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Eleanor Murray

UK
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  • The Keeper of Lost Things

  • By: Ruth Hogan
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood, Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,731
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,737

Once a celebrated author of short stories now in his twilight years, Anthony Peardew has spent half his life collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before. Realising he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfil his legacy and reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners. But the final wishes of the Keeper of Lost Things have unforeseen repercussions which trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story to become lost in...

  • By Mrs JEL on 02-04-17

My favourite story of the year

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

Reviewed: 28-04-19

I think they will make this into a film - it’s a lovely story, full of intrigue and ghosts, and just a touch of love. Really lovely narration. Definitely the best story so far for me this year.

  • The Very First Damned Thing

  • An Author-Read Audio Exclusive
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Jodi Taylor
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,434
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,330
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,326

Jodi Taylor reads the long-awaited prequel in her Chronicles of St Mary’s series, as Dr Bairstow struggles to set up St Mary’s as we know it in a world still scarred by the ravages of civil war. Ever wondered how it all began? It’s two years since the final victory at the Battersea Barricades. The fighting might be finished, but for Dr Bairstow, just now setting up St Mary's, the struggle is only beginning. How will he assemble his team? From where will his funding come?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An intro....not much more

  • By Robyn on 29-11-16

Sorry - just didn’t engage

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

Reviewed: 28-04-19

I really didn’t engage with this story or the author. I love a bit of adventure, sci fi, and fantasy- but kept feeling that I was missing part of the sub-story in this.

  • Rocks in the Belly

  • By: Jon Bauer
  • Narrated by: Jon Bauer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Rocks in the Belly is about a precocious eight-year-old boy and the volatile adult he becomes. During childhood his mother fosters boys, despite the jealous turmoil it arouses in her son. Jealousy that reaches unmanageable proportions when she fosters Robert, an amiable child she can’t help bonding with. Until the bond triggers an event that profoundly changes everyone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disgustingly addictive

  • By Eleanor Murray on 28-04-19

Disgustingly addictive

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

Reviewed: 28-04-19

I couldn’t stop listening to this book (and missed a night’s sleep laying in the dark listening). Great storyline that is horrifying and yet strangely gives a satisfying closure. Really enjoyed from start to finish.

  • The Strawberry Thief

  • By: Joanne Harris
  • Narrated by: Joanne Harris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

Vianne Rocher has settled down. Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, the place that once rejected her, has finally become her home. With Rosette, her 'special' child, she runs her chocolate shop in the square, talks to her friends on the river, is part of the community. Even Reynaud, the priest, has become a friend. But when old Narcisse, the florist, dies, leaving a parcel of land to Rosette and a written confession to Reynaud, the life of the sleepy village is once more thrown into disarray....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this visit to Lansquenet sur Tannes!

  • By Portybelle on 30-04-19

Made me crave strawberry jam (straight from the jar)

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

Reviewed: 28-04-19

As always, an impeccable storyline with intrigue and just a little magic. I love the way Joanne Harris doesn’t just tell a story, she weaves in the smells, the tastes and the temperature so that you are immersed in the book rather than just reading it.

Being read by the author is always a bonus. I think you understand the intent of the words better than someone who doesn’t know the text as intimately.

  • The Night Circus

  • By: Erin Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,069
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,069

In 1886, a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, Le Cirque des Rêves delights all who wander its circular paths and warm themselves at its bonfire. Although there are acrobats, fortune-tellers and contortionists, the Circus of Dreams is no conventional spectacle. Some tents contain clouds, some ice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Magic Arrives Without Warning

  • By Paul Snook on 15-05-16

Full of mystery and magic

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

Reviewed: 28-04-19

I loved this audiobook - it was dark and mysterious, funny and enchanting. The characters were interesting and the tale unfolded at just the right speed.

Will definitely read more from the author.