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  • The Christmas Hirelings

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Saunders
  • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,019
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,839
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,824

A heartwarming festive tale of redemption and cheer, The Christmas Hirelings is the story of a lonely widower who reluctantly invites a group of children to his manor for Christmas. It showcases the benefits of opening your doors and hearts during the holiday season.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it! What a wonderful Christmas tale.

  • By Helen SJ on 17-12-18

The Christmas hirelings

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

Reviewed: 30-12-18

I enjoyed this book and found it really great to read at Christmas..Although I guessed the ending very early on it didn’t detract from my enjoyment. I enjoyed the narration very much.
Thank you Audible for the gift.

  • Meet Me at the Cupcake Café

  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

Ever dreamed of starting over? Issy Randall can bake. No, more than that - Issy can create stunning, mouth-wateringly divine cakes. After a childhood spent in her beloved Grampa Joe’s bakery she has undoubtedly inherited his talent. So when she’s made redundant from her safe but dull City job, Issy decides to seize the moment and open up her own café. It should be a piece of cake, right?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe

  • By Mrs on 10-06-12

Meet me at the cupcake cafe

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I bought this book because I like Jenny Colgan, Penelope Rawlings and cupcakes. I found it a little slow to get into but once I did very much enjoyed it. There were enough twists and turns to keep me interested throughout but at the same time it was easy to listen to. I am looking forward to the next instalment.

  • The House by the Sea

  • By: Santa Montefiore
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146

Ten-year-old Floriana is captivated by the magnificent Tuscan villa near her village. When the owner’s son invites her inside, Floriana knows that her destiny is there, with him. But as they grow up, things begin to change. Miles away on the Devon coastline, Marina’s hotel has fallen on hard times. The arrival of Rafael Santoro, artist-in-residence, seems to bring peace in Marina’s family. But Rafa is not who he seems....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a very satisfying read!

  • By A.G.Raynor-Krill on 02-09-12

The house by the sea

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

Santa montefiore is one of my favourite authors and this book did not disappoint. I liked how all the loose ends were tied up in the end. Although I guessed a few of the connections the majority were a real surprise to me.

  • A Day at the Office

  • By: Matt Dunn
  • Narrated by: James Clamp
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 82

Julie kissed Mark at the office Christmas party. She doesn’t seem to remember but he’s not been able to forget. What better day to jog her memory than Valentine’s Day? Calum’s found the girl of his dreams on the internet. Trouble is, he’s not been completely honest about himself. Tonight he’s meeting her for the first time but will it also be the last? Nathan’s organized his usual Anti-Valentine’s party for the office singletons. Sophie’s going - again. Though this year, if she gets her way, they might just be leaving together.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Like listening to the football scores

  • By Catspaws on 16-02-16

A day at the office

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

Reviewed: 30-11-17

Where does A Day at the Office rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Near the bottom due to the narrator

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Day at the Office?

There were many. I find it hard to pick just one.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I felt he didn’t have much range in his accents. His voice seemed very flat, particularly for Sophie.

Any additional comments?

I love listening to audiobooks but I wish I had read this instead. I listened to the sample and thought I might get used to the narration but I didn’t. For me it really detracted the pleasure of the story.

  • Coming Home for Christmas

  • By: Jenny Hale
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 90

Christmas is a time for family... isn't it? Allie Richfield loves Christmas, so when she lands a job as House Manager for the amazing Ashford Estate - which includes organizing the Marley family festivities - she is in her element. With a budget bigger than her life savings and a team of staff, how hard can it be? As one-by-one she meets the Marleys, she’s about to find out... Allie’s new boss, Robert, might be gorgeous, but he’s also colder than the snow outside and refuses to come home for Christmas.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A million miles away from literature.

  • By Kathy on 16-12-15

Coming home for Christmas

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

Reviewed: 07-01-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not as a Christmas read. Although Christmas was in the background it seldom took centre stage.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I liked the ending and all the ends were tied up but I though it was too rushed.

What three words best describe Teri Schnaubelt’s performance?

Can't think of three words but I liked her voice and think she did a good job.

Was Coming Home for Christmas worth the listening time?

For me it wasn't though I didn't hate it. I think it was probably aimed at much younger audience

Any additional comments?

Although I knew it was set in America and the reader is American I didn't anticipate how many everyday words would be different. Normally it wouldn't be such a problem but it meant I had to concentrate more and all I wanted at Christmas was a book I could relax with and this didn't fit the bill.

