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Helen Fearn

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  • The Clockmaker's Daughter

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363

In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor in rural Oxfordshire. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins. Over 150 years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pacey and enjoyable

  • By Lyn on 26-09-2018

Too many characters.

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

Reviewed: 09-12-2018

This time she jumps in time too much. It's hard to follow. Not her best.

  • Liars, Leakers, and Liberals

  • By: Jeanine Pirro
  • Narrated by: Jeanine Pirro
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

As host of her own show on Fox for many years, Judge Jeanine Pirro has seen firsthand how narratives take form, whether they are based in truth or not. In her explosive new book, she talks about some of the most egregious lies she's seen and takes on the Liars, Leakers, and Liberals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Liars,Leakers and Liberals

  • By Anonymous User on 28-12-2018

Fantastic.

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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: 30-09-2018

No -one tells it like Judge Jeanne. This is a very clear explanation of events.

  • Last Letter Home

  • By: Rachel Hore
  • Narrated by: Jenny Funnell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

On holiday with friends, young historian Briony Andrews becomes fascinated with a wartime story of a ruined villa in the hills behind Naples. Briony’s grandfather had been a British soldier during the Italian campaign of 1943 in that very area. Handed a bundle of letters that were found after the war, Briony sets off to trace the fate of their sender, Sarah Bailey. As Briony begins to uncover the story, she encounters resentments and secrets still tightly guarded.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another goodie from Rachel Hore.

  • By Helen Fearn on 20-09-2018

Another goodie from Rachel Hore.

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

Reviewed: 20-09-2018

A nice story. Worth a listen. Not as upsetting as the wonderful Gathering Storm. Recommended.

  • The Secret History

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: Donna Tartt
  • Length: 22 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 204

The smartest murder-mystery you will ever hearA misfit at an exclusive New England college, Richard finds kindred spirits in the five eccentric students of his ancient Greek class. But his new friends have a horrific secret. When blackmail and violence threaten to blow their privileged lives apart, they drag Richard into the nightmare that engulfs them. And soon they enter a terrifying heart of darkness from which they may never return.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Donna Tartt narrates

  • By Catherine A Mercer on 03-10-2016

I expected more.

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

Reviewed: 26-07-2018

Cut the book in half and it probably would have had a better impact. Shame.

  • Les Parisiennes

  • How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s
  • By: Anne Sebba
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Strevens
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

What did it feel like to be a woman living in Paris during the years 1939 to 1949? These were years of fear, power, aggression, courage, deprivation and secrets until, finally, there was renewal and retribution. Even at the darkest moments, dogs and cats might be abandoned howling on the street, the swastika flew from the Eiffel Tower and danger lurked on every corner, but glamour was ever present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read as it must never be forgotten.

  • By Helen Fearn on 03-07-2018

A must read as it must never be forgotten.

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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: 03-07-2018

I'll never judge these amazing women but I certainly judge France itself. Worth a discussion.

  • The Rose Garden

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Carolyn Bonnyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

When Eva’s film star sister Katrina dies, she returns to Cornwall to scatter Katrina’s ashes. But the house where she stayed as a child is home not only to her friends the Halletts, but also to the people who lived there in the 18th century. When Eva accepts that she can slip between centuries, she begins to question her place in the present, and comes to realise that she must decide where she really belongs, choosing between the life she knows and the past she feels so drawn towards.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Please choose a different narrator.

  • By Helen Fearn on 13-05-2018

Please choose a different narrator.

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

Reviewed: 13-05-2018

Likeable but I had difficulty at first when she time travelled, was confusing at first.

  • The Forgotten Garden

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199

Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor narration

  • By Anonymous User on 19-09-2018

Kate's best.

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

Reviewed: 11-04-2018

I've read all of Kate Morton's books. They are all wonderful . My personal favourite.

  • The Vampire Armand

  • The Vampire Chronicles 6
  • By: Anne Rice
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Marosz
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Mesmerising, darkly erotic, terrifying, The Vampire Armand is an historic instalment to Anne Rice's internationally best-selling Vampire Chronicles. Magnificent and electrifying, The Vampire Armand tells the tale of the mesmerising leader of the vampire coven the Theatre des Vampires in Paris. This angel-faced killer was snatched from the steppes of Russia as a child and sold as a slave in Renaissance Venice.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slow and mechanical sounding

  • By Shona on 13-07-2018

Almost Porn

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

Reviewed: 11-02-2018

Disappointing since Tale of the Body Thief. Too erotic early on, to almost being porn.

  • Thomas Jefferson

  • From Boy to Man
  • By: Jayne D'Alessandro-Cox
  • Narrated by: James Brinkley, Alexander Brinkley, Christina Rideout, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Have you ever wondered, "Who really was Thomas Jefferson?" History tells us he was a brilliant scholar, violinist, surveyor, astronomer, lawyer, planter, bibliophile, architect, founding father, statesman, governor of Virginia, ambassador to France, Secretary of State under George Washington, vice-president under John Adams, the third US president, scientist, natural philosopher, family man, and sage.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Worst historical biography.

  • By Helen Fearn on 01-02-2018

Worst historical biography.

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-2018

Probably the worst written and presented bio ever. All useless information. Stick with Ken Burns.

  • The Last Tudor

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Jane Grey was Queen of England for nine days. Using her position as cousin to the deceased king, her father and his conspirators put her on the throne ahead of the king's half sister Mary, who quickly mustered an army, claimed her crown and locked Jane in the Tower. When Jane refused to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sent her to the executioner's block. There Jane turned her father's greedy, failed grab for power into her own brave and tragic martyrdom.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Order all wrong

  • By Anonymous User on 14-08-2017

The least interesting.

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

Reviewed: 16-01-2018

There are no more interesting Tudor relatives to write about. It is time to stop.