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  • The Red Ribbon

  • By: Lucy Adlington
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Rose, Ella, Marta and Carla. In another life we might all have been friends together. But this was Birchwood. As 14-year-old Ella begins her first day at work she steps into a world of silks, seams, scissors, pins, hems and trimmings. She is a dressmaker, but this is no ordinary sewing workshop. Hers are no ordinary clients. Ella has joined the seamstresses of Birkenau-Auschwitz. Every dress she makes could mean the difference between life and death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By mrs a j harding on 04-12-18

Can't think of anything else.

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

What a book? It is so beautifully written. The short and simple sentences create tension and urgency all the way through the book, to reflect the bitter reality at Birchwood.

I adore the characters Rose and Ella. They are so likable from the start.

My favourite parts of the book are when little presents of food come Ella's way. I try to imagine what it might have been like to live on water-soup and a small piece of bread a day. Where does Ella take her strength from? She says Hope, which is symbolised by her red ribbon.

I hope this book is in other people's opinions (not just jn mine) worthy of a film adaptation.

It ought to be on the curriculum in schools.

  • The Darcy Legacy: A Pride and Prejudice Variation

  • By: Joana Starnes
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Pemberley’s ancient halls harbour many secrets. Which one will affect Fitzwilliam Darcy and the love of his life? How is Mr. Bennet to enjoy the comforts of a well-stocked library, when his wife’s premature demise had left him with the task of finding suitable matches for their daughters? And what of a misleading encounter on a muddy lane in Hertfordshire, that renders a country-town assembly rather more tolerable than some might have thought?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joana Starnes' best book yet

  • By funkstellinweg on 05-11-18

Joana Starnes' best book yet

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

I know I sound like I repeat myself, but it really was sublime. To date it was my favourite book. I simply can not get enough of Eliza and Fitzwilliam <3
What sweet twist to be introduced to familiar characters whom we have not actually met before, eg. FD's parents.
Loved it from start to finish.
Stevie Zimmerman with her ability to read all the different voices and accents, has outdone herself. Lady Catherine's voice is class.
Anyone deciding on this book is in for a treat.

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  • Miss Darcy's Companion

  • A Pride and Prejudice Variation
  • By: Joana Starnes
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Miss Georgiana Darcy is need of a companion, and she would much rather not have Mrs. Younge. The recently bereaved Miss Elizabeth Bennet is in need of a position. When she accepts the one Mr. Darcy offers, she finds herself in his near-constant company and gets to know him at his best. Not as he would present himself to strangers in some remote corner of Hertfordshire, but as his nearest and dearest know him. An excellent brother, landlord, master. A wonderful man, noble, kind and impossibly handsome. So who falls in love first? What of Mr. Wickham and his dastardly ploys? And how is a lady's companion ever to have a future with one who could marry into the best houses in the land?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Jenny on 05-12-17

Such a feel good novel

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

What can I say? I loved it again. I had such a great time with this one and listened til 1.30 am. How could I have put it away any sooner? I needed to know what happened.

My most favourite moment was, undoubtedly, when Lizzie and Georgiana stood looking on to the Christmas ball, just like Georgiana did when she was a little girl. Listening to Stevie's voice narrating through that passage felt like as if I had been there too. The whole book had me catapulted into early 19th Century England.

Another firm favourite 💕

  • Mr. Bennet's Dutiful Daughter

  • A Pride and Prejudice Variation
  • By: Joana Starnes
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

When Colonel Fitzwilliam's disclosures are interrupted by the bearer of distressing news from Longbourn, Miss Elizabeth Bennet is compelled to accept an offer she would have otherwise dismissed out of hand. An offer of marriage from the all-too-proud Mr. Darcy. Yet how is she to live with a husband she hardly knows and does not love?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written, wonderfully told!

  • By Jenny on 01-12-17

Emotions all over the place

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

This one, my 4th book by Joana Starnes, was yet another masterpiece. I felt all sorts of emotions during the book. Laughter, disgust, strongest dislike...but nothing could prepare me for the tears that would flow - during chapters 20, 21 & 22. What an emotional rollercoaster - in a positive way.

My favourite bit of the book, was Mr. Collins' appearances. Such a classic, unlikable character. Not wishing to give away any spoikers, so I intend to be careful with words. Mr Collins, the cantankerous, vile parson and Mr Darcy's verbal sparring is nothing short of wonderful. Stevie Zimmerman's narrative skills at their best. She paints such a delightful picture with her voice.

As the book drew to a close I observed that my emotions for Mr Darcy were a mirror of Elizabeth's. Delight, gratefulnes, vexation, longing...
oh what a wonderful book.

  • The Subsequent Proposal: A Tale of Pride, Prejudice & Persuasion

  • By: Joana Starnes
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Characters from Jane Austen's novels are thrown together by fate, and all manner of unwise decisions are taken at this vulnerable time. But then their past creeps up upon them - and what is there to do but face it, and hope that their convoluted paths will finally lead them to their proper place? Friends, rivals, foes, wrong choices, and a duel - Fitzwilliam Darcy's life is never dull! The Subsequent Proposal - a story that is primarily about him - follows Mr. Darcy in his struggles to decipher the troubling enigma of Elizabeth Bennet's feelings - and to correct the worst misjudgment of his life....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Get ready for a roller coaster!!

  • By Jenny on 09-03-18

Another corker of a book

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

Oh what a delight to have listened to another fabulous work by Joana Starnes. This was my 3rd book and I am amazed as to the ability of how someone can re-imagine a story. It has been extremely cleverly written.

