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  • I've Got Your Number

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 735
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732

Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier: She is about to marry her ideal man. But in one afternoon, everything begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill, but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations and mysterious phone calls, she soon realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By VINCENS on 14-04-12

Fun ‘listen’

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

Reviewed: 21-03-19

Light-hearted and fun, I enjoyed this more than I expected to.
Clare Corbett narrated it so well and brought the characters to life.
A good romp of a book

  • The Secret Child

  • By: Kerry Fisher
  • Narrated by: Emma Spurgin Hussey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541

Susie did something that she knows she will always regret: giving her baby son up for adoption, to keep her infidelity secret from her family. Louise, Susie's daughter, feels the effects of that decision echoing down through the years - her mother has always been difficult, too strict with her but not strict enough with her sister, Grace, who is wild and out of control. And Danny, Susie's husband, adores her but has always sensed something wrong at the heart of their marriage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A really thought provoking story

  • By Frances Locke on 25-02-18

Mixed feelings

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

Reviewed: 05-03-19

I have to say that for most of this book I was tempted to take the Audible offer to ‘send it back if you’re not enjoying it’. It was sheer willpower that kept me listening. I’m not sure why I found it such hard going, maybe I didn’t feel empathy with the characters, maybe the performance was a bit dreary and flat?
The change to Grace being the ‘narrator’ lifted the story though and gave it a much improved impetus and interest.
Just a shame I had such a ‘please, let it be over soon’ response to the larger part of it. Sorry

  • Dear Mrs Bird

  • By: AJ Pearce
  • Narrated by: Anna Popplewell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 536

London, 1940. Emmeline Lake and her best friend, Bunty, are trying to stay cheerful despite the Luftwaffe making life thoroughly annoying for everyone. Emmy dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent, and when she spots a job advertisement in the newspaper she seizes her chance - but after a rather unfortunate misunderstanding, she finds herself typing letters for the formidable Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt of Woman's Friend magazine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wartime tale of writing, bravery & soldiering on

  • By K. J. Noyes on 12-04-18

Dear Mrs Bird

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

Reviewed: 25-02-19

At first I wasn’t sure about this one, I didn’t take to the Emmy character and the way she was written seemed a bit naive, almost like the characters in those old Chalet School type books.
However, I did enjoy the story and it did bring a different perspective on life in London during the air raids and the bittersweet mix of terrible loss and ‘life must go on’
I thought the narrator did a great job.

  • Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Café

  • By: Milly Johnson
  • Narrated by: Colleen Prendergast
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384

Connie Diamond has always been her husband Jimmy’s best girl, or so she thought. But then she discovers that he’s been playing away for years. Along with Della Frostick, Jimmy’s right-hand woman at his cleaning firm, Diamond Shine, Connie decides to destroy Jimmy’s life. Together they will set up a rival business called Lady Muck, and along with the cleaning ladies who meet at the Sunflower Café, they’ll make him wish he had never so much as looked at another woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Milly Johnson never disappoints!!!!

  • By Catherine on 27-10-15

Afternoon Tea .....

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

Reviewed: 17-02-19

Not the sort of book that I was desperate to keep listening to to see what happened next, but this was a pleasant ‘listen’ all the same.
The characters were engaging and well-drawn; ‘Astrid’ was probably my favourite character, and played an interesting and amusing role in the story.

I thought the narration was really well done, with good voices and a clear delivery which was really good to listen to.

Still a bit confused as regards the title. I get the relevance of the sunflower but it’s a book about a couple of cleaning companies, the cafe and the afternoon tea links are tenuous and seemed to be shoe-horned into the story just for the sake of the book title.

  • Her Mother's Secret

  • By: Rosanna Ley
  • Narrated by: Kim Hicks
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

For many years Colette has avoided returning to her homeland - the magical island of Belle-Île-en-Mer in Southern Brittany - afraid to confront the painful memories she left behind. She is living on the Cornish coast when she hears about her mother Thea's failing health and realises that the time has come for her to go home. But can Colette ever forgive Thea for what she has done?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Morbid story

  • By catherine on 17-05-18

Her Mother’s Secret

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

Reviewed: 15-12-18

I’ve enjoyed all the books by Rosanna Ley that I’ve listened too and I did enjoy this story too. She always weaves an interesting plot and brings a location to life in one’s imagination.
There was just something about the narration of this book that I wasn’t really convinced about and I can’t quite put my finger on why it irritated me so much

  • The Secret Keeper

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A TALENTED STORY TELLER!

