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    • Mount!

    • By: Jilly Cooper
    • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
    • Length: 19 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 466
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 412
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 414

    In Jilly Cooper's latest, raciest novel, Rupert Campbell-Black takes centre stage in the cutthroat world of flat racing. Rupert is consumed by one obsession: that Love Rat, his adored grey horse, be proclaimed champion stallion. He longs to trounce Roberto's Revenge, the stallion owned by his detested rival, Cosmo Rannaldini, which means abandoning his racing empire at Penscombe and his darling wife, Taggie, and chasing winners in the richest races worldwide, from Dubai to Los Angeles to Melbourne.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderfully sentimental

    • By Ami-Lou on 04-12-16

    Regular price: £23.99

    • Various Pets Alive and Dead

    • By: Marina Lewycka
    • Narrated by: Siân Thomas
    • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 36

    Marcus and Doro were part of a left-wing commune from the late 1960s until the early 1990s: lentils, free love, spliffs, radical politics, cheesecloth blouses, sex, housework and cooking rotas, crochet, allotments. Their children have grown up rather different from them: primary schoolteacher Clara craves order and clean bathrooms, son Serge is pretending to his parents that is still doing a Maths Ph.d. at Cambridge, while in fact making loadsamoney in the City; third child Oolie Anna, who has Down's Syndrome, is desperate to escape home and live on her own.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another great romp from Marina Lewicka!

    • By laraharding on 07-04-18

    Regular price: £19.69

    • A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

    • By: Marina Lewycka
    • Narrated by: Siân Thomas
    • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 104
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 83

     

    Two years after my mother died, my father fell in love with a glamorous blonde Ukrainian divorcee. He was 84 and she was 36. She exploded into our lives like a fluffy pink grenade, churning up the murky water, bringing to the surface sludge of sloughed-off memories, giving the family ghosts a kick up the backside. Sisters Vera and Nadezhda must put aside a lifetime of feuding to save their émigré engineer father from voluptuous gold-digger Valentina. 

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not amused

    • By Mr Chops on 13-02-18

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Two Caravans

    • By: Marina Lewycka
    • Narrated by: Siân Thomas
    • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 34

    A beautiful summer's evening in a Kent field and around their two caravans a group of strawberry pickers celebrates a birthday. But what lies behind the buy-one-get-one-free offers at your supermarket and who picks our strawberries? The Ukrainians: Irina, just off the coach from Kiev, and Andriy, the miner's son from the other Ukraine; the Poles: Tomasz and Yola; two Chinese girls; Emanuel, the round-eyed eighteen-year-old from Malawi. And although he can't pick strawberries, there's also the Dog…

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Dark realism and slapstick humour

    • By Kathy on 07-05-12

    Regular price: £19.69

    • We Are All Made of Glue

    • By: Marina Lewycka
    • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
    • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 129
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 64

    Georgie Sinclair’s husband has walked out and work is getting her down. So when she spots Mrs Shapiro, an eccentric old neighbour, rummaging through her skip in the middle of the night, it’s just the distraction she needs. And although they mistrust each other at first a firm friendship is formed. Then Mrs Shapiro is admitted to hospital and, to Georgie’s surprise, she is named as her next of kin.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best in a long time

    • By Lauren on 14-04-11

    Regular price: £19.69

    • The Unknown Bridesmaid

    • By: Margaret Forster
    • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
    • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 65
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 56

    Julia is a child psychologist who every day deals with young girls said to be behaving badly. Some are stealing, some are running away from home, some are terribly untidy, some won’t eat or get out of bed. Julia has a special knack with these girls. She understands which really are troubled, and which are at the mercy of the way they are seen by the adults around them. But one day, Julia’s own troubled past starts to creep into her present.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Abrupt ending!

