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Janet Hughes

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  • Too Young to be Old: From Clapham to Kathmandu

  • Frank's Travel Memoir Series, Book 1
  • By: Frank Kusy
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

As Frank Kusy turns 27, he is unexpectedly put in charge of an old people's home in Clapham, South London. Driven to distraction by a crazy cast of characters, he seeks solace in Buddhism, only to find himself up to his ears in plasticine pigs and marathon chanting sessions. Will he make his mum happy by holding down a 'proper' job? Will he make her unhappy by becoming a writer? Will he get to share cheese sandwiches with Kevin in Kathmandu? And will he be forced to exchange his underpants in Japan?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fabulous

  • By Janet Hughes on 04-10-17

fabulous

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

Reviewed: 04-10-17

I had already read Too Young To Be Old and I wasn't sure how an audio presentation would match up with it. I need not to have worried. Gary Furlong's rendition was impecable as he brought the characters to life. Fabulous just simply fabulous.


  • The Thread

  • By: Victoria Hislop
  • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449

Thessaloniki, 1917. As Dimitri Komninos is born, a devastating fire sweeps through the thriving Greek city where Christians, Jews and Muslims live side by side. Five years later, Katerina Sarafoglou's home in Asia Minor is destroyed by the Turkish army. Losing her mother in the chaos, she flees across the sea to an unknown destination in Greece. Soon her life will become entwined with Dimitri's, and with the story of the city itself, as war, fear and persecution begin to divide its people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic and moving story of love ad war

  • By Kirstine on 21-07-12

Romantanised novel of Greece's Tragic History

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

Reviewed: 01-10-17

Although sentimental The Thread tells a wonderful story. Entirely predicable and easy on the ears.

  • The Child

  • An Audible Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Rupert Penry-Jones, Jack Boulter, Emilia Fox, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,034
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,036

My name is Simon. I’m 10 years old. I’m a serial killer. Robert Stern (Rupert Penry-Jones), a successful defense attorney, doesn’t know what lies in store for him when he agrees to meet a new client in a derelict estate on the outskirts of Berlin. Stern is more than surprised, when his old love interest and professional nurse Carina (Emilia Fox) presents him a ten year old boy as his new client. Simon (Jack Boulter), a terminally ill child, who is convinced he has murdered many men in a previous life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Chilling, Difficult in places, but damn good!

  • By Simon on 07-06-15

loved the narration by Robert Glenister

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

Reviewed: 16-09-17

I didn't finish the audio version because I was hardly able to hear the dramatised parts and 'the voice" was un inteligible. Robert Glenister's narration was, as always, fantastic. In order to complete the book I had to buy the Kindle version. I will not be buying any more dramatisef aufible books.

  • A Feast of Carrion

  • By: Keith McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 153

St Benjamin's Medical School is the greatest of its kind, any death occurring within its walls would have created ripples within the academic world, but the death of Nikki Exner is far from being ordinary. Raped, and then grotesquely executed, her theatrical murder horrifies everyone. John Eisenmenger, a former forensic pathologist, finds himself dragged unwillingly into the case. Teaming up with solicitor Helena Flemming, Eisenmenger sets out to discover what really did happen to Nikki Exner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Wonderful Series

  • By Allan on 25-04-09

excellent

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

Reviewed: 13-09-17

A well written wow of a novel. Beautifully read by Sean Barrett. It kept me captive until the very Last page.

  • Therapy

  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 816
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 760
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 757

Twelve-year-old Josy has an inexplicable illness. She vanishes without a trace from her doctor's office during treatment. Four years later Josy's father, psychiatrist Viktor Larenz, has withdrawn himself to an isolated North Sea island in order to deal with the tragedy. Then he's paid a surprise visit by a beautiful stranger. Anna Glass is a novelist who suffers from an unusual form of schizophrenia: All the characters she creates for her books become real to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You have to listen to this book

  • By Anita nicholson on 08-04-16

Fantástic

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

Reviewed: 03-09-17

If you like a good twist in the tail then you won't be disappointed. A great story beautifully narated.

