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  • Upstairs at the Party

  • By: Linda Grant
  • Narrated by: Tricia Kelly
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30

In the early '70s a glamorous couple known as Evie/Stevie appear out of nowhere on the isolated concrete campus of a new university. To a group of teenagers experimenting with radical ideas they seem blown back from the future, unsettling everything and uncovering covert desires. But the flamboyant self-expression hides deep anxieties. For Adele, with the most to conceal, Evie/Stevie become a lifelong obsession.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • spoilt by the narrator

  • By Helen on 18-05-15

A gripping listen!

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

Reviewed: 07-12-17

Linda Grant is a prolific and insightful author with real talent. Unlike some of her other audiobooks, this one is superbly narrated by someone who can do so many different moods and accents. I recommend this
highly and, since I started it, I’ve abandoned my TV!

  • The Dark Circle

  • By: Linda Grant
  • Narrated by: Daniel Coonan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

World War II is over, and a new decade is beginning, but for an East End teenage brother and sister living on the edge of the law, life has been suspended. Sent away to a tuberculosis sanatorium to learn the way of a patient, they find themselves in the company of army and air force officers, a car salesman, a mysterious German woman and an American merchant seaman. They discover that a cure is tantalisingly just out of reach, and only by inciting wholesale rebellion can freedom be snatched.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Moving, Heartbreaking, Quality Writing.

  • By bookylady on 23-04-17

Poor Narration

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

Reviewed: 26-11-17

I’ve read most of Linda Grant’s books and enjoyed them all but this audiobook is completely marred by the very poor narration. The pronunciation is the worst I’ve ever heard and I was laughing out loud at some of it: antimacassars and Gaggia for example. This reader should not be allowed near any further books, sorry to say!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Polish Phase 1, Unit 11-15

  • Learn to Speak and Understand Polish with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • By: Pimsleur
  • Narrated by: Pimsleur
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Polish Phase 1, Units 11-15 build on material taught in prior units. Each lesson provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • limited

  • By Jane on 03-02-17

Very clear instructions!

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

Reviewed: 14-10-17

I wasn’t at all sure how this type of learning would work for me as I usually prefer visual prompts but, with the help of a dictionary and a notebook, I’ve been impressed at how easy it is to learn a complex language like Polish. Whilst still at the early stages, I can talk a little and understand quite a lot!

  • Polish Phase 1, Unit 06-10

  • Learn to Speak and Understand Polish with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • By: Pimsleur
  • Narrated by: Pimsleur
  • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Polish Phase 1, Units 6-10 build on material taught in prior units. Each lesson provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!!

  • By Emily on 13-04-13

Very encouraging!

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

Reviewed: 20-09-17

I had been concerned that Polish would be too difficult to pick up but these courses are well paces and give one great encouragement so I've found or much easier than anticipated! I would definitely recommend them.

  • The Private Lives of the Tudors

  • Uncovering the Secrets of Britain's Greatest Dynasty
  • By: Tracy Borman
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble, Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282

The Tudor monarchs were constantly surrounded by an army of attendants, courtiers and ministers. Even in their most private moments, they were accompanied by a servant specifically appointed for the task. A groom of the stool would stand patiently by as Henry VIII performed his daily purges, and when Elizabeth I retired for the evening, one of her female servants would sleep at the end of her bed. These attendants knew the truth behind the glamorous exterior.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly absorbing!

  • By Gabrielle Harvey-Jones on 19-06-16

Very illuminating!

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

Reviewed: 25-08-17

Read in moderated tones, this book is a little gem and a must-listen for those interested in the details of Tudor court life. The transition through the Henrys to Elizabeth is skilfully done and, whilst I've read and listened to many such books, I would certainly rate this near the very top of my list.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Is It Just Me?

