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  • The Seven Imperfect Rules of Elvira Carr

  • By: Frances Maynard
  • Narrated by: Charlie Sanderson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

Elvira Carr is 27 and neuro-atypical. Her father - whom she suspects was in the secret service - has passed away and, after several Unfortunate Incidents growing up, she now spends most of her time at home with her overbearing mother. But when her mother has a stroke, Elvira is suddenly forced to look after herself or risk ending up in sheltered accommodation. Armed with her Seven Rules, which she puts together after online research, Elvira hopes to learn how to navigate a world that's full of people she doesn't understand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely brilliant

  • By Carole on 22-08-18

Endearing

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

Reviewed: 20-02-19

I was very pleasantly surprised by this book as it is not my typical genre. It is an insightful, beautiful storyline, engaging throughout and very well delivered.

  • Hostage to Murder

  • Lindsay Gordon, Book 6
  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Caroline Guthrie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Spraining an ankle is rarely a stroke of luck, but for Lindsay Gordon, jobless in Glasgow, the injury is her introduction to young freelance journalist Rory McLaren and the opening of a new chapter in her life. Rory's invitation to work alongside her in her booth at the Cafe Virginia is irresistible. From there it is just a short step to political corruption and other juicy stories - all welcome distractions from Lindsay's problems at home, where her long-term lover, Sophie, has decided to heed the ticking of her biological clock and get pregnant.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A predictable outcome

  • By Miss B. March on 26-12-18

Pros and cons

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

Having read other books in this series I thought this story had a good storyline with various twists and turns. The ending was a bit far-fetched but otherwise very imaginative. Unfortunately the accents (especially Northern Irish) were somewhat off the mark which took away from the listening enjoyment in places.

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • By: Mary Ann Shaffer
  • Narrated by: Charlie Norfolk
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,033
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,028

January 1946 and writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a man in Guernsey, who has found her name written inside a book. As they exchange letters, she is drawn into the eccentric world of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which boasts a charming cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this!

  • By Christina O'Brien on 30-07-18

Wonderful, heart-warming read

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

Reviewed: 27-01-19

I heard of this book on a recent visit to the Channel Islands and bought it on Audible when I came home. The title is intriguing and gives little indication of the many threads that unravel in occupied Guernsey during WW2. A touch of historical learning within a cleverly written story told in a lovely manner.

  • Passenger 23

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Max Beesley, Rebecca Hall, Anthony Head, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,343
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,347

With no police to investigate and no escape, could it be the perfect setting for a crime? Martin Schwartz (Beesley) is an undercover detective who is recovering from his wife and sons' bizarre disappearance from a cruise ship 5 years ago. He is a desperate man willing to take big risks. Martin never wanted to step onto a cruise ship again until he receives a call which can't be ignored. On average, 23 people per year disappear without a trace from cruise ships. Never before has someone come back... until now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really Interesting stuff!!!

  • By lynsey Patina on 22-12-15

Reasonable storyline- some acting not great.

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

The concept and storyline were good enough to keep me engaged, if somewhat far fetched but not sure about some of the female acting. At times the whinges and wails just ruined the flow.
On the whole, though a decent read.

  • Papercuts

  • By: Colin Bateman
  • Narrated by: Stephen Armstrong
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Through world wars and civil strife, the Bangor Express has never missed an issue, but now it is losing money, and Rob Cullen has absolutely no idea that he's the man to save it. It's been a long time since Rob had a real story to get his teeth into...just as well then that he can rely on the Express crew to back him up. They're like a family. A dysfunctional, highly unpopular and poverty-stricken family.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bitty

  • By sarahmoose2000 on 24-08-16

Another Bateman classic

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

Reviewed: 14-09-17

As someone who is Bangor "born and bread" this was another excellent Bateman read, close to home. So many twists and turns and the usual humour that makes you nearly feel like apologising for laughing. Loved it!

  • The Old Curiosity Shop

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 22 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

Provoking an unprecedented outpouring of public grief when it was first published, it follows the story of Little Nell and her feckless grandfather. Forced to leave their magical shop of curiosities in London, they are pursued across the English countryside by the grotesquely evil dwarf Quilp. They escape - but at what cost?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good old Charlie!

  • By Moominmamma on 17-08-13

Another Dickens classic

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

Reviewed: 29-02-16

I have somehow managed to avoid reading this Dickens' novel until now and I don't know why. From the opening page Dickens draws you in with characters so rich in character that you want to loathe, pity or follow them with intrigue.

Just when you think that things cannot get any worse for the poor long-suffering characters, Dickens sticks the boot in. The storyline is however, lifted throughout with charming, witty and eccentric characters that keep you 'turning the page' - metaphorically as I listened on Audible!

The narrator on this occasion was perfect for the tale, making the characters come to life.

A heart-warming experience.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Go Set a Watchman

  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Reese Witherspoon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,200
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,208

Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father, Atticus. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her father's attitude toward society and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good , but don't expect an actual plot

  • By Adrian & Andre's mum on 20-08-15

Nicely read but the story was a bit disappointing.

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

Reviewed: 03-01-16

As a follow on to "to Kill a Mockingbird" perhaps I expected too much from this novel but it just did not have nearly the same bite or impact as its predecessor .

The story deals with Scout's return after years living in New York and how she finds that the community and her family have changed. I just didn't make a connection with characters and read to the end more out of interest than fascination.

  • The Long Weekend

  • By: Veronica Henry
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 623

In a gorgeous quay-side hotel in Cornwall, the long weekend is just beginning...Claire Marlowe owns 'The Townhouse by the Sea' with Luca, the hotel's charismatic chef. She ensures everything runs smoothly - until an unexpected arrival checks in and turns her whole world upside down.And the rest of the guests arrive with their own baggage. There's a couple looking for distraction from a family tragedy; a man trying to make amends for an affair he bitterly regrets...and the young woman who thinks the Cornish village might hold the key to her past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect escapism

  • By Saffy on 24-05-14

well worth a read!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-14

this is not normally the type of book I go for but I thoroughly enjoyed it. There was such a wealthy mix of characters and it gets increasingly interesting as their paths start to merge.
A lovely, engaging read.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Unabridged)

  • By: Mark Haddon
  • Narrated by: Ben Tibber
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,054

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger's, a form of autism. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns, and the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent book

  • By John on 03-11-09

Surprisingly good read

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

Reviewed: 08-07-14

I wasn't sure what to expect with this book but from start to finish it kept me engaged and interested. It is so cleverly written that it evokes such an empathy with the writer to the point that I wanted to shout at those around him at times to think about how they were unknowingly treating and impacting on him. A lovely, humbling read.

  • The Woodlanders

  • By: Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by: Samuel West
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

Set in the Dorset landscape familiar to Hardy novels, The Woodlanders concerns the fortunes of Giles Winterborne, whose love for the well-do-do Grace Melbury is challenged by the arrival of a dashing and dissolute doctor, Edred Fitzpiers. When the mysterious Mrs Charmond further complicates the romantic entanglements, marital choice and class mobility become inextricably linked.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent read

  • By linda on 03-06-13

Excellent read

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

Reviewed: 03-06-13

This is the best book I have read for a long time. I was engrossed from start to finish. Hardy so cleverly develops the characters and relationships that you feel you know them and have a connection from early on in the book.
I didn't want it to end.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful