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  • Three Things About Elsie

  • By: Joanna Cannon
  • Narrated by: Paula Wilcox
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

There are three things you should know about Elsie. The first is that she's my best friend. The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better. And the third...might take a little bit more explaining. Eighty-four-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat. As she waits to be rescued, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light; and, if the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly like a man who died 60 years ago?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By S C BATES on 04-03-2018

Gripping and thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 22-04-2018

A masterfully written novel with unexpected twists and turns told in a truly creative way. It also commands reflection on both the process of aging and the human condition in general.
Brilliantly narrated, the characters were lifted off the page.

  • Last Days of the Bus Club

  • By: Chris Stewart
  • Narrated by: Chris Stewart
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

It's two decades since Chris Stewart moved to his farm on the wrong side of a river in southern Spain and his daughter Chlöe is preparing to leave for university. We find Chris, a local literary celebrity, using his fame to help his old sheep-shearing partner find work on a raucous road trip; cooking a TV lunch for visiting British chef, Rick Stein; and, most movingly, visiting famine-stricken Niger for Oxfam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most entertaining

  • By Raewyn on 15-10-2017

Most entertaining

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

Reviewed: 15-10-2017

Excellent yarn with some truly chuckle worthy passages. The accounts of Chris's public speaking were a highlight.

  • The Accidental Tourist

  • By: Anne Tyler
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

How does a man addicted to routine - a man who flosses his teeth before love-making - cope with the chaos of everyday life? With the loss of his son, the departure of his wife and the arrival of Muriel, a dog trainer from the Meow-Bow dog clinic, Macon's attempts at ordinary life are tragically and comically undone. A heartfelt novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amateur Marriage and Breathing Lessons, now available as an audiobook.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not exactly uplifting

  • By Raewyn on 27-12-2016

Not exactly uplifting

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

Reviewed: 27-12-2016

Could definitely identify with the frustration of waiting for Edward to settle on the perfect spot for a pee! Otherwise I didn't find the book as enjoyable as when I first read it. Very heavy going and Makin is largely very self centred.

  • The Dress Shop of Dreams

  • By: Menna van Praag
  • Narrated by: Jane Carr
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Since her parents' mysterious deaths many years ago, scientist Cora Sparks has spent her days in the safety of her university lab or at her grandmother Etta's dress shop. Tucked away on a winding Cambridge street, Etta's charming tiny store appears quite ordinary to passersby, but the colourfully vibrant racks of beaded silks, delicate laces and jewel-toned velvets hold bewitching secrets - with just a few stitches from Etta's needle, these gorgeous gowns have the power to free a woman's deepest desires....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The love story that has it all

  • By Jennifer on 28-10-2017

Absorbing, gripping, enchanting

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

Reviewed: 08-12-2016

Mostly loved it and found it gripping. Well written except for the periodic lapses into cloying Mills and Boon style descriptions of attractive men. Narration brilliant 99% of the time.