Extended Audio Sample

Download Tell it to the Skies Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample Tell it to the Skies (Unabridged) Audiobook, by Erica James
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (577 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Erica James Narrator: Maggie Mash Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN:
Coming Soon! We're adding audiobooks daily and hope to make this one available for download very soon. Submit your vote below to let us know you really crave this title!
Vote this up! This audiobook has 0 votes

As a young child, Lydia and her sister were sent to live with grandparents they'd never even met. It's a cruel and loveless new world for them and it teaches Lydia to grow up fast. She learns to keep secrets and to trust sparingly.

And through it all she suppresses her grief and guilt, believing she is to blame for her mother's death. Now, 28 years later, Lydia is persuaded to leave behind the safe new life she has created in Venice, and return to England to face the past. And maybe her future... Download and start listening now!

BK_HOWE_000215

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Grainger | 2/16/2014

    " I have to say that I was pretty skeptical about this book when I picked it up. I thought that it was going to be pretty corny chick lit. I have to say that I was presently surprised. The plot was good it was full of emotion and it was a page turner. I was gripped to find out what happened to Lydia and Noah. However once the main plot of Lydia and Noah growing up it began to slow, due to the amount of explanation that was needed to wind up the story. This was further complicated by adding in the fact that Noah develops a brain tumor. I thought this was a step to far and the novel could have done without it. All in all this was a good read unfortunately the ending didn't really do it justice. I was also pleasantly surprised that it wasn't as corny as I thought. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/12/2014

    " all respect to erica james! after just over 10 books following very similar styles and "routines", this book is now a gem amongst her writings. it is so completely different, yet maintaining her ability to transport you to a place far from reality. it isn't one of her books that you can curl up in bed with when you need to cheering up, but it will grip. i was on chapter 8 this morning, and now it is finished. you cannot put it down. for those who love a romance with real-life situations weaved into it, this is THE book for you! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/11/2014

    " Great story. "The beautiful city of Venice has been Lydia's home for many years, a place where she has found peace and fulfilment. Then one day she glimpses a young man's face in the crowd that threatens to change everything. He's a heart-stopping reminder of a dreadful secret she believed she had banished to the past ...As a young child, Lydia and her sister were sent to live with grandparents they'd never even met before." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth Lloyd | 2/5/2014

    " Really enjoyable, plot a bit far fetched, but a good book and enjoyable read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clarissa | 1/29/2014

    " This novel is about a girl and a boy who have horrible childhoods. They find each other and develop a friendship. Eventually something happens that parts them, something you'll just have to read and find out about. The writing is funny and smart and of course there is a beautiful love story behind it. I'm a sucker for a love story and this one has an equal measure of pain making it perfectly bittersweet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue Smith | 1/27/2014

    " I have not read any of Erica James before wasn't sure if I would like the 'romantic novel' tag. The story involved you from the outset; I particulary liked the parts of the book set in Venice in fact it has made me want to revisit Venice again. I found the storyline quite predictable at times but neverless it was an enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alayna | 1/15/2014

    " Surprising book, my sister read this and had insisted I read it that it was a great read. I reluctantly agreed, normally romance books aren't my cup of tea. I say surprising as it wasn't all mushy and romantic like I had anticipated. If you romance with a bit of a dark twist to it, than this is the book for you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kari | 1/13/2014

    " It was OK, the best bit about it was the earlier bits set in the 70s, the rest pushed my credibility a bit too far! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luzelle | 1/4/2014

    " Could not put this one down, really enjoyed it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tory | 12/18/2013

    " I liked the book a lot more in the beginning than I did at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zetxb | 12/2/2013

    " When I was reading the first chapter of the book, I expected a different outcome. Anw, it was fine even the plot is simple and classic, I expected more climax and detail. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 11/28/2013

    " Blaise Pascal's saying "men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction," sums up the main tone of this book. I was hoping there would be some light and luckily lovely Noah came into it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ilona | 11/18/2013

    " Well written indeed. Do not expect tears of laughter, expect a sense of sadness quite often. This is a good read for when you have time and space for being touched. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penelope | 11/18/2013

    " A moving story, although I had little in common with the narrator's personality and so wouldn't/couldn't have reacted to the events in the way she did. Good yarn though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 11/12/2013

    " I found this very slow in the middle section, then just when the story got interesting it sort of petered out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Je Dayana | 10/26/2013

    " True love eventhough two people are separated when the time's come, they'll meet again... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nell | 7/10/2013

