Leeds readers top rated talking books 2014

All rated 5 star by Leeds readers
The CircleEggers, Dave – The circle
 -Mae Holland  the gets  opportunity of a lifetime when she’s hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company.

Riley, Lucinda- The Midnight Rose – A multi-layered, heart-breaking tale spanning four generations and two very different cultures, it sweeps from the glittering palaces of the great maharajas of India to the majestic stately homes of England, following the extraordinary life of Anahita Chaval, from 1911 to the present.

Ley, Rosanna – The Villa – Initially resistant to her daughter, Tess, going back to her roots, Flavia realises the secrets from her past are about to be revealed and decides to try to explain her actions. Meanwhile, Tess’ teenage daughter Ginny is stressed by college, and all three women are seeking answers. Will Villa Sirena bring them together?

Cole, Martina – Revenge – Michael Flynn, untouchable in a world of power, money and violence, fights for The villawhat he wants and he takes it, whatever the cost. He learns the rules of the Life from the best and when his mentor, legendary Face Patrick Costello, is taken out, no one questions that Michael Flynn is his natural successor.

Baker, Anne – A Liverpool Legacy -On a spring day in 1947, Millie and Pete Maynard take their daughter Sylvie on a boat trip which ends in tragedy. Sylvie blames herself for the accident and Millie needs all her strength to comfort her children and overcome her grief. Then Pete’s Will is read and further heartache lies in store.

Diamond, Lucy – Me and Mr. Jones–  Izzy’s determined to escape her troubled past with a new start by the sea – but flirtatious Charlie Jones is causing complications. Alicia’s been happily married to loyal Hugh for years but secretly craves excitement. Maybe it’s time to spice things up? Emma’s relationship with David was once fun and romantic but trying for a baby has taken its toll. Then temptation comes along. As the future of the family’s B&B becomes uncertain ..

McBride, Stuart – A Song for the Dying – Eight years ago, the Inside Man abducted and killed four women. He left another three in critical condition, their stomachs slit open and a plastic doll stitched inside. Then he disappeared. Until now. Ash Henderson investigates.

Nesbo, Jo – Cockroaches – Detective Harry Hole  in steaming hot Bangkok- The Norwegian ambassador has been found dead in a seedy motel room, and no witnesses have come forward. He had close ties to the Norwegian prime minister, and to avoid a scandal Harry is sent there to hush up the case. But he quickly discovers that there is much more going on behind the scenes and very few people willing to talk

Blake, Daniel  – City of Sins – Pulse-pounding new thriller featuring FBI agent Franco Patrese, in New Orleans on the hunt for a warped serial killer as Hurricane Katrina threatens the city.

Kennedy, Douglas – Five Days – In the throes of a midlife crisis, with her 20 year marriage stale, Laura is invited to a conference in Boston. In the hotel lobby, she gets talking to Richard Coleman, an insurance salesman in his 50s. Initially, Laura writes him off as grey and uninspiring but a chance meeting brings them together and Laura discovers a smarter, more animated person beneath the salesman’s façade

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Leeds readers top rated talking books 2014

  1. The Circle is a great book, although it’s not Egger’s best work in my opinion. A Hologram For the King is the pick of his recent fiction, I think, a 21st century hybrid of Death Of A Salesman and Waiting For Godot. Zeitoun and What Is the What? are both excellent books too, dealing with the genocide in South Sudan and Hurricane Katrina respectively, although they’re not non-fiction writing in its purest form. The lines are always blurred with Eggers, and that’s one of the things that makes him such a special writer. I’d also recommened his seminal memoir A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius, which does exactly what is says on the tin. The Circle is well worth a read though, especially for those (like me) who feel uncomfortable with the way companies like Google and Facebook are seeking to control the world’s flow of information. It’s a novel of ideas, and a very good one at that, but the prose – which is still of a higher standard than most writers ever manage to produce – suffers ever so slightly as a result, so it’s four stars rather than five for me.

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