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  • Sisters and Brothers

  • By: Fiona Palmer
  • Narrated by: Anna Steen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Emma, a nurse and busy mother of three, has always dreamed of having a sister. Michelle, at 46, wonders if it's too late to fall in love and find her birth parents. Sarah, career woman and perfectionist homemaker, struggles to keep up with the Joneses. Bill, 72, feels left behind after the death of his adored wife. Adam can't stop thinking about the father he never had. These five very different people are all connected but separated by secrets from the past. Sisters and Brothers will both break and warm your heart in a way that only best-selling Australian storyteller Fiona Palmer can. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pulled at the Heart Strings!

  • By Kathryn @theBookDate on 11-17-18

Pulled at the Heart Strings!

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

There is so much in this story - but essentially at its heart is family. So many great characters and so many issues. Oh my! Adoption at its heart, a marriage teetering, illness and loss, and so much more. I liked the narration, it enhanced the story and I am so happy I went down this road to read the book - my first by Fiona Palmer and I certainly would be very happy to pick up another book by this author.

  • The One You Really Want

  • By: Jill Mansell
  • Narrated by: Sarah Barron
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

When Nancy spies her Christmas present from her husband sitting on the lawn, she realises the jewellery she thought was for her must be on someone else. Her best friend, Carmen, isn't surprised (she never liked Jonathan) and persuades Nancy to leave Edinburgh and come and stay in her luxury London flat - far too vast for Carmen since her husband, millionaire rock star Spike Todd, died. Soon Nancy's met gorgeous Connor O'Shea, who lives next door, and his daughter, Mia, is matchmaking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full of Humour and a Great Narrator!!

  • By Kathryn @theBookDate on 11-09-18

Full of Humour and a Great Narrator!!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-18

This is one of those books that I am sure is enhanced by being narrated. And I really enjoyed the narrator's interpretation, she and of course Jill Mansell had me chuckling often as I listened. Full of varied characters with various but similar challenges, there was nothing to dislike and all to enjoy. With of course the perfect satisfying ending. Some might say predictable, but then that's what I like in a book! A happy ending.

  • An Island Christmas

  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Sarah Barron
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Christmas on the remote Scottish island of Mure is bleak, stark - and incredibly beautiful. It's a time for hunkering down, getting cosy in front of whisky barrel wood fires and enjoying a dram with the people you love - unless, of course, you're accidentally pregnant to your ex-boss and don't know how to tell him. In what should be the season of peace and goodwill on earth, will Joel think Flora is a bearer of glad tidings?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it.

  • By Kathryn @theBookDate on 10-29-18

Loved it.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-29-18

Loved it. Perfect narration again and just adored meeting up with the people from the Island of Mure. More please!

  • How to Find Love in a Bookshop

  • By: Veronica Henry
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Nightingale Books, nestled on the high street in the idyllic Cotswold town of Peasebrook, is a dream come true for booklovers. But owner Emilia Nightingale is struggling to keep the shop open. The temptation to sell up is proving enormous - but what about the promise she made to her father? Not to mention the loyalty she owes to her customers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Kathryn @theBookDate on 10-24-18

Delightful

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

Delightful very English story. Lots of characters but everything really centred around the bookshop as each person interacted and came to fully understand and know themselves and their own minds. Well done as an audiobook.

  • Beach Blues

  • By: Joanne DeMaio
  • Narrated by: Nick Cracknell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

Celia Gray finds herself house-sitting a silver-shingled cottage at Stony Point. She arrives with her guitar, a few staging jobs...and a bit of summertime sadness. That is, until an unforgettable group of beach friends draws her in like a breath of salt air. Sal DeLuca heard the words in a dream: Take me to the sea. So after a decade of demanding work, he takes his first vacation in years. When Stony Point's two wash-ashores, Sal and Celia, meet, some say it's a match made in beach-heaven.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Blue!

  • By Kathryn @theBookDate on 07-07-18

Very Blue!

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

Nick Cracknell has grown on me as a narrator, he certainly does do this book justice. However I found the story just a little dragged out and very blue, you could call it bittersweet, but more bitter than sweet. I am not sure I want any more of these angsty lives. Maybe in another year I might be able - or not - to face into them. I like them but... not sure the good friendships can overcome the angsty drama.

  • Promise Me, Dad

  • A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose
  • By: Joe Biden
  • Narrated by: Joe Biden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,929
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,566
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,547

In November 2014, 13 members of the Biden family gathered on Nantucket for Thanksgiving, a tradition they had been celebrating for the past 40 years; it was the one constant in what had become a hectic, scrutinized, and overscheduled life. The Thanksgiving holiday was a much-needed respite, a time to connect, a time to reflect on what the year had brought, and what the future might hold. But this year felt different from all those that had come before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Sad Memoir

  • By Jean on 12-02-17

Inspiring Memoir

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-18

I liked this listen in to Joe Biden and his experience of being Vice President and dealing with the illness and death of his beloved son. I really love being inspired by people with strong values, and living out those values and deep love of family. So while not being from the USA I still found this a very valuable read.

  • Meet Me at the Cupcake Café

  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Ever dreamed of starting over? Issy Randall can bake. No, more than that - Issy can create stunning, mouth-wateringly divine cakes. After a childhood spent in her beloved Grampa Joe’s bakery she has undoubtedly inherited his talent. So when she’s made redundant from her safe but dull City job, Issy decides to seize the moment and open up her own café. It should be a piece of cake, right?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable except when reader got under my skin

  • By Federica on 02-27-13

A Delightful Listen

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-18

I thoroughly enjoyed another Jenny Colgan story. When you want something light and enjoyable but with a small dash of poignancy then I find Jenny Colgan is the way to go. Loved the whole variety of characters. The narrator did an excellent job with all the different voices, great pacing and totally added a whole star to the overall rating I am giving this book.

  • The Secret to Southern Charm

  • By: Kristy Woodson Harvey
  • Narrated by: Janet Metzger, Candace Thaxton
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250

After finding out her military husband is missing in action, middle sister Sloane's world crumbles as her worst nightmare comes true. She can barely climb out of bed, much less summon the strength to be the parent her children deserve. Her mother, Ansley, provides a much-needed respite as she puts her personal life on hold to help Sloane and her grandchildren wade through their new grief-stricken lives. But between caring for her own aging mother, her daughters, and her grandchildren, Ansley's private worry is that secrets from her past will come to light.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • good sequel

  • By Anonymous User on 12-10-18

Well worth the listen

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-18

#2 in the series lived up to the first one and I loved the story of Sloane and Adam and the rest of the family. A very satisfying read and so well narrated.

  • The Endless Beach

  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Sarah Barron
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

On the quayside next to the Endless Beach sits the Summer Seaside Kitchen. It's a haven for tourists and locals alike, who all come to eat the freshest local produce on the island and catch up with the gossip. Flora, who runs the café, feels safe and content - unless she thinks too hard about her relationship with Joel, her gorgeous but emotionally (and physically) distant boyfriend. While Flora is in turmoil about her relationship, her best friend, Lorna, is pining after the local doctor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it.

  • By Kathryn @theBookDate on 04-10-18

Loved it.

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-18

This story held my interest all the way through. I love Mure and all the characters on the island. But please let there be a #3 in this series. I want more of them, to see the characters story line continue even more. Really liked the narrator, thought she did a wonderful job with all the different characters and their accents.

  • The Denim Blue Sea

  • By: Joanne DeMaio
  • Narrated by: Nick Cracknell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

During two August weeks, denim designer Maris Carrington and coastal architect Jason Barlow prepare for their much-anticipated wedding. The wedding is a reason for old friends to gather again; to meet in their shabby beach hangout and get the jukebox cranking; to walk that weathered boardwalk beneath a starry sky; to breathe the sweet salt air. "Cures what ails you," one of the friends, Neil, always said, long before his life was sadly claimed. When Maris discovers Neil's long-lost journal, its passages reveal a heartbreaking secret.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible narration

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-13-18

A Friendship Saga

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

Reviewed: 03-15-18

This carries on the story of a group of friends. One relationship is in crisis - will it all be resolved. Can Maris and Jason reach their wedding day and have it be a very happy one. And a newcomer to the beach, someone special to Eva and Maris. A gentle story that wends its way through the joys and pitfalls of special relationships.
I wasn't particularly in love with the narration, but I didn't hugely dislike it either. I'll probably listen to the next one via audio so I guess that says the narration was okay.