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  • Three Things About Elsie

  • By: Joanna Cannon
  • Narrated by: Paula Wilcox
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,351

There are three things you should know about Elsie. The first is that she's my best friend. The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better. And the third...might take a little bit more explaining. Eighty-four-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat. As she waits to be rescued, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light; and, if the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly like a man who died 60 years ago?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Extraordinary Life

  • By Amazon Customer on 30-01-18

made me cry on the m1!

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

Reviewed: 25-01-18

thought at the start that I wouldn't be able to get through it, I found it quite sad and thought I might get a bit depressed. However, I stuck with it, and the story was fantastic. I listen when driving to and from work and Flo has been a good friend for almost 2 weeks now. I will miss her

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Calling Major Tom

  • By: David M. Barnett
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

Calling Major Tom is a funny, uplifting tale of friendship and community about a man who has given up on the world...but discovers in the most unlikely way that it might not have given up on him. We all know someone like Thomas. The grumpy next-door neighbour who complains to the residents' committee about the state of your front lawn. The man who tuts when you don't have the correct change at the checkout. The colleague who sends an all-company email when you accidentally use the last drop of milk.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Feeling Blue?

  • By Jumpin' Bean on 19-07-17

fantastic!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

wonderful, feel good book. Heart warming and happy. Lots of wonderful moments abd a brilliant ending 😊

  • Change of Heart

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione, Stafford Clark-Price, Nicole Poole, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

One moment June Nealon was happily looking forward to years full of laughter and adventure with her family, and the next she was staring into a future that was as empty as her heart. Now her life is a waiting game. Waiting for time to heal her wounds, waiting for justice. In short, waiting for a miracle to happen. For Shay Bourne, life holds no more surprises. The world has given him nothing, and he has nothing to offer the world. In a heartbeat, though, something happens that changes everything for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Captivating

  • By Liz on 14-09-16

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 19-03-17

This book should be made into a film, it's such a good read and an unusual story

  • This Was a Man

  • The Clifton Chronicles, Book 7
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,471
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,339

This Was a Man opens with a shot being fired, but who pulled the trigger, and who lives, and who dies? In Whitehall, Giles Barrington discovers the truth about his wife, Karin, from the Cabinet Secretary. Is she a spy or a pawn in a larger game? Harry Clifton sets out to write his magnum opus while his wife, Emma, completes her 10 years as Chairman of the Bristol Royal Infirmary and receives an unexpected call from Margaret Thatcher offering her a job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly entertaining rollicking melodrama

  • By Kirstine on 08-11-16

fantastic

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

Reviewed: 31-01-17

I will so miss the Barrington family and the Clifton's 😥 what to read now? nothing could replace this ......for a while

  • Only Time Will Tell

  • Clifton Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Roger Allam, Emilia Fox
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,984
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,477
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,478

The Clifton Chronicles is Jeffrey Archer’s most ambitious work in four decades as an international best-selling author. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the chilling words, ‘I was told that my father was killed in the war’. But it will be another twenty years before Harry discovers how his father really died, which will only lead him to question: who was his father?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story-telling

  • By Kirstine on 16-06-11

brilliant, and free!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-16

absolutely loved it, can't wait to get the next one and continue the story :)

  • The Sty's the Limit

  • When Middle Age Gets Mucky
  • By: Simon Dawson
  • Narrated by: Ben Allen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Following a drunken misunderstanding, Simon Dawson gave up his job in the city, moved to the wilds of Exmoor and became an accidental self-sufficient smallholder with an array of animals. But that was years ago now. Following up on his first book, Pigs in Clover, this is the story of what happens when he suddenly realises that his life is changing all over again. He's not quite the spring chicken that he used to be: he is, horror of horrors, getting older.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent 2nd book

  • By TJ on 15-05-17

Brilliant!!!

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

Reviewed: 16-06-16

I love these books, fantastic read , I have even started making soap and jam!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Celia Imrie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 657
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 617
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 617

When Queenie Hennessy discovers that Harold Fry is walking the length of England to save her, and all she has to do is wait, she is shocked. Her note had explained she was dying. How can she wait? A new volunteer at the hospice suggests that Queenie should write again; only this time she must tell Harold everything. In confessing to secrets she has hidden for 20 years, she will find atonement for the past. As the volunteer points out, ‘Even though you’ve done your travelling, you’re starting a new journey, too.’

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A joy to listen to this

  • By mollyeyre on 06-11-14

The saddest and most moving book

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

Reviewed: 07-02-15

If you could sum up The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy in three words, what would they be?

reflective, sad , warm

What did you like best about this story?

surprises, and filling in the story that Harold Fry didn't tell us

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

the voices of each and every character, I would never have made them so alive and real if I'd read it

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

yes, but if I say here it will give the story away, but I felt very very sad at the end

Any additional comments?

this was the saddest book I've ever read, I just couldn't stop reading it because I wanted it to be over, that wasn't because it was bad, it's brilliant, but it hurt so much. My husband read it at the same time I listened to it, and he felt the same. Don't try to read this if you're feeling low, but it's a wonderful story

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Midnight Rose

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Anjana Srinivasan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319

In the heyday of the British Raj, Anahita becomes Princess Indira’s official companion, and accompanies her to England just before the outbreak of the Great War. There, she meets the young Donald Astbury – reluctant heir to a magnificent, estate – and his scheming mother. Eighty years later, Rebecca Bradley, a young American film star, has the world at her feet. Her latest role, playing a 1920s debutante, takes her to the now-crumbling Astbury Hall…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Beautiful Love Story with a Difference

  • By G on 05-04-14

Wonderful story

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

Reviewed: 07-02-15

What about Anjana Srinivasan’s performance did you like?

I was whisked away into the story every time I listened to it

Any additional comments?

Loved the story

  • Jasmine Nights

  • By: Julia Gregson
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

1942: Saba Tarcan is a talented young singer with big dreams. So when an opportunity arises to entertain the troops in the Middle East, she jumps at the chance, cutting short a burgeoning love affair with a young RAF pilot, Dom. It soon becomes clear that entertaining won’t be Saba’s only mission. It's a move that will jeopardize not only her own safety, but also the love of her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a lovely story beautifully narrated

  • By A.G.Raynor-Krill on 11-07-13

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 07-02-15

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

yes, it was a lovely story, and a wonderful escape to a jasmine scented land

  • Sleep, Pale Sister

  • By: Joanne Harris
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

Henry Chester, a domineering and puritanical Victorian artist, is in search of the perfect model. In nine-year-old Effie he finds her. Ten years later, lovely, childlike and sedated, Effie seems the ideal wife. But something inside her is about to awaken. Drawn by her lover, Mose, into a dangerous underworld of intrigue and blackmail, she meets Fanny Miller, the brothel-keeper, and her shadowy daughter, Marta - murdered ten years ago on the day of Henry's weekly visit...

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Sleep, Tired Reader

  • By Dr on 25-03-13

Wow!!!!

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

Reviewed: 07-02-15

Where does Sleep, Pale Sister rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

fantastic, in the top 10, but as always Joanne Harris can shock you

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

yes, just wanted to keep listening, it was enthralling , dark but enthralling