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"Deeper Chick Lit"
One of Ms. Keyes best novels. Her characters are all very human and the story is very conceivable. Good ending- I wish she would write a sequel on some of the characters like she did with the Walsh sisters in "Rachel's Holiday"
The way the links between the characters came clear in the end, and all were tied together in some way. The story was entertaining and slightly twisty.
Lorkin Larkin getting his comeuppance!
Juanita McMahon was excellent as always. Love the accents, and the characters were very consistent in their nuances.
A bit long winded at times when you are just thinking "for god's sake Tara, just stop eating! Just dump Thomas!". Overall a very enjoyable listening experience, bit boring in the middle, but didn't want it to end!
I loved the story but the narration wasn't the best. The narrator sounded quite old and the characters are only early 30s
No I don't think it did.
This was a great story about 3 very different friends over 1 year of their lives. It was a fabulous story, it was a shame about the narrator.
"I love this book"
Great story and fabulous narrator...more like listening to a play than a book.
Everything...I just love anything by Marian Keyes though...real life situations with an element of humour in everything.
I have read the book and now listened to it...the characters come alive with her voice...she is brilliant.
Fintan losing his hair in the shower...I cried and cried.
Listen to anything narrated by Juanita McMahon - she is a very talented narrator.
"The Last Chance Saloon"
I have been reluctant to purchase this audio book but am immensely grateful that I have eventually done so. The well chosen narrator brings the story alive. This novel,like all of Marian Keyes others ,is fantastic. It's full of realistic characters, so well developed that I find myself wondering what they will do next as if the story carries on some where beyond the fictional realm of this great book. Well worth the listen/read.
Love the storyline and the characters but unfortunately I must agree with others this was appalling try of imitating Irish accent. It really sounded 'oirish'. Really sad as I love MK books and this one would be a definitely come back but I guess I will rather read than listen.
"Great book, shame about the narrator"
I would give the book itself 4 or 5 stars, but unfortunately this narrator really lets it down. I bought this book after listening to This Charming Man, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and was superbly narrated by someone who was either Irish, or did a great Irish accent - the accents in this book were hopelessly distracting at best, and intensely irritating at worst. I didn't finish this book until a few months after buying it, when I was desperate and had nothing else - thankfully the story is good, but my advice would be to buy it as a book, or download one of Marian's other books, as all the other narrators are fabulous!
"Good book ruined by the narrator."
I love Marian Keyes books and this one is no exception, but the narrator has a really bad Irish accent. Not quite nails down a black board, but certainly irritating. It did distract from the story slightly, but not enough for me to stop listening. The book it's self and the story is good and over all I did enjoy it, but I can't help feeling it would have been 5* review if it had been read by an Irish narrator.
Persevere if you like Marian Keyes books, it is worth it in the end.
"Worst accents ever!"
The narrator! She simply can't do accents.
Rachel's Holiday by the same author. Fun, easy to listen to.
She simply can't do any accent apart from English. Initially I thought she was doing a weird Irish dialect, but that's not the case. Irish men and women sound identically awful. The male Italian character sounds asian half the time and never Italian! The poor Swedish girl sounds like no nationality. I won't buy Sushi For Beginners because the same woman is narrating it.
Great, fun, should be easy to listen to utterly ruined by narrator.
"Narration ruins this"
Narration is horrendous, this is one of my favourite Marian Keyes books, I had forgotten about it until I saw it as a title in a recent BOGOF promo on Audible, now I know why it was free.
Anyone, it would have done fine with any natural accent, it was the appalling attempt at an Irish accent that killed it.
Not in this incarnation
Couldn't stop listening to it, great characters and fab storyline wish there were a second book to the story, great!!!
"Funny, classic Marian Keyes"
Great story, classic Marian Keyes style. It's a pity the narration was slightly off-putting - especially the absolutely shocking Irish accents!!
"Five stars for book, only one for the narration"
Sorely disappointed in the 'oirish' narration (where required) really grated on me making it difficult to get caught up in the story as i had in reading the book. Dreadful Irish accent i'm sorry to say has meant i have abandoned listening and unearthed the novel after many years!! Seemed to get worse as the book went on, really annoying....sorry to go on about it but it really has spoiled it for me. The book itself is a great wee read and well worth investing in.
"Enjoyed this book"
Enjoyed the story, took a while to get going and the Irish accent is not good but a nice and funny story
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