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Rostock, Germany
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  • Swimming Lessons

  • By: Claire Fuller
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 571
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 528
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 526

Ingrid Coleman writes letters to her husband, Gil, about the truth of their marriage, but instead of giving them to him, she hides each in the thousands of books he has collected over the years. When Ingrid has written her final letter, she disappears from a Dorset beach, leaving behind her beautiful but dilapidated house by the sea, her husband, and her two daughters, Flora and Nan. Twelve years after her disappearance, Gil thinks he sees Ingrid from a bookshop window.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting!

  • By dumphimlove on 23-03-17

No thriller but suspense up to the last minute

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

Reviewed: 06-03-17

What a book! Couldn't put it down and out of my mind. Loved every minute of it. And beautifully read.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Chalk Pit

  • The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries 9
  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 873
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 866

Boiled human bones have been found in Norwich's web of underground tunnels. When Dr Ruth Galloway discovers they were recently buried, DCI Nelson has a murder enquiry on his hands. The boiling might have been just a medieval curiosity - now it suggests a much more sinister purpose. Meanwhile, DS Judy Johnson is investigating the disappearance of a local rough sleeper. The only trace of her is the rumour that she's gone 'underground'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another cracker from the world of North Norfolk

  • By Maggie on 28-02-17

Unputdownable

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

Reviewed: 26-02-17

Elly Griffiths and her Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries never disappoint. Loved it. Again beautifully read by Jane McDowell.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Hotel du Lac

  • By: Anita Brookner
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

Into the rarefied atmosphere of the Hotel du Lac timidly walks Edith Hope, romantic novelist and holder of modest dreams. Edith has been exiled from home after embarrassing herself and her friends. She has refused to sacrifice her ideals and remains stubbornly single. But among the pampered women and minor nobility Edith finds Mr Neville and her chance to escape from a life of humiliating spinsterhood is renewed...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The very best Anita Brookner!

  • By barjil on 27-10-15

What a treat!

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

Reviewed: 21-03-16

On the occasion of Anita Brookner's death this month I turned again to her Booker Prize winning novel but not to the print version forgotten on my bookshelf for decades but to this audio book. I didn't remember Brookner's intriguing intelligent and sharp-tongued diction that alone is a pleasure but presented by Anna Massey it is a pure delight!

  • The Versions of Us

  • By: Laura Barnett
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 396

Some moments can change your life for ever. Have you ever wondered, what if....? A man is walking down a country lane. A woman, cycling towards him, swerves to avoid a dog. On that moment their future hinges. There are three possible outcomes, three small decisions that could determine the rest of their lives. Eva and Jim are 19 and students at Cambridge when their paths first cross in 1958. And then there is David, Eva's then lover, an ambitious actor who loves Eva deeply.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slightly tricky to keep up

  • By Patricia Grundy on 22-07-15

Could not part with my earphones!

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

Reviewed: 18-08-15

Any additional comments?

It is a lovely book. Very well constructed. I was hooked on listening to it. And yes, it needs some concentration but that should not be a greater challenge. Beautifully read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Academy Street

  • By: Mary Costello
  • Narrated by: Melanie McHugh
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

Academy Street is the heart-breaking and evocative story of one woman’s life spanning six decades. Tess’s childhood in 1940’s rural Ireland is defined by the sudden death of her mother. Later, in New York, she encounters the ferocious power and calamity of love, and the effects of catastrophic fate. The novel resonates with the rhythms of memory and home as well as those of America’s greatest city.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tess

  • By Teresa on 29-03-15

Coming home to Ireland

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

Reviewed: 05-02-15

Unlike my predessor I liked the book. But I have to admit whilst listening to the first chapters or so I was wondering it was the book I downloaded. However, when it emerged that Tess emigrated to the US her story kept me engrossed, reminded me sort of Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt and/or Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín. A great debut novel I couldn't put down.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lives of Others

  • By: Neel Mukherjee
  • Narrated by: Raj Ghatak
  • Length: 21 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

'Ma, I feel exhausted with consuming, with taking and grabbing and using. I am so bloated that I feel I cannot breathe any more. I am leaving to find some air, some place where I shall be able to purge myself, push back against the life given me and make my own. I feel I live in a borrowed house. It’s time to find my own… Forgive me…’ Calcutta, 1967. Unnoticed by his family, Supratik has become dangerously involved in extremist political activism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Bookworm on 29-10-14

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 29-10-14

I loved The Lowland and I loved this epic and gripping family saga. Thus, I could not take off my earphones. And my compliments to Raj Ghatak. His lively narration is easy to follow even for me not that familiar with the Indian accent.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Best Kept Secret: Clifton Chronicles, Book 3

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,426
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,263

1945. The vote in the House of Lords as to who should inherit the Barrington family fortune has ended in a tie. The Lord Chancellor’s deciding vote will cast a long shadow on the lives of Harry Clifton and Giles Barrington. Harry returns to America to promote his latest novel, while his beloved Emma goes in search of the little girl who was found abandoned in her father’s office on the night he was killed. When the General Election is called, Giles Barrington has to defend his seat

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!!

  • By josephine on 18-06-13

Abrupt end

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-03-13

I really looked forward to the 3rd sequel. I, therefore, downloaded it at once upon its release. But this book I hardly got into it, had to rewind again and again and when I eventually "worked" through it the end was so unexpected that I thought it was only the end of part 1 having missed the familiar "This book has been broken into multiple parts ...". Having said so the book comes up to its title.

  • Capital

  • By: John Lanchester
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283

Pepys Road: an ordinary street in the Capital. Each house has seen its fair share of first steps and last breaths, and plenty of laughter in between. Today, through each letterbox along this ordinary street drops a card with a simple message: We Want What You Have.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Teems with London life

  • By Kaggy on 09-03-14

A capital listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-13

I downloaded the book because of all the good reviews it received in the media. And, yes, it is a fantastic listen, not only very interesting but most entertaining and well read too. One of the best books I listened to over the past months. A real treat.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Streets

  • By: Anthony Quinn
  • Narrated by: Ben Elliot
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

In 1882, David Wildeblood, a 21-year-old from rural Norfolk, arrives in London to start work at the offices of a famous man. His job is to investigate the notorious slum of Somers Town, recording house by house the number of inhabitants, their occupations and standard of living. The deeper he penetrates the everyday squalor, the more appalled he is by mounting evidence that someone is making a profit from people's suffering. Passionate but reckless in his urge to uncover corruption, he soon finds his life in danger....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You listen and learn

  • By Bookworm on 04-12-12

You listen and learn

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-12

In general, I do not go for this kind of book. But this time I was intrigued by the good reviews the book got in the media. And I was not disappointed, in fact, pretty much the opposite. It was a fascinating listen I could hardly part with and left me with doing some research on workhouses etc. The Streets is novel in which history is artfully woven into the story and very well read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Black Diamonds

  • The Rise and Fall of an English Dynasty
  • By: Catherine Bailey
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486

Wentworth is today a crumbling and forgotten palace in Yorkshire. Yet just 100 years ago it was the ancestral pile of the Fitzwilliams' - an aristocratic clan whose home and life were fuelled by coal mining. This is the story of their spectacular decline: of inheritance fights; rumours of a changeling and of lunacy; philandering earls; illicit love; war heroism: a tragic connection to the Kennedys'; violent deaths: mining poverty and squalor; and a class war that literally ripped apart the local landscape.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Colin on 19-02-09

Fascinating

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-12

This book stayed on my wish list quite a while because usually biographies & memoirs are not my thing. But having listened to it eventually I am very glad I did. It is a fascinating book. The story of one of the grand English families and its country house and the of the coal mining industry, nicely intertwined. And beautifully read. One of the best books I downloaded.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful