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  • Little Beach Street Bakery

  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Anne-Marie Piazza
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386

Polly Waterford is recovering from a toxic relationship. Unable to afford their flat, she has to move miles away from everyone, to a sleepy little seaside resort in Cornwall, where she lives alone above an abandoned shop. And so Polly takes out her frustrations on her favourite hobby: making bread. But what was previously a weekend diversion suddenly becomes far more important as she pours her emotions into kneading and pounding the dough, and each loaf becomes better and better.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A light Hearted read

  • By Grandma4919 on 04-06-14

absolute nonsense

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

I am not averse to chick lit and I have read a few of Jenny Colgan's books but I am half way through this book and intend to return it. The plot line is interesting enough-relationship breakdown, a new life in a remote village. However, the story takes forever to get going, it takes until over halfway in the book before she even opens the bakery and the supporting characters are just nonsense. The narrator's terrible accents doesnt help but to hear lines from the supposedly stinking rich American such as " Ive got a helicopter" as his supposed opening line to a woman -just nonsense. The sailors are absolute cliches as is Cadenza. The story meandered so much that I got bored very quickly. Just lacks the humour of "Where have all the boys gone" which made me think this is a chick lit author with a dry sense of humour. Not for me.

  • The Year of Less

  • How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store
  • By: Cait Flanders
  • Narrated by: Cait Flanders
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 91

In her late 20s, Cait Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips so many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, rinse, repeat. Even after she worked her way out of nearly $30,000 of consumer debt, her old habits took hold again. When she realized that nothing she was doing or buying was making her happy - only keeping her from meeting her goals - she decided to set herself a challenge: she would not shop for an entire year. The Year of Less documents Cait's life for 12 months during which she bought only consumables.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not what it says on the cover

  • By Louise on 11-02-18

big disappointment-am returning

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

I thought this was a book about what it says-which is a self-help manual about living with less and cutting down the shopping habit. I was quickly disappointed. Instead it turned out to be a memoir about someone who had an alcohol and eating problem. I then read other reviews which said similar, that it was dull and that it dealt with a relationship break-up etc. If I had wanted to read about someone I had never heard of and their life disasters I wold have made that choice. Yes it says memoir in the small print apparently but I found it in the self-help section of Audible. I was not impressed and stopped it after a couple of chapters. Am returning

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  • The Lazarus Prophecy

  • By: F.G. Cottam
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 388

There is a killer loose on the streets of London, one that evades security cameras, is not held by locks, and savagely mutilates his victims. When the murderer switches from unknown prostitutes to Julie Longmuir, a beautiful actress at the height of her success, no woman feels safe. As the press begin to draw uncomfortable comparisons with Jack the Ripper, Jane Sullivan, heading up the police investigation, grudgingly has to agree.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent novel, excellently narrated.

  • By K on 26-07-15

Fabulous book

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

Reviewed: 30-04-18

Gripping, well-written story of an everyday demon serial killer. Da Vinci Code meets Silence of the Lambs. Iloved the narration-Sean Barrett was suitably gritty and the pace was perfect. The characters were interesting and believable. I couldn't stop listening! Got nothing else done!

  • Sing Me to Sleep

  • By: Chris Simms
  • Narrated by: Becky Hindley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

Laura and Owen buy a secluded cottage on the edge of the Peak District. Old mines riddle the hills surrounding their new home and soon after moving in, Laura starts to hear faint snatches of birdsong. Her husband, wrapped up in his new job, is rarely around. Nervous and alone, Laura fears she's developing tinnitus. Her doctor can find nothing wrong. Then an archaeological dig on a neighbouring hill unearths some disturbing finds...and Laura's life starts to become terrifying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb!!!!

  • By Mandy Dockery on 01-11-16

Creepy ghost story for snowy winter nights

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

Reviewed: 17-03-18

What made the experience of listening to Sing Me to Sleep the most enjoyable?

I loved the story as I really enjoy stories about people moving to a creepy old house. It was really well-written, quite measured in its pace but beautifully atmospheric. I loved it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There were not many characters in the book but I liked the main character, Laura. She came across as a sympathetic character and you cared what happened to her.

Have you listened to any of Becky Hindley’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no. I found it slightly too rushed but that is a minor criticism as overall I enjoyed the performance.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

dont want to add spoilers so I will just say the moment something disastrous happens to a younger person.

Any additional comments?

Loved it. Would like more from this author.

  • The Dark Tourist

  • Sightseeing in the World's Most Unlikely Holiday Destinations
  • By: Dom Joly
  • Narrated by: Dom Joly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 814
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809

Ever since he can remember, Dom Joly has been fascinated by travel to odd places. In part this stems from a childhood spent in war-torn Lebanon, where instead of swapping marbles in the schoolyard, he had a shrapnel collection -- the schoolboy currency of Beirut. These early experiences left Dom with a profound loathing for the sanitized experiences of the modern-day travel industry and a taste for the darkest of places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amusing, engaging and thought-provoking

  • By Helena on 26-04-11

Enjoyable but could have gone further

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

Reviewed: 17-03-18

Would you listen to The Dark Tourist again? Why?

I enjoyed this book and laughed out loud on many occasions. Dom Joly narrates his story well. I listen to audiobooks on my long commute to and from work. I actually looked forward to the drive to hear what happened next.

