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  • Dead to Me

  • By: Lesley Pearse
  • Narrated by: Eve Webster
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

When Ruby and Verity met as girls, they came from different worlds. Verity was privately educated, living in a beautiful Hampstead home, while Ruby was being raised in extreme poverty. Nevertheless, they became firm friends. However, fortunes are not set in stone, and soon the girls find their situations reversed. As Ruby goes up in the world, Verity encounters more and more tragedy, but still the girls remain a large part of each other's lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Amazon Customer on 21-01-2019

A change of period

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

Reviewed: 20-12-2016

What made the experience of listening to Dead to Me the most enjoyable?

Having listened to a series of contemporary novels, it was refreshing to go back to the pre-WWII and WWII era. The author managed to interpret the values, mores and manners of the time, instead of imposing current attitudes to a pre-contraceptive-pill era.

What about Eve Webster’s performance did you like?

It was read at a good pace and the changes of accent, gender and age were carried off effectively.

  • Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Café

  • By: Milly Johnson
  • Narrated by: Colleen Prendergast
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Connie Diamond has always been her husband Jimmy’s best girl, or so she thought. But then she discovers that he’s been playing away for years. Along with Della Frostick, Jimmy’s right-hand woman at his cleaning firm, Diamond Shine, Connie decides to destroy Jimmy’s life. Together they will set up a rival business called Lady Muck, and along with the cleaning ladies who meet at the Sunflower Café, they’ll make him wish he had never so much as looked at another woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delicious assertiveness revealed

  • By Roger on 14-02-2016

Delicious assertiveness revealed

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

Reviewed: 14-02-2016

If you could sum up Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Café in three words, what would they be?

Justice at last.

What did you like best about this story?

Three women who have been particularly underestimated by selfish, amoral men join forces to seek not revenge, but justice.
They do so by using the skills, intelligence and industry knowledge they have, without having been aware until early in this story that they do in fact have the attributes.

What does Colleen Prendergast bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The number of women characters in the story, especially when a couple of the key ones start using aliases, made it hard for me to keep track of which woman was which. I went in the reverse direction - having listened to the story for many hours, I eventually bought the e-book so that I could keep track of which person was which.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Sunflower season - as it is a period when justice comes to three women who particularly deserve it.

Any additional comments?

The fact that the two women who start out in relationships - albeit less desirable relationships than they might wish - end up in romantic relationships gives a feel good edge to the story but may be unlrealistic in real life. The thought, however, is delightful.

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  • Chestnut Street

  • By: Maeve Binchy
  • Narrated by: Kate Binchy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Just round the corner from St Jarlath's Crescent (featured in Minding Frankie) is Chestnut Street. Here, the lives of the residents are revealed in Maeve Binchy's wonderfully compelling tales: Bucket Maguire, the window cleaner, who must do more than he bargained for to protect his son. Nessa Byrne, who's aunt comes to visit from America for six weeks every summer and turns the house - and Nessa's world - upside down. Lilian, the generous girl with a big heart, and the fiancé not everyone approves of.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfactory solutions

  • By Roger on 16-09-2014

Satisfactory solutions

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

Reviewed: 16-09-2014

Would you listen to Chestnut Street again? Why?

Much of my MP3 listening is done when I have insomnia. The almost short story format was thus excellent. Some characters were interwoven throughout different chapters but a clear memory of every personality was not essential to the overall enjoyment of each story.

What did you like best about this story?

The dilemmas and challenges and minutiae of daily life were always satisfactorily resolved. This is in contrast to her earlier Victoria Line, Central line where the protagonists seemed to rarely wise up.

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