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  • Operation Mincemeat

  • The True Spy Story that Changed the Course of World War II
  • By: Ben Macintyre
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474

From the best-selling author of Agent Zigzag, the thrilling true story of the greatest and most successful wartime deception ever attempted. One April morning in 1943, a sardine fisherman spotted the corpse of a British solder floating in the sea off the coast of Spain and set in train a course of events that would change the course of the Second World War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Brilliant

  • By Brian on 11-03-12

Organised chaos.

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

Reviewed: 20-10-17

A most interesting story but the author does tend to wander from the relevent into embroidery of not too pertinent detail.

  • Cordina's Crown Jewel

  • Cordina's Royal Family, Book 4
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

For a few precious weeks, Her Royal Highness Camilla de Cordina could be just plain Camilla MacGee. Working in rural Vermont for the devastatingly handsome and utterly cantankerous archaeologist Delaney Caine is the perfect refuge. But Camilla's irritation with the man soon turns into fascination, then desire, and the royal runaway knows she'll have to confess. Would Del see her as a woman to be loved, or dismiss her as a royal pain?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Up to Nora's usual standard

  • By Roger on 29-03-16

Up to Nora's usual standard

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

Reviewed: 29-03-16

A good story with some education on archaeology thrown in. The author either has a very good sex life or an exceptional imagination.
The narration was good but I deplore the American habit of slurring words and leaving out letters.

  • The Happy Hoofer

  • By: Celia Imrie
  • Narrated by: Celia Imrie
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

One of our best-loved actresses, Celia Imrie would rather have been a dancer. As a child she planned to join the Royal Ballet and marry Rudolf Nureyev. Now she has become one of our finest and funniest performers, on stage, TV and screen - adored for her roles in 'Acorn Antiques' and 'dinnerladies', as well as films including 'Calendar Girls' and 'Nanny McPhee'. In her hugely entertaining autobiography, Celia Imrie recounts a life hurtling (not always intentionally) into adventures both on stage and off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful book

  • By Kirstine on 01-07-15

An interesting read

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

Reviewed: 17-02-16

An interesting read probably not what one would expect. Although I am a fan I hadn't realized the breadth of Celias acting, most impressive.
I felt that the narration became rather tired, particularly when describing recovering from the pulmonary embolisms. Having suffered the same thing I can completely sympathise.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beatlebone

  • By: Kevin Barry
  • Narrated by: Kevin Barry
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

He will spend three days alone on his island. That is all that he asks.... John is so many miles from love now and home. This is the story of his strangest trip. John owns a tiny island off the west coast of Ireland. Maybe it is there that he can at last outrun the shadows of his past. The tale of a wild journey into the world and a wild journey within, Beatlebone is a mystery box of a novel. It's a portrait of an artist at a time of creative strife

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unique, engaging, leaves you wanting more.

  • By Michael Dullaghan on 07-12-15

RUBBISH

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

Reviewed: 10-02-16

The best that can be said is that there are vague echoes of Dylan Thomas. I gave up half way through the book. The story seems pointless, other than to see how many swearwords could be put on the page. I object strongly to the language and can see no reason why the book was ever written

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Miramont's Ghost

  • By: Elizabeth Hall
  • Narrated by: Emily Durante
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 11

Miramont Castle, built in 1897 and mysteriously abandoned three years later, is home to many secrets. Only one person knows the truth: Adrienne Beauvier, granddaughter of the Comte de Challembelles and cousin to the man who built the castle. Clairvoyant from the time she could talk, Adrienne's visions show her the secrets of those around her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • great story,

  • By Arabis on 15-03-18

Whoops

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

Reviewed: 07-02-16

The author needs to do a lot more research. The correct form of address for people in France was completely wrong. The distances people went for minor jobs were impossible. You don't send someone 500 kilometres to send a telegram. Aa fairly good story but the ending was flat.
I was disgusted to see mention of the real family. Mud sticks and this family are now marked.
The narrator needed to learn the correct pronunciation of french words.

  • Not Quite Nice

  • By: Celia Imrie
  • Narrated by: Celia Imrie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 687
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 625

Theresa is desperate for a change. Forced into early retirement, fed up with babysitting her bossy daughter's obnoxious children, she sells her Highgate house and moves to the picture-perfect town of Bellevue-sur-Mer, just outside Nice. With its beautiful villas, bustling cafes and shimmering cerulean sea, the village sparkles like a diamond on the French Mediterranean coast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fun and unexpected turns

  • By jacqui on 30-12-15

Definitely Nice!

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

Reviewed: 10-01-16

Being a longtime resident in France I not only recognise some of the characters but also some of the situations. I found the book amusing although the plot was somewhat predictable, having been told early on who the ex jailbird was.
As a fan of Celia Imrie, the actress, it pleased me greatly to hear her superb use of voices portraying her characters.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Boyfriend

  • The Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

Owen is the organizer of the Montgomery clan, running the family’s construction business with an iron fist - and an even less flexible spreadsheet. And though his brothers give him grief for his compulsive list making, the Inn BoonsBoro is about to open right on schedule. The only thing Owen didn’t plan for was Avery MacTavish... Avery’s popular pizza place is right across the street from the inn, giving her a firsthand look at its amazing renovation - and a newfound appreciation for Owen.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Opening the Inn

  • By sarahmoose2000 on 07-02-14

Enjoyment

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

Reviewed: 29-06-15

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

As it's the first I've listened to it can only be prime.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Avery, she is such a complex character.

Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

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

Yes, but I become engrossed in many books and want to keep going.

Any additional comments?

Whilst I enjoyed the book and the reading I feel that a female voice, reading the women's parts, would improve the audio. A man is limited in how many different female voices he can produce.