Hello, Sunshine, on this very rainy day I have a bit of a different post today, I thought I would share with you all some of my favourite Audiobook’s. I know some readers are still unsure of Audiobooks and to be honest I used to be in that category, but I am really getting into my audiobooks a lately. I was never a fan before but they just fit better in with my lifestyle at the minute then regular books do. I can literally listen to a whole book in a day (I really should start writing reviews for them).

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I have gotten into the habit of having one playing while I’m going about my day, from doing the dishes/laundry, the dreaded ironing to pottering around the garden (I maybe the only person to have an audiobook playing out around the garden instead of music). I never listen to them while walking the dog, as it’s really not safe to walk around oblivious to the world, but while around the house and garden I have always got one playing. I must drive my family bonkers , LOL! Or I will plug in the earphones and sink into my own little world while the family are arguing over what to watch on TV (personally there is only so many times you can re-watch repeats of Midsummer, A Touch of Frost and Morse).

I am hoping to encourage more people to take a chance on Audiobooks, believe me I know once your set in your ways it is hard to change, but I am sure I will have something to entice you all with. I have a selection or which I have loved and a couple I am currently listening to plus a few offers which I have come across.

So take a look and I hope you find a new audiobook-love.

Books I have loved!

In Darkness, Look For Stars by Clara Benson.

Narrated by Daphne Kouma

Paris, 1941: Going against her mother’s orders, spirited Maggie devotes herself to the Resistance. Her life is a whirlwind of forged passports and secret midnight runs, helping Jews escape. Much to her high-society mother’s disapproval, she has fallen in love with Emil, a Jewish Resistance fighter who is wanted by the Nazis. 

The city is growing more dangerous by the day, with signs proclaiming “No Jews” posted everywhere in the mazelike streets and people dragged away in handcuffs. The forbidden lovers are forced to say good-bye – Emil going underground to escape capture. 

Meanwhile, Maggie’s sister, Cecilia, is hundreds of miles away, where the realities of war are yet to hit the serenity of the South of France. Innocent and shy Cecilia is shocked to the core when Emil turns up, seeking refuge. Her sheltered life turned upside down, Cecilia is thrown into the world of the Resistance, all the while sending coded letters to her sister, who every day awaits news of her fiancé. 

But with the Nazis closing in on them, their lives soon hang in the balance. Both sisters must decide where their loyalties lie – and how far they are willing to go to save themselves and one another. 

An evocative, riveting, and stirring tale about the tragic realities of war, the fine line between loyalty and lies, and the power of love, even in the darkest of times. Fans of The Nightingale, The Letter, and All the Light We Cannot See will be spellbound by this magnificent historical novel.

©2020 Clara Benson (P)2020 Bookouture

Purchase Link: Audible.co.uk, In-Darkness-Look-for-Stars

Beyond the Moon by Catherine Taylor

Narrated by Liz May Brice

A strange twist of fate connects a British soldier fighting in the First World War in 1916 with a young woman living in modern-day England a century later, in this haunting literary time travel novel.

Two people, two battles: one against the invading Germans on the battlefields of 1916 France, the other against a substandard, uncaring mental health facility in modern-day England. Part war story, part timeslip, part love story – and at the same time a meditation on the themes of war, mental illness, identity and art, Beyond The Moon is an intelligent, captivating debut novel, perfect for book clubs.

In 1916 1st Lieutenant Robert Lovett is a patient at Coldbrook Hall military hospital in Sussex, England. A gifted artist, he’s been wounded fighting in the Great War. Shell shocked and suffering from hysterical blindness he can no longer see his own face, let alone paint, and life seems increasingly hopeless.

A century later in 2017, medical student Louisa Casson has just lost her beloved grandmother – her only family. Heartbroken, she drowns her sorrows in alcohol on the South Downs cliffs – only to fall accidentally part-way down. Doctors fear she may have attempted suicide, and Louisa finds herself involuntarily admitted to Coldbrook Hall – now a psychiatric hospital, an unfriendly and chaotic place.

Then one day, while secretly exploring the old Victorian hospital’s ruined, abandoned wing, Louisa hears a voice calling for help, and stumbles across a dark, old-fashioned hospital room. Inside, lying on the floor, is a mysterious, sightless young man, who tells her he was hurt at the Battle of the Somme, a WW1 battle a century ago. And that his name is Lieutenant Robert Lovett…

For fans of Kate Quinn, Sebastian Faulks, Diana Gabaldon, Ken Follett, Kristin Hannah, Susanna Kearsley and Paullina Simons.

*NB Contains graphic descriptions of war violence and injuries, as well as profanity and mild sex.

Purchase Link: Beyond the Moon, Audible.co.uk

The Thief’s Daughter by Victoria Cornwall

Narrated by Emma Powell

Eighteenth-century Cornwall is crippled by debt and poverty while the gibbet casts a shadow of fear over the land. Yet when night falls, free traders swarm onto the beaches, and smuggling prospers. 

Terrified by a thief-taker’s warning as a child, Jenna has resolved to be good. But when her brother asks for her help to pay his creditors, Jenna finds herself entering the dangerous world of the smuggling trade. 

Jack Penhale hunts down the smuggling gangs in revenge for his father’s death. Drawn to Jenna at a hiring fayre, they discover their lives are entangled. But as Jenna struggles to decide where her allegiances lie, the worlds of justice and crime collide, leading to danger and heartache.

©2017 Victoria Cornwall (P)2018 Soundings

Purchase Link: Audible.co.uk, The-Thiefs-Daughter

The Telephone Box Library by Rachel Lucas

Narrated by Anna Cordell

The Cotswolds: the perfect retreat for a stressed-out teacher. And Lucy has found just the right cottage for a bargain rent. All she has to do is keep an eye on Bunty, her extremely feisty 90-something neighbour….

With her West Highland terrier Hamish at her side, Lucy plans to relax and read up on the women of nearby Bletchley Park. But the villagers of Little Maudley have other ideas and she finds herself caught up in the campaign to turn a dilapidated telephone box into a volunteer-run library.

Along the way, she makes friends with treehouse designer Sam and finds herself falling for the charms of village life. And it seems Bunty has a special connection to Bletchley and the telephone box, one that she’s kept secret for decades….

The Telephone Box Library is an uplifting story about fresh starts and new beginnings, set in a picturesque Cotswold village, by best-selling author Rachael Lucas.

©2020 Rachael Lucas (P)2020 W. F. Howes

Purchase Link: Audible.co.uk, The-Telephone-Box-Library

Currently Listening to!

Clanlands: Whisky, Warfare, and a Scottish Adventure Like No Other by Sam Heughan & Graham McTavish, Forward by Diana Gabaldon.

Narrated by Graham McTavish, Sam Heughan & Diana Gabaldon.

A road trip book with a difference. Stars of Outlander – Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish – explore Scotland, a land of raw beauty, poetry, feuding, music, history and warfare.

Narrated by Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish, with a foreword written and read by Diana Gabaldon.

From their faithful camper-van to boats, kayaks, bicycles and motorbikes, join stars of Outlander Sam and Graham on a road trip with a difference.

Unlikely friends Sam and Graham begin their journey in the heart of Scotland at Glencoe and travel from there all the way to Inverness and Culloden battlefield, where along the way they experience adventure and a cast of highland characters. In this story of friendship, finding themselves and whisky, they discover the complexity, rich history and culture of their native country.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Diana Gabaldon, Graham McTavish, Sam Heughan (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Purchase Link: Audible.co.uk, Clanlands

The Captain’s Daughter by Victoria Cornwall

Narrated by Emma Powell.

After a family tragedy, Janey Carhart was forced from her comfortable life as a captain’s daughter into domestic service. 

Determined to make something of herself, Janey eventually finds work as a lady’s maid at the imposing Bosvenna Manor on the edge of Bodmin Moor but is soon caught between the two worlds of upstairs and downstairs as she cares for her mistress. 

Desperately lonely, Janey catches the attention of two men – James Brockenshaw and Daniel Kellow. James is heir to the Bosvenna estate. Daniel Kellow is a neighbouring farmer with a dark past. 

Two men. Who should she choose? Or will fate decide?

©2017 Victoria Cornwall (P)2018 Soundings

Purchase Link: Audible. co.uk, The-Captains-Daughter

Audio Book Bargains!

For those who are still unsure about Audiobooks, you could buy a kindle e-book where the whisper sync audible version is on offer, this is how I purchase a few of mine when I don’t want to use a Audible credit. Here are a few which are currently on offer on Amazon UK.

The Strange Journey of Alice Pendelbury by Marc Levy.

From international bestselling author Marc Levy comes a witty and beguiling novel of one woman’s unexpected journey to follow her destiny.

Alice Pendelbury believes everything in her life is pretty much in order—from her good friends to her burgeoning career. But even Alice has to admit it’s been an odd week. Not only has her belligerent neighbor, Mr. Daldry, suddenly become a surprisingly agreeable confidant, but he’s encouraging her to take seriously the fortune-teller who told her that only by traveling to Turkey can Alice meet the most important person in her life.

What’s more, the peculiarly insistent Mr. Daldry has even agreed to finance Alice’s trip—one that against all reason seems to be predestined. It’s on this journey, crazy from the outset and strangely irresistible, that Alice will find out that nothing in her life is real, that her past is not true, and that the six people she’s about to encounter will shape her future in ways she could never have dreamed.

Revised edition: Previously published as L’étrange voyage de Monsieur Daldry, this edition of The Strange Journey of Alice Pendelbury includes editorial revisions.

Purchase Link: Amazon.co.uk, Strange-Journey-Alice-Pendelbury

This title is currently on offer for £1.00 and the Audible narration is £3.49, that is a e-book and Audible version for less then £5.

The Venice Sketchbook by Rhys Bowen

Rhys Bowen crafts a propulsive, unexpected plot with characters who come vibrantly alive on the page.” —Mark Sullivan, author of Beneath a Scarlet Sky

Love and secrets collide in Venice during WWII in an enthralling novel of brief encounters and lasting romance by the New York Times bestselling author of The Tuscan Child and Above the Bay of Angels.

Caroline Grant is struggling to accept the end of her marriage when she receives an unexpected bequest. Her beloved great-aunt Lettie leaves her a sketchbook, three keys, and a final whisper…Venice. Caroline’s quest: to scatter Juliet “Lettie” Browning’s ashes in the city she loved and to unlock the mysteries stored away for more than sixty years.

It’s 1938 when art teacher Juliet Browning arrives in romantic Venice. For her students, it’s a wealth of history, art, and beauty. For Juliet, it’s poignant memories and a chance to reconnect with Leonardo Da Rossi, the man she loves whose future is already determined by his noble family. However star-crossed, nothing can come between them. Until the threat of war closes in on Venice and they’re forced to fight, survive, and protect a secret that will bind them forever.

Key by key, Lettie’s life of impossible love, loss, and courage unfolds. It’s one that Caroline can now make right again as her own journey of self-discovery begins.

Purchase Link: Amazon.co.uk, Venice-Sketchbook

The Kindle e-book is currently on offer for £1.00 and the Audible version for £2.99 that’s an e-book and Audio-book for less than £4.00.

Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

Soon to be a major television event from Pascal Pictures, starring Tom Holland.

Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, the USA Today and #1 Amazon Charts bestseller Beneath a Scarlet Sky is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience during one of history’s darkest hours.

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager—obsessed with music, food, and girls—but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior.

In an attempt to protect him, Pino’s parents force him to enlist as a German soldier—a move they think will keep him out of combat. But after Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler’s left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich’s most mysterious and powerful commanders.

Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he dreams they will one day share.

Fans of All the Light We Cannot SeeThe Nightingale, and Unbroken will enjoy this riveting saga of history, suspense, and love.

Purchase Link: Amazon.co.uk, Beneath-Scarlet-Sky

This title is currently on offer for £1.00 and the audible version can be purchased at £3.49, which is two books for less then £5.

I hope you have found something in my selection which has intrigued you, I would love to hear your views on Audio-Books, what are you currently listening to? or do you have any recommendations to add to my own selection?

One thought on “Audiobook Weekend!

  1. love audiobooks! i always have one on when i am shopping, doing housework, cooking, or working in the gardens. i just finished one by Tana French, The Searcher. Excellent! i’ve be reviewing it next Thursday. (of course, as i always say–it’s the narrator who really makes it.)


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