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  • If Only I Could Tell You

  • By: Hannah Beckerman
  • Narrated by: Nicky Diss
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
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    4 out of 5 stars 17

Audrey's family are falling apart. Her two grown-up daughters, Jess and Lily, are estranged, and her two granddaughters have never been allowed to meet. One secret that echoes back to 30 years before has splintered the family in two, and is also the one thing keeping them connected. But as tensions reach breaking point, the irrevocable choice that one of them made all those years ago will inevitably rise to the surface and either split them apart for good - or bring them back together. A moving novel full of heart about the people closest to us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If Only I Could Tell You

  • By Lainie on 16-03-19

If Only I Could Tell You

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Reviewed: 16-03-19

A deeply moving book, with wonderful characters, thoughtfully and profoundly written. Beautiful and empathetic narration.

  • The Scarlet Nightingale

  • By: Alan Titchmarsh
  • Narrated by: Alan Titchmarsh
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

As war rages across Europe, one young woman faces an impossible choice. Will she save her country...or the man she loves? It is the late 1930s. In London, socialite Rosamund Hanbury is determined to give up the parties and social sets of which she is a prominent member to join the war effort, along with scores of other young women. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By The wandering wayfarers on 12-12-18

The Scarlet Nightingale

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Reviewed: 12-02-19

What a wonderful book, loved it. Will definitely be listening to more Alan Titchmarsh books

  • Lost for Words

  • By: Stephanie Butland
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 652
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 651

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

Lost for Words

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Reviewed: 11-12-18

This is a very good story and very well written and researched. Great empathy for Loveday.

  • The Stolen Marriage

  • By: Diane Chamberlain
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218

In 1944, 23-year-old Tess DeMello abruptly ends her engagement to the love of her life when she marries a mysterious stranger and moves to Hickory, North Carolina. Hickory is a small town struggling with racial tension and the hardships imposed by World War II. Tess' new husband, Henry Kraft, is a secretive man who often stays out all night, hides money from his new wife and shows no interest in making love. Tess quickly realizes she's trapped in a strange and loveless marriage with no way out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Could not stop listening

  • By Maggy on 12-10-18

The Sten Marriage

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Reviewed: 09-09-18

Wasn’t quite sure where this book was going but once I got past the first few chapters I really empathised with Tess; an amazing story well researched and cleverly thought through. Many twists that you do not realise are coming. My first book by Diane Chamberlain and I will be listening/reading to more; thank you.

  • The Sewing Machine

  • By: Natalie Fergie
  • Narrated by: Angus King, Ruth Urquhart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 475
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 433

It is 1911, and Jean is about to join the mass strike at the Singer factory. For her, nothing will be the same again. Decades later, Connie sews coded moments of her life into a notebook, as her mother did before her. More than 100 years after his grandmother's sewing machine was made, Fred unpicks the secrets of four generations, one stitch at a time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An intriguing walk through generations

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-07-18

The Sewing Machine

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Reviewed: 31-08-18

What a wonderful story, I really felt that I got to know the characters; the story is so well linked together although you don’t know until the end. Very thoughtful as to how people have reacted to situations throughout the ages....excellent thank you to Natalie Fergie

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  • The Angel Tree

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 20 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 466

Thirty years have passed since Greta Marchmont left the Marchmont Hall. Now she finally returns, with amnesia and no memory of her past. But a walk through the wintry landscape leads to a disturbing discovery: she comes across a grave in the forest, and the weathered inscription on the cross tells her that her own son is buried here. Greta begins to search for the woman she once was, and to do so she must summon all of her courage....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well a poor man's classic at best

  • By Rose on 03-04-17

The Angel Tree

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Reviewed: 22-08-18

Another fantastic story by Lucinda Riley and brilliantly read by Julia Barrie. Have so enjoyed the way the characters have all fitted together and the descriptive writing makes you feel as though you could be there 🙂 thank you Lucinda, Julia and Audible

  • September

  • By: Rosamunde Pilcher
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 20 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

As spring comes to Scotland and the hills burst into life, a dance is planned for September. The invitations summon home the group of people Violet Aird has cared for most in her long life. The oldest, strongest and wisest of them all, she sees Alexa, her vulnerable granddaughter, find love for the first time while the decision to send her little grandson away to school is driving parents Edmund and Virginia even further apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous

  • By Tracey on 10-04-18

September

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Reviewed: 03-08-18

What a lovely book so well written and narrated. My first Rosamunde Pilcher listen/read story entwined generations friends and family....with a ending that you don’t expect. Fabulous descriptive writing making you feel as though you could be there.

  • The Pool House

  • By: Tasmina Perry
  • Narrated by: Esther Wane
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 106
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    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 94

Perfect for everyone who's been gripped by Showtime TV's The Affair, Adele Parks' The Stranger in My Home and J. P. Delaney's The Girl Before. When you're invited to spend summer in the Hamptons with a group of new friends, you agree - who wouldn't? But then you realise you're taking the place of another woman, a woman who died in mysterious circumstances, just the summer before. Your housemates tell you her death was an accident. But which of them has something to hide?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Struggled to get through...

  • By Molly Meux on 06-12-17

The Pool House

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Reviewed: 15-07-18

Excellent book really enjoyed it and just kept on listening.....needed to know what would happen. Brilliantly narrated




  • A Family Recipe

  • By: Veronica Henry
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

Laura's life has just been turned on its head, and with an empty nest and a crumbling marriage she launches a new business from her own kitchen, making artisan jams, chutneys and relishes from her grandmother's cookbook to sell at the local farmer's market. So can her flair for cooking, her most special family recipes and a better understanding of her grandmother's past help her find a happy future?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Annoyng narration

  • By Christine on 28-08-18

A Family Recipe

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Reviewed: 29-06-18

What an enjoyable feel good story loved it 🤗, good to tie all the ends up and although sad also happy!