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Part human comedy and part mystery, Lies the Mushroom Pickers Told is an enthralling, masterful story about what holds a village together and what keeps people apart. When journalist Patrick Bracken returns to Gohen, the Irish village where he was born, he knows the eyes of the townspeople are on him. He has come home to investigate two deaths that happened decades earlier when he was a child, deaths that were ruled accidental. But Patrick knows - and believes the whole town knows - they were murders. He knows because he and his best friend Mikey Lamb were witnesses.

And so Patrick goes to see 80-year-old Sam Howard, the lawyer who conducted the inquest into the death of missionary priest Jarlath Coughlin. As he questions Sam and Sam's vibrant, loving, gossipy wife Elsie, he seeks acknowledgment of a cover-up and an explanation of why the Protestant establishment would help conceal a crime among Catholics. During their give-and-take - about this and the nearly simultaneous shotgun death of Lawrence Gorman (aka Doul Yank) - what emerges from their collective memories are a pungent, wry portrait of village life in Ireland and a tangle of human relationships, some twisted and some that show our better side.

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  • Tom
  • 10-03-2018

Where did this come from, a great story.

Where does Lies the Mushroom Pickers Told rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 5

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lies the Mushroom Pickers Told?

All the revelations to the reader that arent so revealing to the small town in which the story takes place.

Have you listened to any of Jack Reynolds’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but in this book he performs without peer. One of the overall best readings that I have had the luck to listen to. I listen to this book like I listen to great music.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh,cry, cringe a little it brings all the emotions of real life.

Any additional comments?

Don't miss the one in audio and/or print it's a great yoke.

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  • Mary P
  • 29-11-2016

I loved this!!

At first I wasn't sure what was going on, but then I realized this was an Irish telling of an event from many years ago. The telling of it was wonderful; sometimes comical. This is a very refreshing read.

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  • avid reader
  • 15-11-2020

Confusing Title

I listened to the first chapters three times because there were many characters, some with two names and I was confused. For me, this may have been easier to have the print version. I persevered to get accustomed to the Irish narrator. I do enjoy a native speaker which gives more depth of place and feeling to a novel. This narrator was exceptional with the many different children's, men's and women's voices. The issue I have with the title is that I envisioned a town of mushroom pickers and struggled to find them. Again I may not have had this problem with a print version. I loved the small rural farming community, similar to the one where I grew up in Michigan. l laughed the policeman who couldn't testify without veering off into twenty irrelevant directions before concluding. I'm a little like that myself. The dialogue was lovely and lively. The relationship between the crusty old lawyer and his wife of fifty years was sweet and tart. my favorite character was the lawyer's wife, Els, who was a woman ahead of her time. A very good read and I wanted more of 1951 Ireland and all of the people in that small village.

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  • SUSAN J.
  • 19-11-2020

Delightful Ireland

Beautifully narrated, this book shines a light on the manners and lives of ordinary Irish folk. Some of the dialogue is truly hilarious, as spoken seriously by the character.

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  • Johnson
  • 13-11-2020

A good read

This was a great story! Very down-to-earth and funny. I had several laugh-out-loud moments.

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  • Angie N. Albertson
  • 12-11-2020

I was not aware it was going to be pornagraphic

I would not have listened had I known and feel violated. It would be best if they were to warn people so we could choose not to be filthed. I did not finish the book.

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  • Debbie
  • 12-11-2020

Great Story Telling . . . For a While

I have to admit that I listened and laughed for the first hour or so . . . its a funny and interesting tale . . . but way too long, with a lot of repetition. I just couldn't stick with it for more than nine hours.

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  • Brandolinium
  • 11-11-2020

Fabulous book, story and performance

I hope HBO does a mini series on this book. And I wish there were more books like this. One of the best books I've listened to in a long time.

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  • Lulew
  • 05-07-2017

Not worth the credit

Very hard to listen to. The story is not interesting. I went days between listening and didn't miss it. This is a pass.

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