    " I am a big Erica James fan but I really didn't enjoy this book. It felt oppresive and miserable and there were plot holes that kept taking me out of the story. I prefer her earlier books which had humour and realism and warmth. This was too close to misery lit for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kiran | 5/10/2013

    " A good read, but I was slightly disappointed by the location settings not really living up to the back cover blurb. A very(too)convenient ending though "all the pesky loose ends neatly tied up and we all lived happily ever after" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ineke Boerman-bouman | 3/4/2013

    " Mooi, goed verhaal, alleen het einde beetje snel afgehandeld. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lien | 12/31/2012

    " Even thought it's a love story (in the end), it's about life that no child should have to live. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Seni | 6/12/2012

    " The book was well, a good read. It wasn't a page turner for sure, but it was good nonetheless. The Italy-bits were badly done in my opinion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nina | 5/21/2012

    " I totally LOVED this book!Very romantic(: "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leanne | 5/17/2012

    " I didn't think I would like this book when I started it (and when I saw that Erica James is a romance writer)... But as soon as the flash-back starts (around 25-pages in, so not long) I was hooked! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pui Jing | 5/2/2012

    " I admire the author because she is good at planning the story lines. But one thing is that The story drags too long. Maybe just for me, but it made me sleep a few times. But anyway, good try there! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicky Kettlewell | 1/1/2012

    " I have read this book three times over a year, you really get to know Noah & Lydia growing up. The story starts at the present day then goes back to the late sixties onwards. A great love story well worth a read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 11/18/2011

    " meant to be doing other things, but kept picking up the book to find out the rest... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 6/7/2011

    " this book was nothing like I thought it would be. it was much deeper and darker than I expected. I was hooked from the first fifty pages. really good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rey-bert B. | 6/4/2011

    " Lydia and Noah seemed so real to me. I felt the poignance of Lydia's troubled past. I i felt the escalation of the story when Noah finally came in and pour romance to the hard life of Lydia. I felt thrilled when the murder case came in. The 'reunion' shackled me in the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle D'costa | 6/1/2011

    " Awesome book on friendship and christianity!! Author brings out a plethora of emotions and reactions through her writing... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harriet | 4/27/2011

    " Not usually my kind of read but I really enjoyed this. Definitely found it hard to put down towards the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ilona | 4/23/2011

    " Well written indeed. Do not expect tears of laughter, expect a sense of sadness quite often. This is a good read for when you have time and space for being touched. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zetxb | 2/9/2011

    " When I was reading the first chapter of the book, I expected a different outcome. Anw, it was fine even the plot is simple and classic, I expected more climax and detail. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Booksdingle | 12/10/2010

    " the 1st Erica James I have read, thought it was well written and I enjoyed it alot "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 11/8/2010

    " I am sure I have read a lot more of Erica James, but they all blend in together and I don't remember I've read them until I start the same book again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 9/15/2010

    " Very enjoyable, A lot darker than her usual stuff, but with a happy ending as usual :P "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clarissa | 5/30/2010

    " I can't really recall the story. I read this book way back first year and I have memory gap, so that explains it all. :)) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arnina | 2/19/2010

    " I totally LOVED this book!Very romantic(: "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luzelle | 1/14/2010

    " Could not put this one down, really enjoyed it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 12/26/2009

    " Blaise Pascal's saying "men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction," sums up the main tone of this book. I was hoping there would be some light and luckily lovely Noah came into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lien | 9/13/2009

    " Even thought it's a love story (in the end), it's about life that no child should have to live. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 8/4/2009

    " I loved the characters in this novel - they are drawn with incredible emotional depth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jade | 8/3/2009

    " I just couldn't put it down once I started it. The characters were interesting and complex, and I was deeply moved by their story. An excellent read, and have ordered more books by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 5/25/2009

    " This book was pretty good. It was a bit far fetched for me. I also didn't love all the crazy religious stuff that the grandparents were involved in in the middle of the book. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author Erica James

Erica James is the author of more than a dozen bestselling novels, including Gardens of Delight, which won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award.

About the Narrator

Maggie Mash trained as an actress and worked in theater before starting her broadcasting career in Forces Radio. Her voice-over work includes everything from audiobooks to in-flight airline videos and the UK’s national mental arithmetic SATs tests. Her audiobook narration has earned her an AudioFile Earphones Award. She is fluent in French, Italian, Spanish, and Greek.