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Publisher's Summary

The story of a relationship that everyone thought was forever and which is now in danger of being for never, The Break is about getting older and staying in love when life, real life, is trying to pull you apart.

©2017 Marian Keyes (P)2017 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A born storyteller." ( Independent on Sunday)
"When it comes to writing page-turners that put a smile on your face and make you think, Keyes is in a class of her own." ( Daily Express)

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A Light Hearted Romp

An enjoyable and convincing story of family relationships and dynamics. The characters are well rounded and believable, but I feel that the numerous explicit sex scenes detract from the book.

Aoife McMahon's performances are nothing short of brilliant! Her rendition of the voices of the various characters is superb and very convincing.

The Break would appeal to those interested in romantic fiction and family dynamics in modern day Ireland.

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Superb

Loved every minute of this book, laughing one minute and crying the next.
Highly recommend.

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Ahh Marion you've nailed it again !

The whole time I was reading this it felt real ... it felt like a million other women's lives ... including mine ! Thankyou for the incredible ending ... and that eldest daughter ... I'll be doing this one again cause when I like a book I re read it about 🍈5 times and each time I reread yours I learn something about your characters and myself that I didn't realise before. I've lost count how many times I've read Rachel's holiday ... it's usually my road trip Xmas book .. i listen as I drive ..and laugh in places I didn't laugh last time. Can't wait for the next book ..

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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It had it all

I could not stop listening! Beautiful, heartbreaking and funny all at once. I loved it!

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Fun but predictable.

A light hearted story. Easy listening.
I enjoyed it. Very true to family life

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  • Tom
  • 02-10-2017

fantastic

excellent - not as funny as some of her old stuff - but an excellent story she touches on some tricky subjects ....

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Heartfelt and Engaging

The characters in this story are so real, honest, flawed and engaging they really draw you in. I felt like I experienced everything with Amy, the main character and highly recommend The Break.

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Marian Keyes at her best!

Her writing transports the reader into the lives of the characters. This book is another one of her masterpieces.

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Reads as the Title Suggests ...

I found this book entertaining, humorous and witty. The Irish accents took me a little while to warm too, but I could relate to intricacies of the main characters extended family & I have stolen one of the descriptions of the brother in law in this book aka 'the poor bastard" still makes me smile - every family has one. A great holiday read I would suggest - hard to put down!

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loved the narrator .

great story to listen to on the way to work. Funny, amusing and real loved it.

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  • Shannon RaeMaj
  • 16-02-2018

Loved it!

Love Marian Keyes and her books! Always so entertaining- her characters are so full and funny and real - especially the women - all that gerbil ball racing in their heads! Love it! Thanks again for another great book!

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  • Patricia Quinn
  • 04-02-2018

So enjoyable!

I thoroughly enjoyed The Break. It is a great story, so full of many aspects of life, and made me laugh and cry. It was very well read by Aoife.

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  • Dave
  • 24-01-2018

Nothing really happened

Narrator was excellent as usual. The story was ok and end was predictable. Wouldn't read again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-12-2017

Not her best

A very long drawn out story thought the story could have been half the length that it was

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  • Heike
  • 14-11-2017

So boring ...

Marian Keyes books used to be my reading-candy: funny, original, easy to digest - but somehow true, always with a really serious human theme underneath the lighthearted story. But this one leaves me speechless. Was there no editor to sharpen the story? Its full of repetitions, lots of loose ends that appear and disappear pointlessly. Yes, there are sparkles of the Keyes wittiness we love, but its so diluted, I can't recognize it.

28 of 31 people found this review helpful

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  • Stephanie
  • 28-09-2017

Not her best

I think I am out growing Marian Keyes. This was very dull and I knew what was going to happen right at the beginning.

27 of 30 people found this review helpful

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  • Angela Marchi
  • 18-09-2017

Incredibly Disappointing

I have adored all of Marian Keys Other books and would rate all of them as a 5. Sadly though, it pains me to say that this one was really rubbish. The main Character Amy is so self obsessed and miserable. The story is also boring. It contains no humour . It was bland and dull.The only reason I got through this book was because I was on a long train journey.
If you haven't listened to Marian ' s other books, I would say defiantly listen to them instead.

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  • Jo Brown
  • 21-09-2017

Boring

Found this really really boring . Kept fast forwarding 5 chapters but nothing had changed . Had nothing of interest to say - just so so dull.

21 of 24 people found this review helpful

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  • Irene O'Toole
  • 08-10-2017

Really enjoyed the storytelling, emotional story

Loved it from beginning to end, so many thoughts that go through the human mind when faced with difficulties in life.

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  • Susan Hawkins
  • 03-10-2017

Laughed cried just couldn't stop listening

Lovely Lovely novel! But the "Geordie"
accent was hilariously bad ! , and I should know because I am a geordie

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • susanne H
  • 15-09-2017

She's done it again

No one can navigate the reader through heart rending , agonising life traumas like Marian Keyes. Her characters are loveable and real. I want to stay with them all through the rest of their lives

16 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Ann Roddy
  • 10-10-2017

another wonderful story by Marian. loved it!

loved this book.. Lots of funny scenes, emotion, family dynamics, little bit raunchy in parts. good narration

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  • shine-on2
  • 16-09-2017

Touching

Marian Keyes tells an unusual tale about relationships, and family life in her own quirky style. Heart warming, touching & funny. I loved it x

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • MaMaMason
  • 03-10-2017

Enjoyable, Funny, Painful

There was much in this book that struck a chord with me - having had a husband who went off and did his own thing without any consideration for the impact on the children, the wider family, and me. I was a bit cheesed off with the predictable conclusion - but as this is a work of fiction the fairy tale ending is probably more acceptable than the unpalatable alternative. Overall the narration was great apart from the really terrible attempt at a Geordie accent - Josh was a significant character, and if I hadn't been enjoying the book so much, this accent would have been enough to make me stop listening.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful