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Lorraine K

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  • A Cotswold Casebook

  • By: Rebecca Tope
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

A suspicious funeral, a fatal encounter at a garden centre and a country walk marred by the discovery of a hidden corpse are just some of the perplexing situations with which Thea Osborne, her friends and a further cast of characters must contend. In this expanded view of the world of her popular books, Tope reminds us that death and crime will visit even the most idyllic country villages.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short stories

  • By Lorraine K on 17-01-18

Short stories

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

Reviewed: 17-01-18

I have and love all of the books with Thea Osborne, and the stories were good, but amounted to nothing. Caroline reads all books in this series and is fabulous to listen to. She especially sounds right for the character of Thea, however I think she could make a little more effort when it comes to a different accent for a different character, a vague attempt at a Birmingham accent fizzled out mid sentence. Rebecca is fabulous at description and conveying honest feelings and thoughts as always. Please can we have more books of Thea and Hepsie of course!

  • Lies

  • By: T. M. Logan
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,278
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,279

Gripping and packed with twists and turns, this stunning thriller will make you question whether we can ever really trust the ones we love.... What if your whole life was based on lies? When Joe Lynch stumbles across his wife driving into a hotel car park while she's supposed to be at work, he's intrigued enough to follow her in. And when he witnesses her in an angry altercation with family friend Ben, he knows he ought to intervene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing brilliant Debut

  • By Laura Prime on 31-05-17

A good listening journey though each puzzle

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

Reviewed: 28-10-17

It Kept me gripped wanting to follow him through all the lies and events as he got deeper into trouble.

  • Strangeways to Oldham

  • The Belchester Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Andrea Frazer
  • Narrated by: Patricia Gallimore
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 140

Lady Amanda Golightly of Belchester Towers is a person in complete contrast to the stereotypical image of her upper-class breeding. She is short, portly, and embarrassingly forthright. On a visit to a local nursing home, she unexpectedly discovers a long-lost friend, Hugo Cholmondley-Crichton-Crump - and stumbles upon a murder. The pair turn to sleuthing after Lady Amanda reports her appalling discovery to the local police inspector, who treats her as a silly old biddy with an overactive imagination.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb entertainment, a laugh a minute

  • By Mrs W. on 25-02-17

very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 24-08-17

The narrator was excelent, if you like Miss Marple this is Definately for Margaret Rutherford fans.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Chilbury Ladies' Choir

  • By: Jennifer Ryan
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister, Imogen Wilde, Laura Kirman, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290

The village of Chilbury in Kent is about to ring in some changes. This is a delightful novel of wartime gumption and village spirit that will make your heart sing out. Kent, 1940. The women of Chilbury village have taken umbrage at the Vicar's closure of the choir now that its male singers are at war. But when spirited music professor Primrose Trent arrives, it prompts the creation of an all-female singing group.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Liz on 06-03-17

loved it!

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

Reviewed: 27-06-17

It was a wonderful story made all the better by having different narrators which really brought the characters to life. I was sorry when it finished!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Great Poets: Robert Burns

  • By: Robert Burns
  • Narrated by: Forbes Masson
  • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

The 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns (1759 - 1796), one of the most popular of poets, was celebrated in 2009. A pioneer of the Romantic movement, works such as "A Red, Red Rose", "A Man’s a Man for a’ That", and the ubiquitous "Auld Lang Syne", have made him an international figure. Naxos AudioBooks’ popular Great Poets series marked the anniversary with this audio, bringing together all the key works.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Burns' Work Come To Life

  • By Dave W on 19-12-17

Engaging and Enlightening

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

Reviewed: 01-12-16

loved it. The narrator was perfect and brought it to life. An enjoyable listen for all!

