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  • The Silver Music Box

  • By: Mina Baites, Alison Layland - translator
  • Narrated by: Jane Oppenheimer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

1914. For Paul, with love. Jewish silversmith Johann Blumenthal engraved those words on his most exquisite creation, a singing filigree bird inside a tiny ornamented box. He crafted this treasure for his young son before leaving to fight in a terrible war to honor his beloved country - a country that would soon turn against his own family. A half century later, Londoner Lilian Morrison inherits the box after the death of her parents. Though the silver is tarnished and dented, this much-loved treasure is also a link to an astonishing past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful and very sad story.

  • By Melinda Hannett on 27-12-2017

Beautiful and very sad story.

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

Reviewed: 27-12-2017

This book is beautifully written. l loved all of the characters. You will need your tissues close by.

  • Once We Were Brothers

  • By: Ronald H. Balson
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15

Elliot Rosenzweig, a respected civic leader and philanthropist, is attending a fundraiser when he is suddenly accosted and accused of being a former Nazi SS officer named Otto Piatek, the Butcher of Zamosc. Although the charges are denounced as preposterous, his accuser is convinced he is right and engages attorney Catherine Lockhart to bring Rosenzweig to justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Melinda Hannett on 13-12-2017

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 13-12-2017

Loved this book couldn't put it down. Amazingly written and narrated. Thoroughly recommend this book.

  • Karolina's Twins

  • A Novel
  • By: Ronald H. Balson
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

From Ronald H. Balson, author of the international best seller Once We Were Brothers, comes a saga inspired by true events of a Holocaust survivor's quest to fulfill a promise, return to Poland, and find two sisters lost during World War II.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story

  • By Anonymous User on 10-03-2019

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 10-12-2017

This was a beautiful story, couldn't put it down, listened to in one weekend. Highly recommended.

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  • Escape to London

  • By: Mary Jane Staples
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Austria, 1938. Anne von Korvacs watches in horror as Hitler's tanks roll through the streets of Vienna. Her embittered ex-husband, now a fervent supporter of the Reich, is among the cavalcade. He is burning with hatred for Anne, seeing her as a symbol of the old Austrian empire he once served. A chance encounter with a British journalist leaves Anne with a secret microfilm that must be smuggled out of the country, and Anne knows that she must forsake her beloved Vienna and flee to Britain with her children.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good book

  • By Melinda Hannett on 28-06-2017

Very good book

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

Reviewed: 28-06-2017

If you could sum up Escape to London in three words, what would they be?

Fantastic, addictive and sagas

Who was your favorite character and why?

Anne von Korvacs - her strength and courage.

Which character – as performed by Annie Aldington – was your favourite?

All of them.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

All of it.

Any additional comments?

A good read

  • Beneath the Cypress Tree

  • By: Margaret Pemberton
  • Narrated by: Louiza Patikas
  • Length: 16 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Summer 1935. Best friends Kate Shelton, Ella Tetley and Daphne St. Maur are on the cusp of a new life, having graduated with classics degrees. Kate is desperate to start work on an archaeological dig straightaway, and she is thrilled to be given a position at the famous Knossos palace site in Crete. However, she doesn't bargain for working with gruff site director Lewis Sinclair - nor for her own complex feelings towards him. In Yorkshire, Ella's family expect her to marry Sam, her steady friend who is training to be a doctor....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful story

  • By Melinda Hannett on 28-06-2017

Beautiful story

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

Reviewed: 28-06-2017

What made the experience of listening to Beneath the Cypress Tree the most enjoyable?

Once again I have learnt more about the war and in a different area, Crete. I would highly recommend you read it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Beneath the Cypress Tree?

I just loved the three main female characters and their friendships, especially from very different backgrounds.

Which character – as performed by Louiza Patikas – was your favourite?

I liked them all, especially Kate

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

All of it moved me.

Any additional comments?

Thoroughly recommend this book, thank you to all involved with this.

  • War Brides

  • By: Helen Bryan
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

As war moves ever closer, the sleepy English village of Crowmarsh Priors settles into a new sort of normal: Evacuees from London are billeted in local homes. The nightly German air raids become grimly mundane. Rationing curtails every comfort. Men leave to fight and die. And five women forge a bond of friendship that will change their lives forever in this engrossing novel of loyalty, loss, and love in the shadow of World War II.With the hardships of war intensifying every day, the women band together to defeat formidable enemies and find remarkable strength within themselves to help one another. It is a war-forged loyalty certain to endure years and distance. When four of the women return for a celebration fifty years later, their mission is not simply to commemorate or remember. They’ve returned to confront a traitor whose actions cost countless lives — and to avenge one of their own at last.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable story.

  • By Helen W. on 24-04-2017

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 12-03-2017

This is one of my favorite stories I have listened to, the narrator was excellent.

  • The Bronze Horseman

  • By: Paullina Simons
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 30 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler's armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to Leningrad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it!!

  • By Jemma on 29-05-2017

Beautiful and annoying.

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

Reviewed: 18-02-2017

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bronze Horseman?

All of the book was memorable except the sex scenes I am not sure why this was needed, not my style.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When Tatiana was with her father in the hospital when he passed away, she loved him even though he did not treat her well, like all of her family.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book made me sad and angry for what the people had to go through.

Any additional comments?

The loss of so many family members it is amazing that the ones left were able to keep going on.

  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368

Bravery, courage, fear, and love in a time of war. Despite their differences sisters Viann and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Viann is content with life in the French countryside with her husband, Antoine, and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight, and Viann finds herself isolated, so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her. As the war progresses, the sisters' relationship and strength are tested.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Ness on 10-09-2015

Absolutely brilliant, one of the my favourites

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

Reviewed: 18-02-2017

If you could sum up The Nightingale in three words, what would they be?

Brilliant, so sad

What other book might you compare The Nightingale to, and why?

I am really into the war stories, cannot compare as they have been all excellent but this has been my favorite.

Which character – as performed by Polly Stone – was your favourite?

Isabelle Rossignol.

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

Yes couldn't put it down

Any additional comments?

Would like some suggestions what other books I can listen to.

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  • Lilac Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Martha Hall Kelly
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Kathleen Gati, Kathrin Kana, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline's world is forever changed when Hitler's army invades Poland in September 1939 - and then sets its sights on France. An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Prepare to be blown away.

  • By davkat on 23-02-2017

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 28-01-2017

Could not put it down. I have just started listening to audible books and this has been my favorite. I will continue to listen to more, thank you.