    • By Trixie on 29-04-15

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The House of Dust and Dreams

    • By: Brenda Reid
    • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
    • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Greece 1936. A young British diplomat and his wife have been posted to Athens. Hugh loves the life there but his spirited and unconventional wife, Heavenly, finds it hard to fit into the whirl of endless parties and socialising. When Hugh is sent to Crete to sort out a problem, they stay in a rundown house owned by his family. Heavenly falls in love with the place and the people, and stays on when Hugh returns to his duties.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb performance by Sian Thomas

    • By Mrs. Sian E. Rault on 07-07-17

    Regular price: £19.79

    • Hearts and Minds

    • By: Amanda Craig
    • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
    • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 28

    Hidden by London’s wealth, energy and need for cheap labour, the city’s immigrant population is powerless, despised and often illegal. So when a young woman’s body is discovered on Hampstead Heath one cold morning, she could be anyone...Rich or poor, outsider or insider, five strangers are connected in undreamed-of ways as greed, courage, murder and kindness link their lives.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Up there with the best

    • By Luke on 27-10-18

    Regular price: £19.69

    • The Mistletoe Bride and Other Haunting Tales

    • By: Kate Mosse
    • Narrated by: Kate Mosse, Simon Russell Beale, Sian Thomas
    • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 70

    A wonderfully atmospheric collection of stories from one of our most captivating writers, inspired by ghost stories, traditional folk tales and country legends from England and France. These tales are richly populated by spirits and ghosts seeking revenge; by grief-stricken women and haunted men coming to terms with their destiny - all rooted deep in the elemental landscapes of Sussex, Brittany and the Languedoc.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Atmospheric

    • By Mrs on 05-12-13

    Regular price: £19.99

    • A Possible Life

    • By: Sebastian Faulks
    • Narrated by: Rupert Degas, Samuel West, Christian Rodska, and others
    • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 116
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 62

    Terrified, a young prisoner in the Second World War closes his eyes and pictures himself going out to bat on a sunlit cricket ground in Hampshire. Across the courtyard in a Victorian workhouse, a father too ashamed to acknowledge his son. A skinny girl steps out of a Chevy with a guitar; her voice sends shivers through the skull. Soldiers and lovers, parents and children, scientists and musicians risk their bodies and hearts in search of connection.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Little Depressing

    • By Pauline on 18-09-12

    Regular price: £22.00

    • The Door

    • By: Magda Szabó, Len Rix - translator
    • Narrated by: Siân Thomas
    • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 21

    Intense, brilliant and moving, The Door is a compelling story about the relationship between two women of opposing backgrounds and personalities: one, an intellectual and writer; the other, her housekeeper, a mysterious, elderly woman who sets her own rules and abjures religion, education, pretense and any kind of authority. Beneath this hardened exterior of Emerence lies a painful story that must be concealed.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sublime

    • By Anonymous User on 30-04-18

    Regular price: £23.79

    • Painter of Silence

    • By: Georgina Harding
    • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
    • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    It is the early 1950s. A nameless man is found on the steps of the hospital in Iasi, Romania. He is deaf and mute, but a young nurse named Safta recognizes him from the past and brings him paper and pencils so that he might draw. Gradually, memories appear on the page: The man is Augustin, the cook's son at the manor house at Poiana, where Safta was the privileged daughter.

    Regular price: £18.29

    • A Partisan's Daughter

    • By: Louis de Bernières
    • Narrated by: Sian Thomas, Jeff Rawle
    • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10

    A beautifully wrought and unlikely love story, exploring the power of storytelling. The new audiobook from the acclaimed author of Birds Without Wings and Captain Corelli's Mandolin is a love story at once raw and sweetly funny, wry and heartbreakingly sad. Chris is bored, lonely, trapped in a loveless, sexless marriage. In his forties, he's a stranger to the 1970s youth culture of London, a stranger to himself on the night he invites a hooker into his car.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • The Partisan's Daughter

