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Ask Again, Yes

Narrated by: Molly Pope
Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane. 

Gillam, upstate New York: a town of ordinary, big-lawned suburban houses. The Gleesons have recently moved there and soon welcome the Stanhopes as their new neighbours. Lonely Lena Gleeson wants a friend but Anne Stanhope - cold, elegant, unstable - wants to be left alone. 

It's left to their children - Lena's youngest, Kate, and Anne's only child, Peter - to find their way to one another. To form a friendship whose resilience and love will be almost broken by the fault line dividing both families, and by the terrible tragedy that will engulf them all. A tragedy whose true origins only become clear many years later....

A story of love and redemption, faith and forgiveness, Ask Again, Yes reveals the way childhood memories change when viewed from the distance of adulthood - villains lose their menace, and those who appeared innocent seem less so. A story of how, if we're lucky, the violence lurking beneath everyday life can be vanquished by the power of love.

©2019 Mary Beth Keane (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd

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  • ChloeM
  • 17-01-2020

Excellent book, dodgy Irish accents

Wonderful book but as an Irish person, some of the accents were a bit cringe-worthy. Otherwise, loved it!

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  • Helena F
  • 09-11-2019

Gripping family saga

Ask Again, Yes tells the story of two families across two generations. Through their shared Irish roots and history, circumstance, love and tragedy they are repeatedly brought together. Though focusing on 2 small family groups the timescale allows the author to explore heavy topics including a child stillborn, acute mental illness, alcoholism, cheating, grief and abandonment. This was an impressive, poignant and complex story. It is a breathtaking novel that will linger long after reading.

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  • MM
  • 11-09-2019

enjoyed it

Listened to this book in my car and continued to listen at home aswell, which I don't normally do.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-10-2019

I loved it!

The love, the empathy, the sincerity. The small details that made you so invested in the characters....And what a guy George is total love!! I flew through this in a few days.

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  • D. Miller
  • 17-09-2019

Great read

I bought this book at it was recommended by Jimmy Fallon. It was well worth the time spent.

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  • Parksparker
  • 02-10-2020

Not everything is as first appear

Really enjoyed this, thought provoking and unusual. It would have been nice to learn more of Anne's childhood but still really good

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  • Nina F.
  • 20-07-2020

good, not mind blowing; narrator bad at accents!

narrator is not good - very bad accents, and the book requires American, Irish, Polish, etc. the story is good - but not mind blowing; certainly enjoyable - good character development and covers topics from mental to alcoholism to romance and relationships

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  • Maria Bowes
  • 03-06-2020

An interesting portrayal of mental illness

I really enjoyed this but the irish accents were unnecessary and terrible! parts were a bit slow but I was happy with the ending.

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  • Hannah W.
  • 29-05-2020

Families and experiences interwoven

Stick with this story, which becomes all the more intricate and woven as it progresses through decades, exposing how deeply our lives and experiences, good and bad, influence our relationships. Mental illness and alcoholism are examined rigorously and dispassionately. I couldn't give it 5 stars as the narration didn't work well for me, with the Irish accents particularly dodgy.

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  • Miss JM Collier
  • 08-03-2020

Best book I’ve read in a long time

Absolutely brilliant book which covers addiction/alcoholism/Attachment disorder issues brilliantly, as well as understanding the basics of love and family support. This book is beautifully written, not at all judgemental, just a really good story with good pace - I couldn’t put it down.