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Vivienne Harper

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  • The Bright Hour

  • By: Nina Riggs
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Nina Riggs was just 37 years old when initially diagnosed with breast cancer - one small spot. Within a year, the mother of two sons, ages seven and nine, and married 16 years to her best friend, received the devastating news that her cancer was terminal. How does one live each day 'unattached to outcome'? How does one approach the moments, big and small, with both love and honesty?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Pretentious

  • By VRJust on 04-12-18

Moving story, beautifully narrated

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

This book is a little gem.
Despite the sadness it is truly uplifting and life affirming.

  • The Punishment She Deserves

  • An Inspector Lynley Novel, Book 17
  • By: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 28 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

When a Member of Parliament shows up at New Scotland Yard requesting an investigation into the suicide of the son of one of his constituents in the beautiful town of Ludlow, the Assistant Commissioner sees two opportunities in this request: the first is to have an MP owing him a favour, and the second is to get rid of Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, whose career at the Met has been hanging by a thread for quite some time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great read and listen

  • By J. VINER on 30-03-18

Very satisfying listen

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

Having read all of Elizabeth George’s books, this one must rate as one of my favourites. Good story, good narration.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,534
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,649
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,623

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Viva Eleanor!

  • By Kaggy on 30-06-17

Wonderful story, beautifully narrated

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

Reviewed: 31-01-18

I loved this book, memorable story beautifully written. So many places I stopped to just savour the wonderful use of language.
The narration was warm & rich, lovely to listen to.
Overall, a whole hearted 5 stars.

  • The Seagull

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 915
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 824
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 820

A visit to her local prison brings DI Vera Stanhope face to face with an old enemy: former detective superintendent John Brace. Brace was convicted of corruption and involvement in the death of a gamekeeper - and Vera played a part in his downfall. Brace promises Vera information about the disappearance of Robbie Marshall, a notorious wheeler-dealer, if she will look out for his family. He tells her that Marshall is dead, his body buried close to St Mary's Island in Whitley Bay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • don't try the accent if you can't keep it up<br /><br />

  • By Yvonne on 07-12-17

Vera at her blustery best

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

Reviewed: 31-10-17

Great story with an interesting twist.
Well read.
Can’t wait for next Vera Stanhope book.

  • Scattered Minds

  • The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder
  • By: Dr. Gabor Maté
  • Narrated by: Daniel Maté
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Written from the inside by a person who himself has ADD, with the wisdom gained through years of medical practice and research, Scattered Minds explodes the myth of ADD as a genetically based illness, offering real hope and advice for children and adults who live with this disorder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • this is the best ADD book to start with

  • By Philip Clarke on 31-05-17

Fantastic book

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

Reviewed: 23-07-17

I can't recommend this book highly enough, as with all Dr. Mate's books he has mixed science with extremely readable material.

I have in quick succession read all of Dr. Mate's books, each one of them has been really illuminating and given me a great deal of food for thought.

The narration by Daniel Mate is flawless and just adds to the satisfying experience of listening to the book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Red Earth

  • By: Tony Park
  • Narrated by: Mark Davis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

An assassination. A stolen baby. A race to the death. Durban, South Africa, a car is hijacked. Suzanne Fessey fights back and kills one thief but the other, wounded, escapes with her baby on board. In pursuit of the missing vehicle and baby are helicopter tracker pilot Nia Carras from the air, and Mike Dunn, a nearby wildlife researcher, from the ground. But South Africa's police have bigger problems: a bomb has gone off in Durban, killing the visiting American Ambassador, and chaos has descended on Kwa-Zulu Natal.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, awful pronunciation.

  • By Vivienne Harper on 20-06-17

Great story, awful pronunciation.

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

Reviewed: 20-06-17

This is a great adventure story, one to really get your teeth into.
The narrator is not bad but has no idea of South African accents which were not good; the horrible pronunciation of South African names and words really set my teeth on edge.

I nearly lost the will to keep on listening when ' bliksem 'was pronounced as 'bleaksome' - ag sies !

South Africa has great actors who could provide a way more authentic narration, this is a real pity as it definitely detracts from the flow of the story.

  • 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

Wonderful listen

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

Reviewed: 15-04-17

Loved the story and became totally engrossed in the lives of the ladies of Chilbury.

  • Come, Tell Me How You Live: An Archaeological Memoir

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Judith Boyd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18

Agatha Christie's personal memoirs about her travels to Syria and Iraq in the 1930s with her archaeologist husband, Max Mallowan, where she worked on the digs and wrote some of her most evocative novels. Think you know Agatha Christie? Think again! To the world she was Agatha Christie, legendary author of best-selling whodunits. But in the 1930s she wore a different hat, travelling with her husband, renowned archaeologist Max Mallowan, as he investigated the buried ruins and ancient wonders of Syria and Iraq.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful surprise

  • By Mr Chops on 08-09-15

Highly recommend-lovely story

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

Reviewed: 28-11-16

I savoured & enjoyed this wonderful audiobook, it is funny & interesting & I totally lost myself in it.
I realise what a clever writer Agatha Christie was, in her 'whodunnits' I always follow the plot & don't pay too much attention to the writing-probably a mark of an accomplished writer.

  • A Great Reckoning

  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

Former chief inspector Gamache has been hunting killers his entire career, and as the new commander of the Sûreté Academy, he is given the chance to combat the corruption and brutality that have been rife throughout the force. But when a former colleague and professor of the Sûreté Academy is found murdered, with a mysterious map of Three Pines in his possession, Gamache has an even tougher task ahead of him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 3 Pines

  • By Perranmaid on 05-09-16

Great story.

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

Reviewed: 28-10-16

I can't fault this story or the narration. The story was engrossing and I enjoyed the new narrator.
I think this is the best of the Inspector Gamache books, I've enjoyed them all however feel that the 'layers' of stories contained in this book is the most enjoyable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Exit Lines

  • Dalziel and Pascoe Series, Book 8 )
  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Colin Buchanan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Three old men die on a stormy November night: one by deliberate violence, one in a road accident, and one by an unknown cause. Inspector Pascoe is called in to investigate the first death, but when the dying words of the accident victim suggest that a drunken Superintendent Dalziel had been behind the wheel, the integrity of the entire Mid-Yorkshire CID is called into question.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Vivienne Harper on 11-09-16

Great listen

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

Reviewed: 11-09-16

Loved the story. Narration brilliant, Andrew Buchanan's wonderful narration really enhanced a very well written story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful