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  • The Gift

  • By: Cecelia Ahern
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 253

Everyday Lou Suffern battled with the clock. He always had two places to be at the same time. He always had two things to do at once. When asleep he dreamed. In between dreams, he ran through the events of the day while making plans for the next. When at home with his wife and family, his mind was always someplace else.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking read

  • By Angelina John on 05-01-18

A Gift for all

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

Reviewed: 18-02-19

This is my first book by Cecelia Ahern and I can’t wait to listen to another.
For me it was like an unusual, contemporary, well written version of a Christmas Carol.
The characters were engaging and intriguing and the story developed at an easy pace.
Best read over Christmas but was just as good in February.

  • Rebecca

  • By: Daphne Du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,549
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,298

Daphne du Maurier's young heroine meets the charming Maxim de Winter and despite her youth, they marry and go to Manderley, his home in Cornwall. There, the sinister housekeeper Mrs Danvers and the mystery she keeps alive of his first wife Rebecca - said to have drowned at sea - threatens to overwhelm the marriage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic story of love and life.

  • By John Nichols on 30-06-13

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

From it’s captivating first line to it’s morbid development of the characters, Rebecca deserves it’s place as a great British classic.
The storyline although sometimes pedestrian actually builds to a gripping intensity which leaves the reader desperately wanting to know more.
Anna Massey is a fabulous narrator. She captures the innocence of the unnamed 2nd Mrs De Winter, the sinister malevolence of Mrs Danvers and the overbearing presence of the dead Mrs De Winter. Anna’s voice and delivery capture the crisp English of the era and a provided perfect nuance for each of the characters. The listener has no doubt of the character’s identity or intention.
I shall continue reading more Daphne Du Maurier as I always enjoy her storytelling but now I shall also look out for more by this narrator too.
I highly recommend this audio book and hope that you enjoy it too. X

  • Julian Fellowes's Belgravia

  • By: Julian Fellowes
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,484
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,483

Julian Fellowes's Belgravia is the story of a secret. A secret that unravels behind the porticoed doors of London's grandest postcode. Set in the 1840s, when the upper echelons of society began to rub shoulders with the emerging industrial nouveau riche, Belgravia is peopled by a rich cast of characters. But the story begins on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. At the Duchess of Richmond's now legendary ball, one family's life will change forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reminiscent of Georgette Heyer

  • By Lorna on 17-07-16

Secrets, Lies, Loose Morals and High Society

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

A conniving tale that draws you in from the very beginning.
The opulence and class divide of the era are employed to create tension, suspicion, dastardly deeds and naivety.
The characters are a rich mix from all walks of 19th century society.
Another fine piece of work from the creator of Downton Abbey. I’m already looking forward to the sequel.

  • The King's General

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

When the skeleton of a young cavalier was found by William Rashleigh at Daphne du Maurier's beloved mansion, Menabilly, she once again found inspiration in her surroundings. Putting pen to paper, Daphne created The King's General, a historical tale which takes place during the English Civil War and introduces one of du Maurier's greatest heroines: Honor Harris. Honor is a beautiful, brave and kind protagonist, a true embodiment of the name by which she goes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The King's General

  • By Maureen on 22-10-08

War, Romance, History and Betrayal

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

Reviewed: 15-04-18

Daphne Du Maurier at her best.
A riveting tale of Cornish Royalist families during the English civil war of 1600’s.
The historical references were intriguing but it is the depth of the characters and their interwoven lives that was at the heart of this book.
Juliet Stevenson captured the essence of even the most despicable characters.
I’m already looking for my next Du Maurier read.

  • The Dalai Lama's Cat and the Power of Meow

  • By: David Michie
  • Narrated by: David Michie
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

In the latest installment of the Dalai Lama's Cat series, His Holiness' Cat ('HHC') is on a mission: to think less, to experience more, to live in the moment. She soon learns the proper phrase for this: being mindful, or a concept better known to her as the power of meow. What ensues is a journey to discover her own true nature, to gain a deeper understanding of her mind, and to experience life's greatest joy: the here and now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful.

  • By Leo'sMa on 09-04-17

More Joy and Enlightenment from the Dalai Lama’s Cat

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

The 3rd of these exceptional warm, entertaining yet powerful adventures of the Dalai Lama’s Cat.
I am already hoping for a fourth instalment.
I wholeheartedly recommend that you read these books. I have gained so much joy and enlightenment from them.
As a novice meditator they have helped inform me and keep my sense of meditation purpose on track.
As a general reader the adventures of the Dalai Lama’s Cat are so beautifully told that would appeal to anyone who enjoys a fantastic read.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of Purring

  • By: David Michie
  • Narrated by: David Michie
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 95

The Dalai Lama's cat is back - older, a bit wiser and as curious as ever. In this audiobook, the Dalai Lama sets for his lovable feline companion the task of investigating the art of purring. Whether it's the humorous insights gained from a visiting Ivy League Psychology Professor, the extraordinary research of a world-famous biologist, or the life-changing revelations of a mystical yogi, His Holiness's cat encounters a wealth of wisdom about happiness.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disapointed!

  • By Ann D on 07-05-18

Pure Joy

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

Reviewed: 22-01-18

I am looking forward to the day that I re read/listen to these books.
I won’t say too much other than you will not regret reading about the Dalai Lama’s Cat HHC.
Your life will be all the richer for doing so.
Enjoy the most beautiful and enriching tales, I certainly did. xXx

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Cousin Rachel: Film Tie-In Edition

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Pryce, Roger Michell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 997
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 832
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 830

Ambrose Ashley, Philip's cousin, guardian, and god, married Rachel in Italy and died there. Jealous of his marriage and grief-stricken by his death, Philip prepares to meet his cousin's widow with hatred in his heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing, atmospheric mystery

  • By S. Dempsey on 23-06-13

My Cousin Rachel

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

A gripping and beguiling tale of innocence, greed, love, lust and revenge.
Jonathan Pryce captured the persona of characters and ambience of the era and locations, bringing the book to life.
It makes me want to see the film.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

  • By: Joanna Cannon
  • Narrated by: Paula Wilcox
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,431
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,431

England,1976. Mrs Creasy is missing, and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, 10-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands. And as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 1976 - long, hot and a wonderful experience

  • By Kaggy on 05-04-16

A wonderful and nostalgic novel.

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

Reviewed: 08-05-17

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
It is a simple and nostalgic tale of mystery, mirth and kitchen sink drama. Seen through the eyes of a 10 year old girl and set on a typical 1970's estate. The narrator captured all of the nuances of each character and the storytelling left me wanting more.