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DIANA GILLATT

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  • The Spa Decameron

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Fay Weldon
    • Narrated By Sian Thomas
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    There's a gathering of high-achieving ladies at the remote and expensive Castle Spa over the 10 days of Christmas and New Year. None of them have met before. Have they no homes to go to? Why have they put their lives on hold? Perhaps they think they've come to seek (through Botox, aromatherapy, and extravagant pampering) a better understanding of their lives?

    Pamela says: "Fabulous! AND interesting"
    "A good laugh"
    Overall

    What an entertaining writer Fay Weldon is. This was a nice light-hearted read. A bit like several short stories stuck together, but then each book I've read from this author is quite different.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Sister's Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By uncredited
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2865)
    Performance
    (1093)
    Story
    (1094)

    New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.

    Lisa says: "Wonderful Book, Very Emotional"
    "A moving story"
    Overall

    This was a great read. A complex but real situation with complex and real people. With an unexpected twist into the bargain. Quite moving

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Richard E. Grant
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Set in the turbulent times of 12th century England where civil war, famine, religious strife, and battles over royal succession tore lives and families apart, The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of the building of a magnificent cathedral. Against this richly imagined backdrop, filled with intrigue and treachery, Ken Follett draws the reader irresistibly into a wonderful epic of family drama, violent conflict, and unswerving ambition.

    M says: "poorly abridged"
    "Long and heavy"
    Overall

    Well this certainly killed time in the car, but how it drags on. Not my best read of the year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lace Reader

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Brunonia Barry
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (470)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (119)

    Towner Whitney, the self-confessed unreliable narrator of The Lace Reader, hails from a family of Salem women who can read the future in the patterns in lace, and who have guarded a history of secrets going back generations. But the disappearance of two women brings Towner home to Salem and the truth about the death of her twin sister to light.

    A User says: "Difficult but good"
    "A good read"
    Overall

    This was a lovely book, if a bit dark. It certainly kept me entertained and wondering where it would go next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5177)
    Performance
    (1407)
    Story
    (1410)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "A lovely book"
    Overall

    I loved this audiobook, although it couldn't live up to The Kite Runner. The narrator was a bit difficult to understand at times, and a bit flat in delivery, but the story won through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paths of Glory

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    This is the story of a man who loved two women, and one of them killed him. Some people have dreams that are so outrageous that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. Francis Drake, Robert Scott, Percy Fawcett, Charles Lindbergh, Amy Johnson, Edmund Hillary and Neil Armstrong are among such individuals. But what if one man had such a dream, and when he'd achieved it, there was no proof that he had fulfilled his ambition?

    Rob says: "Artless and witless"
    "An unexpected find"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this audiobook. Despite the fairly dead-pan style, the story still got me in. I really had no idea what it was about before I listened to it - quite a find. And my husband may even enjoy it too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angels and Demons

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (6344)
    Performance
    (1921)
    Story
    (1949)

    World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization, the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra.

    Phillip says: "I couldn't put it down...5 STARS"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    Story-line has lots of potential, but the action is not believable and the plot becomes too predictable. Couldn't possibly kill off the bad guy until the story had led to the end of the trail. Maybe Dan Brown was trying to write a screen play, not a novel.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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