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ilford, United Kingdom
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  • A Necessary Evil

  • By: Abir Mukherjee
  • Narrated by: Simon Bubb
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233

The fabulously wealthy kingdom of Sambalpore: home to tigers, elephants, diamond mines and the beautiful Palace of the Sun. When the heir to the throne of Sambalpore is assassinated in Calcutta in the presence of Captain Sam Wyndham and his colleague 'Surrender-Not' Banerjee, Wyndham works to uncover the reasons behind Prince Punit's death, despite the opposition of his commanding officers. Travelling to Sambalpore, he discovers a kingdom riven with suppressed conflict.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Book

  • By G. Williams on 04-06-17

Part Detective story and part History lesson

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

Reviewed: 17-06-18

Abir Mukherjee has surpassed himself. His first novel was excellent but this one is even more polished. It has inspired me to read more novels set India. So much goes on here. The national politics, police inter-department politics and the detection of the villain all weave in and out seamlessly. I learned so much about the Murghals but the historical information never got in the way of the story. The descriptive passages transported you so that you could almost see and smell the scenes as they unfolded.

Best of all it was a cracking good detective story with a strong and surprising ending

  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

  • By: Truman Capote
  • Narrated by: Michael C. Hall
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582

Golden Globe-winning actor Michael C. Hall (Six Feet Under) performs Truman Capote's masterstroke about a young writer's charmed fascination with his unorthodox neighbor, the "American geisha" Holly Golightly. Holly - a World War II-era society girl in her late teens - survives via socialization, attending parties and restaurants with men from the wealthy upper class who also provide her with money and expensive gifts. Over the course of the novella, the seemingly shallow Holly slowly opens up to the curious protagonist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timeless

  • By I OFarrell on 06-10-15

A story that comes alive from the very beginning.

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

Reviewed: 17-06-18

Each character in this book deserves a novel of their own. It was so atmospheric, due in equal parts to,the story and the narrator. Holly Golightly has such an interesting backstory. I wish the Author had written more novels about her.

  • The Sapphire Widow

  • By: Dinah Jefferies
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

Ceylon, 1935. Louisa Reeve, the daughter of a successful British gem trader, and her husband, Elliot, a charming, thrill-seeking businessman, seem like the couple who have it all. Except what they long for more than anything: a child. While Louisa struggles with miscarriages, Elliot is increasingly absent, spending much of his time at a nearby cinnamon plantation overlooking the Indian ocean.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Started well but fell apart very quickly.

  • By SHEILA on 17-06-18

Started well but fell apart very quickly.

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

Reviewed: 17-06-18

The story plodded along without any character grabbing the attention. Various Story lines started then did not go anywhere. It was very predictable. I got to the last 2. Chapters and then gave up. I did not care what happened to any ot them.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Reluctant Widow

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Cornelius Garrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

Penniless Elinor is rather surprised at the carriage that meets her from the stage, and more so at the decayed grandeur of the house to which she's transported. Realising that there has been a case of mistaken identity she agrees to an audacious plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpectedly excellent

  • By JED on 01-02-16

Very Boring, not what I e pe t from Heyer

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

Reviewed: 17-06-18

This story was a simple tale which could have been told lines. None of the characters were believable and there was none of the wit and banter one expects of this Author. The narrator over-emphasised each persons’ voice. Generally poor value.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Kashmir Shawl

  • By: Rosie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Nerys Hughes
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 142

1939: Nerys Watkins leaves rural Wales to accompany her husband on a missionary posting to India. Travelling from lonely Ladakh, high in the Himalayas, Nerys discovers a new world in the city of Srinagar. Here, in the exquisite heart of Kashmir, the British live on carved wooden houseboats and dance, flirt and gossip as if there is no war. But the battles draw ever closer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By L. J. West on 19-04-15

Very disjointed story

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

Reviewed: 15-11-17

This is the first I have read by this author. I did not feel there was any flow to book. Part of it were well written, but others were just boring and drawn out.

Too many coincidences to make it believable.