  • By: Miranda Hart
  • Narrated by: Miranda Hart
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,646
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,815
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,811

Well hello to you dear audiobook browser. Now I have your attention it would be rude if I didn't tell you a little about my literary feast. So, here is the thing: is it just me or does anyone else find that adulthood offers no refuge from the unexpected horrors, peculiar lack of physical coordination and sometimes unexplained nudity, that accompanied childhood and adolescence? I am proud to say I have a wealth of awkward experiences - from school days to life as an office temp - and here I offer my 18-year-old self (and I hope you, too, dear listener) some much needed caution and guidance on how to navigate life's rocky path.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic!

  • By berta on 25-12-12

Bit sparse but worth a listen!

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

Reviewed: 05-02-17

Very short on content but Miranda's natural charm comes through once you get used to the annoying device of the Young Miranda popping up via a slammed door now and again. I listened while recovering from pneumonia and it definitely lightened my mood!

  • Queen Bees

  • Six Brilliant and Extraordinary Society Hostesses Between the Wars - A Spectacle of Celebrity, Talent, and Burning Ambition
  • By: Siân Evans
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Queen Bees looks at the lives of six remarkable women who made careers out of being society hostesses, including Lady Astor, who went on to become the first female MP, and Mrs Greville, who cultivated relationships with Edward VII, as well as Lady Londonderry, Lady Cunard, Laura Corrigan and Lady Colefax. Told with wit, verve and heart, Queen Bees is the story of a form of societal revolution and the extraordinary women who helped it happen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Educational and Informative!

  • By Fiona on 06-12-16
  • Queen Bees
  • Six Brilliant and Extraordinary Society Hostesses Between the Wars - A Spectacle of Celebrity, Talent, and Burning Ambition
  • By: Siân Evans
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd

Educational and Informative!

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

Reviewed: 06-12-16

Well read (with only a few mispronounce words) and with tremendous pace, this audiobook will keep you endlessly entertained as well as filling in gaps in historical knowledge. Well worth it!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Odd Girl Out

  • By: Elizabeth Jane Howard
  • Narrated by: Eleanor Bron
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Anne and Edmund Cornhill have a happy marriage and a charming house. They are content, complete, absorbed in their private idyll. Arabella, who comes to stay one lazy summer, is rich, rootless and amoral - and, as they find out, beautiful and loving.With her elegant prose the author traces the web of love and desire that entangles these three; but it is Arabella who finally loses out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing much happens but unputdownable

  • By linda on 25-08-14

Captivating Story!

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

Reviewed: 27-11-16

Although not set in the modern day, this is a very contemporary and artful tale of loyalties challenged and relationships entangled in interesting ways. Eleanor Bron has the most delicious voice and, the combination of this with the great writing, makes for hours of enjoyment. I thoroughly recommend this audiobook.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Long View

  • By: Elizabeth Jane Howard
  • Narrated by: Mary Wimbush
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

The Long View is a portrait of a contemporary marriage which gives a real view of the shifting relationship between two people. The author's other novels include Cazalet Chronicle, The Light Years and The Sea Of Change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating and superb story telling

  • By H. F. Warner on 05-04-15

Interesting methodology!

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

Reviewed: 29-10-16

It's unusual to find a book written backwards but it soon grows on the reader (listener) to the extent of providing emotional insight which may not be evident the right way round. EJH has a gift for displaying the most raw emotions and does not let us down!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Why Vote Leave

  • By: Daniel Hannan
  • Narrated by: Daniel Hannan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 142

MEP and award-winning political writer Daniel Hannan argues for a British exit ahead of the coming referendum. Hannan demonstrates that the EU is past its sell-by date, rendered obsolete by technological advances, shrinking economically and less relevant to our economic needs than ever. Worse than that, he shows that the EU can’t reform, can’t be democratic and can’t be divorced from its goal of ever-closer political union.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By aa on 23-10-16

Excellent arguments!

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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: 16-10-16

As always, Dan is correct in every detail. An outstanding contribution, which will have influenced the successful course of Brexit.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful