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  • I Married a Communist

  • Nathan Zuckerman, Book 2
  • By: Philip Roth
  • Narrated by: Ron Silver
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Iron Rinn, born Ira Ringold, is a Newark roughneck, a radio actor, an idealistic Communist, and an educated ditchdigger turned popular performer. A six-foot, six-inch Abe Lincoln lookalike, he emerges from serving in World War II passionately committed to making the world a better place and instead winds up blacklisted, unemployable, and ruined by a brutal personal secret from which he is perpetually in flight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Roth read by Silver is stunning.

  • By RONAN O'CALLAGHAN on 22-10-16

Brilliant the big and small of life

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

Reviewed: 29-11-16

Unusual story. It is big and small at the same time. Minute details of lives, political and philosophical ideas. A life with celebrity, as a recluse, how each story matters to those engaged and then it disappears. Hated the recording on the sample. Ran out of time to read so had to teturn to it. Loved the narration proper.

  • The Improbability of Love

  • By: Hannah Rothschild
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards, Jilly Bond
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 559

Annie McDee, alone after the disintegration of her long-term relationship and trapped in a dead-end job, is searching for a present for her unsuitable lover in a neglected secondhand shop. Within the jumble of junk and tack, a grimy painting catches her eye. Leaving the store with the picture after spending her meagre savings, she prepares an elaborate dinner for two - only to be stood up, the gift gathering dust on her mantelpiece.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Loved Every Minute of It. Great Characters.

  • By bookylady on 02-04-16

Amusing story

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

Reviewed: 30-10-16

An amusing story. Unusual presentation. Well read. Some similarities in style with Coe. I recommend.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Mount!

  • By: Jilly Cooper
  • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
  • Length: 19 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415

In Jilly Cooper's latest, raciest novel, Rupert Campbell-Black takes centre stage in the cutthroat world of flat racing. Rupert is consumed by one obsession: that Love Rat, his adored grey horse, be proclaimed champion stallion. He longs to trounce Roberto's Revenge, the stallion owned by his detested rival, Cosmo Rannaldini, which means abandoning his racing empire at Penscombe and his darling wife, Taggie, and chasing winners in the richest races worldwide, from Dubai to Los Angeles to Melbourne.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully sentimental

  • By Ami-Lou on 04-12-16

Hysterical yarn

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

Reviewed: 11-09-16

Loved it. So much fun. Full of life. A well written page turner. Great old characters turning up.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Well-Beloved

  • By: Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by: Robert Powell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

Set on the Isle of Slingers, this novel follows the exploits of Jocelyn Pierston, a sculptor who falls in love successively with three generations of island women, seeking female perfection, just as he strives to realise the ideal woman in stone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fickle Love on Portland and in London

  • By Amazon Customer on 22-06-16

Fickle Love on Portland and in London

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

Reviewed: 22-06-16

Lesser known Hard nove. Enjoyable walking my home island with the characters. Great narrator. Do listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Return

  • By: Victoria Hislop
  • Narrated by: Jane Wymark
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

Beneath the majestic towers of the Alhambra, Granada's cobbled streets resonate with music and secrets. Sonia Cameron knows nothing of the city's shocking past; she is here to dance. But in a quiet café, a chance conversation and an intriguing collection of old photographs draw her into the extraordinary tale of Spain's devastating civil war. Seventy years earlier, the café is home to the close-knit Ramírez family. In 1936, an army coup led by Franco shatters the country's fragile peace, and in the heart of Granada the family witnesses the worst atrocities of conflict.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • compelling

  • By mixed feelings on 03-04-14

Spain, Civil War and Dancing

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

Reviewed: 19-06-16

Great writing. Interesting on Civil War. Family story and flamenco. Got me in the mood for Barcelona. Booking a flamenco show.
Loved it. Quality easy read/ listen.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,738
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,465
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,463

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • waste of time

  • By Nicole on 02-10-16

Surprisingly Good Thriller

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

Reviewed: 16-03-16

Things and people are not always what they seem to be. Who is the reliable narrator. The Gaslight Syndrome.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
    
    
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        Mary Ann Shaffer,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
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        Paul Boehmer,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Susan Duerden,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
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    Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
    777 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • By: Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 643
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641

It's 1946 and author Juliet Ashton can't think of what to write next. Out of the blue, she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey - by chance, he's acquired a book that once belonged to her - and, spurred on by their mutual love of reading, they begin a correspondence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A thoroughly enjoyable listen.

  • By Amazon Customer on 21-06-09

Delightful

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

Reviewed: 09-10-15

What a funny and touching story. Heartrending detail about war, depravation, loss and cruelty but with the counter balance of community, kindness and hope.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful