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Mrs K

Grantham, United Kingdom
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  • 22
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  • Philomena

  • By: Martin Sixsmith
  • Narrated by: John Curless
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 338

Falling pregnant as a teenager in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to the convent in Co. Tipperary to be looked after as a fallen woman. She cared for her baby for three years until the Church took him and sold him, like countless others, to America for adoption. She spent the next 50 years secretly searching for him, unaware that he was searching for her from across the Atlantic.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Glory Be!!!

  • By mollyeyre on 18-07-14

Dissapointing

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

Reviewed: 12-02-15

Obviously a heart breaking story but I did struggle to sympathise with the adult Anthony/Michael and would have like to hear more of Philomena in her adult years.

  • It's Raining Men

  • By: Milly Johnson
  • Narrated by: Colleen Prendergast
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

Best friends May, Lara, and Clare are desperate for a holiday. But when they arrive in Ren Dullem, it seems it is not the place they thought it was.… May can't wait to get away from men after being cruelly deceived. Then in Dullem she falls for one of the inhabitants…. Lara walks in to find her boyfriend, James, in bed with his ex. She needs the sea air to heal her. Clare's kind boyfriend Lud wants her to live abroad with him, but she's just been offered a promotion. It gives her the excuse she needs to end the relationship and find some excitement. Will this holiday be the break they all need?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Storytelling!!!!

  • By Louise on 17-12-13

Utter dribble

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

Reviewed: 12-02-15

Narrator talks as if she's addressing an imbecile, just rubbish and a waste of money.

  • Mary Ann in Autumn

  • A Tales of the City Novel
  • By: Armistead Maupin
  • Narrated by: Armistead Maupin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Twenty years have passed since Mary Ann Singleton left her husband and child in San Francisco to pursue her dream of a career in New York. Now a pair of personal calamities has driven her back to the city of her youth and into the arms of her friend, Michael "Mouse" Tolliver, a gardener happily ensconced with his much-younger husband. Mary Ann finds refuge in the couple's backyard cottage, where, at the unnerving age of 57, she licks her wounds and takes stock of her mistakes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Mrs K on 13-07-14

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 13-07-14

Another brilliant listen, I have loved every one in this series and the characters all feel like friends. Mary Ann is probably my least favourite character but loved it none the less.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Dog Who Came in from the Cold

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Andrew Sachs
  • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Alexander McCall Smith is a storyteller par excellence and the master of the serial novel form. Not content with the runaway success of the 44 Scotland Street novels he has established a second series, Corduroy Mansions, of which The Dog Who Came in from the Cold is the second volume. McCall Smith treats his characters as old friends, dropping in for a chat with them and to see what they’re up to.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant

  • By Mrs K on 24-05-14

brilliant

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

Reviewed: 24-05-14

Another gem from Alexander McCall Smith, great narrating from Andrew Sachs. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Sweet Tooth

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 715
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 510

Serena Frome, the beautiful daughter of an Anglican bishop, has a brief affair with an older man during her final year at Cambridge, and finds herself being groomed for the intelligence services. The year is 1972. Britain, confronting economic disaster, is being torn apart by industrial unrest and terrorism and faces its fifth state of emergency.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • McEwan Takes Us Back To The Seventies

  • By GC on 15-10-12

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 24-05-14

I only got so far with this book as I found it hard going and Juliet Stevenson did not help.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Golden Notebook

  • By: Doris Lessing
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 27 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 105

Author Anna Wulf attempts to overcome writer’s block by writing a comprehensive "golden notebook" that draws together the preoccupations of her life, each of which is examined in a different notebook. Anna’s struggle to unify the various strands of her life – emotional, political, and professional – amasses into a fascinating encyclopaedia of female experience in the ‘50s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Perceptive

  • By ROBERT on 24-12-12

Dull

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

Reviewed: 24-05-14

Gave up on this with the first book, haven't and wont be listening to the rest of them. I normally love Juliet Stevenson narrating but not even she cant pull this one off.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Potting On

  • By: Chris Thompson, Peter Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Pam Ayres, Geoffrey Whitehead
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

The complete first series of the hilarious gardening comedy starring Pam Ayres and Geoffrey Whitehead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Gold

  • By Mrs K on 24-05-14

Solid Gold

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

Reviewed: 24-05-14

Pam Ayres is a national treasure and can do no wrong in my eyes, this series does not disappoint.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • The Color Purple

  • By: Alice Walker
  • Narrated by: Alice Walker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 940
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 940

As a young black woman living in 1930s Georgia, Celie faces constant violence and oppression. Raped repeatedly by her father, she loses two children and then is married off to a man who treats her like a slave. But a deep bond with her husband's mistress teaches her she is a woman capable of being loved and respected. Gradually, Celie begins to leave the past behind and start a new life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Cross Stitcher on 08-04-13

Dissapointing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-05-14

The Narrator who I believe is the author should stick to writing, she completely switched me off.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Tales of the City

  • By: Armistead Maupin
  • Narrated by: Armistead Maupin
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City has blazed a singular trail through popular culture, from a groundbreaking newspaper serial to a classic novel, to a television event that entranced millions around the world. The first of six novels about the denizens of the mythic apartment house at 28 Barbary Lane, Tales is both a wry comedy of manners and a deeply involving portrait of a vanished era.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Barbary

  • By Rhiannon on 15-02-07

Addictive

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

Reviewed: 14-05-13

I hadn't heard of this title until it was on Radio 4 book of the week and I was hooked, the fabric of this book is rich in both characters and there are plenty of them along with the storylines. Listening to this audio has been one of lives little pleasures and I will truly miss them 5 Stars all the way.

  • The Lucky One

  • By: Nicholas Sparks
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

Do you believe in lucky charms? While in Iraq, U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photo, half-buried in the dirt, of a woman. He carries it in his pocket, and from then on his luck begins to change. Back home, Logan is haunted by thoughts of war. Over time, he becomes convinced that the woman in the photo holds the key to his destiny. So he finds the vulnerable and loving Beth and a passionate romance begins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • favourite Nicholas Sparks book

  • By Amazon Customer on 25-10-16

Boring

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-03-13

Listened to the first twenty minutes of this and just couldnt continue listenting to the droll sounds of the narrator or the tedious story line.