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birmingham, west midlands, United Kingdom
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  • Storm in the Village

  • Fairacre Series, Book 3
  • By: Miss Read
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Here's a story that brings all the villagers of Fairacre together, as they face the prospect of developers who hope to build new houses on the fields adjoining old Mr Miller's farm. Everyone has an opinion, but not everyone is in agreement about the development. Under the watchful gaze of Miss Read, the school teacher, we meet old characters and new, from retired teacher Miss Clare and the surly Mrs Pringle, to the new assistant teacher, Miss Jackson, who brings with her problems of her own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • another great title

  • By Elaine on 17-03-10

another great title

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-03-10

from the series, as always a very fullfilling book

  • Winter in Thrush Green

  • By: Miss Read
  • Narrated by: Clare Higgins
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

The arrival of a stranger in the village of Thrush Green stirs up ripples of speculation and interest. Not only does the village find itself paying tribute to this stranger's hero (a missionary born and bred in Thrush Green) but his presence has a dramatic affect on Miss Dimity Dean's romantic prospects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect nostalgia

  • By Zip on 01-09-17

very good indeed

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-03-10

a little different style for miss read books but i loved it all the same.

  • Thrush Green

  • By: Miss Read
  • Narrated by: Clare Higgins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

It's the May Day holiday, and a fair has come to the village of Thrush Green. The residents of Thrush Green all have their own views about the fair. For young Paul, just recovered from an illness, it is a joy to be allowed out to play at the fair; for Ruth, who returned to the soothing tranquility of Thrush Green nursing a broken heart, the fair is a welcome distraction from her own problems. And for Dr Lovell, the fair brings an unexpected new patient.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wrong reader

  • By J. Groom on 09-01-16

nice read from a great author

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-03-10

never lets me down, whimsical and interesting .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • News from Thrush Green

  • By: Miss Read
  • Narrated by: Clare Higgins
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

When old Admiral Trigg and his sister Lucy died, their house, Tullivers, stood empty for many months. Then one bright April day, some discreet onlookers saw a good-looking woman pushing her way through the nettles to the front door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great easy listening book. nostalgia at its best.

  • By susii on 16-10-17

lovely miss read book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-03-10

as always makes you feel good inside

  • The Narrowboat Girl

  • By: Annie Murray
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Maryann Nelson's widowed mother, Flo, sees the opportunity to better her family by marrying the local undertaker, Norman Griffin. Though on the surface a caring family man, Maryann and her sister, Sal, soon discover that he has another side to him. For Sal, it is too much to bear and she escapes, leaving Maryann to take revenge on Griffin. The chance of a new life opens up when she befriends Joel Batholomew, who works on the canal. Aboard his narrowboat, she finds herself falling in love with her new life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • very upsetting but excellent writing

  • By Elaine on 17-03-10

very upsetting but excellent writing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-03-10

i didnt like this, the content is disturbing and i felt soiled. However, the writing is brilliant.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Father Gilbert Mysteries

  • The Grey Lady
  • By: Paul McCusker
  • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Father Gilbert faces a dangerous conspiracy - or is there something truly supernatural at work? When Louis Gilbert turned in his detective's badge to become an Anglican priest, he thought his days of solving difficult mysteries were over. Now, as the vicar of an ancient church in a small English village, Gilbert finds himself at the center of one strange mystery after another. And he brings to each one his unique combination of streetwise smarts and spiritual intuition.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • average

  • By Elaine on 17-03-10

average

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-03-10

not a bad little book, but nothing spectacular

  • The Various Haunts of Men

  • Simon Serrailler 1
  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 891

A woman vanishes in the fog up on "the Hill", an area locally known for its tranquillity and peace. The police are not alarmed; people usually disappear for their own reasons. But when a young girl, an old man, and even a dog disappear, no one can deny that something untoward is happening in this quiet cathedral town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unusual way to start a series

  • By Linda on 27-06-14

very good book

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-03-10

pulled me in quickly and kept me till the end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Village Secrets

  • Tales from Turnham Malpas, Book 5
  • By: Rebecca Shaw
  • Narrated by: Anne Cater
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

The village school of Turnham Malpas is to get a new head teacher. At first sight, Kate Pascoe seems ideal. But when she introduces meditation classes and tree-hugging, the villagers begin to think again. A strange malaise afflicts the whole village and a sudden, shocking death plunges the village into a state of superstitious dread. And always at the eye of the storm is the head teacher: Kate Pascoe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As always, very entertaining.

  • By Cathy Swanson on 25-02-17

good read

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-03-10

or listen should i say ...
was looking for a follow on after completing all the miss read books, a nice, more adult version.

  • Farewell to Fairacre

  • By: Miss Read
  • Narrated by: Sian Phillips
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Having enjoyed robust health throughout her career, Miss Read, the village schoolmistress at Fairacre, is looking forward to an energetic retirement in a few years' time. But, to her dismay, she is suddenly taken ill. She has no wish to give up her post yet, but memories of her former colleague collapsing in front of the schoolchildren haunt her. Is it time to say farewell to Fairacre?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • beautiful writing

  • By Elaine on 17-03-10

beautiful writing

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-03-10

a lovely book, simple storylines with a whimsical feel

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mr. Darcy, Vampyre

  • By: Amanda Grange
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Jasicki
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Mr. Darcy, Vampyre starts where Pride and Prejudice ends and introduces a dark family curse so perfectly that the result is a delightfully thrilling, spine-chilling, breathtaking read. A dark, poignant and visionary continuation of Austen's beloved story, this tale is full of danger, darkness and immortal love.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed.

  • By Danae on 10-01-10

not as good as i had expected

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-03-10

left me flat im afraid, not enough substance ... felt unfinished and rushed at the end

2 of 2 people found this review helpful