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  • The Bookshop on the Corner

  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,381

Nina Redmond is a librarian with a gift for finding the perfect books for her readers. But can she write her own happy ever after? In this valentine to readers, librarians, and book lovers the world over, the New York Times best-selling author of Little Beach Street Bakery returns with a funny, moving new novel for fans of Meg Donohue, Sophie Kinsella, and Nina George's The Little Paris Bookshop.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading

  • By Alexis☺ on 05-28-17

From Birmingham to Scotland

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

This held my interest and was better than I expected. Lucy Price-Lewis is such a good narrator that I forgot I was listening. She handled multiple accents, and both men and women with great skill.
The story moved right along and although predictable, had interesting characters and great atmosphere and local color.

  • Northanger Abbey

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jane Austen, Anna Lea - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Douglas Booth, Eleanor Tomlinson, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,117

A coming-of-age tale for the young and naïve 17-year-old Catherine Morland, Northanger Abbey takes a decidedly comical look at themes of class, family, love and literature. Revelling in the sensationalist - and extremely popular - Gothic fiction of her day, the story follows Catherine out of Bath to the lofty manor of the Tilneys, where her overactive imagination gets to work constructing an absurd and melodramatic explanation for the death of Mrs Tilney, which threatens to jeopardise her newly forged friendships.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amusing audio experience

  • By if it's not baroque on 01-01-18

Giving life to a classic

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

Reviewed: 09-08-17

What did you love best about Northanger Abbey?

This was a very well done abridgment. Even though parts of the book were left out, I didn't feel that I was missing anything important.

Any additional comments?

The voices were excellent and it was usually easy to tell who was speaking. A lovely story brought to life.

  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 6
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,022
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,857
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,844

Max is back! New husband, new job, and a training regime that cannot fail - to go wrong! Take one interim Chief Training Officer, add five recruits, mix with Joan of Arc, a baby mammoth, a duplicitous Father of History, a bombed rat, Stone Age hunters, a couple of passing policemen who should have better things to do, and Dick the Turd. Stir well, bring to the boil – and wait for the bang! Join Max in the sixth instalment in the off-the-wall Chronicles of St Mary’s series."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great visit with the St. Mary's historians

  • By MJ on 08-30-15

Thank you Zara Ramm!

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

Reviewed: 11-03-16

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

Words can't describe how much I love this series. This sixth volume has many very funny moments and makes a good review of St. Mary's, since Max is now training a group of aspiring historians.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters by now seem so real to me as they follow the twists and turns of the plot. The addition of new characters is welcome. Taylor strikes a great balance between the familiar and new elements in the story.

What about Zara Ramm’s performance did you like?

I haven't read these books in print, but I can't imagine them without Zara Ramm's voice as Max. She should receive every audio reader award out there for her masterful renditions of this series. She gets completely into the mind and heart of the author.

Happy Endings
    
    
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        Trisha Ashley
    
    


    
    
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        Rachel Atkins
    
    


    
    Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    15 ratings
    Overall 2.7
  • Happy Endings

  • By: Trisha Ashley
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 9

Tina Devino is a moderately successful romantic novelist who longs to enter the realms of bestsellerdom. But her own life is a world away from that of her romantic heroines. Her off-on lover, the exotic former Russian ballet star, Sergei Popov, seems to be drifting away, and her position on the Salubrious Press fiction list is threatened by younger, more glamorous authors. She knows if the sales of her latest book don't improve dramatically, it might be her final novel.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By K. on 09-23-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 09-23-16

What disappointed you about Happy Endings?

I had a hard time with the narrator right from the beginning, but stuck with it because I love Trisha Ashley. The foreign accents were off-putting.

What could Trisha Ashley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

This book had none of the charming, quirky characters who are so real in Ashley's other books. I should have listened to the previous reviewer who said the main character wasn't likeable enough. Again I might have liked her a little better with a different narrator, but she didn't improve on further acquaintance.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rachel Atkins?

I loved the narrator of Every Woman for Herself, Julia Barrie, and would love to hear her do all Ashley's books. Please, Audible!

  • Every Woman for Herself

  • By: Trisha Ashley
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

First comes marriage. Then comes divorce. Then it's every woman for herself …Every Woman for Herself is a hilarious account of divorce and dating from Sunday Times bestseller Trisha Ashley. Perfect for fans of Katie Fforde and Carole Matthew, the country setting and rom-com storyline make this the perfect summer paperback. When Charlie's husband Matt tells her that he wants a divorce she has to start from scratch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Adorable.

  • By jodiod on 06-19-15

Unexpectedly delightful!

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

Reviewed: 05-25-16

What made the experience of listening to Every Woman for Herself the most enjoyable?

This book is full of surprises. I had trouble getting into it because of the trite divorce setup at the beginning, but it gradually takes on a very unusual and quirky personality unlike other chick lit I have read. The odd and very charming family life is somehow quite believable, even if some of the plot points aren't. And that's okay because the hero is yummy. Tricia Ashley throws in a hodgepodge of stuff: tropical plants, painting, wicca, cooking, the Brontes, far-out preschool education and even magazine publishing (Skint Old Northern Woman!).

What other book might you compare Every Woman for Herself to and why?

I haven't read other books by this author but I will now, and I wish Audible had all of them.

What about Julia Barrie’s performance did you like?

I thought the reading was brilliant. I did like the way she did the men, and also thought her children were wonderful.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It's a very funny book.

Any additional comments?