  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

  • A Novel
  • By: Jamie Ford
  • Narrated by: Feodor Chin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japan-town. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Japanese and Chinese in WWII in USA

  • By SHEILA on 15-11-17

Japanese and Chinese in WWII in USA

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

Reviewed: 15-11-17

This is a combination of a love story and a History lesson. Two young high school pupils form a friendship, but are torn apart when the Japanese citizens are interred.

Wonderful narration, I got a real sense of the time and place. It is set over two time frames, both of which totally immersed me in the era. There is so much unsaid in the story, which adds beautifully to it poignancy .

  • The War of the Wives

  • By: Tamar Cohen
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin, Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

Imagine being married for 28 years with three children, a lovely house and a husband who travels a lot - but you still love each other. Or: imagine being happily married for 17 years. You have one daughter and your husband travels a lot. One day you get a call that turns your world upside down: your husband is dead. You go to the funeral…and meet his other widow…

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • By the end I really didn't care...

  • By Lianne on 24-05-15

A weak story which only came to life at the end

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

Reviewed: 05-07-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I don't think the hatred of the two wives for each other was convincing.

What was most disappointing about Tamar Cohen’s story?

The back story of the two women did not have much detail. Then right at the end it seemed rushed to bring it to a conclusion. The ending was like a soap opera.

What aspect of Julia Franklin and Penelope Rawlins ’s performance might you have changed?

I thought her narration was good and it was easy to,distinguish characters. I would not change anything about the narration.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No

  • The Long Weekend

  • By: Veronica Henry
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648

In a gorgeous quay-side hotel in Cornwall, the long weekend is just beginning...Claire Marlowe owns 'The Townhouse by the Sea' with Luca, the hotel's charismatic chef. She ensures everything runs smoothly - until an unexpected arrival checks in and turns her whole world upside down.And the rest of the guests arrive with their own baggage. There's a couple looking for distraction from a family tragedy; a man trying to make amends for an affair he bitterly regrets...and the young woman who thinks the Cornish village might hold the key to her past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect escapism

  • By Saffy on 24-05-14

Very believable story brilliantly narrated.

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

Reviewed: 11-02-15

Any additional comments?

All of the couples in the book have very interesting stories to tell. So many contrasting lives. I like a realistic book and felt a real connection to all the characters. The narration made the book come alive. A wonderfully descriptive author who made me want to stay in the area and at the hotel

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Moment

  • By: Claire Dyer
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 12

Paddington station, nine a.m., rush hour. As the crowds ebb and flow, time suddenly stands still for two people: Fern and Elliott, ex-lovers who parted twenty-five years before and never expected to see each other again. But here they are, face to face, and the connection is as powerful as it was the day they first met. Their lives have moved on - to marriage, children and divorce - yet neither has stopped regretting the day that drove them apart. Fern gives Elliott her number and they tentatively arrange to meet.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A bit of a let down

  • By Flint on 20-03-15

A slow paced story.

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

Reviewed: 11-02-15

Any additional comments?

Two people meet by chance years after they separated. Over the course of the day we learn about their lives. It is quite a gentle unfolding, but never really went anywhere.
A good book to read on short journeys. It got a bit samey, and some of the characters seemed to be introduced for no particular reason.

  • The Other Typist

  • By: Suzanne Rindell
  • Narrated by: Gretchen Mol
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Suzanne Rindell’s The Other Typist. Read by the actress Gretchen Mol, who plays Gillian Darmody in the hit US series Boardwalk Empire. New York City, 1924: the height of Prohibition and the whole city swims in bathtub gin. Rose Baker is an orphaned young woman working as a typist in a police precinct on the lower East Side.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Long winded

  • By R. J. Gladden on 14-06-14

An unusual story.

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

Reviewed: 11-02-15

Where does The Other Typist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book had an interesting setting, a police station in the prohibition era. A young lady is sucked in by a colleague and as we travel through their relationship we have no idea how it will end. Little hints are given, but the finale is very well done.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful