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Most Borrowed Audio Titles (2016)

3 January 2017

Ulverscroft is delighted that 18 of the top 20 most borrowed audio titles for 2016 are from group companies Isis Audio and Soundings - as featured on the PLR's Twitter feed this morning.

All Isis Audio and Soundings titles are currently available to purchase - please see details below:

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. She thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days, and she wants Strike to find him. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him. And when Quine is found brutally murdered in bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he has encountered before.

Read by Robert Glenister - Mystery - 17 hours 17 mins
2 MP3 CDs - 9781445043180 - £56.50
14 CDs - 9781445043173 - £56.50

Personal by Lee Child
Jack Reacher walks alone. Once a go-to hard man in the US military police, now he's a drifter of no fixed abode. But the army tracks him down. Because someone has taken a long-range shot at the French president. Only one man could have done it. And Reacher is the one man who can find him. This new heart-stopping, nail-biting book takes Reacher across the Atlantic to Paris - and then to London. The stakes have never been higher - because this time, it's personal.

Read by Jeff Harding - Thriller - 12 hours
2 MP3 CDs - 9781407949994 - £53.50
12 CDs - 9781407949987 - £53.50

Also available as Audio Download on uLibrary.

Never Go Back by Lee Child
After an epic and interrupted journey all the way from the snows of South Dakota, Jack Reacher has finally made it to Virginia. His destination: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. It was the closest thing to a home he ever had. Why? He wants to meet the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner. But the officer sitting behind Reacher's old desk isn't Susan Turner. What Reacher doesn't expect is what comes next. He himself is in big trouble, accused of a 16-year-old homicide. And he certainly doesn't expect to hear these words: "You're back in the army, Major. And your ass is mine." Will he be sorry he went back? Or - will someone else?

Read by Jeff Harding - Thriller - 11 hours 57 mins
2 MP3 CDs - 9781407943046 - £50.50
11 CDs - 9781407943046 - £50.50

Also available as Audio Download on uLibrary.

A Wanted Man by Lee Child
Nebraska - and Jack Reacher, huge, hulking and with a freshly busted nose, is still trying to hitch a ride east to Virginia. He's picked up by three strangers - two men and a woman. Immediately he knows they're all lying about something - and then they run into a police roadblock on the highway. But they get through. Because the three are innocent? Or because the three are now four? Is Reacher a decoy?

Read by Jeff Harding - Thriller - 12 hours 30 mins
2 MP3 CDs - 9781407935164 - £53.50
12 CDs - 9781407935157 - £53.50

Also available as Audio Download on uLibrary.

Daughters Of The Mersey by Anne Baker
When Steven Dransfield loses his fortune in the Depression, his wife Leonie is forced to save the family from ruin. But Steve resents the success of her dressmaking business and, trapped in a loveless marriage, Leonie is drawn into the arms of another man. Just as their children, Milo and June, begin to spread their wings, Leonie finds herself pregnant, but her duty lies with her family and when Amy is born she unites them all. Then with the outbreak of World War II and danger looming in Liverpool, Amy is evacuated to Wales, and, as the bombs start to drop, lives are lost and hearts are broken and the Dransfields must learn to support one another through the heartache that lies ahead.

Read by Julie Maisey - Family Saga - 14 hours
2 MP3 CDs - 9781407936192 - £53.50
12 CDs - 9781407936185 - £53.50

The Death Season by Kate Ellis
When DI Wesley Peterson is summoned to investigate a killing, he assumes that it is a routine case. But soon dark secrets start to emerge from the victim's past...
Meanwhile, archaeologist Neil Watson is pulled from the historic Paradise Court to a ruined village from World War One. Even with the help of the attractive and enigmatic Lucy, Neil cannot shake the feeling that something is missing from his explorations: a cryptic clue that might have been lost when Sandrock tumbled into the sea many years ago.

As more victims fall prey to a faceless killer, Wesley sees the investigation affecting him more personally than ever before. And when his family becomes a target, Wesley has no time to lose.

Read by Gordon Griffin - Mystery - 11 hours 39 mins
2 MP3 CDs - 9781407954653 - £50.50
11 CDs - 9781407954646 - £50.50

Also available as Audio Download on uLibrary.

Best Kept Secret by Jeffrey Archer
1945. The vote in the House of Lords as to who should inherit the Barrington family fortune has ended in a tie. The Lord Chancellor has the deciding vote...and Harry returns to America to promote his latest novel. When the General Election is called, Giles Barrington has to defend his seat in the House of Commons and is horrified to discover who the will stand against him. But it is Sebastian Clifton, Harry and Emma's son, who ultimately influences his uncle's fate. In 1957, Sebastian wins a scholarship to Cambridge. After Sebastian is expelled from school, he unwittingly becomes caught up in an international art fraud involving a Rodin statue. Does he become a millionaire? Does he go to Cambridge? Is his life in danger?

Read by Alex Jennings - General Fiction - 11 hours 21 mins
2 MP3 CDs - 9781445013688 - £50.50
11 CDs - 9781445013671 - £50.50

Also available as Audio Download on uLibrary.

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case. A war veteran, wounded both physically and psychologically, Strike's life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger.

Read by Robert Glenister - Mystery - 16 hours 5 mins
2 MP3 CDs - 9781445028125 - £58.50
16 CDs - 9781445028118 - £58.50

Sunlight On The Mersey by Lyn Andrews
The Great War is over, and sisters Iris and Rose are adjusting to life in their modest Liverpool home after their brother Charlie has returned from the front. But when their mother sends Rose to the Welsh village of Tregarron to recover from an illness she discovers a new world of possibility. There, she obtains a job as housemaid to the wealthy Rhys-Pritchard family and falls in love with the young but troubled head of house. Meanwhile at home, Charlie, becomes engaged to the daughter of a successful coal merchant, while Iris falls for a porter from the local fruit market. Then tragedy strikes, and the whole family must pull together if they are to survive the turmoil ahead.

Ready by Julie Maisey - Family Saga - 10 hours 30 mins
2 MP3 CDs - 9781407935782 - £47.50
10 CDs - 9781407935775 - £47.50

A Liverpool Legacy by Anne Baker
On a spring day in 1947, Millie and Pete Maynard take their daughter Sylvie on a boat trip that is to end in tragedy. Poor 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... Meanwhile, Pete's younger brother and his good-for-nothing sons try to take control of the family business, but they've underestimated Millie's indomitable spirit. She's worked in Maynard's perfume laboratory for 18 years and is determined to protect her husband's legacy no matter what obstacles are thrown in her way.

Read by Julie Maisey - Family saga - 12 hours 30 mins
2 MP3 CDs - 9781407939308 - £50.50
11 CDs - 9781407939292 - £50.50

Be Careful What You Wish For by Jeffrey Archer
The story opens with Harry Clifton and his wife Emma rushing to hospital to learn the fate of their son Sebastian, who has been involved in a fatal car accident. When Ross Buchanan is forced to resign as chairman of the Barrington Shipping Company, Emma Clifton wants to replace him. But Don Pedro Martinez intends to install Major Alex Fisher, in order to destroy the Barrington family firm. Then, without warning, Cedric Hardcastle, a bluff Yorkshireman, takes his place on the board of Barringtons. Hardcastle's first decision is who to support to become the next chairman of the board: Emma Clifton or Major Alex Fisher?

Read by Alex Jennings - General Fiction -11 hours 40 mins
2 MP3 CDs - 9781445038247 - £53.50
12 CDs - 9781445038230 - £53.50

Also available as Audio Download on uLibrary.

Make Me by Lee Child
Jack Reacher has no place to go, and all the time in the world to get there, so a remote railroad stop with the curious name of Mother's Rest seems perfect for an aimless one-day stopover. He expects to find a lonely tombstone in a sea of nearly-ripe wheat...but instead there is a woman waiting for a missing private investigator, a cryptic note about two hundred deaths, and a small town full of silent, watchful people. Reacher's one-day stopover turns into an open-ended stay... Fasten your seatbelt for another nail-biting ride from the kick ass master of the thriller genre!

Read by Jeff Harding - Thriller - 11 hours 46 mins
2 MP3 CDs - 9781407957210 - £57.50
15 CDs - 9781407957203- £57.50

Also available as Audio Download on uLibrary.

A Summer Promise by Katie Flynn
Maddy Hebditch has been living in poor conditions with her cantankerous grandmother since she was orphaned when she was very young. And although life is hard, Maddy has her friends Alice, Marigold and Tom to help her. Together the four spend their summers exploring the Dales and making plans for the future. Until war breaks out and everything changes. Maddy joins the ATS, where she is recruits for one of the most dangerous jobs a woman could do in wartime: work on the ack-ack sites. All four face dangers as the war worsens, but when Tom is terribly injured Maddy's world falls apart.

