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  • The Ghost Tree

  • By: Barbara Erskine
  • Narrated by: Vivian Helbrun
  • Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Ruth has returned to Edinburgh after many years of exile, left rootless by the end of her marriage and career and now the death of her father, from whom she had long been estranged. She is faced with the daunting task of clearing his house, believing he had removed all traces of her mother. Yet hidden away in a barely used top-floor room, she finds he had secretly kept a cupboard full of her possessions. Sifting through the ancient papers, Ruth discovers the diary and letters written by her ancestor from the 18th century, Thomas Erskine.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me

  • By Carol Anne Harvey on 04-01-2019

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 04-01-2019

Barbara Erskine has always was been one of my favourite authors but this book missed the mark for me. I struggled to keep listening but, for the sake of past books I persisted. Sadly I could not continue knowing that there was another 14 hours to go. It was too long winded and repetitive for me.

  • Days of Hope

  • By: Lyn Andrews
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

It's 1945 and the war is finally over. For the Devlin family in Liverpool, the wartime years have been almost too much to bear. But at long last sisters Grace and Chrissie can return to their normal lives. Level-headed and hard-working, Grace wants nothing more than to meet a nice man and settle down. Vivacious Chrissie, though, craves fun and excitement - and there's not much of that to be had in the austere post-war years. So when Chrissie meets Pat Kilroy, a handsome Irishman, she's swept off her feet and eagerly follows Pat to Ireland. Chrissie soon realises she has made a terrible mistake, and Grace rushes to her side to help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful tale

  • By Carol Anne Harvey on 27-07-2018

A wonderful tale

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

Reviewed: 27-07-2018

I loved this book and couldn’t wait to get back to it. The narrator, Anne Dover, as usual didn’t disappoint and brought the characters to glorious life. I highly recommend this book to anyone.

  • Emily

  • By: Val Wood
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Emily was only five years old when she was sent away from her ma and pa and her brother, Joe, to go and live with old Granny Edwards. A loving and hardworking child, she goes into service when she is 12 at the house of Roger Francis, whose connections with Emily's own family prove to be closer than she could ever have guessed. Roger's daughter, Deborah, takes a great fancy to Emily, and when Emily has moved to another household in Hull she finds that her new employer's son, Hugo, is to marry Deborah.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable but predictable

  • By Carol Anne Harvey on 23-07-2018

Enjoyable but predictable

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

Reviewed: 23-07-2018

If you enjoy the 'maid despoiled by privileged son of the house eventually makes good' then you won't be disappointed. The characters are well drawn but what makes this a notch above other books of its genre is the wonderful narration of Anne Dover, I swear she could read a shopping list and make it sound interesting. A joy to listen to, I'm off to search for more of her work, regardless of genre.

  • To Defy a King

  • By: Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

The privileged daughter of one of the most powerful men in England, Mahelt Marshal’s life changes dramatically when her father is suspected of treachery by King John. Her brothers become hostages and Mahelt is married to Hugh Bigod, heir to the earldom of Norfolk. Adapting to her new life is hard, but Mahelt comes to love Hugh deeply; however, defying her father-in-law brings disgrace and heartbreak.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Story is spoilt by the narration

  • By Carol Anne Harvey on 23-07-2018

Story is spoilt by the narration

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

Reviewed: 23-07-2018

I loved the book, as I do all of Elizabeth Chadwick's novels, but I feel they are often let down by the narrators, in this case Patience Tomlinson. I only stuck with the book because of the story but, at times, the narration was enough to make me give up, particularly the male voices and Mahelt's whiney, petulant tone, which was completely out of character. Ann Dover would be perfect as a narrator of these books as she handles both male and female voices so well.

  • House of Echoes

  • By: Barbara Erskine
  • Narrated by: Isla Blair
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

When Joss, an adopted child, discovers that her real mother has left the beautiful family home, Belheddon Hall, to her, she is thrilled, until she discovers that the Hall is haunted by a presence which will not tolerate husbands or sons living in the house.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A hard slog

  • By Carol Anne Harvey on 03-06-2018

A hard slog

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

Reviewed: 03-06-2018

I found the constant calling of the characters names irritating beyond belief. It was a struggle to listen to the end. The story would have been much more interesting if it had focused more on the ghostly characters and their history, because the story picked up pace when that occurred. There were no great surprises to this story and I would have returned it if I hadn’t returned the previous book I read.

