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The Artful Dodger

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  • 2
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  • Wicked Highland Wishes

  • Highlander Vows: Entangled Hearts, Book 2
  • By: Julie Johnstone
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Legendary warrior Lachlan MacLeod has never encountered anything or anyone he could not conquer. But when his younger brother confesses his love for Bridgette MacLean - the only woman Lachlan has ever wanted - Lachlan turns away from the beautiful Scottish lass, vowing to be no more than her friend. Yet his need for Bridgette enslaves him and may well prove to be the one thing he cannot defeat.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Made me shudder

  • By The Artful Dodger on 13-10-18

Made me shudder

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

Reviewed: 13-10-18

Whereas I sometimes roll my eyes when the heroine is always rescued at the last possible moment, I found it disturbing when she was not. The rape in this book was very difficult to listen to, and made me wish I hadn’t bought this book. Although I do think it is an important topic, it made me shudder. Good narration.

  • The Duke's Holiday

  • The Regency Romp Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Maggie Fenton
  • Narrated by: Sue Pitkin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

The cold, precise Duke of Montford demands things his way: neatly ordered, in place, and adhering closely to the rules. So he is furious when he learns that the tenant of his ducal estate has been dead for a year, and a stranger has been running the Honeywell business - which, by contract, is now Montford's. When he arrives in Yorkshire to investigate, he discovers that the estate is being run by an unruly, tomboyish woman - and a bluestocking at that!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful!

  • By The Artful Dodger on 11-09-18

Awful!

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

I really did try to listen to this, but I had to admit defeat. The narration was just so awful and overdone, and it really grated on my nerves. Also, the story was boring, and Astrid was so annoying I wanted to slap her. Enough said.

  • A Christmas Cracker

  • By: Trisha Ashley
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie, Scot Williams
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

Get into the festive spirit with this heartwarming, funny and simply gorgeous Christmas read. The eagerly awaited new novel from the Sunday Times best-selling author. This Christmas is about to go off with a bang! Things can't possibly get worse for Tabby. Framed for a crime she didn't commit, she suddenly finds herself without a job. Then, to make matters worse, Tabby's boyfriend dumps her and gives her cat away to a shelter. But rescue comes in the form of kindly Mercy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Book

  • By mrs on 04-01-16

Not a big fan

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

The four most annoying things about this book:
1. The jokes at the start of every chapter
2. The bloody cat
3. The narrator trying to sound like a cat
4. The fat brachycephalic freak of nature pug

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Summer at Buttercup Beach

  • Hope Island Series, Book 2
  • By: Holly Martin
  • Narrated by: Penny Andrews
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

For two years, Freya has hidden her love for her best friend, Rome. But he has never shown any sign of feeling the same...until now. Yet, Rome has a damaged heart. After losing his fiancée, he hasn't allowed himself to fall in love again. Freya has already had her heart broken by a man who couldn't let go of the past. Can she risk it happening again? Are they brave enough to take a chance?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Annoying

  • By Anna Turner-Cobbold on 13-07-18

Gaah!

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

Reviewed: 30-10-17

I have really enjoyed the authors previous books, but my enjoyment of this book was overshadowed by the incredible annoying, whining, stupidly insecure, self-destructive, self-centered main character, Freya. My ears are bleeding after listening through her many tedious internal monologues. The highlight of this book was definitely the loveable and awkward character Finn.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Nine Uses for an Ex-Boyfriend

  • By: Sarra Manning
  • Narrated by: Colleen Prendergast
  • Length: 17 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32

Hope Delafield hasn’t always had an easy life, and being a primary school teacher isn't exactly the job she dreamed of doing. At least she has Jack, the God of boyfriends. He’s kind, has a killer smile, and a cool job. Hope has known that Jack was The One ever since their first kiss 13 years ago; they’re still totally in love with each other. Totally. And then Hope catches Jack kissing her best friend....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Any slower this book would go backwards.

  • By lynsay g on 05-10-13

Don't buy this!

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

Reviewed: 29-09-17

Oh my god. The longest most boring story about a breakup ever, featuring the whiniest most annoying doormat of a main character with no self respect whatsoever. Jeeez! Grow a pair! I wish I'd read the other reviews before I suffered through this snoozefest.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Happily Ever Ninja

  • Knitting in the City, Book 5
  • By: Penny Reid
  • Narrated by: Em Eldridge, Will M. Watt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

There are three things you need to know about Fiona Archer...I would tell you what they are, but then I'd have to kill you. But I can tell you that Fiona's husband - the always irrepressible and often cantankerous Greg Archer - is desperately in love with his wife. He aches for her when they are apart, and is insatiable when they are together. Yet as the years pass, Greg has begun to suspect that Fiona is a ninja. A ninja mom. A ninja wife. A ninja friend. After 14 years of marriage, Greg is trying not to panic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favourite of the series!

  • By The Artful Dodger on 22-08-17

My favourite of the series!

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

Reviewed: 22-08-17

Have read every book in this series, and so far, this is my favourite. Greg is my favourite of the men in this series. Nothing beats a posh British accent!

  • The Christmas Surprise

  • A Rosie Hopkins novel
  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Includes mouth-watering recipes. Rosie Hopkins, newly engaged, is looking forward to an exciting year in the little sweetshop she owns and runs. But when fate strikes Rosie and her boyfriend, Stephen, a terrible blow, threatening everything they hold dear, it's going to take all their strength and the support of their families and their Lipton friends to hold them together. After all, don't they say it takes a village to raise a child? Treat yourself and your friends to Jenny Colgan's heartwarming new novel this Christmas.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easy Listen, lovely to catch up with Rosie.

  • By Emily on 14-12-14

Sorry, but I HATED it!

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

Reviewed: 19-04-17

Any additional comments?

I really hated the story, unfortunately. Very predictable, and you knew what was going to happen the second the trip to Africa was planned. I like Stephen, but Rosie is SO annoying! Why does she keep lying to the person she is supposed to trust the most?