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  • The Wardrobe Mistress

  • By: Natalie Meg Evans
  • Narrated by: Elaine Claxton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

London, 1945. A young war widow steps aboard a train in search of a new life. Clutching the key to a mysterious inheritance, Vanessa Kingcourt can no longer resist the pull of the old Farren Theatre - an enchanted place seeped in memories of her actor father. Now owned by troubled former captain Alistair Redenhall, The Farren is in need of a Wardrobe Mistress and a new lease of life. With no experience and no budget for supplies, Vanessa must use her intuition to create beautiful costumes from whatever scraps of silk and thread survived the blitz. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved every bit of it! 😁

  • By Nicki John on 28-04-19

loved every bit of it! 😁

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

Reviewed: 28-04-19

brilliantly narrated, fantastic story, with great characters and a nice little twist at the end. Thoroughly enjoyable!

  • I Am Watching You

  • By: Teresa Driscoll
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,139
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,133

When Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it - until she realises they are fresh out of prison and her maternal instinct is put on high alert. But just as she's decided to call for help, something stops her. The next day, she wakes up to the news that one of the girls - beautiful, green-eyed Anna Ballard - has disappeared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Glowing Five Stars

  • By Caroline Mitchell on 23-10-17

A thrillingly twisty turn story!

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

Reviewed: 31-03-19

I couldn't stop listening to this brilliant book! So cleverly written! Twisting & turning as new characters & their respective back story unfolds.

A brilliant 'Who done it' story, unravelling layre, by layre, with red herrings to throw you off the scent, kept me guessing until the last chapter... with a final twist in the epilogue! Totally recommended!

  • I Found You

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,278

East Yorkshire: Single mum Alice Lake finds a man on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, no idea what he is doing there. Against her better judgement, she invites him in to her home. Surrey: 21-year-old Lily Monrose has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night, she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one. Then the police tell her that her husband never existed....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful ,involving and moving l Antonia Beamish's narration outstanding.

  • By Susie on 28-03-17

An absolutely, totally clever unpredictful read!

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

Reviewed: 26-03-19

Extra9rdinary twisty turnt storyline & very clever how it unravels bit by bit. brilliantly read ... would loved to have heard a proposal at the end / on the last page. However, highly recommended!

  • I Owe You One

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 415

Fixie Farr can’t help herself. Straightening a crooked object, removing a barely there stain, helping out a friend...she just has to put things right. It’s how she got her nickname, after all. So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, Fixie not only agrees, she ends up saving it from certain disaster. To thank her, the computer’s owner, Sebastian, scribbles her an IOU - but of course Fixie never intends to call in the favour.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring and predictable

  • By Saffra Grandson on 22-02-19

Very chatty book!

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

This pobably wasn't the right book to listen to immediately after the renowned autobiography I'd listened to just BEFORE this. This is a very chatty, slightly bonkers book, but for me, the narrator made it worth sticking to. Without her talented narration I would have given up. Only at the end, did the story become clever, the way each inter woven character changed fate for the other.

  • The Ship of Brides

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537

Australia, 1946: 650 brides are departing for England to meet the men they married in wartime. But instead of the luxury liner they were expecting, they find themselves aboard an aircraft carrier, alongside a thousand men. On the sun-baked decks, old loves and past promises become distant memories, and tensions are stretched to the limit as brides and husbands change their minds. And for Frances Mackenzie, it soon becomes clear that the journey is more important than the destination....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but found it slow.

  • By Elizabeth B on 12-06-18

Extraordinary story, extraordinarily read!

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

Reviewed: 18-02-19

Clearly Mojo Moyes has taken a long time researching around the facts to write this wonderful story. So cleverly written & emotionally descriptive... I was totally sucked into her imaginary world aboard the ship... but what brought this story fully alive and so seemingly vibrant, was the narrator Nicolette McKenzie ... What a gifted reader! SO many accents, I was totally under her reading spell. Loved every minute of this incredible story. Thank you both, for the hours you must have given, to create such an inspiring book around a subject I wasn't aware of ... brides travelling to the UK on the returning Navy ships after the war. Loved it. THANK YOU!!!

  • The Keeper of Lost Things

  • By: Ruth Hogan
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood, Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,735

Once a celebrated author of short stories now in his twilight years, Anthony Peardew has spent half his life collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before. Realising he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfil his legacy and reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners. But the final wishes of the Keeper of Lost Things have unforeseen repercussions which trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story to become lost in...

