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Mrs L N Timoney

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  • Missing Pieces

  • By: Laura Pearson
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

All Linda wants to do is sleep. She won’t look at her husband. She can’t stand her daughter. And she doesn’t want to have this baby. Having this baby means moving on, and she just wants to go back to before. Before their family was torn apart, before the blame was placed. Alienated by their own guilt and struggling to cope, the Sadler family unravels. They grow up, grow apart, never talking about their terrible secret. That is until Linda’s daughter finds out she’s pregnant. Before she brings another Sadler into the world, Bea needs to know what happened twenty-five years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hauntingly beautiful tale of family, love and loss.

  • By Mrs L N Timoney on 06-01-19

Hauntingly beautiful tale of family, love and loss.

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

Reviewed: 06-01-19

I have just finished listening to Missing Pieces and I’m a puddle! This story broke me, then fixed me again. It’s a hauntingly beautiful book about how a family find their way through tragedy. The characters are captivating, the writing beautiful and I loved the narration.

  • Bitter

  • By: Francesca Jakobi
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Strevens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

It's 1969, and the summer of love still lingers in London, but Gilda is haunted by her wartime past. She walked out on her son, Reuben, when he was just a boy and fears he'll never forgive her. When he marries a small, blonde gentile, she takes it as the ultimate rejection. Her cold, distant son seems transformed by love. What does his new wife have that she doesn't? As Gilda's obsession builds, she starts to follow her daughter-in-law, copies her hairstyle and breaks into the newlyweds' home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling characters and original plot.

  • By Mrs L N Timoney on 30-11-18

Compelling characters and original plot.

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

Reviewed: 30-11-18

I loved this book! The main character is so flawed, but as I followed her journey she won my heart. The narration is superb. Highly recommended!

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  • Transcription

  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 882
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813

In 1940, 18-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathisers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past for ever. Ten years later, now a producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full Marks Kate

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-09-18

Clever, wry and utterly enthralling

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-18

Kate Atkinson is a master storyteller. Juliette’s story weaves backwards and forwards through wartime London flawlessly. The humour is wry and engaging, I found myself laughing out loud often. The research behind this novel must have been extensive. I highly recommend this fantastic book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Queen of Bloody Everything

  • By: Joanna Nadin
  • Narrated by: Kelly Hotten
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557

As Edie Jones lies in a bed on the 14th floor of a Cambridge hospital, her adult daughter, Dido, tells their story, starting with the day that changed everything. That was the day when Dido - aged exactly six years and 27 days old - met the handsome Tom Trevelyan, his precocious sister, Harry, and their parents, Angela and David.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful and intelligent, witty and honest

  • By Lu on 21-04-18

Just brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

Now that I’ve finished listening to the journey of Dido, Eddie, Harry and Tom, I am missing them more than I should. Joanna Nadin writes such rich and engaging characters that they become completely real. The spiky humour had me actually laughing out loud, which rarely happens to me whilst reading. I absolutely loved this book and will follow this author closely in future.

  • Her Name Was Rose

  • By: Claire Allan
  • Narrated by: Melanie MacHugh
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 88

Rose Grahame had everything Alex D’Arcy dreams of. A handsome husband, a stunning home and a baby boy with twinkling blue eyes and a smile that would brighten the darkest of days. It’s a stark contrast to Alex’s life - her dead-end job, her borderline addiction to drink and pills, her failed engagement and her cluttered flat. But the women’s lives are about to collide - and nothing will ever be the same again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An engaging & entertaining listen

  • By Siobhan O'Neill on 30-07-18

Gripping book!

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

Reviewed: 18-07-18

Fascinating and relatable characters weave their way through this gripping and unpredictable plot. I can’t recommend this book highly enough. Can’t wait for another from Claire Allan.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,622
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,607

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Claire on 21-02-18

The story of an incredible couple, moving to the last word.

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This powerful book will stay with me for a very long time. Historically important and incredibly moving, I loved every word of this story, however harrowing and difficult to digest. It’s a love story told in the most shocking of worlds. Highly recommended.

  • The Trick to Time

  • By: Kit de Waal
  • Narrated by: Fiona Shaw
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Trick to Time by Kit de Waal, read by Fiona Shaw. Mona is a young Irish girl in the big city, with the thrill of a new job and a room of her own in a busy boardinghouse. On her first night out in 1970s Birmingham, she meets William, a charming Irish boy with an easy smile and an open face. They embark upon a passionate affair, a whirlwind marriage - before a sudden tragedy tears them apart. Decades later, Mona pieces together the memories of the years that separate them. But can she ever learn to love again?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I didn't want it to end. Fabulous novel.

  • By bookylady on 14-05-18

Heartbreaking and beautiful.

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

Reviewed: 30-05-18

Mona’s story is told so gently, so carefully and with such painful grace. I moved through her life with her, growing to love this complex, generous woman. I will truly miss this beautiful book. Kit de Waal is a masterful storyteller and I can’t wait for her next novel.

  • Valentina

  • By: S.E. Lynes
  • Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

When Glasgow journalist Shona McGilvery moves with her partner Mikey and their baby to an idyllic cottage in rural Scotland, they believe that all that lies ahead of them is happiness. But with Mikey working offshore, the frightening isolation of the Aberdeenshire countryside begins to drive her insane.... That is, until she is rescued by a new friendship with the enchanting Valentina. She has the perfect home, the perfect man, and a charismatic new best friend - or does she? As her fairytale life begins to unravel, the deep dark wood becomes the least of her fears....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completely gripping

  • By Mrs L N Timoney on 01-05-18

Completely gripping

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

Trying to second guess a plot of an SE Lynes book is futile! Every twist and turn leaves you aghast. I think I’ve now read or listened to every title by this author and I can’t wait for more.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Pact

  • By: S.E. Lynes
  • Narrated by: Tamsin Kennard
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

Fifteen-year-old Rosie lies in hospital fighting for her life. She’s trying to tell her mother what happened to her, but she can’t speak the words out loud. Toni is a doting and over-protective mother, terrified for her daughter’s life. Having lost her husband in a tragic accident, Toni has dedicated her life to keeping Rosie safe from harm. She needs to know what secrets Rosie has been keeping and how she ended up in a hospital bed - but Toni has a secret of her own....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful and compelling

  • By Mrs L N Timoney on 15-04-18

Powerful and compelling

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-04-18

As a mother of a teenage girl, this story struck a terrifying chord with me. S E Lynes creates such believable characters in Rosey, Toni and Bridget, I lived their story with them. The Pact has a truly compelling, complex plot with shocking twists, which meant I could barely force myself to stop listening. This is a fantastic book. Highly recommended!

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  • Mother

  • By: S. E. Lynes
  • Narrated by: Tamsin Kennard
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 231

Christopher would never hurt anyone. Not intentionally. Even after everything that’s happened, I still believe that... Christopher Harris is a lonely boy. A boy who has never fit into his family. Who has always felt something was missing from his life. Until one day, when he discovers a suitcase in his family’s attic, and a secret about his mother that changes everything.... Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, The Sister, and Apple Tree Yard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling and Gripping Story

  • By Janet biglari on 17-01-18

Utterly gripping from start to end.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-18

This book is so compelling that I almost held my breath breath, waiting for the next turn of events. Set during Jack the Ripper’s reign of terror in Yorkshire, the story of adopted child Christopher’s journey to find his true identity is gripping, with twists and turns that could not be foretold. I would write more, but I’m in such a hurry to download everything S E Lynes has written. She has a masterful style. Can’t recommend this book highly enough.