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  • The Christmas Hirelings

  • Audible Christmas Gift 2018
  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Saunders
  • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 216

A heartwarming festive tale of redemption and cheer, The Christmas Hirelings is the story of a lonely widower who reluctantly invites a group of children to his manor for Christmas. It showcases the benefits of opening your doors and hearts during the holiday season.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming Eloquent Quaint

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-12-18

Lovely pre Christmas read

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

Reviewed: 13-12-18


Superbly narrated Christmas tale.

This is real old school feel good stuff, and makes a change from the usual books proffered for the festive season.

Thank you for the 2018 audible Christmas gift

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Thing She Told Me

  • By: Linda Green
  • Narrated by: Sarah Durham, Joan Walker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297

Moments before she dies, Nicola's grandmother Betty whispers to her that there are babies at the bottom of the garden. Nicola's mother claims she was talking nonsense. However, when Nicola's daughter finds a bone while playing in Betty's garden, it's clear that something sinister has taken place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By Jools on 28-07-18

Great fiction empathetically narrated

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18


I have read one other book by Linda green which was excellent and this too was exemplary.

There were some difficult issues.dealt with empathy and with the understanding of how things were dealt with very differently many years ago.

It left me with a small tear in my eye at the end of this story as it is not isolated and I am sure parts of this story have affected many others.

  • The God of Small Things

  • By: Arundhati Roy
  • Narrated by: Aysha Kala
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248

Set against a background of political turbulence in Kerala, Southern India, The God of Small Things tells the story of twins Esthappen and Rahel. Amongst the vats of banana jam and heaps of peppercorns in their grandmother's factory, they try to craft a childhood for themselves amidst what constitutes their family - their lonely, lovely mother; their beloved uncle Chacko (pickle baron, radical Marxist and bottom pincher); and their avowed enemy, Baby Kochamma (ex-nun and incumbent grand-aunt).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating, magical

  • By Rochelle on 28-01-17

Beautiful prose, but ....

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18


This book was beautifully narrated by Aysha Kala,. the prose was very poetic and beautiful.

However it was difficult to follow and not quite what I had thought it would be.

May be I am a little uncouthed, but the books that win the Man Booker prize are always a little odd and difficult to follow. However the writing is alway flowery and the adjectives spew out like a torrent.

  • Our House

  • By: Louise Candlish
  • Narrated by: Deni Francis, Paul Panting
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 961
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 897
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 893

When Fi arrives home to find a removals van outside her house, she is completely blindsided. Trinity Avenue has been her family's home for years. Where are all their belongings? How could this have happened? Desperately calling her ex-husband, Bram, who owns the house with her, Fi discovers he has disappeared. The more Fi uncovers, the more she realises their lives have been destroyed by a nightmare of their own making. A devastating crime has been committed, but who exactly is the guilty party?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really good story

  • By Rory on 12-08-18

Mixed bag

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18


The story was gripping, if a little far fetched.

The narration by the female narrator was awful as she spoke in a whisper most of the time. So I had to constantly fiddle with volume.

The intro of word document every time Bram spoke and the time including seconds when Fi spoke weas also rather irritating, along with all the hashtag nuances.

I have read better in the psychological thriller genre. I am sure you have too?

  • Ruby

  • A Novel
  • By: Cynthia Bond
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Bond
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Ephram Jennings has never forgotten the beautiful girl with the long braids running through the piney woods of Liberty, their small East Texas town. Young Ruby, “the kind of pretty it hurt to look at,” has suffered beyond imagining, so as soon as she can, she flees suffocating Liberty for the bright pull of 1950s New York. Ruby quickly winds her way into the ripe center of the city - the darkened piano bars and hidden alleyways of the Village - all the while hoping for a glimpse of the red hair and green eyes of her mother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read It and Weep. A Future Classic.

  • By bookylady on 20-05-16

Haunting and shocking story written exquisitely

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

Reviewed: 29-11-18


This book enveloped me emotionally and physically. I needed time out from the book to take in mans inhumanitys and the shocking scenes made me feel sick.

It’s a hard listen but is as one other reviewer said a modern classic, despite the shocking nature of the book,. This book needs more praise heaped on it.

Cynthia Bond writes in an exquisite beautiful prose which you very rarely get, it’s a joy although many time very hard to listen to her words

I have given this 5 states but my only criticism is that Cynthia Bond should have got Barni Turpin or Adjoa Andoh to narrate this book,. as she did not have the best skill set to deliver her magnificent literary work to its best,

  • The Trauma Cleaner

  • By: Sarah Krasnostein
  • Narrated by: Rachael Tidd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586

Sandra Pankhurst founded her trauma cleaning business to help people whose emotional scars are written on their houses. From the forgotten flat of a drug addict to the infested home of a hoarder, Sandra enters properties and lives at the same time. But few of the people she looks after know anything of the complexity of Sandra's own life. Raised in an uncaring home, Sandra's miraculous gift for warmth and humour in the face of unspeakable personal tragedy mark her out as a one-off and make this biography unmissable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Bee on 31-03-18

What is lost can be found

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

Reviewed: 25-11-18


Came to this with high hopes, it did deliver but I felt something missing. Hence the four stars.

Sandra is resilience at its epiphany, she is inspiring and shows however much crap is thrown at you, you can rise above and not sink into the quagmire of despair.

  • The Hoarder

  • By: Jess Kidd
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259

Maud Drennan - underpaid carer and unintentional psychic - is the latest in a long line of dogsbodies for the ancient, belligerent Cathal Flood. Yet despite her best efforts, Maud is drawn into the mysteries concealed in his filthy, once-grand home. She realises that Cathal, and the junk-filled rooms, are opening up to her. With only her landlady and a troop of sarcastic ghostly saints to help, Maud must uncover what lies beneath Cathal's decades-old hostility and the strange activities of the house itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, magical, gripping. Brilliant.

  • By J. O'connor on 23-03-18

Funny lines but not enough to hold it

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

Reviewed: 19-11-18


Loved the narrator, who made this ok book a bit more bare able.

There were some very funny bits with the saints, grumpy Cathal, and the eccentric Renate.. The chapter of an evening with Doreen the psychic was side splitting.

Despite these well written and amusing parts, I personally did not think it made the book as good as it could have been.

  • When You Disappeared

  • By: John Marrs
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks, Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 771

All she wanted was the truth, but she'll wish she never found out. When Catherine wakes up alone one morning, she thinks her husband has gone for a run before work. But Simon never makes it to the office. His running shoes are by the front door. Nothing is missing - except him.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing - don't waste your credit

  • By Mav on 21-07-18

Dark

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

Reviewed: 15-11-18

I see this book has mixed reviews. I feel those that gave it a negative dud so because the subject matter was dark.

The main characters especially Simon was so utterly vile , so it did not have good ground to start with.

However, put that aside and you get a take of utter woe. How things are misinterpreted, misunderstood, how we blame our parents for our problems. How communication breaks down when you most need it the most.

My thought are that this is a great book I can’t say I enjoyed it as that might make me a sociopath, but it’s well worth a listen.

  • The House We Grew Up In

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Karina Fernandez
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862

The Bird children have an idyllic childhood: a picture-book cottage in a country village, a warm, cosy kitchen filled with love and laughter, sun-drenched afternoons in a rambling garden. But one Easter weekend a tragedy strikes the Bird family that is so devastating it tears them apart. Many years later something will call them home, back to the house they grew up in - and to what really happened that Easter weekend all those years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the house we grew up in

  • By AmyAlice on 02-12-13

Dysfunctional family

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18


I was not sure about this audible when I started, but it had me engrossed very quickly.
Great characters and very believable, it was sad but also vaguely funny at times. As the book progressed the ffamily dynamics were gradually unravelled, warts and all.

The Bird family certainly put the fun into dysfunctional family.

Joking aside it was sensitively written and well narrated, so It well deserved it’s five stars.

  • The Alice Network

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205

In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An historical eye opener

  • By Ellen on 07-07-17

Marvellous

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18


Beautifully written story of a war heroine, American socialite, and a French collaboratior. The guilt, bravery, hardships and love to get you through the hard times, told through the two stories of Eve Gardiner and Charlotte St Clair.

This is a splendid book and hope you will enjoy it as much as I did, so If you like this genre try Beneath a scarlet sky, Restless and The lilac girls.