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  • Love as Always, Mum xxx

  • By: Mae West, Neil McKay
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

The true story of an abused childhood, of shocking brutality and life as the daughter of notorious serial killer and master manipulator Rose West. You're 21 years old. Police arrive on the doorstep of your house, 25 Cromwell Street, with a warrant to search the garden for the remains of your older sister you didn't know was dead. Bones are found, and they are from more than one body. And so the nightmare begins. You are the daughter of Fred and Rose West.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not the Mae West I expected - but a must to read

  • By Lynnette on 27-06-2019

Not the Mae West I expected - but a must to read

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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: 27-06-2019

I’m quite shocked to think that in the 1990 to 2000 decade there was no victim support for the children of serial killers/abusers, that those kids had to seek their own solace and be self psychologists.
What a horrific story and how amazing the children have all coped in their lives. I wish them all happiness and good fortune as they have shouldered way more than a fair share of perversion. A great reader and amazing story, that kept me awake some nights.

  • The Blind Miller

  • By: Catherine Cookson
  • Narrated by: Susan Jameson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Mary Hetherington was a mother who dominated her family. And when David brought home Sarah from the "wrong end" of the 15 Streets, a girl who brought life and laughter into her dustless house, she soon took against her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The title doesn’t fit the story

  • By Lynnette on 06-05-2019

The title doesn’t fit the story

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

Reviewed: 06-05-2019

A short story jumping through the years. A surprising twist to a domestic tale encompassing religious beliefs and bigotry. An awful time in Britain covering periods of war and poverty. A good tale but I have enjoyed others CC books better.

  • Sons and Lovers

  • By: D. H. Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Paul Slack
  • Length: 16 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Sons and Lovers, Lawrence's third published novel, was written by the author at the height of his literary powers. The story of class differences (the relationship between a middle-class woman and a miner) in the tough world of coal mining brought a refreshing realism to literature. It remains a challenging text and is studied widely. It is particularly effective on audiobook in the hands of Nottinghamshire reader Paul Slack.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I remain confused and incomplete

  • By Lynnette on 02-05-2019

I remain confused and incomplete

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-2019

My confusion is why this is a classic. I am a mature woman and quite well read and I consider reasonably worldly but still gleaned nothing from this. I believe the author is gay and that may account for the depth of passion and love that is so strained. Maybe in time it will all find a place in my psychology.

  • Never Look Back

  • By: Lesley Pearse
  • Narrated by: Holli Dempsey
  • Length: 29 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Sixteen-year-old Matilda is a poor Covent Garden flower girl until the day she saves the life of Tabitha, a minister's daughter. Welcomed into Tabitha's family, Matilda is offered the chance of a lifetime. She leaves behind London's slums and enters the darkest corners of New York. From there she travels across the plains to the Wild West, where San Francisco is in the grip of the gold rush. Streetwise and strong-willed, Matilda forges a new life for herself and Tabitha among pioneers like Captain James Russell - a man to whom she is deeply attracted. Yet a civil war will soon rip apart this new nation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • what an amazing story

  • By erica nuski on 23-09-2018

A fabulous history lesson on the settling of America in the 1800s.

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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: 16-04-2019

A well researched history book wrapped around a love story. American accents are always a bit hard to suffer for a kiwi girl but they were well done all the same. Not as predictable as you would think but a good tale to keep one reading. A very long book which I managed in long listening periods at a time. For anyone who likes this way of learning history and geography it ticks some boxes.

  • The Pearl Thief

  • By: Fiona McIntosh
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

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 4,037
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,621
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,609

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

Reviewed: 03-03-2019

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 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 35

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 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

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 54
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    5 out of 5 stars 53
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    5 out of 5 stars 53

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
  • What a journey

  • By Melissa on 24-05-2019

Compelling reading to enhance your education

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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: 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 31
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

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

Reviewed: 03-01-2019

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.