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S. KTthompson

Sylvia T.

Canada | Member Since 2007

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  • 12 reviews
  • 28 ratings
  • 228 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2014
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  • Hettie of Hope Street

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Annie Groves
    • Narrated By Maggie Ollerenshaw
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Hettie is an orphan, taken in by Ellie Pride and her husband to their Preston home. But she has never felt she truly belonged. Hettie has a special gift, a beautiful singing voice, and, on the cusp of womanhood, she makes a choice that will alter the course of her life. , Amid the bright lights of Liverpool, she will follow her dreams. But once there, the only way to survive is working in the kitchens of a restaurant. Until, by chance, she is heard singing by the owner.

    S. KTthompson says: "Hetty of Hope Street"
    "Hetty of Hope Street"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book, it was well written and well read and I would recommend it to anyone who likes a satisfying family story. I hope Audible will add more novels by Annie Groves.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Coming Home: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Rosamunde Pilcher
    • Narrated By Rowena Cooper
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Judith Dunbar has never really known a settled family life, so when her friend invites her home for the weekend, she is thrilled and excited.

    DIANE says: "Rosamunde Pilcher rocks!"
    "This is a wonderful family saga"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Coming Home rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book and have now downloaded part 2.
    The narrator, Rowena Cooper is wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Place of Secrets: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Rachel Hore
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (139)

    Auction house appraiser Jude leaves London for her dream job at Starbrough Hall, an estate in the countryside, examining and pricing the manuscripts and instruments of an 18th-century astronomer. She is welcomed by Chantal Wickham, and Jude feels close to the old woman at once. Hard times have forced the Wickham family to sell the astronomer's work, their land, and with it, the timeworn tower that lies nearby. Jude's arrival brings a host of childhood memories. She meets Euan, a famed writer and naturalist who lives in the cottage at the foot of the tower, where Jude's grandfather once lived.

    Susie says: "Great Story..Great Narration"
    "One of the best audio books I have listened to."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does A Place of Secrets rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely at the top of the list.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love stories that travel 'thru time.


    Have you listened to any of Jilly Bond’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No-but I will definitely look for more as her performance was excellent


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

    There were many, but maybe the death of Marcus.


    Any additional comments?

    Do hope you buy more similar titles.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Woman of Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Amelia Carr
    • Narrated By Nicolette McKenzie
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    A poignant, touching and epic tale of lost love, set against the drama and danger of World War Two. 1947. One wet and chilly November afternoon a woman stands at the edge of a lake forced into a heartbreaking choice between her past and her future. 2008. Police diver Martha makes an incredible discovery in a local lake of a package containing a series of lost mementoes which reveal a story of intrigue, betrayal and heartbreak. As the threads of the past and present are drawn together, Martha's world, and that of her family, is changed forever.

    S. KTthompson says: "Enjoyed every listening minute."
    "Enjoyed every listening minute."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to A Woman of Secrets again? Why?

    Yes - it was a very entertaining story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The war time adventures.


    Which character – as performed by Nicolette McKenzie – was your favorite?

    Simone


    If you could take any character from A Woman of Secrets out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Simone, she had such an interesting life.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best books I have listened to, in addittion, the reader was excellent

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Uncertain Years

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Beryl Matthews
    • Narrated By Annie Aldington
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    As World War II breaks out, four friends from London’s East End consider the changes that war will mean for all of them. Tomboyish Becky Adams plans to join the ATS, her neighbours Bob and Jim the navy and army respectively. Only Becky’s brother, Will, is left out of the excitement; because of a slight physical disability, he is forced to stay behind, working as a cub reporter on a newspaper.

    S. KTthompson says: "Not my cup of tea!"
    "Not my cup of tea!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Sorry, bit I didn't finish this audio book which was a pity as I think it would have been interesting. I just coukdn't stand the reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (788)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (316)

    Wanting to repay a wartime debt to the Malays, Jean Paget returns. There she hears a story which leads her to Australia.

    Laurie says: "great story!"
    "Kept my interest right to the end"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up A Town Like Alice in three words, what would they be?

    An excellent story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jean Padget - she was a strong woman


    Have you listened to any of Robin Bailey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you could take any character from A Town Like Alice out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Jo Harmon - would like to hear about life in the outback


    Any additional comments?

    Am going to listen to more of Nevil Shute

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dream of Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Rosie Harris
    • Narrated By Nerys Hughes
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    When Molly's father returns from the war a broken man, the whole family is forced to move into the slums of Liverpool. Despite many difficulties, Molly is determined to make a better life for herself, hoping that one day she'll find love. But, abused by a man she trusted, Molly wonders if this dream will ever come true.

    S. KTthompson says: "interesting spoilt by poor reader"
    "interesting spoilt by poor reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about A Dream of Love? What did you like least?

    What I listened to made me think A Dream of Love would be interesting, unfortunately the reader was so boring I didn't finish it.


    What didn’t you like about Nerys Hughes’s performance?

    She didn't sound like a professional reader.


    Do you think A Dream of Love needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Don't know, I never finished it!


    Any additional comments?

    I shall borrow the book from my local library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Queen: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (691)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (393)

    Heiress to the red rose of Lancaster, Margaret Beaufort never surrenders her belief that her house is the true ruler of England and that she has a great destiny before her. Her ambitions are disappointed when her sainted cousin Henry VI fails to recognize her as a kindred spirit, and she is even more dismayed when he sinks into madness.

    Karin says: "Good book, unsympathetic heroine"
    "An absorbing story"
    Overall

    Having just finished listening the The White Queen which I enjoyed I decided to try The Red Queen. I admit Margaret was an unsympathetic character but in many ways she had just cause, she was a child when married at 12 then giving birth at 13 which must have been traumatic although it was common practice at that time and to so rarely see her only child. her religion seems to have been her only consolation. I found this book absorbing although the reader nearly put me to sleep.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pengarron Land

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Gloria Cook
    • Narrated By Patricia Gallimore
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Kerensa Trelynne's plans to wed her sweetheart, Clem Trenchard, are ruined when Sir Oliver Pengarron makes her grandfather, and guardian, an offer for Trelynne Cove - the land on which Old Tom's cottage stands. Old Tom is wily, and to ensure a secure and stable future for his precious granddaughter, he makes her part of the price for the Cove: Sir Oliver must marry Kerensa.

    A User says: "great series"
    "A good listen"
    Overall

    This is the first in the Pengarron series and I enjoyed it immensly. An interesting story full of romance and adventure, set in beautiful Cormwall.
    I look forward to listening to all in the series which fortunately for me, Audible has purchased.
    The reader, Patricia Gallimore is excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah's Key

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Tatiana de Rosnay
    • Narrated By Polly Stone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1634)
    Performance
    (792)
    Story
    (803)

    Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a 10 year-old girl, is arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.

    Benson says: "Important subject and plot, pedestrian execution"
    "Sarah's Key"
    Overall

    I am very glad I chose this book and I highly recommend it, It is fiction based on fact and is
    profoundly moving. The reader is excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The House by Princes Park

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Maureen Lee
    • Narrated By Maggie Ollerenshaw
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The First World War is almost over when nurse Olivia Jones meets dashing American soldier, Tom O'Hagan, and they propose to marry. But Tom is dead by the time Olivia finds herself pregnant. Just hours old, their daughter Ruby is brutally removed from Olivia by her disgusted father and secretly taken to be raised in a convent in north Wales. At fourteen, Ruby is beautiful, intelligent and wilful - and delighted to be chosen by the wealthy Emily Dangerfield, who lives in a grand house near Liverpool, as a companion.

    S. KTthompson says: "Another winner from Maureen Lee"
    "Another winner from Maureen Lee"
    Overall

    I always enjoy books by Maureen Lee and this one is no exception, the characters are well drawn and always interesting from beginning to end. I would recommend this audio book to anyone who enjoys a good family story The reader, Maggie Ollerenshaw is excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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