What other book might you compare The Dark Tourist to, and why?

It belongs to the travel writing genre but perhaps is less descriptive than other writers such as Paul Theroux, Bill Bryson etc.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The dodgy hotel in Kiev. Hilarious

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

no

Any additional comments?

Thoroughly enjoyed it

  • The Upstairs Room

  • By: Kate Murray-Browne
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 45

Eleanor, Richard and their two young daughters recently stretched themselves to the limit to buy their dream home, a four-bedroom Victorian townhouse in East London. But the cracks are already starting to show. Eleanor is unnerved by the eerie atmosphere in the house and becomes convinced it is making her ill. Whilst Richard remains preoccupied with Zoe, their mercurial 27-year-old lodger, Eleanor becomes determined to unravel the mystery of the house's previous owners....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More psychological than supernatural

  • By LVW on 19-09-17

Tedious and hardly a ghost story

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

Reviewed: 25-02-18

I was really looking forward to this book as I love stories about creepy old houses and about renovations. There was little of either. The storyline was tedious, long-winded and a drawn out affair giving endless character backgrounds . I fast-forwarded a lot as I quickly grew bored. In the end I returned the book

  • The House on Cold Hill

  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 662

They said the dead can't hurt you.... They were wrong. The House on Cold Hill is a chilling and suspenseful ghost story from the multimillion-copy best-selling author of Dead Simple, Peter James. Moving from the heart of Brighton and Hove to the Sussex countryside is a big undertaking for Ollie and Caro Harcourt and their 12-year-old daughter, Jade. But when they view Cold Hill House - a huge, dilapidated Georgian mansion - Ollie is filled with excitement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Johanna on 13-11-15

Disappointing ending

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

Reviewed: 17-02-18

Would you listen to The House on Cold Hill again? Why?

No as I wouldnt gain anything from a second read

Who was your favorite character and why?

Probably the ghost....it had the most fun

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I enjoyed lots of scenes and I was gripped by the story-couldnt wait for the end for all the loose ends to be tied up and explanations given. However the ending was far too cliched and predictable.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me quite scared at times.

Any additional comments?

Overall I really enjoyed this book. You cant beat the heady combination of a good rollicking ghost story and a house restoration. But some of this was much too far-fetched. The ghost wore crinoline yet could swear like a trooper and was proficient in emailing, texting and general computer literacy. It could kill people who were far away so we never got the chance to see anyone pit their wits against it as they all died. The timeslips were never explained. The skeleton in the room was never followed up and concluded. The ending was a complete cop out. Loved the concept, loved the story but the ending was terrible.

  • Not Quite Nice

  • By: Celia Imrie
  • Narrated by: Celia Imrie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 672
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 611

Theresa is desperate for a change. Forced into early retirement, fed up with babysitting her bossy daughter's obnoxious children, she sells her Highgate house and moves to the picture-perfect town of Bellevue-sur-Mer, just outside Nice. With its beautiful villas, bustling cafes and shimmering cerulean sea, the village sparkles like a diamond on the French Mediterranean coast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fun and unexpected turns

  • By jacqui on 30-12-15

tedious

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

Reviewed: 27-01-18

Would you try another book written by Celia Imrie or narrated by Celia Imrie?

I would give her a second chance as the premise was good-a move to a new and unknown place which needs work.

Has Not Quite Nice put you off other books in this genre?

no

What aspect of Celia Imrie’s performance might you have changed?

The performance was not a problem.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I liked the idea

Any additional comments?

I love travel books and books about restoring houses and I thought that was what I was going to get. However, the plot line was utter nonsense-every adult child was absolutely hideous, the fact that the story was based in a seaside town near Nice made no difference. I could not get a flavour of Frenchness as the story centred round a group of quite unpleasant English ex-pats. The beauty of the village was alluded to but never realised as it seemed to be full of English retirees, unpleasant offspring, robberies and muggings. A huge disappointment

  • House of Spines

  • By: Michael J. Malone
  • Narrated by: David Elliot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

Ran McGhie's world has been turned upside down. A young, lonely and frustrated writer, and suffering from mental health problems, he discovers that his long-dead mother was related to one of Glasgow's oldest merchant families. Not only that, but Ran has inherited Newton Hall, a vast mansion that belonged to his great-uncle, who appears to have been watching from afar as his estranged great-nephew has grown up.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Fine Cocktail of Contemporary & Gothic Twists

  • By Simon on 10-12-17

Captivating read

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

Reviewed: 27-01-18

Would you listen to House of Spines again? Why?

Yes I would because the narration was excellent and the story was gripping

What other book might you compare House of Spines to, and why?

I would have to compare it to several books and yet none. It is a gentle mix of gothic supernatural tales set in a victorian mansion but included psychological and thriller elements too. House on the Hill meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

What about David Elliot’s performance did you like?

Loved his accent, his pace.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A man with a troubled past finds refuge-or does he?

Any additional comments?

This book ticked all of the boxes for me. I love supernatural stories and equally love stories about someone changing their life, moving to a new place etc. It had some things to say about mental illness and loneliness too. I loved it. On a personal note it is really a local story for me as a Glaswegian who used to live in Bearsden, although it was perhaps a Bearsden from thirty years ago when it was more like a village. I could visualise the cafe at the Cross-maybe even had a coffee there myself!

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