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Publisher's Summary

Meet Jessie, Cara and Nell. 

Married to brothers Johnny, Ed and Liam Casey. 

Three very different women tied to three very different men. 

Every family occasion is a party - until the day the secrets spill out. Playtime is over. But where are the grown-ups?

Playtime is over.

But where are the grown-ups?

©2020 Marian Keyes (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Everything this woman touches turns to comic gold." (Cosmopolitan)

"Keyes is an international treasure. The ultimate choice for a binge read." (Stylist)

"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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Poor narration, hard to follow dialogue

I normally quite like Marian Keyes but this audiobook version is hard going. I found her narration hard to follow, especially as there are a ridiculously large number of characters. The pronunciation of certain words was just... odd - I've never heard breathed said with the emphasis on the "ed" before and there many other strange occurrences which I found distracting at best. Overall, a different narrator could have helped improve this but the whole premise of the book, jumping around in time, topical elements such as poverty and immigration which felt shoe-horned in, all left me cold. Would not recommend.

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Difficult to follow

I tried so hard to enjoy this one - I normally love Marian Keyes' books. I don't know if it was the narration or the overwhelming cast but it was difficult to follow who was who. I just lost interest half way through I'm afraid.

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Hard to take author’s narration

This book would have been so much easier and more enjoyable to listen to if one of the regular Marian Keyes narrators had read this story.

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Underwhelmed

I love Marian Keyes novels, I usually laugh out loud and even cry as i’m always caught up with the characters and storylines.
But this book was a disappointment, it was very difficult to follow as it would change scenes from past to present and characters in dialogue without any pause or introduction. I found myself rewinding a lot just to keep up with the story. Perhaps the audiobook would have been better with an actor narrating and not the author or it may be better read than listen to?

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Ah t'was great

loved this book, loved the characters and the story. Her last 2 books I didn't enjoy so much sadly, but this one I will definitely read again. If I had one complaint it would be that the "Murder Mystery " evening was too short!!!! brilliant 😊. Best line... "Daddy drank the pink wine and now he is crying that he can't be a zoo keeper "
Thanks so much Marianne X

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Thoroughly enjoyable

As always Marian Keyes delivers another spectacular story!

The honesty and rawness of characters is delightful and hooks you every time.

Highly recommend all Marian Keyes, sure to make you laugh and find the funnier moments in life!!

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Fantastic

My favourite Marian Keyes book so far.
Lots of interesting characters and the narration is lovely!

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Keyes Creates Fabulous Family

Keyes never fails. Funny, caring raising of sensitive, key issues. Knows exactly how women think.

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Love love love all we need is love

And a good book like yours ..addiction written about so well reminds me of Rachel’s holiday I’ve loved all your books but Rachel’s holiday n grown ups really speak to me .. can’t wait for your next novel n the menopause is shit but I can recommend relaxation n yoga as great remedies but they don’t cure it ox

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Did not want it to end

I've recently discovered Marian and I am obsessed. I don't want any of her books to end. But this one in particular was amazing. I hope someone makes it into a TV show.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-08-2020

More actors, less authors

I absolutely adore Keyes' writing, but I don't think she should read her own stories. It was very hard to follow the dialogues and the storyline. I got confused about whether a new paragraph was starting.
I really appreciate the portrayal of a certain mental illness - it seems very accurate. However, I think there were just a bit too many characters in this book: This made the plot almost impossible to follow in the beginning and I feel like some could only be portrayed superficially.

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  • EmmaZ
  • 13-02-2020

Hm...

I like Marian Keyes in interviews and youtube videos and really enjoyed some of her previous books, so I have been looking forward to this one for a while. Now that I am finished after seventeen hours I am left with very mixed feelings. I don’t want to give spoilers, so I won’t elaborate on my disappointment, but, oh well, I didn’t like the ending of the one relationship I cared about and found some excessively elaborate descriptions and character arcs really dissatisfying. That said, the book is an easy listen and the many hours pass quickly.

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  • Brenda
  • 21-08-2020

Not all authors should narrate their own books

The story itself is, as always, a perfectly beautiful Marian Keyes delight. The only issue is the narration. A brilliant author is not automatically the best person to also narrate it. It wasn't awful, just a bit grating on one's nerves..... unless it's normal in Ireland to pronounce single words as though they are two - EG: Mouthed = Mouth-ED; Breathed = Breathe-ED; Safety = Safe-ITY; Back and Forth'd = Back and Forth-ED.
Weird.
But other than that, it's a wonderful book and I would highly recommend it.

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  • Suzanne
  • 22-03-2020

Very disappointing

I tried and tried to finish this book but just couldn't - and after many attempts and re-listening to chapter I still don't know what the point of it was. It was so disconnected and very hard to get into any single part of it with any interest. Don't waste your credits.