  • By Jenny on 29-11-16

The Secret Keeper

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I was a little disappointed in the lack of engagement I felt with most of the characters in the book. The story itself was good, although there were no surprises in the turns it took and I felt it was a little slow at times; if I’d been reading, rather than listening I’d probably have skim-read through a few bits!
With regard to the narration, I’ve Lito Caroline Lee read several of Liane Moriarty’s books and have always thought she added to my enjoyment of them, but really, some of the ‘accents’ attempted for this book were seriously awful. It would have been so much better if she’d just read the book in a regular kind of ‘voice’.

  • The Greek Escape

  • By: Karen Swan
  • Narrated by: Jo Woodcock
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Running from heartbreak, Chloe Marston leaves her old life in London for a fresh start in New York. Working at a luxury concierge company, she makes other people’s lives run perfectly, even if her own has ground to a halt. But a terrible accident forces her to step into a new role, up close and personal with the company’s most esteemed and powerful clients. Charismatic Joe Lincoln is one of them, and his every wish is her command, so when he asks her to find him a secluded holiday home in the Greek Islands, she sets about sourcing the perfect retreat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By angiev on 13-11-18

Greek Escape

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

Reviewed: 18-10-18

Not as much Greece as I’d hoped, but at least it was Hydra, one of the most beautiful places I know!
A fun romp of a story, and fairly well narrated - the Northumbrian accents were dodgy - I’d say they sounded more Yorkshire but you can’t win them all, eh?

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  • Coming Home to Island House

  • By: Erica James
  • Narrated by: Jenny Funnell
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403

Summer 1939: After touring an unsettled Europe to promote her latest book, Romily Temple returns home to Island House and the love of her life, Jack Devereux. But when Jack falls ill, his estranged family are called to his bedside. With war now declared, each member of the family is reluctantly forced to accept their new stepmother and confront their own shortcomings. But can Romily cope with the life that has been so unexpectedly thrust upon her?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always a good story teller

  • By Rosemary Gardner on 02-04-18

Coming home to Island House

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

Pleasant and enjoyable ‘listen’ with some interesting characters and storyline. There was a section in the muddle where the phrase “Who knew...?” was a bit overused, but maybe it’s more noticeable when listening rather than reading. Thankfully it didn’t happen again so I could stop grinding my teeth 😏
Really well performed by Jenny Funnell

  • The Temptation of Gracie

  • By: Santa Montefiore
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259

Gracie Burton is a grandmother living quietly in Devon. She has rarely left the village over the past 40 years. Her daughter, Carina, is immensely high-powered, with her own fast-paced business in London. She has very little time for her 17-year-old daughter, Anastasia, away at boarding school, and even less time for her ageing mother. In many ways, the three of them barely know each other. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant from start to finish!

  • By Julia Gooderham on 03-08-18

Tuscan Escape

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

Reviewed: 22-09-18

I enjoyed this book - could almost feel the sunshine of Tuscany! Interesting story and characters and how they interacted

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  • The Runaway Princess

  • By: Hester Browne
  • Narrated by: Rachael Louise Miller
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 104

Amy Wilde is tired of the idiots her glamorous flatmate Jo keeps foisting upon her - she'd much rather be digging in the garden with her dog Badger at her side than trying to find the man of her dreams. That is, until she meets Leo Wolfsburg. Handsome, polite and funny, Leo is everything Amy could want in a boyfriend. Best of all, the attraction seems mutual. But Leo's lifestyle is a world away from her own. Private planes, charity balls, exclusive members' clubs - Amy begins to realise that her simple existence is being turned upside down. Is that what she wants?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By SarahLou on 05-05-17

A bit of fun

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. A fun and light hearted ‘listen’

Rachael Louise Miller did a pretty good job with the narration, but as a general comment, I do wish readers would check out the correct pronunciation of the words- it can be very irritating hearing the same word(s) mispronounce over and over!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful