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Agnieszka Bania

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  • Sunset over the Cherry Orchard

  • By: Jo Thomas
  • Narrated by: Rasheeda Ali
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Jo Thomas' new novel invites you to a special cherry orchard in Spain, where sunshine, romance and family secrets are the order of the day. Perfect for fans of Lucy Diamond, Milly Johnson and Katie Fforde, Sunset over the Cherry Orchard is a heartwarming, hilarious tale. It's time for Beti Winter to dance to her own beat. After three failed engagements Beti is in desperate need of a fresh start. What better place than the sun-drenched hills of Southern Spain?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointing book, awful narrator

  • By Agnieszka Bania on 17-09-18

Very disappointing book, awful narrator

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

Reviewed: 17-09-18

I loved Jo Thomas' first 3 books but the last 2 are really disappointing. There is no trace of the humour and sweetness from the initial books and you're left with a rather dull, very samey romantic book you've read many times before.

  • The Love Detective

  • By: Alexandra Potter
  • Narrated by: Victoria Fox
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Because love is the greatest mystery of all.... 'In a way, I'm a bit of a love detective. Because what's a greater mystery than love?' Meet Ruby Miller. A writer who makes happy-ever-afters happen. Until she discovers her fiancé is a lying cheat and loses her faith in love. So when her sister invites her on a beach holiday to Goa to forget about him, Ruby jumps on a plane...and into an extraordinary adventure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • fun road trip romance

  • By Agnieszka Bania on 24-06-18

fun road trip romance

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

Reviewed: 24-06-18

Very sweet, feel good, laugh out loud travel themed romance, perfect for lazy sunny days

  • Prima Donna

  • By: Karen Swan
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 17 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Pia Soto is the sexy and glamorous prima ballerina, the Brazilian bombshell who's shaking up the ballet world with her outrageous behaviour. She's wild and precocious, and she's a survivor. But ruthless financier Will Silk has Pia in his sights, and has other ideas...Sophie O'Farrell is Pia's hapless, gawky assistant, the girl-next-door to Pia's Prima Donna. When a devastating accident threatens to cut short Pia's illustrious career, Sophie has to step out of the shadows and face up to the demons in her own life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stunning story!

  • By Agnieszka Bania on 18-10-17

A stunning story!

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

Reviewed: 18-10-17

A fascinating world of dance, a story about strong women with secrets, how they live with their demons. It is filled with excitement, intrigue and unlikely opportunities. The characters are brilliant, a story is beautifully told. One of the few books I could read all day.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Paris Secret

  • By: Karen Swan
  • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Somewhere along the cobbled streets of Paris, an apartment lies thick with dust and secrets: full of priceless artworks hidden away for decades. High-flying fine art agent Flora from London, more comfortable with the tension of a million-pound auction than a cosy candlelit dinner for two, is called in to assess these suddenly discovered treasures. As an expert in her field, she must trace the history of each painting and discover who has concealed them for so long.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb!

  • By Lyn Chrimes on 23-08-16

brilliant how the story just keeps giving

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

first couple of chapters are a bit detailed and slow but don't give up, it becomes a mesmerising read

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Rome Affair

  • By: Karen Swan
  • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

It's 1974, and Elena Damiani lives a gilded life. Born to wealth and a noted beauty, no door is closed to her, no man can resist her. At 26 she is already onto her third husband when she meets her love match. But he is the one man she can never have, and all the beauty and money in the world can't change it. It's 2017, and Francesca Hackett is living la dolce vita in Rome, leading tourist groups around the Eternal City and forgetting the ghosts she left behind in London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing and entertaining

  • By rebeccah prince on 22-01-18

An intriguing story

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

Reviewed: 24-08-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes - it is beautifully read, unlike a lot of audible books I've listened to.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rome Affair?

When you realise that it was Veto's brother that was in the heart of it all.

What about Katie Scarfe’s performance did you like?

everything - she created perfect atmosphere for the book

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I could never do that with any book. It was nice coming back to it every day

Any additional comments?

