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  • The Christmas Angel

  • By: Marcia Willett
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 80

As Christmas approaches, everything seems to be falling into place for Dossie. Her son Clem and his adorable five-year-old son Jakey have moved to Cornwall to be closer to her. She runs her own successful catering business. All she needs now is for the run of bad luck in her romantic life to end.Forming a slightly unconventional family setup with Dossie are the jovial nuns of the local convent and the wonderfully eccentric Janna.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A gentle tale evoking images of Cornwall

  • By Mark on 13-12-12

If your a fan of Marcia Willet, you'll love this.

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

Reviewed: 13-06-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Christmas Angel to be better than the print version?

As I have not read it in print I really shouldn't comment. I enjoyed the narrated version very much.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The small grandchild was quite endearing in this.

What about Phyllida Nash’s performance did you like?

I like Phyllida's renditions, they seem down to earth and no unnecessary nonsense. The story is important, so a good narrator should blend with it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Oh Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad

  • By: M. R. James
  • Narrated by: David Suchet
  • Length: 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,489
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,276
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,263

The story tells the tale of an introverted academic who happens upon a strange whistle while exploring a cemetery on the East Anglian coast. When blown, the whistle unleashes a supernatural force that terrorises its discoverer. Montague Rhodes James was a noted British mediaeval scholar and provost of King's College, Cambridge (1905–1918) and of Eton College (1918–1936). He is best remembered for his ghost stories which are widely regarded as among the finest in English literature.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy Short Story

  • By Lynn Worton on 29-03-14

Well worth a listen.

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

Reviewed: 13-06-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Not read M.R.James before but I would recommend it, good story and very well read.

Any additional comments?

I did appreciate this Christmas gift from Audible, the timing was perfect. I don't think I would every have tried this author so for me, this was a real treat.Thankyou.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Mistletoe Bride and Other Haunting Tales

  • By: Kate Mosse
  • Narrated by: Kate Mosse, Simon Russell Beale, Sian Thomas
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

A wonderfully atmospheric collection of stories from one of our most captivating writers, inspired by ghost stories, traditional folk tales and country legends from England and France. These tales are richly populated by spirits and ghosts seeking revenge; by grief-stricken women and haunted men coming to terms with their destiny - all rooted deep in the elemental landscapes of Sussex, Brittany and the Languedoc.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Atmospheric

  • By Mrs on 05-12-13

Great read, keeps you wanting more.

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

Reviewed: 13-06-14

Where does The Mistletoe Bride and Other Haunting Tales rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I really enjoyed these stories, coming from many countries you really hear quite a few different tales. This rates quite highly in my listening experience.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mistletoe Bride and Other Haunting Tales?

The Mistletoe Bride story was new to me, I really enjoyed it and it does make you think.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I did like the story of the man having a car accident and the subsequent story once he had picked up the injured party.

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

Now you didn't expect that did you.

Any additional comments?

Kate Mosse certainly does know how to tell a tale, on the strength of her Labyrinth books I've just visited Carcassonne and could see how it inspires her. I did feel I knew the area and some of these tales could have been written about the area. Well worth frequent listens.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A French Affair

  • By: Katie Fforde
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 109

Gina and Sally Makepiece have inherited a stall in the French House - an antiques centre nestled in the heart of the English countryside. Gina is determined to drag the French House and its grumpy owner into the 21st century. Bearing all the attributes of a modern-day Mr Rochester, Matthew Ballinger is less than happy with the whirlwind that has arrived on his doorstep. The last thing either of them want is to fall in love. But will a trip to France change their minds?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Right book, wrong narrator

  • By DooeyDuck on 25-03-13

Quite a placide affair.

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

Reviewed: 13-06-14

If you could sum up A French Affair in three words, what would they be?

Not very exciting.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I couldn't see it ending any other way.

What about Jilly Bond’s performance did you like?

Usually I like Jilly's performance but the main male character came over as quite a boring guy.

Any additional comments?

Shame because I've enjoyed lots of Katie's books before, so will perhaps read them in future as this didn't really work for me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Summer at the Lake

  • By: Erica James
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184

A fateful car crash sets in motions a series of events for Floriana, Esme. Floriana gathers the courage to attend the wedding of her one true love, and Esme journeys with her to Lake Como to find the man who stole her heart many years ago. It’s time for Esme and Floriana to face the past - and the future - on the shore of the most romantic and enchanting of lakes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gently romantic story set in Oxford and Italy.

  • By Mrs on 19-03-14

What a good listen.

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

Reviewed: 13-06-14

Would you listen to Summer at the Lake again? Why?

Yes I enjoyed this story, great to get to know the characters and they are all interesting. It crosses many years and you feel through each period of time you know what has happened

What was one of the most memorable moments of Summer at the Lake?

When the older characters finally get to meet after such a long time, it would be great for lots of people to clarify earlier misunderstandings.

What about Antonia Beamish’s performance did you like?

Easy to listen to.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes actually it was but I don't have that much spare time in one go but found it very easy to pick up where left off.

Any additional comments?

I have enjoyed nearly all Erica's books and do look forward to new ones in the future.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Perfect Man

  • By: Sheila O' Flanagan
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

Two very different sisters, Mia (still in love with Alejo, the married father of her daughter) and Britt (the ice maiden, who has ironically written a romantic bestseller), join a luxury honeymoon cruise in the Caribbean where Britt is the guest lecturer. Also on board are recently widowed Leo, still reeling from the discovery of his wife’s betrayal just before her death, and Steve, a ship’s officer who’s soon looking for more than a holiday romance with Mia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Work

  • By Ann in Durham on 14-12-12

Line Up, Line Up! for the perfect man.