  • The Secret Keeper

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A TALENTED STORY TELLER!

  • By Jenny on 29-11-16

The secret keeper

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

Reviewed: 02-04-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend this with reservations. I enjoyed the story but I had many problems with the narrator.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the way that although it was set in different time zones it was always easy to follow. The various twists and turns in the story kept me eager to continue even though narrator made me feel like giving up.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Caroline Lee?

I didn't enjoy Caroline Lee's narration. Although she has a nice voice I found her accents very difficult to listen to. Not only were they difficult to place in any particular part of the country but they were inconsistent.

Could you see The Secret Keeper being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Possibly but I think it might be confusing.

Any additional comments?

I know Kate Morton is Australian but because the book was set in England it really needed English accents.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Christmas at the Beach Café

  • By: Lucy Diamond
  • Narrated by: Melody Grove
  • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

After a hectic summer running her beach café in Cornwall, Evie Flynn is looking forward to her first Christmas with new boyfriend Ed. But when Ed’s ex suddenly gets in touch again, and some unexpected guests arrive: Ed’s surly brother Jake and Evie’s heartbroken best friend Amber, Evie’s Christmas starts to look as if it’ll be a total turkey. Will any of her festive wishes come true?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too short-not value for money

  • By Miss on 16-10-16

Christmas at the beach cafe

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

Reviewed: 18-12-15

I enjoyed this short story. I am glad that I listened to The Beach Cafe first because it was like meeting old friends and learning how things were working out. I hope there will be further stories in the future.

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,
    
    
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    Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
    773 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 773
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637

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

The Guernsey literary and potato peel pipe society

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

Reviewed: 06-12-15

When I bought this I didn't know if I would enjoy it but I was intrigued by the title and also I once spent a very enjoyable holiday on Guernsey. I found the book very interesting and it gave me an insight into how the islanders managed during the German occupation. I liked the narration and it really brought the book to life

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • David Copperfield

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 34 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471

When David Copperfield escapes from the cruelty of his childhood home, he embarks on a journey to adulthood which leads him through comedy and tragedy, love and heartbreak, and friendship and betrayal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Joy of Audible

  • By Mr David Newton on 15-09-09

David copper field

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

Reviewed: 27-07-15

What made the experience of listening to David Copperfield the most enjoyable?

I find listening to audio books very enjoyable. I have tried reading David Copperfield on several occasions but have never managed more than 2 or 3 chapters. To have it read to me by the wonderful Martin Jarvis was a pleasure.

What other book might you compare David Copperfield to, and why?

At the moment I am listening to Jane Eyre and there are certain similarities in that they are both about people looking back on their lives

Which scene did you most enjoy?

It is not really one scene but I enjoyed David's arrival at his aunt's house,the settling in and the donkeys.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were several, mainly to do with deaths but also when David walked from London to find his aunt.

Any additional comments?

I would just like to say how much I enjoyed this book. I feel Dickens is best listened to because when it is read by a good actor the characters really come to life. I am very pleased to note that Martin Jarvis has recorded several other works by Dickens which I am looking forward to listening to.

  • Queen's Gambit

  • By: Elizabeth Fremantle
  • Narrated by: Georgina Sutton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 185

The court of Henry VIII is rife with intrigue, rivalries, and romance - and none are better placed to understand this than the women at its heart. Katherine Parr, widowed for the second time aged 31, is obliged to return to court but, suspicious of the aging king and those who surround him, she does so with reluctance. Nevertheless, when she finds herself caught up in a passionate affair with the dashing and seductive Thomas Seymour, she believes she might finally be able to marry for love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Catherine Parr

  • By Patabee on 06-08-13

Queens gambit

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

Reviewed: 11-07-15

If you could sum up Queen's Gambit in three words, what would they be?

History made interesting

Who was your favorite character and why?

Katherine because she really became a real person instead of just being the wife who survived Henry XIII! followed very closely by Dot.


Which character – as performed by Georgina Sutton – was your favourite?

I cannot really choose one because Georgina Sutton brought all the characters to life so well

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

No not only because of the length but because there was such a large cast of characters.

Any additional comments?

Although I did get a little confused at times and had to rewind I found it a very enjoyable book. For me it made something which I thought might be rather dull into a very enjoyable lister. Congratulations to the author and narrator.