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Rachael Pilling

USA | Member Since 2014

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  • 6 reviews
  • 25 ratings
  • 59 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2018
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  • My Animals and Other Family

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Clare Balding
    • Narrated By Clare Balding
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (35)

    Clare Balding grew up in a rather unusual household. As her father is a champion trainer, she shared her life with more than 100 thoroughbred racehorses, mares, foals, and ponies, as well as an ever-present pack of boxers and lurchers. As a toddler she would happily ride the legendary Mill Reef and take breakfast with the Queen. She and her younger brother came very low down the pecking order. Left to their own devices, they had to learn life’s toughest lessons through the animals, and through their adventures in the stables.

    Rachael Pilling says: "Lovely, brings you to tears and makes you laugh out loud"
    "Lovely, brings you to tears and makes you laugh out loud"
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    I binge listened to this whilst cleaning and cooking, it is relaxing and not too hard to follow and Clare Balding really brings her stories to life with vivid descriptions of the animals and people who have shaped her life. I would definitely recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The No-Kids Club

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Talli Roland
    • Narrated By Sue Pitkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    At almost 40, Clare Donoghue is living child-free and loving it. Then her boyfriend says he wants kids, breaking off their promising relationship. And it’s not just boyfriends: one by one, her formerly carefree friends are swallowed up in a nonstop cycle of play dates and baby groups. So Clare declares enough is enough and decides it’s time for people who don’t have children to band together. And so the No-Kids Club is born.

    Rachael Pilling says: "Cheesy Fluff!"
    "Cheesy Fluff!"
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    As a member of the Child Free community books on this topic are hard to find. The story starts out well with a woman confident in her Child Free status but succumbs to predictable cultural stereotypes whereby she realises, of course, that she was wrong and her life will of course only be fulfilling if she has a baby... grrr! Maybe I'm a cynic but don't we need books where the "Happy Ending" is not dependent on finding Mr Right and having his babies?! The narrator has a strange voice and some of her accents are questionable. However it didn't stop me listening to the end and enjoying this nice tale of Cheesy Fluff!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sins of the Father: Clifton Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings, Emilia Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3172)
    Performance
    (2793)
    Story
    (2781)

    Only days before Britain declares war on Germany, Harry Clifton, hoping to escape the consequences of long-buried family secrets, and forced to accept that his desire to marry Emma Barrington will never be fulfilled, has joined the Merchant Navy. But his ship is sunk in the Atlantic by a German Uboat, drowning almost the entire crew. An American cruise liner, the SS Kansas Star, rescues a handful of sailors, among them Harry and the third officer, an American named Tom Bradshaw.

    Margaret Campbell says: "Can';t Wait for the Next One!!!"
    "Made me shout out loud!"
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    Another gripping installment of the Clifton chronicles. I never talk out loud to my audio books but found myself doing so with this one as the plot twisted and turned. Once again I will be immediately be buying the next book so I can find out what happens next to Harry Clifton et al!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
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    (9)

    Rachael Pilling says: "It just gets better and better!"
    "It just gets better and better!"
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    There is no way to predict where this story will take you next and it is continually surprising! I have never read any Jeffrey Archer books before and it was not what I was expecting at all... it was so much better! I already have the next book downloaded so I don't have to wait for the next installment!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Petty Magic: Being the Memoirs and Confessions of Miss Evelyn Harbinger, Temptress and Troublemaker

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Camille DeAngelis
    • Narrated By Kelley Hazen
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Evelyn Harbinger sees nothing wrong with a one-night stand. At 149 years old, Eve may look like she bakes oatmeal cookies in the afternoon and dozes in her rocking chair in the evening, but once the gray hair and wrinkles are traded for jet-black tresses and porcelain skin, she can still turn heads as the beautiful girl she once was. Can't fault a girl for having a little fun, can you?

    Gala says: "Kept me interested and intrigued"
    "Disappointing ending..."
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    I loved the start of this book- it seemed to have everything I was looking for in a witchy novel, but the ending felt rushed and there was a distinct lack of a dramatic climax. Did not fulfill it's potential.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9225)
    Performance
    (8249)
    Story
    (8254)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Great story with lots of twists... "
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    As far as the story goes, his book does not disappoint. it has all the usual twists and turns of Kate Morton and keeps you guessing right until the end. I have listened to lots of books narrated by Caroline Lee as I am a huge fan of Liane Moriarty, however her English accent (I think it was meant to be Coventry) was awful - bless her heart! However it did not distract me from the gripping story line and engaging with the characters and usually a bad accent would be a deal breaker for me! If you're reading this review don't let that put you off- it is a great listen, with the people and places painted for you vividly by Kate Moreton and brought to life with charismatic charm by Caroline Lee. Well worth it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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