My favourite parts are when Darcy struggles for words and when he observes his intended. The descriptions are so brilliantly written, and narrated, they leave goosebumps on my skin. Indeed, Stevie did NOT disappoint, again. I adore listening to her voice; she does female voices, as well as male ones, justice, and very convincingly as well.

What a clever idea to combine P&P with Persuasion.

Another 5 stars out of 5 from me.

  • Jane & Me: My Austen Heritage

  • By: Caroline Jane Knight
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Caroline Jane Knight is the last of the Austen Knight family to grow up at Chawton House, the 16th-century English manor house on the ancestral estate where Jane Austen lived and wrote. Caroline ate at the same dining table, read in the same library, explored the same country lanes and shared the same dreams of independence as Jane Austen did.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic book

  • By funkstellinweg on 08-10-18

Fantastic book

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

I had read the book last year and enjoyed it so much that I bought the audiobook too, so I could have it with me where ever I went. I do not regret it one bit. Alison Larkin's narration is magical. Having read just one chapter I already forgot that it is not Caroline herself, but Alison speaking. I have so many favourite parts. Some make me laugh, others make me so sad that I almost well up, like the instance where Caroline's father decided never to enter a vegetable growing competion again or where Caroline overheard a woman speak rudely of her and didn't stop even when it was apparent that it had been heard. I got so immersed in the narration that it felt almost as if I were having tea with Caroline and she were telling me her story. Now I listen to it whenever I drive in my car. It is so therapeutic to listen to her story.
A huge thank you to Caroline for sharing such a deeply private story and for Alison to narrate it.

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  • The Unthinkable Triangle

  • A Pride and Prejudice Variation
  • By: Joana Starnes
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

All is fair in love and war - or is it? What if Mr. Darcy's rival for Elizabeth Bennet's hand and heart is not some inconsequential stranger, but his dearest, closest friend? How is he to reconcile the claims of loyalty and kinship with the urge to pursue his heart's desire?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unthinkable to give anything less than 5 stars!

  • By Jenny on 11-12-17

Exceeded my expectations

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

This was my 2nd audiobook by Joana Starnes. I made my way through it with avalanche speed. 5 minutes into the book and I was totally hooked to the storyline. I listened to the book every free minute and at night time I went to bed with my audiobook. I found myself setting it for 1 hour, only to set it for another hour. I just couldn't get enough.

I loved the part of Monsieur DuPont, the dancing instructior, it doesn't half let Stevie shine as a narrator, or the Scottish doctor, or a Spanish accent.

My favourite part in the book is whenever D & E gaze at each other or their glances meet for a second. At those instances, and with the narrator's ability to read well, you can feel the electricity in the room.

Another favourite moment is Elizabeth's moment when she realizes to whom her heart belongs. Just divine.

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • By: Mary Ann Shaffer
  • Narrated by: Charlie Norfolk
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,112

January 1946 and writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a man in Guernsey, who has found her name written inside a book. As they exchange letters, she is drawn into the eccentric world of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which boasts a charming cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this!

  • By Christina O'Brien on 30-07-18

Brilliant book

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

I loved it.

Best part of the book for me was when Isola tried to tell Juliet, that Dawsey doesn't seem to love Remy.... Juliet and Dawsey 💕

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  • Captain Wentworth's Persuasion

  • Jane Austen's Classic Retold Through His Eyes
  • By: Regina Jeffers
  • Narrated by: Graham Vick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

Witty, romantic and insightful, this novel retells the love affair at the heart of Jane Austen's Persuasion from the perspective of the suitor--Captain Wentworth. Written in the language of the era, Captain Wentworth's Persuasion re-creates the original style, themes and sardonic humor of Jane Austen's novel while turning the entire tale on its head in a most engaging fashion. Listeners hear Captain Wentworth's side of this tangled story while gazing into his thoughts and emotions.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too American?

  • By English Dave on 05-06-15

loved it from startvto finish

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

What a cracker of a book.
it was a shere joy to revisit the Captain and Anne again, but from his point of view. Captain Wentworth is my favourite Austen hero and so I was clinging to every word he uttered.

I felt his heartache and his joy. The narrator has a clear and interesting voice which kept me wanting to listen.

I recommend this book wholeheartedly.

  • The Falmouth Connection

  • A Pride and Prejudice Variation
  • By: Joana Starnes
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Just as Mr. Darcy finally decides to propose to the enticing Miss Elizabeth Bennet, she is summoned to Falmouth, to meet a relation she never knew she had. Thus, the ill-starred Hunsford proposal is avoided - but before he could even begin to understand his luck, adverse circumstances hasten to conspire against him, and Fitzwilliam Darcy is compelled to follow the woman he loves to the far reaches of Cornwall, into a world of deceit and peril, where few - if any - are what they seem to be...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action, adventure and romance!

  • By Jenny on 29-12-17

Fabulous Fan Fiction

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

I totally loved the audiobook. Both the storyline and the narrator's ability to create so many distinguishable voices (male and female) and a fine West Country accent kept me hooked from start to finish.

The story was so bewitching and believable, I felt the joy, heartache and desperation of all the characters.

My most memorable part of the book is when Lizzie returns, without Morwenna, having tried to find the doctor ... I refer to the Lizzie-Darcy encounter...oh my ... what a joy that moment was. yes yes yes.

I finished the audiobook over 2 days listening whenever I could. I just needed to know.

A definite page turner and a firm favourite to be read again 💕

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