LISTENER

Mrs B

  • 36
  • reviews
  • 5
  • helpful votes
  • 65
  • ratings
  • Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling

  • By: Emer McLysaght
  • Narrated by: Amy McAllister
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297

Aisling is 28 and she’s a complete...Aisling. She lives at home in Ballygobbard (or Ballygobackwards, as some gas tickets call it) with her parents and commutes to her good job at PensionsPlus in Dublin. Aisling goes out every Saturday night with her best friend, Majella, who is a bit of a hames (she’s lost two phones already this year - Aisling has never lost a phone). They love hoofing into the Coors Light if they’re 'Out' or the vodka and Diet Cokes if they’re 'Out Out'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10/10 chill and relaxation time

  • By Anonymous User on 28-10-18

easy listen

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

I feel like the ending was lazy. authors could have unpacked John's character a bit more. in the beginning we were being set up to see him a particular way and in the end , those traits were not tied up properly. good book though.

  • The Plus One

  • By: Sophia Money-Coutts
  • Narrated by: Sophia Money-Coutts
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

Polly Spencer is fine. She’s single, turning 30 and managed to have sex only twice last year (both times with a Swedish banker called Fred), but seriously, she’s fine. Even if she’s still stuck at Posh! magazine writing about royal babies and the chances of finding a plus one to her best friend’s summer wedding are looking worryingly slim. But it’s a New Year, a new leaf and all that. Polly’s determined that over the next 365 days she’ll remember to shave her legs, drink less wine and generally get her s--t together.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good old chick lit

  • By TAG on 11-08-18

total chic lit but nicely done

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

Reviewed: 20-12-18

finished this in under a day. easy listen from start to finish. knocked off a star as I think she was good when talking about the primary character but not great with the other. at some point I couldn't tell if it was Polly or the aristocrat talking. and the voice of the avocado last was terrible.

  • Normal People

  • By: Sally Rooney
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,035
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 937
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 936

Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years. This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person's life - a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel. It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel and it tells us - blazingly - about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It plunges under your skin and invades you.

  • By Wras on 18-10-18

mixed feelings about this book

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

the start and end were ok , picked up in the middle and then didn't really sustain momentum. the story was long for the ending it had. The main characters were so rich and well developed but the others especially the abusive brother and Mum could have been a bit more developed as they were such a big part of the female characters identity.

  • The People Next Door

  • By: Roisin Meaney
  • Narrated by: Deirdre O'Connell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

A warm, spellbinding tale of friendship, love and second chances from this number one best-selling author. Behind the brightly coloured doors of Miller's Avenue live people with very complicated lives...When Yvonne in number seven joins an online dating website, she's looking for something more than friendship but, after a series of disastrous encounters, decides to shut down her account. Is she shutting out her only chance of finding love? While next door Dan, still reeling from his wife's desertion, signs up for a cookery course. As his lemon souffle rises, so does his interest in someone close to home....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-09-18

great book, wish the ending was a bit tighter

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

Reviewed: 22-11-18

this is a story told really well. the characters were so full and I never got bored. I liked how seemingly unconnected characters came together so effortlessly. (SPOILER ALERT!)I think the end with Clara and Dan could have been done better. it felt like their characters where left up in the air. I the Aussie guy could have been connected to Ali.. it doesn't take away from the story so don't let that put you off ..

  • Never Greener

  • By: Ruth Jones
  • Narrated by: Sharon Small
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,037
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 960
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 956

When Kate was 22, she had an intense and passionate affair with a married man, Callum, which ended in heartbreak. Kate thought she'd never get over it. Seventeen years later, life has moved on - Kate, now a successful actress, is living in London, married to Matt and mother to little Tallulah. Meanwhile Callum and his wife, Belinda, are happy together, living in Edinburgh and watching their kids grow up. The past, it would seem, is well and truly behind them all....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10/10

  • By Amazon Customer on 18-04-18

buy it!!

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

Reviewed: 24-07-18

please read this. it was brilliant! the characters are great. the storyline was unpredictable. I agree with JoJo Moyes...unputdownable...👏🏾

  • Lost for Words

  • By: Stephanie Butland
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606

Loveday Cardew prefers books to people, and her job in a York bookshop is her refuge. If you look carefully, you might see the first lines of the novels she loves the most tattooed on her skin, but there are secrets Loveday will never share. Into the bookshop come a poet, a lover, a friend and three mysterious deliveries, each of which stirs unsettling memories she wants to forget. Turning the pages of her past will be the hardest thing Loveday has ever done. Can she trust those around her?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Special

  • By Jordan Brewitt-Taylor on 13-08-17

beautifully read and good story

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

Reviewed: 19-07-18

loved the reader. the story was a bit slow at the beginning but the story came into form by the middle a s definitely loved the ending.

  • Perfect Weddings

  • A Romantic Comedy
  • By: Lynda Renham
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Amy Perfect is the crème de la crème of wedding planners, so who best to plan Georgina's wedding? Except that the man Georgina plans to marry is the same man who jilted Amy three years ago. Will her plan to give Georgina an imperfect wedding backfire? Is this the chance for Amy to win back the love of her life, or will insufferable Ben put a spanner in the works?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Mrs France on 05-07-18

it was ok.

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

romcom with a slight twist. nothing out of the boxm usual cat and mouse but easy listen. main character got annoying at some point but was ok in the end.

Things Fall Apart cover art
  • Things Fall Apart

  • By: Chinua Achebe
  • Narrated by: Peter Francis James
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172

Okonowo is the greatest warrior alive and one of the most powerful men of his clan. Determined not to be like his father, he refuses to show weakness to anyone - even if the only way he can master his feelings is with his fists.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not my first choice for narrator

  • By Luke Beckett on 23-07-16

SO GOOD!

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

Gives a glimpse into the history of aid, development, relationship between the west and other. these intrusions on culture still exist. The story made up for the performance.

  • Anita and Me

  • By: Meera Syal
  • Narrated by: Meera Syal
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

Nine-year-old Meena can't wait to grow up and break free from her parents. But as the daughter of the only Punjabi family in the mining village of Tollington, her struggle for independence is different from most. Meena wants fish fingers and chips, not chapati and dhal; she wants an English Christmas, not the usual interminable Punjabi festivities. But more than anything, she wants to roam the backyards of working-class Tollington with feisty Anita Rutter and her gang.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • was funny in places

  • By Mrs B on 03-07-18

was funny in places

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

it was ok. I think it's funny if you can relate to the author's experience at the time. it seemed to drag on and I was not sure of the beginning , middle ...

  • The Secret of Happy Ever After

  • By: Lucy Dillon
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259

When story-lover Anna takes over Longhampton's bookshop, it's her dream come true. And not just because it gets her away from her three rowdy stepchildren and their hyperactive dalmatian. Unpacking boxes filled with childhood classics, Anna can't shake the feeling that maybe her own fairy-tale ending isn't all that she'd hoped for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally - an amazing story!

  • By Annemarie O'Brien on 06-06-16

slow start but picked up in the middle

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

Reviewed: 28-06-18

I struggled with the level of detail that the author went into at the beginning of the book it was hard to tell where the story was going but after the middle section the story came to life. if there was an abridged version I would have gone for that