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  • How to Find Your (First) Husband

  • By: Rosie Blake
  • Narrated by: Juliette Burton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22

Isobel is eight years old and marrying Andrew Parker, the boy of her dreams, on the school playground. Life is perfect. Then the ceremony is over, and a week later so is the marriage. Twenty years on and Isobel is dressed as a prawn handing out promotional fliers. Her career is going nowhere, and her love life leaves a lot to be desired. Then she catches sight of Andrew, her first husband, and wonders if she can rekindle a playground romance.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Amusing character

  • By Nicola on 17-01-19

Amusing character

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

Reviewed: 17-01-19

Izzy (the main character) is quite likeable and relatable. Can't decide whether I liked the diary entries or not but the book was enjoyable easy to listen to.

  • Before the War

  • By: Fay Weldon
  • Narrated by: Julian Clary
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Consider Vivien in November 1922: she is 24 and a spinster. She wears fashionable clothes, but she is plain and - almost worse in those times - intelligent. At nearly six feet tall, she is known unkindly by her family as 'the giantess'. Fortunately Vivien is rich, so she can travel to London and bribe a charismatic gentleman publisher to marry her. What he does not know is that Vivien is pregnant with another man's child and will die in childbirth in just a few months....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Writing style is a little different.

  • By Nicola on 25-09-18

Writing style is a little different.

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

Reviewed: 25-09-18

I've not heard of this author before and bought the book as it was on offer. The story line isn't really my cup of tea but I quite like Vivvi (The main character) so read to the end to see her character develop, its a shame however that the author keeps reminding you that she will die. The author seems to like adding little comments in here and there and for me, it completely distracts from the story. If I'm reading/ listening to a book, I want to get lost but instead the author insists on reminding us that this is just a story, its not real and that the characters are a figment of her imagination. Its a shame. Its an ok story, easy to listen too but I wouldn't rush out to buy it or read/ listen to it again.

  • The Disappearance of Emily Marr

  • By: Louise Candlish
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins, Noreen Leighton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Arriving on the windswept Ile de Ré, Tabby Dewhurst is unable to even afford a room for the night. Overhearing a villager repeating the access code to her front door, she lets herself into the house, and so she enters the strange, hidden world of Emmie, whose sudden offer of friendship is at odds with her obsession with privacy. Tabby begins to form suspicions about Emmie, suspicions that lead her to a scandal with shattering consequences.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing ending

  • By Mr. Ronald Barkess on 10-09-16

Disappointing Ending

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

Reviewed: 18-06-18

I was enjoying the story until the last couple of chapters when I started questioning how this story was going to end. It just seemed like the writer didn't know where the story should go next so just ended it leaving you with questions about Eve and her family- and even Tabby. Its a shame as there could have easily been another couple of chapters or even another book about Tabby- did she find Eve? Did tabby go home and confront her Mother? Did she find her self worth and place in the world?

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,157
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,394
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,388

Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Aibileen is a black maid raising her 17th white child. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is the sassiest woman in Mississippi: a wonderful cook with a gossip's tongue. Graduate Skeeter returns from college with ambitions, but her mother will not be happy until she's married. Although world's apart, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny's lives converge over a clandestine project that will change the town of Jackson forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Relished every minute

  • By Sara on 22-03-10

Love this book

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

Having watched the film I was excited to read the book and I’m glad to say it didn’t disappoint, this book has had me laughing and crying all the way through. Beautifully written and narrated.