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  • Take Six Girls: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters

  • By: Laura Thompson
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 181

They were known as the Mitford sisters: Nancy, Pamela, Diana, Unity, Jessica and Deborah. Born into country-house privilege in the early years of the 20th century, they became prominent as 'bright young things' in the high society of interwar London. Then, as the shadows crept over 1930s Europe, the stark - and very public - differences in their outlooks came to symbolize the political polarities of a dangerous decade.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but a little confusing

  • By Mimi Munch-Jensen on 17-05-17

engaging autobiography

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-10-18

A brilliantly researched and well- written autobiography. I could not tear myself away. Good narration.

  • The Bookshop

  • By: Penelope Fitzgerald, David Nicholls - introduction
  • Narrated by: Eve Karpf, David Nicholls, Stephanie Racine
  • Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

In a small East Anglian town, Florence Green decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop. Hardborough becomes a battleground. Florence has tried to change the way things have always been done, and as a result she has to take on not only the people who have made themselves important but natural and even supernatural forces, too. Her fate will strike a chord with anyone who knows that life has treated them with less than justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short but sweet

  • By Maggieannie on 29-12-16

unexpected pleasure

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-18

I was surprised and pleased to listen to this superb story from Penelope Fitzgerald, great.

  • The Salt Path

  • By: Raynor Winn
  • Narrated by: Anne Reid
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 731
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 734

Just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years, is terminally ill, the couple lose their home and their livelihood. With nothing left and little time, they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the sea-swept South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall. They have almost no money for food or shelter and must carry only the essentials for survival on their backs as they live wild in the ancient, weathered landscape of cliffs, sea and sky.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5

  • By Kim on 02-06-18

Compassionate healing nature<br />

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-18

captivated by the wonderful narration. An intriuging and unfogettable insight into the lived of two homeless people. Their walk takes the reader on a wonderful journey with all its highs and lows A triumph of nature's healing and human strength through adversity.

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  • Charles Dickens

  • A Life
  • By: Claire Tomalin
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Charles Dickens: A Life, the major new biography from the highly acclaimed Claire Tomalin, published for the 200th anniversary of his birth. Read by the actor Alex Jennings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As lively a story as a good novel

  • By Kirstine on 27-01-12

Outstanding Biography

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-03-18

first class biography, beautifully read. The Sickens of many facets and faces. Excellent, first class

  • Patrimony

  • A True Story
  • By: Philip Roth
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Patrimony, a true story, touches the emotions as strongly as anything Philip Roth has ever written. Roth watches as his 86-year-old father - famous for his vigor, his charm, and his repertoire of Newark recollections - battles with the brain tumor that will kill him. The son, full of love, anxiety, and dread, accompanies his father through each fearful stage of his final ordeal, and, as he does so, discloses the survivalist tenacity that has distinguished his father's long, stubborn engagement with life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glimpse of true family emotions

  • By a.hopewell on 17-09-17

Glimpse of true family emotions

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-09-17

I became absorbed into the narrator's honest, emotional account of his father's last year's. I was able to identify with his main protagonist, his very complex father.
I was very moved by the tender, raw emotions laid bare. Very cleverly written; I was very tearful at the conclusion of Philip Roth's moving account of his father's death. I was also aware of the humorous theme running through the story. I recommend highly.
P.Hopewell

  • Charlotte Brontë

  • A Life
  • By: Claire Harman
  • Narrated by: Claire Harman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of Charlotte Brontë: A Life written and read by Claire Harman. Raised motherless on remote Yorkshire moors, watching five beloved siblings sicken and die, haunted by unrequited love: Charlotte Brontë's life has all the drama and tragedy of the great Gothic novels it inspired. Charlotte was a literary visionary, a feminist trailblazer and the driving force behind the whole Brontë family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charlotte Bronte's true memoir

  • By a.hopewell on 26-07-17

Charlotte Bronte's true memoir

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-07-17

I thought Claire Harman's portrayal of Charlotte brought fresh new insight into the main protagonist. Through her characterisation I was able to understand and empathize with Charlotte with clearer insight.

Very sincere narration enabling me to 'want to keep listening' all the way through.

Excellent.