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  • A Keeper

  • By: Graham Norton
  • Narrated by: Graham Norton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,018
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 932

The mystery of Elizabeth Keane's father is one that has never been solved by the people of Buncarragh - not for lack of speculation. Her mother, Patricia, had been assumed a spinster until she began dating a mysterious man from out of town and within months had left Buncarragh and had married. Less than two years later, Patricia was back, with a new baby in her arms but no new husband by her side and unbendingly silent about her recent past. A secret she would take with her to her grave.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely...A Keeper.

  • By Sarah White on 06-10-18

Perfect

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

Reviewed: 19-12-18

For me such a perfect story, easy listening to Graham’s wonderful narration. Clear storyline beautifully created personalities of the characters, I just loved it... I didn’t find graham’s last book as good but I,m going back to read again. Ready for more of his writing.

  • The Silent Wife

  • By: Kerry Fisher
  • Narrated by: Emma Spurgin-Hussey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,527
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,388

Lara's life looks perfect on the surface. Gorgeous doting husband Massimo, sweet little son Sandro and the perfect home. Lara knows something about Massimo. Something she can't tell anyone else or everything Massimo has worked so hard for will be destroyed: his job, their reputation, their son. This secret is keeping Lara a prisoner in her marriage. Maggie is married to Massimo's brother Nico. She knows all of Nico's darkest secrets - or so she thinks. The one day she discovers a letter in the attic....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better analysis of coercive control than The Archers!

  • By Frances Locke on 21-09-17

Ok

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

Reviewed: 26-05-18

Not my favourite Kerry Fisher, maybe that's just personal.
Finished the book but not memorable for me.

  • The Secret Child

  • By: Kerry Fisher
  • Narrated by: Emma Spurgin Hussey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493

Susie did something that she knows she will always regret: giving her baby son up for adoption, to keep her infidelity secret from her family. Louise, Susie's daughter, feels the effects of that decision echoing down through the years - her mother has always been difficult, too strict with her but not strict enough with her sister, Grace, who is wild and out of control. And Danny, Susie's husband, adores her but has always sensed something wrong at the heart of their marriage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A really thought provoking story

  • By Frances Locke on 25-02-18

Accurate

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

Reviewed: 26-05-18

The emotions and actions in the story are about as honest and accurate as you can get, beautiful book.

  • The Road Home

  • By: Rose Tremain
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

Lev is on his way from Eastern Europe to Britain, seeking work. But Lev has an outsider's vision of the place we call home. Lev begins with no job, little money, and few words of English. He has only his memories, his hopes, and a certain skill preparing food.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Narration, Good Story

  • By Yogita on 13-10-08

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 17-06-16

After reading Colour and the Gustav sonata and loving them I was so excited to read this Rose Tremain book, I was so so disappointed and got so fed up of the f word that I gave up, I returned the book.

  • The Gustav Sonata

  • By: Rose Tremain
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 470

Gustav Perle grows up in a small town in Switzerland where the horrors of the Second World War seem distant. He adores his mother, but she treats him with bitter severity, disapproving especially of his intense friendship with Anton, the Jewish boy at school. A gifted pianist, Anton is tortured by stage fright; only in secret games with Gustav does his imagination thrive. But Gustav is taught that he must develop a hard shell, 'like a coconut', to protect the softness inside - just like the hard shell perfected by his country to protect its neutrality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An outstanding tale of love,friendship & betrayal.

  • By bookylady on 30-12-16

So moving

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

Reviewed: 01-06-16

I loved this angle on a story of wartime, it is now a favourite. The relationships of parents, friends lovers, colleagues all expertly observed. Excellent

  • Brooklyn

  • By: Colm Tóibín
  • Narrated by: Niamh Cusack
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 457

It is Ireland in the early 1950s and for Eilis Lacey, as for so many young Irish girls, opportunities are scarce. So when her sister arranges for her to emigrate to New York, Eilis knows she must go, leaving behind her family and her home for the first time. Arriving in a crowded lodging house in Brooklyn, Eilis can only be reminded of what she has sacrificed. She is far from home - and homesick.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Irishwoman abroad

  • By Kate on 11-06-15

Gentle listen

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

Reviewed: 05-02-16

Easy listening, nothing surprising but nevertheless I enjoyed it. I will probably see the film now. But strange ending for me.
Just missing that little something but not sure what!

  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 740
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 688
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684

Bravery, courage, fear, and love in a time of war. Despite their differences sisters Viann and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Viann is content with life in the French countryside with her husband, Antoine, and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight, and Viann finds herself isolated, so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her. As the war progresses, the sisters' relationship and strength are tested.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • hreatbreaking and horrifying story

  • By Lynda on 17-10-17

Heartbreaking but addictive

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

Reviewed: 30-01-16

I just could not wait to hear more and more of this tale.
The writing led me into a deep understanding of the characters.
Honestly the perfect book for me.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • After You

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Anna Acton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,104

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of After You by the Jojo Moyes, the stunning sequel to the worldwide phenomenon Me Before You. Jojo Moyes says: "I hadn't planned to write a sequel to Me Before You. But working on the movie script and reading the sheer volume of tweets and emails every day asking what Lou did with her life meant that the characters never left me."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Linden on 20-12-15

O dear

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

Reviewed: 19-10-15

I was so excited to read this book, as I love jojo moyes.
But very disappointed , struggled with this one.

  • The Ballymara Road

  • By: Nadine Dorries
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 183

On Christmas morning Kitty Doherty gives birth to her baby - who is immediately taken away for adoption in America. But Kitty's life is hanging by a thread, her only hope a dangerous journey through snow to Ballymara and her Irish family. Meanwhile, in Chicago, Sean and Alice try to set up a new life far away from the families they have deserted in Liverpool.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful - A fine end to the story.

  • By mew on 11-07-15

Wonderful set of stories

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

Reviewed: 21-08-15

That's it I have read the whole set, fantastic especially this one, great characters , you laugh you cry you squirm but you love it. Well I did very very much.
Thanks Nadine Dorries please keep writing,

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Letter

  • By: Kathryn Hughes
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,914
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,901

The Number One Kindle best seller guaranteed to break your heart. Every so often a love story comes along to remind us that sometimes, in our darkest hour, hope shines a candle to light our way. Discover the Number One best seller that has captured thousands of hearts worldwide.... Tina Craig longs to escape her violent husband. She works all the hours God sends to save up enough money to leave him, also volunteering in a charity shop to avoid her unhappy home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Sheila on 19-07-15

A winner fantastic

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

Reviewed: 02-08-15

This book has it all for me, struggles, heartbreak, love and loss, motherhood. Pain friendship.
I loved the story, the narration the jumps twists and turns.
And I identified with parts of the book myself.
Firm favourite.

26 of 28 people found this review helpful