  • Good Morning Diego Garcia: A Journey of Discovery

  • Journeys, Book 2
  • By: Susan Joyce
  • Narrated by: Karen Commins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

You're young, living comfortably in southern California. You're financially secure, though you don't know why or how. Your husband simply ignores you when you ask too many questions. He's hoping for another job overseas, doing something. You're not sure what, but you suspect it's not what he says. You marriage is shaky. You survived a war in Cyprus together, and lost everything. Now you're basically biding time. A letter arrives from friends you knew in Cyprus, now sailing a new yacht from Taiwan to Europe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A storm of a memoir

  • By Janet Hughes on 16-01-17

A storm of a memoir

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

Reviewed: 16-01-17

Exquisitely crafted, creatively rendered and a delight to listen to. In short, I Loved It!

  • My Story as an American Au Pair in the Loire Valley

  • French Illusions, Book 1
  • By: Linda Kovic-Skow
  • Narrated by: Lucy Floyd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Twenty-one-year-old Linda Kovic needs to learn a language fast in order to fulfill her dream of becoming a flight attendant, so she contracts to become an au pair for a wealthy family in the Loire Valley. In order to secure the nanny position, she lies on her application and pretends to speak French, confident she'll be forgiven once she arrives at her destination. This book captures Linda's real-life story inside and outside the Chateau de Montclair, detailing her challenges and triumphs as she tries to adjust to her new life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A pleasure to listen to

  • By Graham Higson on 17-12-16

Fantastique

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

Reviewed: 15-12-16

A wonderful rendition of a splendidly written memoir. A veritable feast for the ears. The contrast between French and American accents and the French dialogue made this book come alive. Thank you Linda and Lucy.

  • Tangled Like Music

  • By: Patricia Steele
  • Narrated by: Brittany Bishop
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

A rash of burglaries in the small town of Lark Point, California has a domino effect on a group of local residents; eight lives bound together by honor, betrayal and love. Tangled like Music rushes through the small town like a whirlwind and creates changes that none could have anticipated. Love, mystery, deception, murder, and relationships intertwine to tell the story of redemption and the unraveling of life's tangles. It's a recipe for a song.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A feast of Romance and Intrigue

  • By Janet Hughes on 10-12-16

A feast of Romance and Intrigue

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

Reviewed: 10-12-16

I enjoyed the story line and characterisation very much but the narrators rendition of the male characters jangled in my ears somewhat and spoiled it for me. However, overall it was good and eased me through a long Journey.

  • At the Edge of the Orchard

  • By: Tracy Chevalier
  • Narrated by: Liza Ross
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

Ohio, 1838: James and Sadie Goodenough have settled in the Black Swamp, planting apple trees to claim the land as their own. As fever picks off their children, husband and wife take solace in separate comforts. Fifteen years later their youngest son, Robert, is drifting through gold rush California. When he finds steady work for a plant collector, peace seems finally to be within reach. But the past is never really past, and one day Robert is forced to confront the brutal reason he left behind everything he loved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another brilliant book by Tracey Chevalier

  • By G. Rance on 10-04-16

Another fantastic novel from Tracy Chevalier

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

Reviewed: 14-10-16

A wonderfully written novel. It was a pleasure to listen to. I wonder if there will be a sequel?

  • Wild Swans

  • By: Jung Chang
  • Narrated by: Pik-sen Lim
  • Length: 27 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 784
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 714
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 712

Few books have had such an impact as Wild Swans: a popular best seller and a critically acclaimed history of China that opened up the country to the world. Through the story of three generations of women in her own family - the grandmother given to the warlord as a concubine, the Communist mother, and the daughter herself - Jung Chang reveals the epic history of China's 20th century. Breathtaking in its scope, unforgettable in its descriptions, this is a masterpiece that is extraordinary in every way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mesmerising and haunting at the same time

  • By Busy of Devon on 29-04-16

An unforgetable story

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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: 05-10-16

A horrifying account of life under Chairnan Mao and the misery he bought to his own people.

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