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Waterlooville, Hants, United Kingdom
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  • The Last of Us

  • By: Harriet Cummings
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Eighty-two-year-old Nettie still hears the occasional gossiping, but most have forgotten what she did. Now, living alone in a run-down farmhouse, she surrounds herself with memories of her late husband and estranged daughter, Catherine. When Catherine's friend James appears out of the blue, Nettie is grateful for the company and keen to learn more about her daughter. But soon James starts asking Nettie questions she doesn't want to answer, about some things she can't remember and others she's tried to forget.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully woven story

  • By Philip on 13-09-18

Beautifully woven story

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

Reviewed: 13-09-18

Another lovely book from Harriet Cummings. A tale spanning decades, really getting to the heart of human emotions, the views we have of ourselves that’s are so often misconstrued told from the perspective of a woman who’s own guilt overwhelmed her. A wonderful painting of life and brought into color the decades from the 60’s. lots of unexpected twists to ponder and a very good ending.

  • We All Begin as Strangers

  • By: Harriet Cummings
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Heathcote, England, 1984. A mysterious figure is sneaking into homes through backdoors and open windows. Known locally as 'the Fox', he knows everything about everyone, leaving curious objects in their homes or taking things from them. When beloved Anna disappears, everyone believes the Fox is responsible. For the villagers, finding Anna will be difficult - but stopping the Fox from exposing their darkest secrets might just be impossible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding debut novel

  • By Philip on 27-04-17

Outstanding debut novel

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

Reviewed: 27-04-17

Would you listen to We All Begin as Strangers again? Why?

I would listen to this novel again just to absorb the level of fine detail Harriet Cummings weaved through this tale. It had excellent character studies and story twists that had me wanting more.The conclusion was unexpected but spot on.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It's difficult to chose a favourite character because they were all so well rounded and real.

Which character – as performed by Rachel Atkins – was your favourite?

Rachel Atkins voiced each character with just the right amount of deviation so you new exactly who it was even before the narrative told you so. And again, to pick a favourite would be impossible.

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

I couldn't and didn't read it in one sitting. Which I felt was a good thing as it gave me time to digest each segment. Which I then eagerly looked forward to the next instalment.

Any additional comments?

This book reminded me of A Casual Vacancy. By JK Rowling with it's view of not quite so quaint village life. That was a book I thoroughly enjoyed, but this I felt equaled it. So I feel to compare Harriet Cummings to the most successful author of our age is a worthy and deserved accolade.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Foreign Country

  • By: Charles Cumming
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 278

Six weeks before she is due to take up her position as the first female head of MI6, Amelia Levene vanishes without a trace. Her disappearance is the gravest crisis MI6 has faced for more than a decade. There has been no ransom demand, no word from foreign intelligence services, and no hint of a defection. Should news of Levene’s disappearance leak out, the consequences would be catastrophic. But for disgraced MI6 officer Thomas Kell, the crisis offers a chance for redemption.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cracking story incredibly well read

  • By A on 13-11-16

Best spy novel for a long time

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

Reviewed: 10-07-15

With logical twists and turns, this is perhaps the best novel I've listened to for quite some time. Well deserving of 5 stars.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • The Other Queen

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck, Colleen Prendergast, Roger May
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

Mary is Queen of Scotland but has been forced to flee her land and take refuge in an England that is ruled by her cousin Elizabeth. But England, precarious in its Protestant state, doesn't need a charismatic Catholic figurehead at large. So Elizabeth's chief advisor, Cecil, devises a plan in which Mary will live under guard with his trusted accomplice: Bess of Hardwick. Bess is a self-made woman, a shrewd survivor. She is newly married to her fourth and most distinguished husband, the Earl of Shrewsbury.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fabulous read and listening experience

  • By Janice on 03-08-10

Very sad but enlightening.

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

Reviewed: 20-01-15

Philippa Gregory yet again puts flesh to the bones of our history. Thanks for a wonderful interpretation of the past.

  • The Lost Symbol

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,628
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,625

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Did it end?

  • By PatriciaWN on 25-08-10

The Lost Symbol

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-09

A more implausible storyline I find hard to imagine. The two great ?reveals? in the plot could be spotted well before half way in. Dan Brown as reached an all time low, bettering ?Angels & Demons? in creating unbelievable situations for equally unbelievable characters.
Research into the subject is undoubtedly his strength, but I didn?t engage with the story.