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  • Danielle
  • 03-11-2020

Brought me to tears

I have read all of Marian Keyes books. They remind me of a time in my life in my twenties when I met and became friends with let’s just call her Jo. She would often buy Marian Keyes books and lend them to me when she was done.

Absolutely loved this book as I have loved all the others.

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  • Cath6408
  • 29-07-2020

Not my fav

I love this author but this work felt pushed. So much conversation in the first half of the book between so many characters. It’s so hard to figure out who is who. It took half the book to find any point to any of the stories and it felt like pointless chatter. Not a fan of this one.

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  • Marissa
  • 16-07-2020

Very disappointing

17 hours of my life that I can't ever get back. Having been a huge fan of Marian Keys, I am always excited when a new release hits the stands. This was so unlike any of her other books! Extremely dull story-line, which seemed to go on and on without much point. The plot only got exciting in the last few chapters. Boring story about a family who does nothing but holiday together, but can barely get along. Disappointing ,

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  • AWA
  • 31-03-2021

Loved it

Entertaining, funny and poignant in equal measure. I loved this thoughtful book. I also loved the narration. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-03-2021

Feelgood

Feel good with some depth and perspective.

Narration was hard at first but once I got used to the accent it, I enjoyed it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-01-2021

Pityful

Feels like it goes on forever. Believing it must improve I came back four times after finishing other books, thinking the denouement would make it worthwhile. I should have read the signs a whole lot earlier. A good writer whom I've enjoyed before, but this felt empty.

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  • Tracey Clare Dunlop
  • 07-02-2020

Wonderful story BUT pls go back to actors reading

I LOVE Marian Keyes books.. and this is no different. BUT will have to go back to reading rather than audible if she continues to read her own books. Authors just never as good.. but she’s in good company.. Le Carre, Douglas Adams just the same!

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  • Cally Watson
  • 12-02-2020

I'll buy and read myself

I really struggled with the narration, so I returned it. I'll buy a hard copy and read it myself

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-02-2020

Love the narration

I have listened to the first few chapters and am already engrossed in the story. I would like to counter the reviews which were negative about Marian’s narration, I love listening to her read the book, it’s like listening to a friend read you a story!

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  • Charlie88
  • 06-02-2020

eurgh

I took an instant dislike to the narrating and the story was very dull. couldn't force myself to listen anymore and returned it.

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  • Marte Saastad
  • 12-02-2020

Wonderful Marian Keyes

Having The Marian Keyes read her book to me made it triple good, as I tend to wonder if the author really wanted the caracter to sound like this or a change of tonation changes the whole scene, it’s so lovely to know this is straight from the horses mouth so to speak.. Also such a lovely voice filled with warmt and humour in the most gorgeous accent, she could probably have me enjoying anything she read - but of course this is classic Marian Keyes style awesome, with amazing and likable characters, blowing my mind with their kindness and making me resume some hope for human kind! And again you shine your light on very important subjects and give focus and insights that one can bring within and hopefully be a kinder person for having walked a mile in that shoe, living through every part of your story! Thank you!

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  • susanne H
  • 08-02-2020

Top Form

Intriguing, loveable, entertaining characters dealing with real world tragedy and problems in a heart warming way. This is on par with earlier works
I can't believe other reviewers didn't enjoy the narration I think that the author is perfect for reading her own work

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  • Tony H.
  • 18-02-2020

Excellent.

This is a complex book, and with so many characters, moving in and out of the narrative, you have to keep your wits about you otherwise you can get lost. But I have to say I love the way Marian Keyes writes. Very unconventional! I don't think she would mind me saying that. Her stories are character driven. She introduces characters and then loops back on the time line to develop them. Very interesting and experimental I think. Reminds me a little of the way Virginia Woolf wrote her stories.

This book has a lot going on within the family setting. In some ways tragic, and often very funny. I won't say anymore for fear of spoiling it for those that haven't read it yet.

I loved it. What made me love it even more was that she narrated it herself. I found her very easy to listen to, and she read it so well.

Thank you, Marian.

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  • janeeo
  • 16-02-2020

Narration rather shrill

Marion is a talented writer and maybe she should stick with her main skill set. Leave the reading of her audio books to professional actors with more soothing voices.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-02-2020

Fantastic, and it’s narrated by Marian herself!

Fabulously funny, poignant, romantic, socially aware, what more do you want? I wished it was longer, I was so enamoured with the characters lives, hardly got anything done as all I wanted to do was carry on listening, but at the same I didn’t want it to end.

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  • niamh bonner
  • 18-02-2020

Her best book

One for the grown ups. All the ickiness of adulthood in one book. Enjoyed every minute

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