    • By Ian on 07-04-08

    Regular price: £18.00

    • The Daylight Gate

    • By: Jeanette Winterson
    • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
    • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    Good Friday, 1612. Pendle Hill, Lancashire. A mysterious gathering of 13 people is interrupted by local magistrate Roger Nowell. Is this a witches' Sabbat? Two notorious Lancashire witches are already in Lancaster Castle awaiting trial. Why is the beautiful and wealthy Alice Nutter defending them? And why is she among the group of 13 on Pendle Hill? Elsewhere, a starved, abused child lurks. And a Jesuit priest and former Gunpowder plotter, recently returned from France, is widely rumoured to be heading for Lancashire. But who will offer him sanctuary?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • wonderful narration

    • By Tertius Lydgate on 15-04-13

    Regular price: £18.00

    • Her Fearful Symmetry

    • By: Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
    • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 164
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 41

    Julia and Valentina Poole are normal American teenagers - normal, at least, for identical 'mirror' twins who have no interest in college or jobs or possibly anything outside their cozy suburban home. But everything changes when they receive notice that an aunt whom they didn't know existed has died and left them her flat in an apartment block overlooking Highgate Cemetery in London.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Abridged version - not good!

    • By Justin on 28-12-09

    Regular price: £11.99

    • Scandalous Risks

    • By: Susan Howatch
    • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
    • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    In 1963, when traditional values are under attack, Venetia, a young woman, becomes involved with the Dean of Starbridge Cathedral. But as a married man, he has nothing to offer her, and Venetia finds herself trapped in a web of love and lies.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Starbridge series

    • By Diana on 10-07-10

    Regular price: £20.99

    • Missing You Already

    • By: Pauline McLynn
    • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
    • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    At a remote railway station in Norfolk, Kitty Fulton runs the ticket office and her pet project is the lost and found. Nothing gives her more pleasure than to reunite possessions with their rightful owners. It is an experience that remains elusive in her own world as her mother’s Alzheimer’s pulls them further and further apart and, on top of this, she must endure the disintegration of a close relationship with a childhood friend.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Heartfelt

    • By Lisa on 29-03-10

    Regular price: £18.49

    • BBC National Short Story Award 2010 (5 Shortlisted Titles)

    • By: David Constantine, Aminatta Forna, Sarah Hall, and others
    • Narrated by: Emma Rydal, Ron Cook, Sirine Saba, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    The 5 shortlisted titles for the BBC National Short Story Award 2010 administered in partnership with Booktrust, containing:Tea at the Midland by David ConstantineDavid Constantine 2010 Haywards Heath by Aminatta FornaAminatta Forna 2010Butcher’s Perfume by Sarah HallSarah Hall 2010If It Keeps on Raining by Jon McGregorJon McGregor 2010My Daughter the Racist by Helen OyeyemiHelen Oyeyemi 2010

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Short & Sweet - 5 Brilliant Stories!

    • By Jeremy on 23-02-11

    Regular price: £10.00

    • East of the Sun

    • By: Julia Gregson
    • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
    • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    Autumn 1928. The Kaiser-i-Hind is en route to Bombay. In Cabin D38, Viva Holloway, an inexperienced chaperone, is beginning to feel as though she's made a mistake. Her advert in The Lady has resulted in three unsettling young charges to be escorted to India.

    Regular price: £10.49

    • Purge

    • By: Sofi Oksanen, Lola Rogers (Translator)
    • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
    • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    Deep in an Estonian forest, two women - one young, one old - are hiding. Zara is a prostitute and a murderer, on the run from brutal captors, men who know about inflicting punishment. Aliide offers refuge, but not safety: She has her own secrets, traitorous crimes of passion and revenge committed long ago, during the country’s brutal Soviet years. Both women have suffered lives of abuse. But this time their survival depends on revealing the one thing history has taught them to keep safely hidden: the truth.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Well written and interesting

    • By Gavingks on 02-02-13

    Regular price: £22.49

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