  • Village Christmas & The White Robin

  • By: Miss Read
  • Narrated by: June Barrie
  • Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

From the rural festivities in 'Village Christmas' to the poignant tale of a white robin, these two stories demonstrate the wry wit and light touch of Miss Read. Two heartwarming and wonderfully festive listens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Christmas story and brilliantly narrated

  • By Kindle Customer on 23-12-18

Reminiscing childhood joy

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

Reviewed: 29-09-16

A lovely story read in a gentle voice reminiscent of quieter times when there was time to wonder at the small joys in life and nature.

  • The Beach Hut

  • By: Veronica Henry
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

The Beach Hut follows the stories of the families who come to Everdene each year, people who fall in – or out – of love, remembering their pasts, or trying to forget them…There’s Jane Milton, left only debts by her husband, and forced to sell the beloved beach hut that holds so many happy memories; Sarah; for whom fidelity has lost its appeal; and Harry, suffering from the anguish of first love when he falls for Florence – who has grown up to be far more alluring than she ever used to be.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully read

  • By Saffy on 23-09-13

A beach hut haven for many lives

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

Reviewed: 22-08-14

A beach hut haven for many lives that are cleverly woven together as the book progresses.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Watch Over Me

  • By: Daniela Sacerdoti
  • Narrated by: Helen McAlpine
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 137

From the best-selling author of the Sarah Midnight Trilogy comes an instant classic - a beautiful and poignant love story about letting go and moving on. Eilidh Lawson’s life has hit crisis point. Years of failed fertility treatments, a cheating husband and an oppressive family have pushed her to the limits. Desperate for relief, she seeks solace in the only place she’s ever felt at home - a small village in the Scottish Highlands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the story and loved narration

  • By NinaPasz on 28-01-15

a bit more than just a love story

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

Reviewed: 04-07-14

I found the author's thoughts on the afterlife interesting. It was predictable, but enjoyable non the less.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Mystery of Mercy Close

  • By: Marian Keyes
  • Narrated by: Niamh Daly
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 243

Meet Helen - youngest of the Walsh sisters and a law unto herself. She’s easily bored, has an inability to filter her thoughts and was fired from every job she ever had before she found her true calling as a private investigator. But times are tough for PIs, and Helen’s had no choice but to take on the search for AWOL boyband has-been Wayne Diffney: The Wacky One.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A good story if you are running out of options

  • By Niome on 18-12-13

A bit different

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

Reviewed: 13-05-14

What did you like most about The Mystery of Mercy Close?

Cleverly written, so that you dont realise things until the author wants you to, so you are experiencing it with the main character. I didnt guess the end, the mystery until she did towards the end, yet it moves fast and keeps your interest.

Have you listened to any of Niamh Daly’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Brilliantly read, couldnt wait to get back to it and although the character may not have been a typically likable person, Niamh made me love her.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really, I enjoyed the journey and didnt want it to finish too soon. It unfolded with interest.

  • The Little Village School

  • By: Gervase Phinn
  • Narrated by: Gervase Phinn
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

She was wearing red shoes! With silver heels! Elisabeth Devine causes quite a stir on her arrival in the village. No one can understand why the head of a big inner city school would want to come to sleepy little Barton-in-the-Dale, to a primary with more problems than school dinners. And that's not even counting the challenges the mysterious Elisabeth herself will face: a bitter former head teacher, a grumpy caretaker and a duplicitous chair of governors, to name but a few. Then there's the gossip.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gentle and enjoyable, but not riveting

  • By Ann Watson on 01-12-13

fine if you want tips about being a headmistress

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

Reviewed: 05-05-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If it was a story about the main characters with more feeling and less thinking, rather than about how to be a good teacher. Less time taken on explaining things. I felt like I might have exam on it later, rather than feeling that I had met real people.

What could Gervase Phinn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

If it was written and read in a more adult style. I dont mean sexual intimacy, but more depth to the characters, less of a s t o r y about school-life. I was listening to a story about people rather than living it with them.

Would you be willing to try another one of Gervase Phinn’s performances?

No

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The imagery was vivid and the narrator did good character voices.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful