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  • My Good Life in France

  • In Pursuit of the Rural Dream
  • By: Janine Marsh
  • Narrated by: Esther Wane
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

One grey dismal day, Janine Marsh was on a trip to northern France to pick up some cheap wine. She returned to England a few hours later having put in an offer on a rundown old barn in the rural Seven Valleys area of Pas de Calais. This was not something she'd expected or planned for. Janine eventually gave up her job in London to move with her husband to live the good life in France. Or so she hoped. While getting to grips with the locals and la vie Française, and renovating her dilapidated new house, a building lacking the comforts of mains drainage, heating, or proper rooms.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A little bit bland

  • By Anne H. on 16-08-18

A little bit bland

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

Reviewed: 16-08-18

I thought the narrator spoiled this book,she wasn’t very expressive and and a bit bland,the story of Janine’s life in France was a bit tedious and a wee bit boring,but I stuck with it.

  • Look What You Made Me Do

  • A Powerful Memoir of Coercive Control
  • By: Helen Walmsley-Johnson
  • Narrated by: Helen Walmsley-Johnson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

For more than two years, BBC Radio 4's The Archers ran a disturbing storyline centred on Helen Tichener's abuse at the hands of her husband Rob. Not the kind of abuse that leaves a bruise, but the sort of coercive control that breaks your spirit and makes it almost impossible to walk away. As she listened to the unfolding story, Helen Walmsley-Johnson was forced to confront her own agonising past. Helen's first husband controlled her life, from the people she saw to what was in her bank account.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was gripped for personal reasons

  • By Anne H. on 16-03-18

I was gripped for personal reasons

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

Reviewed: 16-03-18

I thought I had made a mistake with this book as the narration was a bit flat,but I stuck with it and I saw parallels of my own married life in this story, there was a little physical abuse but an awful lot of mental abuse and controlling
behaviour,like Helen I didn’t recognise it at the time i was convinced it was my fault my personality that made him do and say the things he did.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret

  • The Number One Best-Selling Author of The Letter
  • By: Kathryn Hughes
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 986
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 979

Mary has been nursing a secret. Forty years ago, she made a choice that would change her world for ever, and alter the path of someone she holds dear. Beth is searching for answers. She has never known the truth about her parentage, but finding out could be the lifeline her sick child so desperately needs. When Beth finds a faded newspaper cutting amongst her mother's things, she realises the key to her son's future lies in her own past. She must go back to where it all began to unlock...the Secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good book. Recommended.

  • By M.A. on 22-07-16

Another good book by Kathryn Hughes

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

I enjoyed The Secret every bit as much as TheLetter,Kathryn Hughes is a great story teller especially the middle part of the last century her story’s take me right back to that time they are meaty and full of twist and turns,you won’t regret buying The Secret

  • The Letter

  • By: Kathryn Hughes
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,868

The Number One Kindle best seller guaranteed to break your heart. Every so often a love story comes along to remind us that sometimes, in our darkest hour, hope shines a candle to light our way. Discover the Number One best seller that has captured thousands of hearts worldwide.... Tina Craig longs to escape her violent husband. She works all the hours God sends to save up enough money to leave him, also volunteering in a charity shop to avoid her unhappy home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Sheila on 19-07-15

Great story

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

I listened to this book in one go, I couldn’t stop listening,the author describes domestic violence so accurately the way of thinking in the forty’s and even the seventy’s was so shocking so backward.
Get this book you won’t regret it. The story line was gripping the narrator was excellent she is one of the best,her voices from female to male are excellent.

  • Somebody I Used to Know

  • By: Wendy Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286

When Wendy Mitchell was diagnosed with dementia at the age of 58, she had to say good-bye to the woman she once was. Her career in the NHS, her ability to drive, cook and run - the various shades of her independence - were suddenly gone. Yet Wendy was determined not to give in. She was, and still is, propelled by a need to live in the moment, never knowing which version of herself might surface tomorrow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very informative

  • By Anne H. on 07-03-18

Very informative

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

I didn’t know if I wanted to listen to Wendy’s story I was a bit scared I suppose. I’m glad I did I think everyone should read it,it is the most informative information on dementia have heard on how it affects people who have it,both my mother and my mother in law had dementia I wish Wendy’s book had been around then I would have understood the disease better and approached some issues with more understanding.Everyone should read it,it should be part of the school curriculum to help future generations understand the disease.

39 of 40 people found this review helpful

  • The Liverpool Girls

  • By: Pam Howes
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Sisters Carol and Jackie haven't had the easiest of childhoods, but as they grow up and begin their own lives, both hope for happier times ahead. Stylish Carol works in Lewis' department store while Jackie dreams of a career on the stage. But the sisters are heartbroken when they discover they have been dating the same man, and an unexpected pregnancy causes a rift between them. As the sisters' troubles spiral, will their sisterly bond be destroyed forever?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved every page!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 26-08-18

Riveting

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

Reviewed: 13-02-18

I listened to this book in one day.i have read Pam Howes previous books and was delighted to find this third book about this Liverpool family. A great listen,you won’t be disappointed.

  • The Secrets She Keeps

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,094
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,003

Everyone has an idea of what their perfect life is. For Agatha, it's Meghan Shaughnessy's. These two women from vastly different backgrounds have one thing in common - a dangerous secret that could destroy everything they hold dear. Both will risk everything to hide the truth, but their worlds are about to collide in a shocking act that cannot be undone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and superbly read!

  • By Aíslín on 24-07-17

Riveting!

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

This is the best audio story I have listened to so far.The narration was excellent the plot was so clever I don’t want to say too much about that as I want other listeners to be as gripped as I was.

  • Tell Me No Lies

  • By: Lisa Hall
  • Narrated by: Penny Rawlins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 42

It was supposed to be a fresh start. A chance to forget the past and embrace the future. But can you ever really start again? Or does the past follow you wherever you go?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than The Girl on the Train

  • By Emma. on 08-12-16

Unbeleiveable story

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

It’s a shame as this had the potential of being a gripping story but it was spoilt with wishy washy plots,and the voices of the male characters,the narrator needs to practice a bit more on that,as for the ending well I’m speechless

  • Between You and Me

  • A psychological thriller with a twist you won't see coming
  • By: Lisa Hall
  • Narrated by: Jessica Ball
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 300

They say every marriage has its secrets. But no one sees what happens behind closed doors. And sometimes those doors should never be opened.... Sal and Charlie are married. They love each other. But they aren't happy. Sal cannot leave, no matter what Charlie does - no matter how much it hurts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great twist

  • By Emma on 28-06-17

A very good listen...but

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

Reviewed: 07-12-17

A perfect description of domestic violence,l was gripped from the start,but a bit confused over the gender changing of the characters, did I miss something?Charlie was revered to as she and Sal was he, at the end Charlie became Charlotte? Confusing, but well worth listening to if you have a long journey ahead

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • After the War Is Over

  • By: Maureen Lee
  • Narrated by: Nerys Hughes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Liverpool, 1945. Three women, the strongest of friends, return home, trying to fit back into their old lives after they've been demobbed. They've been thrown together by the war and shared all sorts of good and bad times. Now their old lives seem dull in comparison. But not for long.... Maggie and Nell are both 21 and full of hope and excitement. Iris, on the other hand, is feeling apprehensive about returning to civilian life. At the age of 30, her only wish is to have a baby, but sadly this wish is yet to come true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good listen

  • By Anne H. on 05-03-17

A good listen

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

Reviewed: 05-03-17

I read this book some time ago, and enjoyed it all over again in audio, l recommend you read the book then listen to it on audio most enjoyable.