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Grown Ups

Narrated by: Marian Keyes
Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (263 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The brand new audiobook from the best-selling author of The Break and The Woman Who Stole My Life.

They're a glamorous family, the Caseys. Johnny Casey, his two brothers Ed and Liam, their beautiful, talented wives and all their kids spend a lot of time together - birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, weekends away. And they're a happy family. Johnny's wife, Jessie - who has the most money - insists on it. 

Under the surface, though, conditions are murkier. While some people clash, other people like each other far too much.... Everything stays under control until Ed's wife Cara, gets concussion and can't keep her thoughts to herself. One careless remark at Johnny's birthday party, with the entire family present, starts Cara spilling out all their secrets. In the subsequent unravelling, every one of the adults finds themselves wondering if it's time - finally - to grow up?

©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<br />

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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Marian does a fantastic job narrating!

Keyes' books aren't always my bag but loved this one! I was worried when I read r eviews that said narration was difficult to follow but I didn't find that at all!?? It was lovely to listen to and Marain really brought all her characters to life!

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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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  • L. Campbell
  • 03-05-2020

Marian never disappoints

As always, listening to Marian was like having a comforting chat with an old friend. This audiobook helped get me through some of the horrendous anxiety of lockdown. Thanks Marian. Your die-hard fan always.

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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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  • Leeann Minogue
  • 09-03-2020

Love this book

I'm a big fan of Marion Keyes. She's added a few serious themes to this book, as well as the usual comedy. She's narrated herself.

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  • H. SWART
  • 05-03-2020

She did it again!

I have been a Marian Keyes fan since a fellow backpacker gave me Lucy Sullivan is getting married in London in 2000. I have read every book since and buy it without even reading what it’s about. So you know I’m a fan and this might be biased. I discovered Audible only 3 years ago when my son was born. So this was my first MK book on Audible - and read by the author. I LOVED IT. I might never get to Ireland to have lunch with the Keyes family but this felt very close!

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  • Marya
  • 23-02-2020

Terrible

Could not finish this book. I kept re reading chapters, it was so disjointed The narration was really bad I would not recommend it to anyone.

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  • Vanessa
  • 17-02-2020

Charming, so human and so funny

I am a longtime fan of Marian Keyes’ books but this last one is a “cherry on the top”. Fabulous characters, plot, dialogue and insight from the characters themselves. Best of all was Keyes’ own narration and I’m still laughing from her accent and narration of the ill-fated murder mystery hotel owners!

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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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  • Charlie88
  • 06-02-2020

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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