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  • 84 Charing Cross Road

  • By: Helene Hanff
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson, John Nettles
  • Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

Told in a series of letters, this true story of the correspondence between a New York writer and a London bookseller has touched the hearts of thousands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truth Stranger than Fiction

  • By Crispin on 03-06-07

Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 24-07-18

To be honest I only purchased this to listen to the wonderful voices of the narrators , but I found myself immersed in these letters , so much so , that I was shocked when it ended. I wish we all wrote letters still.

  • Elephant Moon

  • By: John Sweeney
  • Narrated by: Helen Johns
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 340

As the Second World War rages, the Japanese Imperial Army enters Burma, and the British rulers prepare to flee. But the human legacy of the British Empire will be left behind in the shape of 62 Anglo-Burmese children, born to local women after affairs with foreign men. Half castes, they are not acknowledged by either side, and they are to be abandoned with no one to protect them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwarming

  • By Granny June on 28-01-16

Elephant Moon

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

Reviewed: 15-03-16

For me this book would have been more enjoyable if I had read it myself, as I found the different voices the narrator used very annoying.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Paying Guests

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 969
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 966

Frances had been picturing her lodgers in purely mercenary terms - as something like two great waddling shillings. But this, she thought, was what it really meant to have paying guests: this odd, unintimate proximity, this rather peeled-back moment, where the only thing between herself and a naked Mrs Barber was a few feet of kitchen and a thin scullery door. An image sprang into her head: that round flesh, crimsoning in the heat.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Stressful............

  • By Karen on 04-09-14

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 14-04-15

A long-winded & repetitive story taking you nowhere with no surprises. Juliet Stevenson was , as always excellent to listen to.

  • Apple Tree Yard

  • By: Louise Doughty
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,031
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,024

Yvonne Carmichael has a high-flying career, a beautiful home and a good marriage. But when she meets a stranger she is drawn into a passionate affair. Keeping the two halves of her life separate seems easy at first. But she can’t control what happens next.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Recommendation!

  • By Mrs. Helen M. Herbert on 09-02-14

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 19-02-15

Juliet Stevenson is so mesmerising I could listen to her reading safety instructions & be captivated. The story was greatly improved by her narration.

  • The Hidden Cottage

  • By: Erica James
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 355

We all hide things, some more than others...Mia Channing appears to have an enviable life: a beautiful home in the village of Little Pelham, a happy, stable marriage, a job she enjoys and three grown up children to whom she's devoted. But appearances are deceiving; the truth is that it's all a precarious balancing act. When the family gather for her son's thirtieth birthday, Daisy, her youngest daughter, drops a bombshell in the way only Daisy can.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Saffy on 06-09-13

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 19-02-15

I found the narrator, when she read a male voice, was very annoying.
In fact so much so that I couldn't care less about the story or the characters.