  • One Corpse Too Many

  • The Second Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
  • By: Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

In the summer of 1138, war between King Stephen and the Empress Maud takes brother Cadfael from the quiet world of his garden to the bloody battlefield. Not far from the safety of the Abbey walls, Shrewsbury Castle falls, leaving its ninety-four defenders loyal to the empress to hang as traitors. With a heavy heart, Brother Cadfael agrees to bury the dead, only to make a grisly discovery: 95 bodies lie in a row, and the extra corpse tells Cadfael that the killer is both clever and ruthless. But one death among so many seems unimportant to all but the good Benedictine.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Carol Anne Harvey on 27-03-2018

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 27-03-2018

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The pronunciation of Cadvale to ‘Cadfael’ it was incredibly irritating but, to be fair, I don’t think any narrator does it as well as Derek Jacobi who played Cadfael in the series.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The stories are always interesting. No complaints.

Would you be willing to try another one of Stephen Thorne’s performances?

No, sorry.

Do you think One Corpse Too Many needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, they’re all stand alone stories.

  • The Long Walk Home

  • By: Valerie Wood
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Young Mikey Quinn, scavenging on the streets of Hull, is thrown into prison for stealing a rabbit from the butcher. His chief accuser, a well-to-do lawyer, has a daughter, Eleanor, whom he badly mistreats. When Mikey is released he finds that his mother has died and his brothers taken into the workhouse - determined to find a better life for his family, he walks all the way to London to seek his fortune.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good read

  • By Carol Anne Harvey on 18-02-2018

Good read

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

Reviewed: 18-02-2018

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The story, while reasonably predictable, is brought to life by the wonderful narration.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Long Walk Home?

I enjoyed Eleanor’s gutsy move to London and her willingness to approach and accept people outside her social circle. I found that refreshing and it made her likeable.

Which character – as performed by Anne Dover – was your favourite?

Actually, I particularly liked Bridget’s Irish Mum.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, but I did look forward to listening to it before I went to bed.

Any additional comments?

Predictable genre but enjoyable nonetheless.I like the writer’s work.

  • The Elephant to Hollywood

  • By: Sir Michael Caine
  • Narrated by: Sir Michael Caine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Sir Michael Caine is loved not just for his many films, but for his warmth, honesty, and humour in describing every aspect of his life from his humble South London beginnings to performing alongside the greatest Hollywood actors of the day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing life, and so much more enjoyable himself

  • By James M. on 27-07-2017

Interesting and wonderful life

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

Reviewed: 29-12-2017

If you could sum up The Elephant to Hollywood in three words, what would they be?

Life is funny.

What did you like best about this story?

The genuine warmth and humour of Michael Caine's narration. I imagined it would be like having dinner with him. I have always been a fan and, coming from the East End myself, I could relate to much of what happened in his early life.

Have you listened to any of Michael Caine’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, this is the first, but it won't be the last.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not in one sitting because I really wanted to listen to it, but I looked forward to going back to it and listened every day.

Any additional comments?

A wonderful man, a lovely book and narration.

  • The Daughter of Time

  • By: Josephine Tey
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

'Truth is the Daughter of Time' is an old proverb. And The Daughter of Time is Josephine Tey's search for the truth about the murder of the Princes in the Tower. Was the hunchback, Richard III, the monster that Shakespeare and the history books have made him out to be?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History without Tears

  • By Kenneth on 07-07-2018

Richard III revisited

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

Reviewed: 25-05-2017

As a fan of Richard III, I was intrigued by this take on an old tale. Derek Jacobi is an awesome narrator and I would probably have chosen this book for him alone but The Daughter of Time was recommended by another reader and I wasn't disappointed. However, I still think Margaret Beaufort was The likeliest candidate for the murders of the princes in the tower. It's nice that some are willing to look past the history books and Tudor propaganda.

  • Circle of Friends

  • By: Maeve Binchy
  • Narrated by: Kate Binchy
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

In the small Irish town of Knockglen, best friends Bernadette ('Benny') and Eve are inseparable. Benny is an adored only child, and Eve, a poor, birdlike orphan brought up by nuns. On their first day at University College, Dublin, a fatal road accident brings the pair together with fellow students Nan Mahon and Jack Foley, and new friendships are quickly struck. Jack and Nan introduce Eve and Benny to a life of excitement and sophistication.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Circle of Friends

  • By Maxglen on 17-04-2016

Good read/listen

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

Reviewed: 25-04-2017

I enjoyed the characters. although I found the transitions back and forth between them a bit irritating. I felt the story did go on a little long and could probably have finished a third earlier. The narrator was perfect, very easy to listen to and told the story well. This is my first Maeve Binchy book and probably won't be my last.