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  • The Perfect Present

  • By: Karen Swan
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 61

Haunted by a past she can't escape, Laura Cunningham desires nothing more than to keep her world small and precise - her quiet relationship and growing jewellery business are all she needs to get by. Until the day when Rob Blake walks into her studio and commissions a necklace that will tell his enigmatic wife Cat's life in charms.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A different book by Swan

  • By C M Kelly on 09-02-19

just wonderful

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

Reviewed: 26-10-18

one of Karen Swans best. lots of little mysteries about each character to be unravelled. charecters are complex. as usual i love the focus on the woman's life and job etc rather than focus being mostly about her feelings towards the love interest. beautifully read. never wanted it to end. really liked the ending. felt female charecter 'rescused' herself and created her own happily ever after rather than the man being the hero

  • The Rome Affair

  • By: Karen Swan
  • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

It's 1974, and Elena Damiani lives a gilded life. Born to wealth and a noted beauty, no door is closed to her, no man can resist her. At 26 she is already onto her third husband when she meets her love match. But he is the one man she can never have, and all the beauty and money in the world can't change it. It's 2017, and Francesca Hackett is living la dolce vita in Rome, leading tourist groups around the Eternal City and forgetting the ghosts she left behind in London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing and entertaining

  • By rebeccah prince on 22-01-18

Intriguing and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 22-01-18

I have listened to a few of Swan's books and this did not disappoint. I like how her female characters are strong and although may be victims, like Eleanor is in this book, they don’t behave like victims. They are strong, detailed and charismatic. Francesca is highly relatable and likeable. Her curious mind and self efficiency are representative of a modern women and her and Eleanor both contrast and conflict as well as some similarities. Although I had some idea of the plot twist I was enthralled by the clever ending, which does not rely on the love interest to solve or really be overly part of. I like the detail included about the history and secret architecture of Rome, as I usually get frustrated when I read books aimed at women as the intellectual details are often left out. Beautifully read, couldn’t want for more from a entertaining and intriguing story.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Summer Without You

  • By: Karen Swan
  • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
  • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Rowena Tipton isn't looking for a new life, just a new adventure, something to while away the months as her long-term boyfriend presses pause on their relationship before they become engaged. But when a chance encounter at a New York wedding leads to an audition for a coveted house share in The Hamptons - Manhattan's elite beach scene - suddenly a new life is exactly what she's got. Stretching before her is a summer with three eclectic housemates, long days on white-sand ocean beaches and parties....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful Summer

  • By suet on 30-10-17

Lovely summer listen

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

Reviewed: 03-09-17

This was a lovely easy story. Perfect for relaxing too. A bit of a thriller to balance out the romantic plot lines. Very well read, with good differing accents/voice for various characters.
Charming book and I loved all the main characters.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Paris Secret

  • By: Karen Swan
  • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Somewhere along the cobbled streets of Paris, an apartment lies thick with dust and secrets: full of priceless artworks hidden away for decades. High-flying fine art agent Flora from London, more comfortable with the tension of a million-pound auction than a cosy candlelit dinner for two, is called in to assess these suddenly discovered treasures. As an expert in her field, she must trace the history of each painting and discover who has concealed them for so long.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb!

  • By Lyn Chrimes on 23-08-16

Perfect for an entertaining listen

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

Reviewed: 22-10-16

Narrator is great at reading this story. Does the French accents well.
Nice gentle plot line for easy listen. Interesting to learn a bit more about art and the role it played it WW2. Typical romance included. Female character strong and intelligent.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Eligible

  • By: Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 127

From the best-selling author of Prep, American Wife and Sisterland comes this brilliant retelling of Pride & Prejudice, set in modern-day Cincinnati. The Bennet sisters have been summoned from New York City. Liz and Jane are good daughters. They've come home to suburban Cincinnati to get their mother to stop feeding their father steak as he recovers from heart surgery, to tidy up the crumbling Tudor-style family home and to wrench their three sisters from their various states of arrested development.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easy listening and entertaining

  • By rebeccah prince on 30-05-16

Easy listening and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 30-05-16

It was interesting to see how the author modernised each character and situation/plot line. Most 'changes' were done well but I thought the Lydia plot line was just an excuse to bring in a topic that is current but just felt clumsy and unnecessary with so much else going on- the Wickam character became two people and I felt Lydia's Wickam was only done for shock value. Other than that is was quite clever. Would see this book as a holiday or beach read/listen type of book. Did find American accent annoying to listen to first as I tended to listen to it at night but I got used to the vocal quality pretty quickly. Recommend for easy listen and nothing too intense. If you are an Austen purist you won't like this a bit but as a general Austen fan or not it is worth a listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Wedding Night

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams, Beth Chalmers, Michael Fenton Stevens
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 413
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 368

Lottie is tired of long-term boyfriends who don’t want to commit to marriage. When her old boyfriend Ben reappears and reminds her of their pact to get married if they were both still single at 30, she jumps at the chance. There will be no dates and no engagement - just a straight wedding march to the altar! Next comes the honeymoon on the Greek island where they first met. But not everyone is thrilled with Lottie and Ben’s rushed marriage, and family and friends are determined to intervene. Will Lottie and Ben have a wedding night to remember…or one to forget?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, lighthearted and engaging

  • By E on 22-06-13

Lovely story.

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

Reviewed: 08-04-15

A bit more grown-up than her shopaholic series (which I adore) and is a great story to listen to before bed. The different narrators did not annoy me as I thought they would. Bad narration can really ruin an otherwise good story but not the case here.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Good, the Bad and the Dumped

  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

Now, you obviously, would never, ever look up your exes on Facebook. Nooo. And even if you did, you most certainly wouldn't run off trying to track them down, risking your job, family and happiness in the process. Posy Fairweather, on the other hand...Posy is delighted when Matt proposes - on top of a mountain, in a gale, in full-on romantic mode. But a few days’ later disaster strikes: he backs out of the engagement. Crushed and humiliated, Posy starts thinking.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I just love Jenny Colgan!

  • By rebeccah prince on 04-02-15

I just love Jenny Colgan!

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

Reviewed: 04-02-15

Great narrator, great writing. I have a chronic illness which means I am bed bound most of the time and this was a good book to listen too. Gentle and Entertaining, but not intense. Perfect for the days when light hurts my eyes and I was in pain and needed to get out of my body! All her books are good for this, especially the more recent ones based around food shops.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Summer House

  • By: Mary Nichols
  • Narrated by: Hilary Neville
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

When Lady Helen Hardingham’s parents say she will never find a better husband than Richard, she agrees to marry him. But all too soon Richard returns to war, and Helen begins to wonder just who she has married. Then she meets Oliver Donovan. As the war continues, Oliver has to return to his regiment – and is never seen again. But Helen is left with more than just her memories: she is with child. Twenty years later and a second war is ravaging Europe.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable...

  • By Elizabeth Davies on 20-09-11

Beautiful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-08-10

I have never read Nichols before, and was entranced within 5 minuits of listening to The Summer House. Bewitchment and beauty of the era and of romance are cleaverly intertwined with the horrors of WW1 and WW2. I didn't want it to end.