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Meera

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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 1,868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,698
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,685

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

Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 31-12-18

A different type of Christmas book that slides under the radar too well. A beautiful Christmas tale that shows both the consequences of some actions and the love that children bring to the situations. It was a wonderful tale that I find whilst less dramatic that a Christmas Carol ranks higher in my mind. The characters are beautiful, well spoken but at the same time full of their own life. Well written whilst a little predictable you still want to listen to it and see what the old miser will do.

  • Tilly and the Time Machine

  • By: Adrian Edmondson
  • Narrated by: Adrian Edmondson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Tilly is seven and a half - and about to make history. When Tilly's dad builds a time machine in the shed there's only one place she really wants to go: back to her sixth birthday party, when she ate too many cupcakes and her mummy was still here. But then something goes wrong! Tilly's dad gets stuck in the past, and only she can save him.... Will they make it back in time for tea? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • funny time travel with no consiquences

  • By Meera on 31-12-18

funny time travel with no consiquences

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

Reviewed: 31-12-18

Do you fancy a romp through time with no consequences or chances of meeting your previous self whilst trying to rescue your dad who is lost somewhere in the list of travels in the machine? No? Wrong book for you. Follow Tilly who is trying to find her dad, making mistakes, trying not to forget her mum and overcoming weird and frightening challenges. It was a fun read that can get your children learning some things without realising they are doing it.

  • The Wind Singer

  • The Wind on Fire Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: William Nicholson
  • Narrated by: Samuel West
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

In Aramanth, exams are everything. When Kestrel rebels, her family are sentenced to the harshest punishment. To save them, Kestrel learns the secret of the wind singer and she sets out to discover the true source of the evil that grips Aramanth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Imaginative, unpredictable and absorbing

  • By Knucklebones on 23-08-14

A trip to an unbelievable society

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

Reviewed: 31-12-18

I first read this book when it first came out as a teen, I fell in love with Bo and Kess even back then. All the characters are just so full of life and believable. It was a great read full of danger, chases, fights for freedom and a massive mystery as to who the Mora is and why Aramanth is the way it is. It is a series that I have read a few times. I found it again recently and instantly was transported back to the wonder of back then. It was a wonderful read that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

  • The Wombles

  • By: Elisabeth Beresford
  • Narrated by: Bernard Cribbins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 113

The Wombles is the first ever Wombles book and introduces the stern but kindly Great Uncle Bulgaria; Orinoco, who is particularly fond of his food and a subsequent 40 winks; general handyman extraordinaire Tobermory, who can turn almost anything that the Wombles retrieve from Wimbledon Common into something useful; Madame Cholet, who cooks the most delicious and natural foods to keep the Wombles happy and contented; and last but not least, Bungo, one of the youngest and cheekiest Wombles of all, who has much to learn and is due to venture out onto the Common on his own for the very first time.…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely in a Winnie-the-Poo sort of a way

  • By EC W on 20-04-13

Amazing collection of tales for all ages

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

Reviewed: 31-12-18

I have always had the tales of the Wombles around me having always lived quite close to Wimbledon Common. I have not had the luck of being able to see them personally. I found the full collection of early tales of the Wombles highly delightful and full of humour. I was utterly unable to put the book down once tales had started and found that I needed to hear to the end of each tale before I could close the book. A wonderous collection of characters that are unique in their own ways and you will become endeared to them. A book everyone needs to read at least once.

  • Days that Changed the World

  • By: Carrie Gibson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Ordinary people. Extraordinary stories. Listen to history's unsung heroes who changed the world, in this powerful documentary series. Get closer to events you may only have heard about from school books with these first person accounts of key moments in recent world history. In each episode we explore pertinent dates from 1936 to 2010 and find out what happened through the eyes of those who were there. Crossing the globe and drawing on events in London, Mexico City and Afghanistan to name but a few we hear stories including takes from an athlete, journalist, chess player and soldier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By H. Horcickova on 13-08-18

A must listen

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

A highly informative series of things that are not taught in mainstream education that many will have missed or never known about. Well read with information from those that saw it with their own eyes. I was amazed that there were some things that people did and got away with. A great series for all ages that I would very much recommend getting.

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  • Hemlock
  • By: Edward Cox
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 230

Charlie Hemlock, an out-of-luck minor criminal has been hired by a mysterious and terrifying stranger to kidnap a young woman, for purposes unspecified. But the Labyrinth is a dangerous place, and Charlie and his companions may find that not everyone is happy with their work…Hemlock is a short prologue to The Relic Guild, the debut fantasy written by Edward Cox and narrated by Imogen Church.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not a story

  • By Charlie on 06-03-16

Leaves you wanting

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

I have listened to this book twice now and it still leaves me wanting. I understand what is going on to a point but there is so much of the universe that is left hidden which makes some of it hard to follow. It however does leave me with a craving to read the main book to see if it explains more.

  • Real Crime

  • By: Bernard P Achampong, Thomas Glasser
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

Britain's most chilling crimes are brought sensationally to life in this compelling new series, using court room transcripts, police interviews, 999 calls, secret audio recordings and eye witness testimonies. With new insights into those responsible - from the shocking murders and manhunt of Raoul Moat to Jamie Bulger's killers - this show is not for the easily disturbed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sadness is guaranteed :(

  • By Nigel on 17-03-18

Dark

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

Very dark, I found the quality occasionally made it difficult to hear whilst travelling. I was interested in finding out about some of the murders and crimes that were not always widely published. It was also very enlightening about many things that I remember being in the papers when I was younger. It isn't something you can listen to in one go but in stages is very enlightening.

  • 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 4,102
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,342
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,336

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

enlightening and dark

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

A truly enlightening book about what it was really like for the women who worked as the Help back in the 1960s for white women. It did not shy away from any of the darkness decided instead to throw it in your face. This book will have you laughing, crying and gritting your teeth in anger as you follow Miss Skeeter, Minnie and Abelene through the process of writing a very very dangerous book. If you enjoyed the movie I would highly recommend reading the series as it reveals so much more that you will not believe. It was an amazing read that had me struggling to turn it off when I got to my destination.

  • The 13-Storey Treehouse

  • By: Andy Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Stig Wemyss
  • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Andy and Terry live in the WORLD'S BEST treehouse! It's got a giant catapult, a secret underground laboratory, a tank of man-eating sharks and a marshmallow machine that follows you around and shoots marshmallows into your mouth whenever you're hungry! Just watch out for the sea monkeys, and the monkeys pretending to be sea monkeys, and the giant mutant mermaid sea monster.... Oh, and whatever you do, don't get trapped in a burp-gas-filled bubble!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • best for your boys

  • By Meera on 02-12-18

best for your boys

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

This story is all over the place with so much that is unbelievable and yet a catnary is an amazing idea. I enjoyed it for the most part but sometimes the pacing was rather slow and torturous. I had to push myself to finish it as the characters didn't grab me as well as other books. Best for your adventurous young lads. Contains, catnary's, sea monsters, marshmellow shooters, dangerous stunts and a whole load of adventure. A lot of sound effects and I feel a lot was in some ways lost without the book in front of you. Though the reader did an amazing job to show the adventure.

  • Journey to the River Sea

  • By: Eva Ibbotson
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

It is 1910 and Maia, tragically orphaned at 13, has been sent from England to start a new life with distant relatives in Manaus, hundreds of miles up the Amazon. She is accompanied by an eccentric and mysterious governess who has secret reasons of her own for making the journey. Both soon discover an exotic world bursting with new experiences in this highly colourful, joyous, and award-winning adventure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story for kids - let's go to the jungle!

  • By Mr Dan H N on 17-04-15

Beautiful and dangerous

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

This is a book that I fell in love with in back as a little girl when it first came out. I read it upwards of 5 times back then. Now I figured it was time to try it again as whilst I remembered the gist of the book the main details were lost to me. I fell in love with it again and could not put it down. The characters are so well portrayed and the jungle has a life of its own. It is a beautifully written story that I urge everyone to try at least once. The reader manages to bring to life all the characters. Sometimes they can sound a little samey but at the same time you barely notice it as you get dragged into the story surrounding it.