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  • Winter Journey

  • By: Diane Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Deidre Rubenstein
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Halina Shore is a Polish born forensic dentist living in Australia. When she travels to Poland to take part in the investigation of a war crime, she finds herself at the center of a bitter struggle in a community that has been divided by a grim legacy. As the investigation proceeds, her professional assignment becomes a confronting personal odyssey as the truth about her own past begins to emerge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Winter Journey by Diane Armstrong

  • By Sheila on 12-02-08

Good listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-12

This book tells the story of Halina Shore, a Polish forensic dentist who lives in Australia and travels to Poland to take part in the investigation into a war crime, occurred in the mid forties, against the Jewish population. Once there, she will find out not only about the terrible crimes that took place but also about her own Polish roots. It is a fiction book but based on a real historic fact (the burning alive of around one thousand Jews in a barn in a Polish village). I think it is a really interesting well-narrated story, quite disturbing at certain points. I couldn't put the second part of the book down as I was absorbed by the plot. I found the narrator excellent. On the other hand, there are quite a lot of fiction components mixed up with the tragic real events, so I am not sure if this narration would suit all tastes. For me, it was a worthwhile listen.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Winter Garden

  • A Novel
  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard: the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father fails ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • phenominal

  • By "missdipsycalling" on 12-04-18

Winter Garden

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-12-11

I chose this audibook after reading many good reviews about the novel. It tells the story about the relationship between two sisters and their mother who has always been very cold and distant to them. When the father (who was the strengh of the family) dies, following a promise that the 3 women made to him, the mother explains to her daughers the truth of her earlier life in Leningrad during the war. This story helps the daughters understand their mother better and changes completety their relationship. For me the story is an example of how important it is to talk about emotions and feelings to the people you love, and how misunderstandings can spoil relationships. I would recommend this book as I really enjoyed it.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Room

  • By: Emma Donoghue
  • Narrated by: Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Suzanne Toren, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914

The story of a mother, her son, a locked room, and the outside world. It's Jack's birthday, and he's excited about turning five. Jack lives with his Ma in Room, which has a locked door and a skylight, and measures 11 feet by 11 feet. He loves watching TV, and the cartoon characters he calls friends, but he knows that nothing he sees on screen is truly real – only him, Ma and the things in Room. Until the day Ma admits that there's a world outside....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • reasonable

  • By Caroline on 29-01-11

Interesting listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-12-11

I enjoyed this audibook although I usually prefer a different style of book.
At the beginning I didn't like the voice of the child as a narrator, as many other readers have stated, but I got used to it and I ended up liking it. Therefore, I think it is worth having a bit of patience with this issue because it is not a major problem at all. I liked the characters (mother and child) a lot. I found the story a bit disturbing and oppressive at certain points but it was also very engaging and I always wanted to find out what was going to happen next. In conclusion, I think it is an interesting choice and would recommend it to other people.

Sarah's Key
    
    
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        Tatiana de Rosnay
    
    


    
    
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        Polly Stone
    
    


    
    Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
    26 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • Sarah's Key

  • By: Tatiana de Rosnay
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a 10 year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.Paris, May 2002: On Vel' d'Hiv's 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France's past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good listen.

  • By Elizabeth Davies on 04-03-09

Recommended

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-11

I really enjoyed this book. It is a well written and moving story. The narration by Polly Stone is also very good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lovely Bones

  • By: Alice Sebold
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 409

My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. My murderer was a man from our neighborhood. My mother liked his border flowers, and my father talked to him once about fertilizer. This is Susie Salmon. Watching from heaven, Susie sees her happy suburban family devastated by her death, isolated even from one another as they each try to cope with their terrible loss alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely book!

  • By robert on 31-12-09

Worth reading

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-11-11

Interesting reading, a bit distressing at times and with some beautiful moments. Not my favourite audibook but worth reading.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Little Stranger

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 650
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 362

In a dusty postwar summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline, its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, the clock in its stable yard permanently fixed at twenty to nine. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not overly ghostly

  • By Tracey on 07-07-09

Really recommendable read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-11-11

Probably the best audiobook I have listed to so far. It is very atmosferic and often quite scary. I reads like a classic and in reality it is quite a modern book. I enjoyed every minute of reading this book.

The Shell Seekers
    
    
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        Rosamunde Pilcher
    
    


    
    
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        Hannah Gordon
    
    


    
    Length: 25 hrs and 12 mins
    285 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • The Shell Seekers

  • By: Rosamunde Pilcher
  • Narrated by: Hannah Gordon
  • Length: 25 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

Artist's daughter Penelope Keeling can look back on a full and varied life, yet she is far too energetic and independent to settle sweetly into pensioned-off old age. Now she is faced with a decision that could tear her family apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written & so enoyable

  • By Joanne on 05-05-11

Recommendable familiar saga

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-11-11

I enjoyed listening to this audiobook. The story was superb and also the narration. The novel tells the story of Penelope Keeling and her 3 grown up children and it goes back and forth in time, from the time of Penelope's parents until Penelope's old age. A very long listen but very rewarding.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • One Day

  • By: David Nicholls
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,457
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 593

He is Dexter Mayhew, tall, dark, and (she can't deny it) handsome. She is Emma Morley, bottled red hair, wilfully badly dressed, all principles and no action. Could this be the dawn of the rest of their lives? Or are Dex and Em living proof that - despite an unlikely beginning - men and women really can be just good friends?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You'll laugh, you'll cry.

  • By Charles on 09-12-09

Sweet and funny

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-08-11

I started this audiobook unconvinced because it is not my kind of book but someone recommended it to me. I didn't like maybe the first 30 minutes (I found the charaters and the narrator annoying) but after a while I really enjoyed every minute of the narration. The story is very dynamic with lots of dialogue. As the story developed, I grew to like the characters a lot, especially Emma. I found the story very funny and entertaining and also moving. I was a bit sceptical about the narrator using different voices but she was just superb in the end. The best narrator I have listened to so far. Highly recommended.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Let the Right One In

  • By: John Ajvide Lindqvist
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 395

John Ajvide Lindqvist's novel, a huge best seller in his native Sweden, is a unique and brilliant fusion of social novel and vampire legend. And a deeply moving fable about rejection, friendship and loyalty. Oskar and Eli. In very different ways, they were both victims. Which is why, against the odds, they became friends. And how they came to depend on one another, for life itself. Oskar is a 12-year-old boy living with his mother on a dreary housing estate at the city's edge. Eli is the young girl who moves in next door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Alexander on 02-01-11

Intriguing and enjoyable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-11

Very intriguing. I could not stop listening. The narration was very clear and the plot was really engaging. I am looking forward to watching the film.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

The Distant Hours
    
    
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        Kate Morton
    
    


    
    
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        Caroline Lee
    
    


    
    Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
    188 ratings
    Overall 4.0
  • The Distant Hours

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives one Sunday afternoon with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother’s emotional distance masks an old secret.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • australian!

  • By sjtroddy on 01-02-11

Enjoyable listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-11

As I liked The Forgotten Garden a lot, I chose another audiobook by the same author and also the same narrator. I found the story very engaging. Despite being very long my attention was held throughout the book. All the characters are very interesting and well described. In my opinion the narrator was really good. I am looking forward to the next Kate Morton release, hopefully with the same narrator, Caroline Lee!