I actually started it over when it ended, because I had such a bad impression at the beginning. Now I recognize the author's quirky sense of humor which takes a couple of chapters to really develop.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Spring Affair

  • By: Milly Johnson
  • Narrated by: Colleen Prendergast
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156

Lou Winter is a lonely woman who no longer realises she's being taken advantage of - whether by her mother or unfaithful husband Phil. Then one day she spots a magazine article on clearing clutter. What begins as an earnest spring-clean soon spirals out of control. The more Lou lets go of, the more light can get to those painful places at the centre of her heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyable.

  • By Jan on 10-07-12

Life changing magic of cleaning out

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

Reviewed: 02-27-16

What did you love best about A Spring Affair?

The book is very well plotted. The main character Lou is very likeable, and the other characters are well done if a bit exaggerated at times. I just listened to it again after nearly a year, and it was almost better the second time, knowing how it all came out.

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

The story has many good moments. There's never a doubt as to who the bad guys are. The changes in Lou are realistically gradual, and we cheer her on.

  • A Bachelor Establishment

  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,833
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,699
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,696

High adventure and dark mystery combine in a sparkling historical romance, by Jodi Taylor writing as Isabella Barclay from The Chronicles of St. Mary's. Bascombe, widowed and tied to an impoverished estate, has learned to ask little of life. With no hope of leaving, the years have passed her by. Lord Ryde, exiled abroad after a scandal, has returned to strip his estate and make a new start in America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A clever and well-plotted Regency Romance

  • By Hope on 09-17-15

A Bachelor Establishment

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

Reviewed: 01-29-16

Would you listen to A Bachelor Establishment again? Why?

I don't think so.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed seeing another side of Jodi Taylor.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There are some funny moments in the story.

Any additional comments?

I'm wondering if this is an early Jodi Taylor that has now been brought out in the wake of her enormously successful St. Mary's series. For me it wasn't up to the standard of Max's Chronicles, and was just ok. Taylor seemed to be channeling Georgette Heyer, and there were several phrases lifted directly--Heyer fans will recognize them. I think Taylor can do better and if she decides to continue this series, they'll get better!
The pen name of Isabella Barclay creeps me out. I'm only halfway through the St. Mary's series, but so far that's not someone I want to be around.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Very First Damned Thing

  • An Author-Read Audio Exclusive
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Jodi Taylor
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,357

Jodi Taylor reads the long-awaited prequel in her Chronicles of St Mary’s series, as Dr Bairstow struggles to set up St Mary’s as we know it in a world still scarred by the ravages of civil war. Ever wondered how it all began? It’s two years since the final victory at the Battersea Barricades. The fighting might be finished, but for Dr Bairstow, just now setting up St Mary's, the struggle is only beginning. How will he assemble his team? From where will his funding come?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the story. The narration was ehh...

  • By Krista on 12-09-15

Back to the beginning

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

Reviewed: 01-14-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Very First Damned Thing to be better than the print version?

It is fascinating to hear the author's voice. I must confess I very much missed the matchless reading of Zara Ramm, but Taylor does have a lovely voice.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This novella gives us a chance to get to know the enigmatic Dr. Bairstow better. He's a man on a mission. How will he find the people he needs?

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Words can't describe how much I loved this. This author never fails to make me laugh, shudder, and sometimes cry.

Any additional comments?

No one who reads the incredible St. Mary's chronicles should miss these shorter stories, and they are FREE from Audible!

The Secret Countess
    
    
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        Eva Ibbotson
    
    


    
    
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        Davina Porter
    
    


    
    Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
    291 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • The Secret Countess

  • By: Eva Ibbotson
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

Rupert, the young Earl of Westerholme, returns home from the war - and Anna, a housemaid, falls hopelessly in love with him. But they can never be together - Rupert is engaged to the snobbish and awful Muriel. And anyway, Anna is only a servant. Or so everybody thinks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Storytelling!!

  • By Lenee on 11-17-10

If you like Downton Abbey...you will love this

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

Reviewed: 05-08-15

If you could sum up The Secret Countess in three words, what would they be?

Charming, romantic and fanciful

What did you like best about this story?

This is a period piece that seems more timeless than dated. Some listeners found the plotline about eugenics disturbing, but I thought it was well handled. Overall I thought this book gave a more realistic view of the aftermath of World War I than Downton Abbey did. But at times this is just a frothy farce. It's predictable, but delightful.

What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

Davina Porter's reading was brilliant. She provided appropriate accents and voices for each of the many characters. Her Russian, Italian and French were awesome.

If you could take any character from The Secret Countess out to dinner, who would it be and why?

The Earl, of course!

  • Life Skills

  • By: Katie Fforde
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

Suddenly released from her engagement and out of work, Julia Fairfax is looking for a new direction in life. When a classified ad catches her eye, she embarks on a hilarious trip through the English canals in a rickety hotel boat. Along the way, she encounters hard-to-please guests, an unsettling ex-boyfriend, and the challenges of cooking in a tiny galley with rattling crockery.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Why does this get good ratings?

  • By L. Stapleton on 10-21-12

Two stories in one

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

Reviewed: 05-08-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This wasn't my favorite listen. The first part of the book focuses on Julia's problems and her adjustment to life on a narrowboat. Then the plot takes a big left turn and the rest of the book is quite different. Can't say more without spoilers. It almost seemed like two different books. Just my impression, and others may not notice this.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

There's a great deal of information about traveling through the canals of England on a narrowboat, where our heroine has taken a job as a chef. Some was interesting, but the boating detail was at times hard to follow.

Was Life Skills worth the listening time?

Davina Porter's narration was brilliant and definitely improved the book for me.