Very interesting story, I just wish it went deeper when going back to the past so that we could "live" in those moments more - would make a great series

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Kissing Under the Mistletoe: A St. Helena Vineyard Novel, Book 1

  • By: Marina Adair
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Regan Martin stopped believing in Christmas miracles the day she discovered her fiancé was already married. The fallout cost her everything - her career, her home, and her impeccable reputation in the wine industry. But now she has a second chance with a dream job in the Napa Valley, and a cozy cottage for her and her daughter, whose one Christmas wish is for a forever home. But those hopes are threatened when Gabe DeLuca, the scorned wife’s brother, tries to drive Regan out of town - even if he can’t seem to drive the luscious beauty from his thoughts.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • predictable and cheesey!

  • By JC on 12-12-16

a sweet lighthearted Christmas romance

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

Reviewed: 18-11-16

A wonderfully read sexy, romantic comedy, perfect round Christmas time and with a hot chocolate by your side

  • The Book of Lost and Found

  • By: Lucy Foley
  • Narrated by: Jessica Ball
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

In many ways, my life has been rather like a record of the lost and found. Perhaps all lives are like that. It's when life started in earnest. Hertfordshire, 1928. The paths of Tom and Alice collide against a haze of youthful, carefree exuberance. And so begins a love story that finds its feet by a lake one silvery moonlit evening... It's when there were no happy endings. Paris, 1939. Alice is living in the City of Light, but the pain of the last decade has already left its mark.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful escapism!

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-07-18

really badly read which ruins the book

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

Reviewed: 14-10-16

really badly read which ruins the book - so flegmatic it's impossible to concentrate. sorry seems interesting so I recommend a hard copy though this author's second book is much much better and beautifully read!

  • The Invitation

  • By: Lucy Foley
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

An epic, escapist novel that will transport you away to an extraordinary time in history. Perfect for fans of Kate Morton and Victoria Hislop. Rome, 1950s. One fateful night, Hal Jacobs meets Stella, a beautiful society darling from New York. To Hal, flailing in the postwar darkness, she's a point of light. They're from different worlds but both trying and failing to carve out new lives. Stella vanishes all too quickly, until a curious invitation from an Italian Contessa reels her back into Hal's world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favourites!

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-08-17

An enchanting story beautifully read

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

Reviewed: 11-10-16

This is one of those rare stories that really gets to you - it's got a wonderful atmosphere about it, debth of characters and is narrated in such a way that the narrator becomes the soul of the book. Ever wondered how you would be in the face of the war, loss, hunger? and how do regrets and what ifs shape your future?
Any Lucinda Riley fans will love this book and if you like "The Invitation"- then you will absolutely love every single one of Lucinda's unforgettable novels.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Storm Sister

  • The Seven Sisters, Book 2
  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Noreen Leighton, Rachel Lincoln
  • Length: 21 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289

A talented sailor, Ally is about to compete in one of the world's most challenging yacht races when she hears the news of her adoptive father's sudden death. In the aftermath of the harrowing events that follow, Ally pursues the clues her father left her to the icy beauty of Norway. There, she begins to discover how her story is inextricably bound to that of a young unknown singer, Anna Landvik, who lived there over 100 years before.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Silly story about lightweight glossy people

  • By Cliente Amazon on 27-11-16

disappointing

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

Reviewed: 03-08-16

I love lucinda's books but this was my least favourite and made worse by hideous German accents when in Norway making it hard to get into - I believe it'd be better read but I don't recommend listening to it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Light Behind the Window

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Gerri Halligan
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387

THE PRESENT - After her mother’s death, Emilie de la Martiniéres finds herself the sole inheritor of a chateau in the south of France. There she discovers an old notebook which leads her along a journey to unravel the tragic love story of the mysterious Sophia. THE PAST (1943). Constance Carruthers, arrives in occupied Paris at the height of conflict. There she stumbles into the heart of a wealthy family and is drawn into a web of deception, the repercussions of which will affect generations to come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very compelling listen

  • By Linmary on 19-07-13

best book I've read in years!

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

Reviewed: 21-07-16

the most enchanting of Lucinda's books. you won't be able to put it down and will be completely lost in 2 very different worlds both fascinating.