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  • Affairs at Thrush Green

  • By: Miss Read
  • Narrated by: Gwen Watford
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

When Charles Henstock, rector of Thrush Green, moves a mile downhill to the parish of Lulling, his many friends rejoice in his promotion, but an unfortunate skirmish with one of his wealthy parishioners over the Lady Chapel kneelers saddens him...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Affairs at Thrush Green

  • By Anonymous User on 01-01-11

Affairs at Thrush Green

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-11

This book is so gripping, yet gentle and inspiring. Stories of village life, detailed insights with humour into people and events. I loved it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mrs Pringle

  • By: Miss Read
  • Narrated by: Gwen Watford
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Mrs Pringle, the lugubrious school cleaner, has always been a favourite character in the Fairacre series. Here we trace Maud Pringle's life from childhood visits to the village from her Caxley home.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I just received a book I did not order.

  • By Linda on 03-09-15

Mrs Pringle

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-11

Mrs Pringle is my favourite character in this series. I think we have all met someone like her. A solid, old busybody who is full of opinions yet kind underneath it all. This book is about her foibles, her history and an insight to her character. Fantastic. MORE PLEASE.

  • The Christmas Mouse and No Holly for Miss Quinn

  • By: Miss Read
  • Narrated by: Gwen Watford
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

A mouse's appearance on Christmas Eve in a widow's bedroom leads to a chance encounter with a small boy. In 'No Holly for Miss Quinn'. And Miss Quinn's preparations for Christmas are made more difficult when her brother's children come to stay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Christmas mouse and No holly for Miss Quin

  • By Anonymous User on 01-01-11

Christmas mouse and No holly for Miss Quin

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-11

These two stories were such a delight. Set in the usual english village, probably in the late forties or early fifties, the characters are described so well that one feels as though the little episodes personally involve one. The narrator has such warmth in her voice. I loved them both.

  • Miss Clare Remembers

  • By: Miss Read
  • Narrated by: Gwen Watford
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

On a bright summer's day, old Miss Clare, now retired from teaching, awaits the visit of her oldest friend, Emily Davis. In between, she recalls the events in their 70-year friendship and country life in England during that time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Miss Clare remembers

  • By Anonymous User on 01-01-11

Miss Clare remembers

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-11

Delightful. This narrator is perfect for the book, and the charming stories of an english country village and the inhabitants is written with humour and affection. I absolutely loved it.

  • Over the Gate

  • By: Miss Read
  • Narrated by: Gwen Watford
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

A weight-losing recipe sends a portly Victorian housemaid literally sky-high. Mrs Next-Door, the queen of copycats, drives her patient neighbour mad with rage; the tragic tale of the ghost of Fairacre; the touch-and-go romance of Elsie Parker. In Over the Gate, Miss Read, the village schoolmistress, continues to remember odd incidents and excellent stories and to retell them with characteristic grace and compassion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Over the gate

  • By Anonymous User on 12-16-10

Over the gate

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-16-10

This charming and entertaining tale is so heartwarming. In the lovely tones of a clear English accent, the narrator takes us to the heart of English life in a village and all the characters are there with glimpses into their histories. Wonderful. I am buying the whole set of these books.

  • Village Diary

  • By: Miss Read
  • Narrated by: Gwen Watford
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

‘As I have been given a large and magnificent diary for Christmas... I intend to fill it in as long as my ardour lasts.’ Luckily, Miss Read’s ardour lasts all year, encompassing every aspect of Fairacre life. Whether embroiled unwillingly in her friend Amy’s marital hiccups, discussing the changing world with Miss Clare or the modern problems of good local education and rural impoverishment with the schools inspector and the doctor, she remains balanced, humorous and wise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Village diary

  • By Anonymous User on 11-30-10

Village diary

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-30-10

This is marvellous. The humour, the events, the history. All told in wonderful tones of english diction and great sense of humour. I lived it with her, and when it ended I rushed to buy another one in the series. Fantastic.

  • A Pocket Full of Rye

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Joan Hickson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Rex Fortescue, king of a financial empire, was sipping tea in his "counting house" when he suffered an agonising and sudden death. On later inspection, the pockets of the deceased were found to contain traces of cereals. Yet, it was the incident in the parlour which confirmed Jane Marple's suspicion that here she was looking at a case of crime by rhyme.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The nightmare of my childhood - dreamy again

  • By Gwynnion Kildare on 12-16-17

Pocket full of rye

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-17-10

Yet again Joan Hickson's perfect clipped English diction makes for wonderful listening. She is the perfect Agatha Christie narrator and tells this story beautifully. Very well written, keeps you guessing.

  • The Murder at the Vicarage

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Joan Hickson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

"Anyone who murdered Colonel Protheroe," declared the parson, "would be doing the world at large a service!" It was a careless remark for a man of the cloth. And one which was to come back and haunt the clergyman just a few hours later. From seven potential murderers, Miss Marple must seek out the suspect who has both motive and opportunity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Joan Hickson is perfect

  • By FJWynne on 11-10-07

Murder at the Vicarage

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-17-10

Brilliant! Joan Hickson is a gem, speaks like a real upper class English lady and creates a wonderful atmosphere for this clever tale. Thoroughly recommended.

  • I Capture the Castle

  • By: Dodie Smith
  • Narrated by: Jenny Agutter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 928
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 831
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 831

In this coming of age story, Dodie Smith introduces the visionary and eccentric character of seventeen-year-old Cassandra Mortmain. The youngest daughter in a family of impoverished artists, it is her imagination and writing that takes us away from the ramshackle old English castle where they live, and towards an intriguing tale of husband-hunting and light-hearted sibling rivalry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well, that was a surprise

  • By Matthew on 12-16-13

I capture the castle

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-17-10

when I saw this was by Dodie Smith I thought it might be a childrens' book. But no: it is an adult book and an absolute gem. I loved it. The story teller is Jenny Agutter with her soft, English, cultured tones and she is perfect for the narration. The story is of the two daughters of a family and written from the perspective of one of the daughters. Highly entertaining, touching and very very well written.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Heart of the Home

  • By: Grace Thompson
  • Narrated by: Anne Cater
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Meriel Evans has worked in her father's estate agency ever since she left school, and she is happy there. But she knows that the time has come for her to follow her own path, so she finds work with the Ace Estate Agency. She soon realises that the owner, George Dexter, and her father dislike each other intensely, though neither will explain why. When she discovers a house called Badgers Brook, she is determined to stay there even after she is unfairly dismissed from her new job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heart of the Home

  • By Anonymous User on 11-17-10

Heart of the Home

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-17-10

Anne Cater is a master of audio. She brings this lovely story to life and does the voices so well. I loved this book, it was engrossing and absorbing.