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Anybody Out There

Narrated by: Niamh Daly
Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.6 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"I had to go back to New York and try to find him. There was a chance he mightn't be there, but I had to give it a go because there was one thing I was certain of: he wasn't here."

Anna Walsh is officially a wreck. She's covered in bandages and she's lying in her parents' Good Front Room dreaming of leaving Dublin and getting back to New York. To her friends. To The Most Fabulous Job in the World. And most of all, back to her husband, Aiden.

But her family have other ideas (not to mention the usual problems that beset the Walsh sisters). And Aiden, for some reason, seems unwilling to get in touch.

What happened to Anna to send her so far from all that she loves? And what happened to her marriage that her husband won't talk to her?

©2006 Marian Keyes (P)2008 Penguin Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"The jokes are as good as ever, Keyes' large cast of Irish and American characters fizz and crackle....High-quality entertainment" ( Marie Claire)
"The novel is a rare blend of genres, a richly enjoyable satire and an inspirational tale of one woman's triumph over despair" ( Daily Telegraph)

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It's only half the book!

They've cut out huge chunks of the book! Don't buy it! Absolutely bizarre and unnecessary

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good

another gripping story from marion Keyes, with a shock discovery to shock you. she is truly a masterful storyteller.

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interesting and moving story

the story keeps you intrigued and wanting to know what happened to Anna. following her grief and her life trying to navigate it. well written and easy to listen to.

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Absolutely loved this great read!

I love all novels by Marian Keyes. I especially love the story's about the Walsh sisters. This book is by far up there with my favourites.

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  • Heather S
  • 07-03-2020

Not light reading

Was hoping for some light to listen to but this was a bit intense and depressing. I can imagine some people would get into the storyline but certainly not a book to start the day on.

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  • Naomi
  • 11-12-2014

Buy the unabridged version

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The actual story is excellent, this version misses a lot of important information.

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I enjoyed it but not as much as the actual book

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  • stephanied
  • 31-03-2019

Abridged.

I love this book, but this edition is abridged so that most of my favourite parts are missing. Don't bother.

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  • elisha Boyle
  • 06-12-2019

abridged? no, hacked to pieces!

the Walsh books are my absolute favourite, but I was not aware this was an abridged version and even if I had been, I never would have expected Marian Keyes' beautiful writing to have been decimated quite so brutally. All of the humor and a lot of the emotion has been ripped out of this book, and I'm actually sorry I listened to it as it's sort of sullied my view of the actual book.

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  • Mhairi-Anne Thompson
  • 23-07-2019

Abridged

This is one of my favourite books by Marian Keyes but this abridged audiobook sucks a lot of the joy out of the story - no Helen subplot, none of the hysterical emails between Anna and her mum. Very disappointing and it should be made clearer that it’s abridged.

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  • SupergoldenBakes
  • 26-02-2019

Why is this book abridged?

Love Marian Keyes and have a lot of her books. For some reason this is an edited down version of the book which is just odd. Not the best narration either

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  • RosePetal86
  • 27-11-2019

Awful recording Do not waste a credit

Sounds like it had been recorded on a 90s tape recorder couldn’t even get past the 1st chapter just awful quality. Do not waste a credit

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  • Georgia Matthews
  • 21-10-2018

A new form of chic lit

'Anybody Out There' captures all the best of chic-lit, the romance, the femininity and (mostly) the humour, but this Audible version made all of those factors hard to appreciate with the terrible American accents from Niamh Daly. Her native Irish is stunning to listen too, and her reading contained superb emotions and reactions, but every attempt at an American accent made my skin crawl. They didn't sound human, never mind American! All in all, Keyes is making strides in the chic-lit department with unique, interesting and complex stories, but this version was hard to listen too.

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  • L Wates
  • 16-10-2020

A difficult subject, beautifully tackled

I haven't read the book (which I have now ordered) so didn't realise this was an abridged version. So I didn't experience the frustration of others who already know and love the story. Without giving anything away, in this book Keyes tackles a difficult subject, dealing with it sensitively yet with her usual humour. The bits I find dull in all of her books that I have read - makeup, fashion and the predictable bonking scene - are all in there, but this is an intelligent story that takes you from one emotion to another. This is a story with some depth, which many of us will be able to relate to in some form.

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  • Fee
  • 15-07-2020

Returned

I bought this even though it is abridged (which to me is sacrilege, unless it’s Tom Clancy, then its essential!), as I have enjoyed the previous books (unabridged) in the series. However, I listened for around 40 minutes, struggling throughout and had to give up, it’s only about 5 hours long but life’s too short. I’m really sorry but I wish they had used the same narrator.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-04-2020

Wonderful

Everything about this book is outstanding. The storyline and it’s delivery by Niamh Daly had me riveted, it’s funny but very sad and Annas journey through grief was incredibly insightful. Marion Keyes you are amazing, thank you for another great story and Niamh thank you for bringing it to life for me.