....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZING

  • By Amazon Customer on 20-11-17

Magical Christmas Adventure for all ages

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

Reviewed: 31-12-17

This is a fun, imaginative idea turned into a good Christmas adventure story which all the family can enjoy together.

  • Bridge to Haven

  • By: Francine Rivers
  • Narrated by: Kate Forbes
  • Length: 17 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

To those who matter in 1950s Hollywood, Lena Scott is the hottest rising star to hit the silver screen since Marilyn Monroe. Few know her real name is Abra. Even fewer know the price she' s paid to finally feel like she' s somebody. To Pastor Ezekiel Freeman, Abra will always be the little girl who stole his heart the night he found her, a wailing newborn abandoned under a bridge on the outskirts of Haven.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely amazing

  • By rachel kamangira on 03-12-18

Another great book

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

Reviewed: 13-10-17

Great story but could have been slightly shorter . Inspirational but not too cheesy. Definitely one to read.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
    
    
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        Mary Ann Shaffer,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Annie Barrows
    
    


    
    
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        Paul Boehmer,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Susan Duerden,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Rosalyn Landor,
    
    
        and others
    


    
    Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
    772 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • By: Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 772
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 636

It's 1946 and author Juliet Ashton can't think of what to write next. Out of the blue, she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey - by chance, he's acquired a book that once belonged to her - and, spurred on by their mutual love of reading, they begin a correspondence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A thoroughly enjoyable listen.

  • By Amazon Customer on 21-06-09

Absolutely Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 21-09-17

This was an impulse buy and one of my best. The story makes you laugh and cry. I was completely captivated and couldn't stop listening. The readers really brought the letters to life....and now I want to visit Guernsey!

  • The Sands of Shark Island

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith, Iain McIntosh
  • Narrated by: Crawford Logan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

After successfully thwarting a dastardly plan to steal rare marine animals, Ben and Fee MacTavish feel they can relax and continue learning all about nautical life onboard School Ship Tobermory. But it's not long before their everyday routine is interrupted by an extraordinary event. The crew find themselves embroiled in another adventure that leads them to a small island in the Caribbean, where they learn about Captain Macbeth's past and come face to face with modern-day pirates.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Olejniczak on 08-08-17

A great adventure!

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

A fun children's adventure story in the famous five style. A great listen for all the family. I look forward to the next instalment.