Read by Anne Dover- Family Saga - 9 hours 45 mins
2 MP3 CDs - 9781407951034 - £53.50
12 CDs - 9781407951027 - £53.50

Also available as Audio Download on uLibrary.

Thin Air by Ann Cleeves
A group of old university friends travel to Unst to celebrate the marriage of one of their friends to a Shetlander. But late on the night of the wedding party, one of them, Eleanor, disappears. The following day, Eleanor's friend Polly receives an email. It appears to be a suicide note. And then Eleanor's body is discovered, lying in a small loch close to the cliff edge. Detectives Jimmy Perez and Willow Reeves are dispatched to investigate. Before she went missing, Eleanor claimed to have seen a ghost. Her interest in a ghost had seemed unhealthy to her friends. But Jimmy and Willow are convinced that there is more to Eleanor's death than they first thought.

Read by Kenny Blyth - Mystery - 10 hours
1 MP3 CD - 9781445044125- £47.50
10 CDs - 9781445044118 - £47.50

Also available as Audio Download on uLibrary.

Nightingales on Call by Donna Douglas
Dora and her old enemy Lucy are paired up on the children's ward for the final three months of their training. The two nurses couldn't seem more different, but they may have more in common than they think, as each hides a secret heartache. And there are new faces. Jess is the feisty eldest daughter of a notorious East End family and determined to prove herself as a ward maid. New trainee nurse Effie can't wait to escape her small Irish village, and make her way as a nurse in London. But Effie's sister Katie soon begins to worry that Effie's behaviour is out of control. Nightingales on call and in crisis: have they got what it takes?

Read by Penelope Freeman -Family Saga -13 hours
2 MP3 CDs - 9781407945620 - £53.50
12 CDs - 9781407945613 - £53.50

Also available as Audio Download on uLibrary.

Liverpool Angels by Lyn Andrews
Born at the turn of the century, Mae Strickland is only a few days old when her mother dies. Her aunt Maggie brings Mae up together with her own children, Eddie and Alice, and the girls become like sisters. In spite of Mae's unhappy start, life feels full of promise. Then, as the First World War looms, everything changes. While the local men - including Eddie -leave to fight, Mae and Alice train as field nurses. As they travel to the front line in the wake of family tragedy, nothing can prepare them for the hardship that lies ahead. Yet there is solace to be found amid the wreckage of the war, and for both, romance is on the horizon.

Read by Julie Maisey - Family Saga - 11 hours 30 mins
2 MP3 CDs - 9781407939186 - £50.50
11 CDs - 9781407939179 - £50.50

Fairfield Hall by Margaret Dickinson
Ruthlessly ambitious Ambrose Constantine is determined that his daughter, Annabel, shall marry into the nobility. A self-made man, he has only his wealth to buy his way into society. During the London Season, Annabel is courted by James Lyndon, the Earl of Fairfield, whose country estate is only a few miles from her grandfather's farm. Annabel accepts his offer of marriage but it is only when she arrives at Fairfield Hall that she realises the part her scheming father has played. The birth of her son should finally secure the future of the Fairfield Estate. But there are others who lay claim to the inheritance, igniting a feud that will only reach its resolution in the trenches of the First World War.

Read by Anne Dover - Family Saga - 15 hours
2 MP3 CDs - 9781407946672 - £56.50
14 CDs - 9781407946665 - £56.50

Also available as Audio Download on uLibrary.

Beyond A Misty Shore by Lyn Andrews
It is 1945 and the war is finally over. For sisters Sophie and Maria, though, the upheaval is just beginning. For they have no choice but to leave their beloved home on the Isle of Man. It is a huge wrench for eighteen-year-old Maria, who can't forget Hans Bonhoeffer, a young Austrian, interned on the island during the war. For widowed Sophie, Liverpool offers a new beginning with her daughter Bella. She has no room for distractions - until she falls in love with Frank Ryan, a man married to a woman who, although she doesn't love him, has no intention of letting him go. Without the men they love, will the sisters ever find happiness?

Read by Anne Dover - Family Saga - 10 hours
2 MP3 CDs - 9781407930206 - £45.50
9 CDs - 9781407930190 - £45.50