  • By Mrs JEL on 02-04-17

Wonderful ... Simply WONDERFUL

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

Reviewed: 06-02-19

A clever read weaving different storylines, dipping in and out of each other until their peak & happy ending over the last few pages. A little tricky understanding the different voices and their relevance at the beginning, but a quick 're listen' helped it all make sense. The characters will stay with me for a long while.... and wonder if indeed, there is a website called 'The keeper of lost things ...

  • The Trauma Cleaner

  • By: Sarah Krasnostein
  • Narrated by: Rachael Tidd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771

Sandra Pankhurst founded her trauma cleaning business to help people whose emotional scars are written on their houses. From the forgotten flat of a drug addict to the infested home of a hoarder, Sandra enters properties and lives at the same time. But few of the people she looks after know anything of the complexity of Sandra's own life. Raised in an uncaring home, Sandra's miraculous gift for warmth and humour in the face of unspeakable personal tragedy mark her out as a one-off and make this biography unmissable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Bee on 31-03-18

WOW! Just - Wow!

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

Reviewed: 27-11-18

Amazon Audible recommended this book as one of their £1.99 suggestions. It's a book which I probably would never have read, but my goodness does the storyteller and narrator suck you into the life of Sandra - from tragically terrible beginnings as an abandoned, rejected and beaten boy, her marriage & subsequent children, her, sex change and all through her unconventional life, at each phase of adversity, she pieces herself back together bit by determined bit. Her entrpreneuralism takes her to places none of us would ordinarily ever have to dare think about ... an extraordinary tale, written with such powerful & enlightening phsycological phrasing - read so superbly, Sandra will stay with me for many weeks to come, I'm sure. TOTALLY RECOMMENDED!!!

  • The Married Girls

  • By: Diney Costeloe
  • Narrated by: Juliette Burton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

The war is over, but trouble is brewing.... Wynsdown, 1949. In the small Somerset village of Wynsdown, Charlotte Shepherd is happily married and now feels settled in her adopted home after arriving from Germany on the Kindertransport as a child during the war. Meanwhile, the squire's fighter pilot son, Felix, has returned to the village with a fiancée in tow. Daphne is beautiful, charming...and harbouring secrets. After meeting during the war, Felix knows some of Daphne's past....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't finish it

  • By Lucy on 06-06-18

Another great storyline from Diney Costeloe!

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

I was initially disappointed the same narrator didn't read both books 1 & 2, so I had to wait a month to get the first narrator's character voices out of my head! However, it was lovely to follow Charlotte's life a little further, as sad as it was at times, but loved the way Diney tied up character loose ends (German fighter pilot's return) & the comeuppance for others (Daphne). The book's title was very weak & nothing of substance to reflect such a great storyline.

  • The Girl with No Name

  • By: Diney Costeloe
  • Narrated by: Bea Holland
  • Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492

Thirteen-year-old Lisa escapes from Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport and arrives in England in August 1939. She can't speak a word of English, and among her meagre belongings is one precious photograph of her family. But when the Blitz blows her new home apart, she wakes up in hospital with no memory of who she is. The authorities give her a new name and despatch her to a children's home. With the war in full swing, what will become of Lisa now?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Girl with no name!

  • By Magic Maggie on 14-09-16

Loved every minute of his incredible story!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

Narrated superbly. Transiting with ease from one accent to another, she and the author brought this sad, empowering and extraordinary story alive, reminding the reader just how cruel, living through the war years in Great Briton had been ... but equally highlightingh the solidarity of communities pulling together to help one another and their country at war.

  • The Dress Thief

  • By: Natalie Meg Evans
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

Alix Gower has a dream: to join the ranks of Coco Chanel to become a designer in the high-stakes world of Parisian haute couture. But Alix also has a secret: She supports her family by stealing designs to create bootlegs for the foreign market. A hidden sketchbook and two minutes inside Hermès is all she needs to create a perfect replica, to be whisked off to production in New York. Then Alix is given her big break - a chance to finally realize her dream in one of the most prominent Parisian fashion houses - but at the price of copying the breakthrough Spring Collection.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Book

  • By Pennyfarthing on 01-08-15

LOVED EVERY WORD!!!

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

Reviewed: 29-09-18

Fantastic storyline, imaginatively descriptive (I felt like I was there with the characters) and the narrator was OUTSTANDING with all her different characters voices. Thank you!!!