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  • The Pearl Thief

  • By: Fiona McIntosh
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

Severine Kassel is asked by the Louvre in 1963 to aid the British Museum with curating its antique jewellery, her speciality. Her London colleagues find her distant and mysterious, her cool beauty the topic of conversations around its quiet halls. No one could imagine that she is a desperately damaged woman, hiding her trauma behind her chic French image. It is only when some dramatic Byzantine pearls are loaned to the museum that Severine's poise is dashed and the tightly controlled life she's built around herself is shattered....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • lovely

  • By Anonymous User on 06-11-2018

Very enjoyable story, great narrator

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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: 19-03-2019

An interesting story obviously based on registered facts. A tragic story of love and loss in a Jewish family. The story all tied together quite credibly. I don’t think it would read the same as a reading book, as you really need the Parisian and English accents. I was happy to be immersed in this book and will read more from this author.

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,327
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,087
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,080

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As you’d expect

  • By Amazon Customer on 19-11-2018

Worth listening to

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Reviewed: 03-03-2019

Nice to know what goes on behind closed doors. I think Michelle has been very honest and opened her vulnerability to the world. Politics stink, I can appreciate their stepping down moment - wondering whether anything at all has changed. America is only a world leader because of its size not because of its sense. Their politics are like a tall wall that each President tries to climb. The Obamas have made minuscule movement that will be noted in the decades to come as very important. A great story of optimism and belief.

  • Gypsy

  • By: Lesley Pearse
  • Narrated by: Heather Bleasdale
  • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 32

Fifteen-year-old Beth's dreams are shattered when she, her brother, Sam, and her baby sister, Molly, are orphaned. Sam believes that only in America can they make their fortunes, so, reluctantly leaving Molly with adoptive parents, brother and sister embark on the greatest adventure of their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great history trip

  • By Lynnette on 31-01-2019

Another great history trip

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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: 31-01-2019

1890s over two continents. Four people all vitally connected in so many ways. I liked the Liverpool accent and the reader performed other voices quite well too. I had no idea how gold fever affects people, and I am all the wiser for the history and geography lessons. Oh and love and lust are quite graphic emotions. A good read that I looked forward to each evening this week. Quite different to Trust Me and Rosie, but good to know the author has varying styles. I will read more of her books.

  • Remember Me

  • By: Lesley Pearse
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

In 1786 a fisherman's daughter from Cornwall called Mary Broad was sentenced to be hanged for theft. But her sentence was commuted, and she was transported to Australia, one of the first convicts to arrive there. How Mary escaped the harsh existence of the colony and found true love, and how she was captured and taken back to London in chains, only to be released after a trial where she was defended by no less than James Boswell, is one of the most gripping and moving stories of human endeavour (based on an amazing true story) you will ever listen to.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely brilliant.

  • By Elizabeth on 04-08-2018

A book that makes you reassess values

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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: 22-01-2019

I couldn’t put it down. Once I got used to the narrator being a reader rather than an actor, like in other books from this author. I love history wrapped up in a real life, with love, hate, jealousy and kindness. The phrase that jealousy outstrips all other emotions is so true. Could we endure such conditions today? I very much doubt it. This is about the settler grit that Kiwis and Aussies come from. An excellent depiction of Australia in 1780s.

  • Trust Me

  • By: Lesley Pearse
  • Narrated by: Sally Scott
  • Length: 26 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 35
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    5 out of 5 stars 35
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    5 out of 5 stars 35

When their father tragically kills their mother, Dulcie and her sister are sent to an orphanage. Told that a 'better life' awaits them in another country, they are shipped off to Australia. But the promises made to the sisters turn out to be lies. And it seems to Dulcie that everyone who ever said 'trust me' somehow betrayed that trust. So when she meets Ross, another orphanage survivor, and finds he is a kindred spirit, hope swells in her heart. But can she ever get over the past betrayals and learn to trust again? And can she fight not only for herself but also for her sister?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing but factual

  • By carol on 25-01-2019

Compelling reading to enhance your education

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 14-01-2019

It might be fiction but what a can of worms it opens for the average reader. Absolutely full of drama and life no human should have to experience. Makes a mockery of catholic belief. Unbelievable that these traumatic events in orphanages happened in our lifetimes. A lovely romance underlying keeps a balance. So not what I expected but I loved the read the author (this is her second dramatic book for me) narrator fabulous too.

  • Rosie

  • By: Lesley Pearse
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 23 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Without a mother, Rosie is at the mercy of her father and thuggish brothers. Then one day a friend comes to the farm in the form of cockney housekeeper Heather Farley. But soon enough Heather vanishes, abandoning Rosie to her fate. Only when Thomas Farley comes to find his sister several years later does Rosie learn the terrible truth about Heather - and her family. Running away from home, she finds herself pursued by the man who brought ruin on her family. Is he out to get her, too? Or could he have some other reason for chasing her?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • rezliance

  • By erica nuski on 15-07-2018

What a journey, exciting, fearful and a happy ending

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Reviewed: 03-01-2019

Really excellent narrator. A story line you would never dream up. Obviously a lot of research into attitudes and institutions. I enjoyed this rather scary story that could well have been true. Added to my education that’s for sure. A no frills descriptive story that was colourful and painted quite clearly. The world needs more Rosies.

  • The Mallen Streak

  • The Mallen Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Catherine Cookson
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Thomas Mallen of High Banks Hall had many sons, most of them bastards. But to all of them he passed on his mark - a distinctive flash of white hair running to the left temple, known as the Mallen Streak. It was said that those who bore the streak seldom reached old age and that nothing good ever came of a Mallen. In 1851, Thomas Mallen found himself a ruined man, forced amid scandal and disgrace to sell the hall. With him went his two young wards and their indomitable governess. Then the Radlet brothers of Wilbur Farm arrived, one of whom bore the unmistakable Mallen Streak.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Such slow reading

  • By mumziewumzie on 26-12-2018

Shades of the Old Testament !!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 09-12-2018

Very descriptive and therefore easy to “be there”.
A good read about an unfortunate family with so many skeletons in the cupboards you wouldn’t believe it. Sets the scene for the next few books of the series. Will read them in between other reads. Reader was great even with female voices, although I heard the same error twice...Miss Bigmore became miss Bighouse. Happy reading.

  • Katie Mulholland

  • By: Catherine Cookson
  • Narrated by: Susan Jameson
  • Length: 20 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Some women are destined to arouse in men either fierce hatred or insatiable desire. Such a woman was Katie Mulholland. At 15, a scullery maid in the house of the Rosires, she had been raped by the master. Now, many years later, she had enough money to maintain three carriages if she wanted to and she was on her way to see Bernard Rosier under very different circumstances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent story about cruelty and loyalty

  • By Lynnette on 16-11-2018

An excellent story about cruelty and loyalty

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 16-11-2018

Enjoyed the reader and the acting. A lovely romance during 1860 to 1960 covering family generations of love hate opportunity and manipulation. I love the stories of Britain and it’s hierarchy. I recommend as a good read.

  • Saint Christopher and the Gravedigger

  • By: Catherine Cookson
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Gravedigger John Gascoigne lives in Downfell Hurst with his wife, Florrie, their three children and his mother, Gran. John is a deep thinker but extremely taciturn - a man of few words and many grunts. Which is why everyone is alarmed when he's hit on the head by a cricket ball, and it suddenly seems as if the words won't stop. What's more, he says he is talking to Saint Christopher - only no one else can see the saint, and they're beginning to worry John's not quite right in the head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny lighthearted story Piddleswiddle 1970s

  • By Lynnette on 03-11-2018

Funny lighthearted story Piddleswiddle 1970s

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-2018

I enjoyed everything about the gravedigger, his family and their Irish neighbors. Easy reading short story, good old fashioned sayings, graphic and easy listening.

  • Short Stories: The Vintage Collection

  • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Saki, Thomas Hardy, and others
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi, Martin Jarvis, Hugh Laurie, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1

The fifth volume in CSA Word's massively popular complete and unabridged ‘Short Stories’ collection is bound to please. With something for everyone this collection of classic stories read by only the best-suited and most established readers will delight the ears as a vintage wine excites the gullet; The Vintage Collection is audible gold. Features eye-catching typographical series design.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quite refreshing in this day and age

  • By Lynnette on 08-09-2018

Quite refreshing in this day and age

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Reviewed: 08-09-2018

An eclectic collection of old tales, a moral in many and dry humour which one imagines generations gone did appreciate. Sometimes it’s good to have a group of small stories than one long one. Fitted the bill for me anyway..