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  • Jewels of the Sun

  • Irish Jewels Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Patricia Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Determined to reevaluate her life, Jude Murray flees America to take refuge in Faerie Hill Cottage, where she immerses herself in the study of Irish Folklore and discovers hope for the future in the magic of the past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • difficult to listen to

  • By Carlene Kleefman on 03-03-2019

Not what I was expecting

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

Reviewed: 28-10-2018

Not much magic in this early series of Roberts, so it's a bit disappointing in that respect. the story is still great, the writing exceptional, I just miss the magic. I love falling into other worlds of magic so I missed it from this book. a fairy prince making an appearence and his ghost lady wasn't enough to satisfy me💔

  • Tears of the Moon

  • Irish Jewels Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Patricia Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

A talented songwriter, Shawn Gallagher spends his days lost in reverie and wonder, oblivious to the wiles of women and the ways of the world. He claims that he's content with his life, but his music tells a different story - one of loneliness and desperate longing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not much Magic

  • By clare on 28-10-2018

Not much Magic

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

Reviewed: 28-10-2018

you can tell it's some earlier work, I've read Roberts later stuff, packed with Magic; the Cousins O'Dwyer for example. It's still very good, but I was disappointed as I expected more magic 💔

  • On Writing

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

In June of 1999, Stephen King was hit by a van while walking along the shoulder of a country road in Maine. Six operations were required to save his life and mend his broken body. When he was finally able to sit up, he immediately started writing. This book - part biography, part a collection of tips for the aspiring writer - is the extraordinary result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cracker of a book

  • By seth on 02-07-2017

Simple, Brilliant, Reassuringly Comforting

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-10-2018

I loved this book, it's helped me recognize my faults as a writer, and reassured me on my stronger talents. I've been reading & writing just about my whole life, but this year is the first I'm doing NaNoWriMo (Nov.2018), and this book has been a great precursor to it; in fact I've decided if I enjoy WriMo, I'll be reading it every October. It's easy to get through, interesting, and I enjoyed King's voice, he has a pleasant sound and he has a lot of personality. I'm glad he read his book for us. Til next October!

  • Little Beach Street Bakery

  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Anne-Marie Piazza
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Polly Waterford is recovering from a toxic relationship. Unable to afford their flat, she has to move miles away from everyone, to a sleepy little seaside resort in Cornwall, where she lives alone above an abandoned shop. And so Polly takes out her frustrations on her favourite hobby: making bread. But what was previously a weekend diversion suddenly becomes far more important as she pours her emotions into kneading and pounding the dough, and each loaf becomes better and better.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charming Little Beach House

  • By Flavia Healy on 15-06-2016

lovely story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-2018

beautifully woven, reminiscent of Nina George Little Breton Bistro and Little Paris Bookshop, so I really enjoyed it. The dubbing or editing of the audiobook seems to be a little choppy in places, not enough to distract you from the story, just something I noticed. The Narrator did wonderfully, with the accents and voices.

  • The Little Breton Bistro

  • By: Nina George
  • Narrated by: Julia Franken
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Marianne Messman longs to escape her loveless marriage to an uncaring husband - an artillery sergeant major named Lothar. On a day trip to Paris, Marianne decides to leap off the Pont Neuf into the Seine, but she is saved from drowning by a homeless man. While recovering in hospital, Marianne comes across a painting of the tiny port town of Kerdruc in Brittany and decides to try her luck on the coast. In Kerdruc, Marianne meets a host of colourful characters who all gravitate around the restaurant of Ar Mor (The Sea).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • George does it again!

  • By clare on 29-03-2018

George does it again!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-03-2018

Romantic, heartwarming, coming of age for a twilight years aged woman, beautifully written, makes you laugh, and cry, and think about life. It's a feel good book which will give me book blues for months, just like Little Paris Bookshop did... because it's so good; you know nothing else will compare. I NEED MORE NINA GEORGE IN ENGLISH PLEASE!!!!!

  • Blood Magick

  • The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Branna’s strength and selflessness hold together a close circle of friends and family - along with their horses and hawks and her beloved hound. But there’s a single missing link in the chain of her life: love…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly captivating

  • By Catherine on 02-07-2016

Perfect End

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-02-2018

great story and the last book might just be the best of the three, definitely a good read for anyone who loves witches and magic!

  • Dark Witch

  • The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends. Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • 😕

  • By Anonymous User on 19-03-2018

loved it

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-01-2018

Very reminiscent of The Witches Daughter and other witch books by Paula Brackston. I enjoyed those and I'm enjoying this series too, on to book two!

  • Tower of Dawn

  • A Throne of Glass Novel
  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 22 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 302

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the king of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken. His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica - the stronghold of the southern continent's mighty empire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe my favourite book of the series

  • By manga_me_over on 19-03-2018

Maas' best so far!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-2017

it started slow, but got interesting pretty quickly, as character relationships develop and unfurl... then it finishes strong bringing together Throne Of Glass' last novel and the next one to come, all together. It's intricate and intelligent, great read!
-this from someone who didn't find Lord Chaol Westfall very interesting and couldn't fathom how the story could be filled out and enjoyable... you showed me Miss. Mass!!!

  • Julian Fellowes's Belgravia

  • By: Julian Fellowes
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

Julian Fellowes's Belgravia is the story of a secret. A secret that unravels behind the porticoed doors of London's grandest postcode. Set in the 1840s, when the upper echelons of society began to rub shoulders with the emerging industrial nouveau riche, Belgravia is peopled by a rich cast of characters. But the story begins on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. At the Duchess of Richmond's now legendary ball, one family's life will change forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another time another place. An escapist listen

  • By Tamara on 30-07-2016

On-Par with Austen

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-2017

Such a great read, intricately written, with characters to love and hate, characters who surprise you and characters who are ever predictable. It felt as though I was reading Jane Austen.

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  • A New Orleans Voudou Priestess

  • The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau
  • By: Carolyn Morrow Long
  • Narrated by: Ian Eugene Ryan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Against the backdrop of 18th and 19th-century New Orleans, A New Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau disentangles the complex threads of the legend surrounding the famous Voudou priestess. According to mysterious, oft-told tales, Laveau was an extraordinary celebrity whose sorcery-fueled influence extended widely from slaves to upper-class whites.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • factual, well sourced information

  • By clare on 10-08-2017

factual, well sourced information

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-2017

a great read! I'm not sure I took much of it in as there's so much information, thank god the author recaps everything and strings it all together in the final chapter. very interesting and I will definitely be reading it again and hopefully I'll absorb more information next time!