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  • The Mallen Streak

  • The Mallen Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Catherine Cookson
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Thomas Mallen of High Banks Hall had many sons, most of them bastards. But to all of them he passed on his mark - a distinctive flash of white hair running to the left temple, known as the Mallen Streak. It was said that those who bore the streak seldom reached old age and that nothing good ever came of a Mallen. In 1851, Thomas Mallen found himself a ruined man, forced amid scandal and disgrace to sell the hall. With him went his two young wards and their indomitable governess. Then the Radlet brothers of Wilbur Farm arrived, one of whom bore the unmistakable Mallen Streak.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing and beautiful

  • By Matthew D. Berry on 30-04-19

it's a bit boring connected to the other mallon

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-01-19

struggled to finish it ,t did not have the grit of the other mallon books also the reader's voice was too boring when talking in the lady's voices

  • The Girl in the Ragged Shawl

  • The Children of the Workhouse, Book 1
  • By: Cathy Sharp
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

Eliza was left as a small baby at the workhouse in Whitechapel, wrapped in her mother’s shawl, which is all she has of the mother she never knew. At 11 years old, she has survived sickness, near starvation and harsh beatings. Master Simpkins and his cruel daughter rule the workhouse with a rod of iron, but when Romany boy Joe arrives at the workhouse, his spirit and courage give Eliza hope. When she is sold into service, Eliza is relieved to be out of the workhouse and hopes her fortunes are changing for the better, but cruelty and unkindness are everywhere....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl in the Ragged Shawl

  • By Jacqueline Caldwell on 28-02-19

excellent book

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

loved this book ,once you start u can not put it down , excellent book and I Carney wait for the next book

  • When Midnight Comes

  • By: Beryl Matthews
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Christine Banner is alone after her father's death. Determined to make her own way in the world, she stumbles onto an estate in the New Forest where she finds work that she loves. However, when the future looks uncertain, Christine's skill at handling some of the large and difficult warhorses shines through and captures the attention of the son of the estate owner. In the face of grief, sadness and disappointment, Christine's intelligence and strength will be tested until she finds the place she can truly call home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No putting it down

  • By diane ellis on 17-11-18

No putting it down

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

Reviewed: 17-11-18

just could not put it Down, read it in 1 night, excellent book from beryl Mathews.

  • The Button Box

  • By: Dilly Court
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Clara held on to the precious button, glimmering like a jewel in the dark alleyways of London's notorious Seven Dials. She needed to save her family...but who was going to save her? There was a time when the Carter sisters' father was their hero. Now he's a drunk who's gambled away everything they had and put them all in peril. It's on Clara's shoulders to save the four sisters from destitution. Clutching her precious button box, the only thing of value they have left, Clara dreams of starting a shop that could put a roof over their heads and keep them safe....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Button box

  • By Susan A Short on 16-01-18

best book in years

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

Got this book on my kindle and a few month later I got it on audible cos I could not read it on holiday. one of the best books I have listens to yet ,very good reader and a lovely story line .A brilliant book all round

  • The River Maid

  • The River Maid, Book 1
  • By: Dilly Court
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

London, 1854: 20-year-old Essie Chapman lives with her father in poverty-stricken Limehouse, working on the river as a boatman. Her life seems set before her, never to leave this part of London and forever at her father's beck and call. Then, one night, she must transport a mysterious man from a foreign ship to the banks of the Thames, a man who ends up renting a room in Essie's house, identifying himself only as 'Raven'.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A typical fluffy romance

  • By Tracey on 22-01-18

thrilling book

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

Reviewed: 22-09-18

absalutley loved this story ,from a scruffy hungry child to a lovely lady .very well narrated

  • The Liverpool Matchgirl

  • By: Lyn Andrews
  • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Liverpool, 1901. The Tempest family is all but destitute, barely able to put food on the table. When Florrie falls ill with pneumonia and Arthur is imprisoned after a drunken fight, their 13-year-old daughter, Lizzie, finds herself parentless, desperate and alone. Despite her young age, Lizzie has spirit and determination, and she knows that she must find work to keep herself off the streets. In a stroke of luck, she gets a job in the match factory, and foreman George Rutherford takes her under his wing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Liverpool matchgirl

  • By Sakazoke on 10-01-19

fantastic read

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

I absolutely loved this book a could not put down , another great book by Lyn Andrews and spoken very well by julie maisey.

  • A Mother's Choice

  • By: Val Wood
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

For 10 years Delia has had to fend for herself and her son, Jack, and as a young unmarried mother, life has never been easy. Every new coat and pair of shoes was bought with what little money she could scrape together as a singer on the stage. But when the theatre work dries up, Delia faces a dilemma: continue the search for employment with no knowing whether she'll find the stability and security her son needs or return to the place that should be home...where only spite and hatred await them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent read a couldn't put it down

  • By diane ellis on 04-09-18

excellent read a couldn't put it down

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

loved this book excellant read couldn't put it down well done Val wood for this story

  • The Open Door

  • By: Beryl Matthews
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24

All her short life, 11-year-old Rose Webster has encountered closed doors. Growing up in the slums of London with her siblings, trying to avoid their violent, drunken father, she develops an insatiable thirst for knowledge, and becomes convinced that she and her loved ones deserve better. All Rose has is a quick mind and the will to survive. Can she open that door and seize the chance to make something of herself?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • hard to put down read

  • By Lorna on 21-02-16

loved the read all the way , couldn't put it down

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

Reviewed: 26-08-18

best book I have read in a long time , plenty of ups and downs and sad bits .Well done beryl Matthews another excelant read

  • Workhouse Orphans

  • By: Holly Green
  • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Life has always been tough for May and Gus Lavender. Their father went away to sea never to return, and then their mother falls victim to the typhus sweeping through Liverpool. Regarded as orphans by the authorities, May and Gus are sent to the Brownlow Hill Workhouse. Like all workhouses, Brownlow is the last resort for the poor and the destitute. May and Gus will have to rely on each other more than ever if they are to survive the hardships to come....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Read

  • By Claire Chilton on 07-10-17

it just ended dead , very disappointed

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

very good book to listen to but the ending let's it down, very disappointing end