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  • The Honey Queen

  • By: Cathy Kelly
  • Narrated by: Amy Creighton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

To discover the sweetest things in life, you sometimes have to lose your way…It’s easy to fall in love with the beautiful town of Redstone – the locals wave and chat to each other, the shops and cafes are full of cheerful hustle and bustle. And amidst all this activity, two women believe they are getting on just fine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Holiday Reading

  • By Fae on 08-05-13

Heartwarming

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

Reviewed: 23-01-18

Cathy Kelly never disappoints and Amy Creighton was the perfect narrator for this gentle tale in which love and friendship helps overcome adversity.

There are multiple characters whose lives converge as the book progresses. I found the characters both likeable & believable and each of the storylines equally engrossing. Some threads were tied up just a bit too neatly really but the book as a whole was heartwarming and most enjoyable.

  • Lemonade and Lies

  • By: Agatha Frost
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

When the entire village is invited to a garden party for a mysterious announcement, nobody expects it to end with a man being thrown to his death. In a race against the clock, Julia must juggle her blossoming romance with DI Brown whilst interpreting her lodger's strange behaviour to uncover the truth behind the untimely death. With members of her family in the frame, will Julia like what she discovers?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Light

  • By Rory on 25-01-18

Modern-day Miss Marple

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

Reviewed: 22-01-18

This is an easygoing tale incorporating village life, family complications and a whodunnit; a bit of a modern-day Miss Marple but somehow not so believable.

I found it a hard to buy into Julia’s character, especially her being far more astute than the detective. Had it been a longer book I’d probably have given up on it but since I did actually finish I gave the story 3* rather than 2*

Jilly Bond’s narration was excellent, as always.

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  • The Dilemma

  • By: Penny Vincenzi
  • Narrated by: Laura Brattan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 6

When Francesca married millionaire Bard Channing, she knew that he was arrogant and demanding - that was part of the attraction. She knew that taking on the children from his previous marriages wouldn't be easy. Nor would coming second to his business. But it didn't matter, she told herself, because above all she knew that she would do anything for him. Or, at least, she thought she would.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Abridged too far

  • By Christal on 04-07-17

Abridged too far

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

Reviewed: 04-07-17

As a fan of Penny Vincenzi I was slightly cautious about an abridged version but didn't expect to be so disappointed.

All the subtleties and much of the conversation which characterise Penny Vincenzi's work are completely lost. The many twists and turns of the story have largely become basic narrative so you don't become involved with many of the characters and at least one of the twists was left unexplained (unless I fell asleep and missed it).

I feel sure I would have given the full version a very different rating and will steer clear of abridged versions in audible in future.

  • The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

  • By: Joanna Cannon
  • Narrated by: Paula Wilcox
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,550
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,448
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,448

England,1976. Mrs Creasy is missing, and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, 10-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands. And as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 1976 - long, hot and a wonderful experience

  • By Kaggy on 05-04-16

Beautifully written, excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 05-04-17

I can't praise this novel highly enough. Goats & Sheep had me hooked from start to finish as I was taken through a range of emotions.

The characters are lifelike, the language throughout is wonderfully descriptive and Paula Wilcox's narration second to none.

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    Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
    99 ratings
    Overall 4.3
  • Shopaholic Takes Manhattan

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Emily Gray
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

With her shopping excesses in check - for now, at least - and her new career as a TV financial adviser blooming, Becky's biggest problem is getting her business-minded boyfriend Luke to take a romantic getaway. But "getaway" takes on a whole new meaning when Luke says he needs to move to New York for business - and he asks Becky to come with him! International best - selling author Sophie Kinsella's sequel to the wildly popular Confessions of a Shopaholic is non-stop fun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you love Sex & the City you'll love this

  • By Julie on 14-02-10

Just awful

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

Reviewed: 19-03-17

I thoroughly enjoyed the first shopaholic book but this was just a rehash showing the worst of Becky Bloomwood. I found Becky's antics and self justifications were no longer funny, in fact she has become so cringeworthy and annoying I have given up!
The narrator sounded like she enjoyed the story, expressed Becky well but had an awful monotone for Luke.

  • The Dandelion Years

  • By: Erica James
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory, Lee Maxwell Simpson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493

Ashcombe was the most beautiful house Saskia had ever seen as a little girl, providing a perfect sanctuary to hide from the tragedy which shattered her childhood. Now an adult, Saskia is still living at Ashcombe and, as a book restorer ,devotes her days tending to broken, battered books. When she discovers a notebook carefully concealed in an old Bible, Saskia finds herself drawn into a heart-rending tale of wartime love....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely story nicely read

  • By Mr S Gregory on 30-06-15

Slow paced and soothing

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

Reviewed: 05-03-17

The story and narration are slow paced in this heart-rending tale.

It took me a long time to get involved with (care about) the characters; leas heart-rending narrative and more conversation would have brought the characters to life and been more in my style. Having said that I persevered and found it relatively enjoyable to listen to when tired.