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  • The Misbegotten

  • By: Katherine Webb
  • Narrated by: Jacqueline King
  • Length: 17 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Bath, 1821: Rachel Crofton escapes her unhappy employment as a governess by marrying a self-made businessman. But her new life soon takes an unexpected turn. Reclusive Jonathan Alleyn is a man tormented by the disappearance of his childhood sweetheart, Alice. Starling, foundling child and now servant, is convinced that Alice, the woman she loved as a sister, was stolen from her. Did Alice run away? Or did something altogether more sinister occur? As Starling tries to expose the lies behind Bath's immaculate facades, others want only to forget, and will go to extreme lengths to do so.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Jobbins on 07-10-17

brilliant

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

Reviewed: 22-01-15

really got immersed in this Drama .mystery,thriller, romance and two strong female characters ,I Am so sorry that I have finished it







0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Hundred Pieces of Me

  • By: Lucy Dillon
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,015
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 907
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 913

Gina is starting her life again, after a difficult few years she'd rather forget. But the belongings she's treasured for so long just don't seem to fit who she is now. So Gina makes a resolution. She'll keep just a hundred items - the rest can go. But that means coming to terms with her past and learning to embrace the future, whatever it might bring…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gorgeous gorgeous book!

  • By Fabulous Book Fiend on 19-04-14

way way way too long

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

Reviewed: 09-06-14

Would you try another book written by Lucy Dillon or narrated by Juanita McMahon?

The narration was fine but the book was way too long .Neither the characters nor the plot were interesting enough to sustain the length of the book. yes I would try another book by narrator but I would be wary of comitting another 17 hours to Lucy Dillon.

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

If the book had been edited properly the story might have held my interest and I generally like long involved plots but this one had too few characters of any interest

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • 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 1,138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,044
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,044

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

great concept

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

Reviewed: 06-04-14

What did you like most about The House We Grew Up In?

I usually don't like books that jump back and forward but I could follow this and stay in tune with the characters very easily. I liked the unusual concept at the heart of the book and there was no unrealistic happy ending

Who was your favorite character and why?

Megan

What about Karina Fernandez’s performance did you like?

very good with the differentiation

  • The Grand Sophy

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Sarah Woodward
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318

Resourceful, adventurous and utterly indefatigable, Sophy is hardly the mild-mannered girl that the Rivenhalls expect when they agree to take her in. Kind-hearted Aunt Lizzy is shocked; stern Cousin Charles and his humorless fiancée Eugenia are disapproving.With her inimitable mixture of exuberance and grace Sophy soon sets about endearing herself to her family, but finds herself increasingly drawn to her cousin. Can she really be falling in love with him, and he with her? And what of his betrothal to Eugenia?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly splendid - classic GH

  • By Beccameriel on 16-05-17

really entertaining,well written escapism

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

Reviewed: 20-11-13

Would you listen to The Grand Sophy again? Why?

yes brilliantly performed and loved Sophy and The Claxton family

What other book might you compare The Grand Sophy to, and why?

Its very like a lot of the best and funniest chick lit such as Sophie Kinsella's book mixed with the wit and social commentary of Jane Austen

Would you listen to another book narrated by Sarah Woodward?

yes yes yes

Any additional comments?

I cant believe I never read Heyer before and am delighted that there are so many more waiting for me. The performance of the different characters by the reader was amazing

  • I've Got Your Number

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 998
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723

Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier: She is about to marry her ideal man. But in one afternoon, everything begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill, but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations and mysterious phone calls, she soon realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By VINCENS on 14-04-12

great fun

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-03-12

well written,you can almost see the movie, and of course totally far fetched but I loved it.It was well narrated and kept me smiling and laughing for 11 hours. Honestly 11 hours entetainment for a few quid.Get it! also walked a couple more miles than I normally do as I didnt want to stop listening so all good.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Sun at Midnight

  • By: Rosie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Rula Lenska
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Alice is a scientist who relies on method, precision and proof. But when her relationship with artist Peter Brown collapses, she is forced to evaluate her own life for the first time. In her thirties, childless, it is time to break away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant escapism

  • By grainne on 10-09-11

Brilliant escapism

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-11

I had not read this author before but can't wait to read another,In a way its a love story but its mostly a story of how a clever but cautious woman finds that she is more resourceful and strong witted than she could have believed.Because it is is set in the Antartic there is a great feeling of suspense and you feel that you are there with her trying to come to terms with living in close quarters with strangers.IThe narration is great and she does a good job of differiniating the characters.I did not want to do anything else but listen and am brokenhearted that I have had to leave Alice...

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • 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

Great summer read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-06-11

great read ,full of quirky story lines and lots of interesting charachters who all get what they deserve in th end..Warm,funny but with a story line that gives it an edge .Maeve Binchy transported to Devon and given a make over....

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Journey

  • By: Tony Blair
  • Narrated by: Tony Blair
  • Length: 16 hrs and 3 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299

A Journey is Tony Blair’s first-hand account of his years in office and beyond. Here he describes for the first time his role in shaping our recent history, from the aftermath of Princess Diana’s death to the war on terror. He reveals the leadership decisions that were necessary to reinvent his party, the relationships with colleagues, the gruelling negotiations for peace in Northern Ireland, the battles over education and health, the implementation of the biggest reforms to public services since 1945.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • flawed, but fascinating

  • By Margaret on 30-10-10

Brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-10-10

I loved this.I expected to have to suffer through the boring bits to get to the good bits but there are no bad bits.Its a very honest book and he seems to be earnestly trying to learn lessons and take meaning from all the events of the 10 years .There is no smugness nor any false modesty.
As an audio book it was interesting to hear the emotion in his voice (for example the David Kelly incident) and the relief when he moves onto a new chapter ,literally!
There are also a lot of musings on the role of the media and who actually creates spin which have put me thinking and more than a few life lessons which are worth thinking about.
So yes as a neutral on Blair I loved it.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Complete Barchester Chronicles (Dramatisation)

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey, Alex Jennings
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 932
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588

Here is a new audio edition of the acclaimed BBC Radio 4 dramatisations of Anthony Trollope's gently satirical tales of provincial life, available together in one download. Nearly 20 hours of ironic, witty, and wonderfully written drama is contained in this audiobook. The cast includes Anna Massey, Alex Jennings, David Haig, Rosemary Leach, Kenneth Cranham, Emma Fielding, and Brenda Blethyn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Barchester comes alive!

  • By Ian Henderson on 05-06-08

spellbinding

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-04-10

This is as compelling as any modern soap and as engaging.
The story is funny and sad and very easy to listen to.
If you are generally not likely to listen to or read a classic as they appear to be dull or worthy start with this and you will soon be hooked.
The production is of the highest quality and I loved it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • North and South

  • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,107
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 929

Written at the request of Charles Dickens, North and South is a book about rebellion that poses fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience. Gaskell expertly blends individual feeling with social concern and her heroine, Margaret Hale, is one of the most original creations of Victorian literature. When Margaret Hale's father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience she is forced to leave her comfortable home in the tranquil countryside of Hampshire....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • an interesting novel made special by the reading

  • By Margaret on 27-12-10

Romance and Finance

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-02-10

In many ways this story of boom and bust is relevant now as it was when written.I loved the story of how a girl brought up in the country adapted to the life in the Northern town. She is a strong comple heroine and I found this book really got me thinking about what is fair and not fair in daily working life. If this sounds dreary it's not at all, the love story and the family dramas are compelling and it is an uplifting book well read with a great story.

36 of 36 people found this review helpful