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  • The Shoemaker's Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Adriana Trigiani
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,154

The fateful first meeting of Enza and Ciro takes place amid the haunting majesty of the Italian Alps at the turn of the last century. Still teenagers, they are separated when Ciro is banished from his village and sent to hide in New York's Little Italy, apprenticed to a shoemaker, leaving a bereft Enza behind. But when her own family faces disaster, she, too, is forced to emigrate to America. Though destiny will reunite the star-crossed lovers, it will, just as abruptly, separate them once again....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely story written in Adriana Trigiani style.

  • By Barbara on 04-22-14

Relistened to it after a few years

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

Reviewed: 03-29-16

I listened to it again a few years later because I enjoyed it so much the first time. It is a good, well written story with well foemed characters but it could be impoved by being shorter and with a faster pace. Well researched and well worth the read.

  • Only Time Will Tell

  • Clifton Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Roger Allam, Emilia Fox
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205

The Clifton Chronicles is Jeffrey Archer’s most ambitious work in four decades as an international best-selling author. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the chilling words, ‘I was told that my father was killed in the war’. But it will be another twenty years before Harry discovers how his father really died, which will only lead him to question: who was his father?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A ripping yarn

  • By Jane on 07-01-11

These are not individual books!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-14

Would you try another book from Jeffrey Archer and/or Roger Allam and Emilia Fox ?

After Kain and Abel always - these books are drawn out incomplete sequals, not complete books and as such boring and VERY pricey for a very average drawn out story. NO I have no interest in hearing the rest of it.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Am already listening to Ken Wilber and reading Jojo Moyos

What aspect of Roger Allam and Emilia Fox ’s performance would you have changed?

The performance was OK, the storyline is the problem

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Only Time Will Tell: Clifton Chronicles, Book 1?

The whole book needs a 20-40% or more condensation, too drawn out and painful.

Any additional comments?

My last Jeffrey Archer! - life is too short to read this.

  • The Potato Factory

  • The Australian Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 23 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,179

Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audiobook of the year!

  • By karen on 11-30-05

A well written and performed informative book

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

Reviewed: 03-11-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, well written, informative with colourful characters and brilliantly read.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mary Abacus, I felt sorry for her but admired her determination

What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

Hoe he changed with every character,

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

When Mary tried to find employment as a clark.

Any additional comments?

I am now reading Tommo and Hawk