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  • Nine Perfect Strangers

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,167
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,079
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,073

The 10-day retreat at boutique health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises healing and transformation. Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage and absorb the blissful meditative ambiance while enjoying their hot stone massages. They are all on a path to a better way of living. Or at least a better waistline.... Watching over them is the resort's director, a woman on a mission to reinvigorate these bodies and minds. But to what lengths will she go to achieve her goal? These nine perfect strangers have no idea what's about to hit them.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Did not like this book at all

  • By sabine on 21-10-18

So/so

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

Reviewed: 13-06-19

I didn’t not enjoy this book... I listened to the end and I liked a lot of the characters, but it kept loosing me in parts. As I was listening, I wasn’t sure what genre this book was, whether it was going to be a thriller or chic lit, or something else. I went with it, but it still feels really vague to me

  • Longbourn

  • By: Jo Baker
  • Narrated by: Emma Fielding
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266

If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats, Sarah thought, she would be more careful not to trudge through muddy fields. It is wash-day for the housemaids at Longbourn House, and Sarah's hands are chapped and bleeding. Domestic life below stairs, ruled tenderly and forcefully by Mrs Hill the housekeeper, is about to be disturbed by the arrival of a new footman smelling of the sea, and bearing secrets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous reader - Emma Fielding

  • By Randal on 18-05-17

Unexpectedly great read

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

Reviewed: 24-05-19

And by unexpected, I mean, because it’s a very brave move to mess with the most classic of classics. Its balanced beautifully and focussed, as it said it would, on the lives of the servants, with snippets and constant references to the P&P narrative. It’s very believable and the unintended unkindness and inequality from the Bennett’s towards their staff feels really accurate to how life would have really been. It actually makes Lizzie Bennett a much more well rounded heroine. Excellent job from jo baker, I expect I’ll listen again 👍🏻

  • Something in the Water

  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,048
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,048

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with a bright future. They seem to have it all - until Mark loses his job and cracks start to appear in their perfect life. But they’re determined to make it work. They book their dream honeymoon and trust that things will work out - after all, they have each other. Could the life of your dreams turn out to be a nightmare?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I would have loved to give this book six stars!

  • By Janet biglari on 13-08-18

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 22-05-19

Really enjoyable, interesting read. Love the subjects it deals with and the constant question about ‘ what would I do’. 👍🏻

  • The Shape of Lies

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 477

Yesterday, Scott was dead. Today, he’s back. And Anna doesn’t believe in ghosts. Scott was Anna’s boyfriend. She loved him, but he ruined her life. When he died, she should have been free, but today Scott is on the radio, threatening to spill her secrets. Anna is a mother, a wife, and head teacher of a primary school. And she’s a good liar. She made one mistake, and now she is having to pay for it. Scott is the only person who knows the truth about her past, but how can he be alive? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Plot relies on bad decisions

  • By David M on 18-04-19

So so

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

Reviewed: 25-04-19

It wasn’t boring, but the person ‘who done it’ was completely unbelievable, which spoiled the story for me. I felt like the saskia’s character had a load more life in her- she seemed to just be there for character development for the main character. But I think that she could have been developed more in the story, to make her part have an actual reason to exist in the plot. So that seemed a bit disappointing in the end.

  • The Clockmaker's Daughter

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 661

In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor in rural Oxfordshire. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared, a priceless heirloom is missing and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins. Over 150 years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable!

  • By Mrs. A. Hemsworth on 30-09-18

Good and bad.

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

Reviewed: 15-03-19

There were really interesting themes in this book and it should have been one which I loved, but there was something really unsatisfying about the storyline and the characters. There was no one specific who you could invest in or care about, so and for me, it made the whole thing feel like a waste of time. Shame...

  • The Year of Less

  • How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store
  • By: Cait Flanders
  • Narrated by: Cait Flanders
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 229

In her late 20s, Cait Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips so many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, rinse, repeat. Even after she worked her way out of nearly $30,000 of consumer debt, her old habits took hold again. When she realized that nothing she was doing or buying was making her happy - only keeping her from meeting her goals - she decided to set herself a challenge: she would not shop for an entire year. The Year of Less documents Cait's life for 12 months during which she bought only consumables.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Quite a lot of moaning

  • By Catherine Oliver on 20-02-18

Totally self indulgent, like a teenagers diary

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

Reviewed: 21-01-19

The pros- it made me think a little bit about how I spend money.
Cons- not spending money was a side- theme of the book, and instead the book was a self indulgent memoir of a girl I’ve never heard of. This element of it was a total drag to listen to, and not inspiring or motivational.
The narration sounded drab and insincere to me, considering this was meant to be her passion.

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