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

Reviewed: 13-06-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Perfect Man to be better than the print version?

Good story and well read. I listen to Audible whilst quilting, so I can keep up with my reading whilst doing something else, so probably won't have had time to read the book.

What about Caroline Lennon’s performance did you like?

I like her performance, and I find if a reader doesn't jar with your hearing you just accept that this is how the book should be and it flows lovely.

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

When certain events unfold you can empathize with the character and understand what makes them the person they are.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Talisman Ring

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

The legend of the Headless Horseman and a proposed marriage de convenance both have their impact on the mystery of a golden talisman ring and Lord Lavenham's young heir, Ludovic. Neither Sir Tristram Shield nor Eustacie, his young French cousin, share the slightest inclination to marry one another, yet it is Lord Lavenham's dying wish. For there is no one else to provide for the old man's granddaughter while Ludovic remains a fugitive from justice...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A much loved friend

  • By Stephanie on 04-11-08

What a good listen.

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

Reviewed: 13-06-14

What made the experience of listening to The Talisman Ring the most enjoyable?

Georgette Heyer is in her element writing about this period, and you can understand the limitations on female characters during this time. But a good story and witty observations this well worth a listen.

What did you like best about this story?

The drawing of the characters is superb, you can picture them very clearly in your minds eye, and the situation is quite believable.

What does Phyllida Nash bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Phyllida Nash certainly adds character to the whole piece, her voice lends something to the whole experience. If it wasn't so long I would love to have listened to the whole thing in one go.

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

It did make you smile, our heroine has quite a droll wit, which the writing and narrative capture very well.

Any additional comments?

Am hoping to eventually get to hear all Georgette's books.

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    Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
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    Overall 4.2
  • The Affair

  • By: Santa Montefiore
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

Best-selling children's book writer Angelica is amused and flattered at the attention of Jack, the owner of a vineyard in South Africa, whom she meets at a dinner party. With his easy charm and reputation as a ladies' man, Jack makes her feel good about herself - surely it can't do any harm to indulge in a mild email flirtation?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Affair

  • By Eileen on 25-09-10

Umh not what I expected.

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

Reviewed: 13-06-14

Would you listen to The Affair again? Why?

I only just discovered Santa and having read "The French Gardener" I was really looking forward to this but it didn't quite come up to the previous standard. However I'm not letting it put me off and will try another of her books.

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

I felt this book was a little dated and far fetched, and if I'm honest a bit boring and a let down in several places, I can't think of a book to compare it with.

What does Jilly Bond bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Jilly Bond gives a good performance, and appears to try and bring a little life into the more mundane parts, I like to listen to her and would certainly try to find other books she has narrated.

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

Yes I did laugh in places, and it has its sad parts too. The husband does very little to endear himself to the listener and at times I would liked to have boxed his ears.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Flavours of Love

  • By: Dorothy Koomson
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 129

It's been 18 months since my husband was murdered and I've decided to finish writing The Flavours of Love, the cookbook he started before he died. Everyone thinks I'm coping so well without him - they have no idea what I've been hiding or what I did back them to protect my family. But now that my 14-year-old daughter has confessed a devastating secret, and my husband's killer, who was never caught, has started to write to me, I know it's only a matter of time before the truth about me and what I've done will be revealed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disapointed!

  • By Ann D on 27-12-15

No too sure about this.

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

Reviewed: 13-06-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Having read all Dorothy Koomson's previous books and noticing how each book seems to be getting darker, I'm not sure I really enjoyed listening to this. I must admit I preferred her earlier books especially My Best Friend's Girl. I'm at a loss to understand why the book has this title, seems quite strange.

What other book might you compare The Flavours of Love to, and why?

I suppose its along the lines of The Ice Cream Girls and The Rose Petal Beach, but as I've said I preferred her earlier works.

What about Adjoa Andoh’s performance did you like?

Adjoa Andoh gives a great performance, I like to hear her reading books on Audible, and this did help me choosing this story.

Do you think The Flavours of Love needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, I think its all been said.

Any additional comments?

Hope Dorothy's style changes as I think this will be the last book I buy of hers.

  • Longbourn

  • By: Jo Baker
  • Narrated by: Emma Fielding
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats, Sarah thought, she would be more careful not to trudge through muddy fields. It is wash-day for the housemaids at Longbourn House, and Sarah's hands are chapped and bleeding. Domestic life below stairs, ruled tenderly and forcefully by Mrs Hill the housekeeper, is about to be disturbed by the arrival of a new footman smelling of the sea, and bearing secrets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful voice!

  • By Janet on 13-08-14

What a great twist!

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

Reviewed: 13-06-14

If you could sum up Longbourn in three words, what would they be?

Very interesting read.

What other book might you compare Longbourn to, and why?

Obviously Pride and Prejudice, Pemberley by Emma Tennant and Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D.James. With such a well known story you think you know it all and its great to hear how different writers see the story and how their take on it goes. This sees the well known story through a completely new set of characters and I think we learn a lot about ones we thought we already knew!

Which character – as performed by Emma Fielding – was your favourite?

The automatic choice is the storyteller, the maid who eyes we see the story unfold by but, HIll, or to give her her proper name is Mrs. Hill is revealed as quite a different character to which we had previously known her.

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

The hardships endured by downstairs servants is very well portrayed in this book and throughout you really can emphasis with almost all of them. The situations they endured to hold down a job are hard to understand in modern times but this what exactly happened.

Any additional comments?

Enjoyed this story all over again and will certainly listen to it again in the future. Emma Fielding gives a very sympathic slant to all the characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful