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Stoke on Trent, United Kingdom
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  • As the Sun Breaks Through

  • Cliffehaven, Book 15
  • By: Ellie Dean
  • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31

Cliffehaven, June 1944. As the planes continue to circle over Cliffehaven, Peggy Reilly’s sister, Doris, must seek refuge after a V-1 blast destroys her home. Rita, Sarah and the other residents at Beach View Boarding House quickly find their peace disturbed, and it’s not long before even Peggy loses her patience. But with more bad news to come, will Doris finally be forced to swallow her pride? Meanwhile Peggy’s father-in-law, Ron Reilly, is delighted when his sweetheart, Rosie, returns home. Until a heartbreaking confession suggests things may never be the same between them. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely heart warming story

  • By Adele on 11-02-19

Lovely heart warming story

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

Reviewed: 11-02-19

A great wartime drama that's both light and entertaining. Brought to life with fantastic narration.

  • A Shilling for a Wife

  • By: Emma Hornby
  • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

Random House presents the audiobook edition of A Shilling for a Wife by Emma Hornby, read by Penelope Freeman. A dismal cottage in the heart of Bolton, Lancashire, has been Sally's prison since Joseph Goden 'bought' her from the workhouse as his wife. A drunkard and bully, Joseph rules her with a rod of iron, using fists and threats to keep her in check. When Sally gives birth, however, she knows she must do anything to save her child from her husband's clutches.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent read strong story lines

  • By wendy on 10-09-17

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 28-01-19

A beautifully written and really engaging storyline. Expertly brought to life as usual by Penelope Freeman.

  • The Ragged Heiress

  • By: Dilly Court
  • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

On a bitter winter's day, an unnamed girl lies dangerously ill in hospital. When two coarse, rough-speaking individuals come to claim her, she can remember nothing of the events that brought her to her present state, not even her name. According to the men, she is their young sister, Lucy. As her health improves and her memory gradually returns, she realises she's been kidnapped. But she has no means of escaping the hideous confines of the filthy basement room in which they have imprisoned her in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect piece of escapism

  • By Amazon Customer on 19-03-17

Gripping story and engaging narration

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

Reviewed: 16-01-19

Loved it. This is a great well thought out story brought to life beautully by Penelope Freeman.

  • A Nightingale Christmas Promise

  • By: Donna Douglas
  • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15

London, 1914. While young men enlist up and down the country, the Nightingale Hospital has its own set of new recruits.... Anna Beck is the daughter of the best baker in Bethnal Green. Her German father built the business out of nothing, but as the shadow of war descends, his fate is at the mercy of their neighbours. Meanwhile Katie Carlyle has always wanted to become a doctor. She fought hard to get into medical school, and even now she faces prejudice from her fellow students as well as the tutors. Can she prove them wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it. Gutted when it finished!

  • By Adele on 08-01-19

Loved it. Gutted when it finished!

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

Reviewed: 08-01-19

I love a good war time story and all Donna Douglas's books. Penelope Freeman is excellent at bringing the characters to life...as always. Can't wait for the next episode!

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  • The Christmas Hirelings

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Saunders
  • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,962
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,788
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,775

A heartwarming festive tale of redemption and cheer, The Christmas Hirelings is the story of a lonely widower who reluctantly invites a group of children to his manor for Christmas. It showcases the benefits of opening your doors and hearts during the holiday season.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it! What a wonderful Christmas tale.

  • By Helen SJ on 17-12-18

Nice listen over the festive period

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

Reviewed: 20-12-18

The story was a bit obvious but I enjoyed it. woukd have luked ti listen to a full blown version to here more about what happened to the daughters.

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  • A Gathering Storm

  • By: Rachel Hore
  • Narrated by: Gerri Halligan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 479

Lucy Cardwell has recently lost her troubled father, Tom. While sifting through his papers, she finds he'd been researching an uncle she never knew he'd had. Intrigued, she visits her father's childhood home, the once beautiful Carlyon Manor. She meets an old woman named Beatrice who has an extraordinary story to tell. As Lucy listens to the tales of the past, she learns a secret that will change everything she has ever known... As Lucy listens to the tales of the past, she learns a secret that will change everything she has ever known....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved EVERY Minute

  • By Charlie on 05-07-13

Really enjoyed the war time part of the story

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

Reviewed: 24-11-18

Great story but would have perfered it if the story focused on the wartime events only rather than trying to bring a current time mystery into it. Great narration.

  • Cinnamon Gardens

  • By: Anna Jacobs
  • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Now that Nell's three sons are in work and becoming more independent, she's ready to build a new life for herself. She's been left a house in England and decides to leave Australia to start a new chapter. On her arrival at Peppercorn Street, Nell encounters Angus Denning, a software engineer with a stately home at the end of the road. Then there's Winifred, an elderly lady who lives alone but has made friends with young single mum Janey.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too nicey happy ever after

  • By Adele on 24-11-18

Too nicey happy ever after

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

Reviewed: 24-11-18

I only finished this book because I love the narrator. The story could have been good if it wasn't so happy ever after and any person's problem being resolved over a piece of homemade cake.

  • The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man

  • By: Jonas Jonasson, Rachel Willson-Broyles - translator
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222

The sequel to Jonas Jonasson’s international best seller The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. It all begins with a hot air balloon trip and three bottles of champagne. Allan and Julius are ready for some spectacular views, but they’re not expecting to land in the sea and be rescued by a North Korean ship, and they could never have imagined that the captain of the ship would be harbouring a suitcase full of contraband uranium on a nuclear weapons mission for Kim Jong-un....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It Got a Little Bit Old Fairly Quickly For Me.

  • By Simon on 09-08-18

Laugh outloud funny

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

Reviewed: 21-09-18

A funny story including believeable snippets about some idiot world leaders. Brilliantly written & narrated.

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  • What Tomorrow Brings

  • By: Mary Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

August 1937 - Seffy Blake falls in love with Amyas Troy from the moment she sees him on a Cornish beach. But when he disappears, she is forced to face the consequences of their affair alone. In London Seffy makes a new life for herself working as an assistant to journalist Charlie Bradford, and as Europe hurtles towards war, it is Charlie who sees her through her darkest times.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story

  • By Irene on 21-07-15

Great story & narration

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

A fascinating story well written and read beautifully by Penelope Freeman as always my favourite narrator.

  • The Nightingale Christmas Show

  • By: Donna Douglas
  • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 32

Matron Kathleen Fox has the job of putting the hospital back together but wonders if she is up to the task. In an attempt to bring some festive cheer, she decides to put on a Christmas show. The idea is greeted with mixed feelings by the nurses, who all have their own problems, and also by the new Assistant Matron and ward sister, who find themselves rivals for the role of organiser. But as rehearsals begin, the performers begin to find the show is not just a tonic for the patients.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • sad

  • By Sue on 25-06-18

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

I just wish the story was longer. Yet another great performance by Penelope Freeman my favourite narrator.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful