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  • 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 570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522

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

2 Stories

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

Reviewed: 01-09-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Reasonably well spent.... The wartime story from the diary itself, was interesting and descriptive. The modern day story, less engaging.

What did you like best about this story?

The wartime love story, and the insight into the lives of those serving in that area of the armed forces during WW2

What does Emma Gregory and Lee Maxwell Simpson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I enjoyed both narrators when speaking in the first person, however some of the accents of the other central characters were a bit off.....
i.e. when Lee Maxwell Simpson did Kitty's voice, or Emma Gregory did the voice of Grandpa O. I found these a little strange.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Only the wartime half...!

  • The Invention of Wings

  • By: Sue Monk Kidd
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 705
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 655
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653

From the celebrated author of the international bes tseller The Secret Life of Bees comes an extraordinary novel about two exceptional women. Sarah Grimké is the middle daughter. The one her mother calls difficult and her father calls remarkable. On Sarah's eleventh birthday, Hetty 'Handful' Grimke is taken from the slave quarters she shares with her mother, wrapped in lavender ribbons, and presented to Sarah as a gift.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful listen

  • By s w on 06-05-15

I took a risk, I am so glad I did!

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

Reviewed: 24-08-15

Where does The Invention of Wings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The best audiobook by far, as it was only my second!! Possibly one of the best books I have ever had the fortune to "read"....

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the characters, the historical aspects, the things I learned from this book will stay with me forever. I had only a very basic knowledge of slavery and abolition in the Deep South, now I feel better informed and dare I say educated by this book.

This is not to say that I did not enjoy the story too, I loved the girls, and their tales. I loved the descriptive language of the writer, and the images she conjured up.

The actors were great, both girls growing up in voice and manner with the book.

I was devastated to reach the end....

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I enjoyed the scenes with Handful and her mother, and I cried at her mother's passing....

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It would be impossible to do in 1 sitting, but it visited it as often as time would allow. In the car, running, walking, cooking at home.... I was immersed in this book.

I feel that I might have struggled with some of the language and turn of phrases in this book, were it written word, but spoken word gives much more context so I found it not as challenging.

Any additional comments?

I want to share this book with my own daughter in years to come.

  • The Four Streets

  • By: Nadine Dorries
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304

1950s Liverpool. In the tight-knit community of the Four Streets, two girls are growing up. One is motherless and hated by the cold woman determined to take her dead mother's place. The other is hiding a dreadful secret which she dare not tell to anyone. The people of Four Streets laugh, grieve and hope together. But what can they do when a betrayal at the heart of their world comes to light?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not for the faint hearted!

  • By FOXY LADY on 23-04-15

Poverty, Humour, Love, Sex, Death, Scandal!

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

Reviewed: 24-08-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, provided they had previously enjoyed other historical, family drama poverty stricken tales, family stories etc.... Otherwise no. If you don't like that genre, then this one won't change your mind.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Four Streets?

Some of the moments were emotional and shocking.... Some of them a bit far fetched.

What does Emma Gregory bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Emma Gregory's accents are great, her Irish and Liverpudlian accents bring a lot to the narrative....

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Love Flourishes in Bleak Circumstances

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this book, and will carry on to read the others in the series, but I didn't rush onto the 2nd one, I felt I needed a break in between continuing the story... this perhaps doesn't sound too positive, but overall I did enjoy it. I just needed a rest from the Blarney!

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