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Sushi for Beginners

Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
Length: 18 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (70 ratings)

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Lisa Edwards, top London magazine editor, has been fantasizing about promotion to New York. Instead, she's asked to launch a new women's magazine in Dublin. She thinks nothing could be worse - until she meets her new staff. They're friendly, helpful, and enthusiastic - in other words, they wouldn't last two minutes in London!

As Lisa struggles to find her feet in this alien world of no back-stabbing or bitchiness, her neurotic assistant, Ashling, is also in trouble. She's just too nice for journalism, and it shows. Who better to help them both than their handsome-but-hassled boss, Jack Devine? Always allowing for the fact that his moodiness could give Heathcliff a run for his money, of course.

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Mediocre

Not the worst Marian Keyes, not the best in terms of content. But the narrator was terrible. She was fine whilst speaking in the third person but she had all these annoying accents and voices for different characters which just made me dread the next time they said anything.

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Could not finish the book

After 2 hours I just could see myself spending another 12 hours of listening. Sorry but it wasn't for me

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Another great MK’sStory

I loved this story, the characters, the real life
struggles. I did find the narrator hard to warm to at first but she grew on me.

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  • MEW
  • 26-03-2018

Absolutely the worst of her books

What disappointed you about Sushi for Beginners?

I was so entertained by M Keyes' other books I was looking forward to more of the same. Oh dear. Not worth even describing how bad this is.

Has Sushi for Beginners put you off other books in this genre?

yes

How did the narrator detract from the book?

terrible attempts at trying to be all things to all characters - just horrible

What character would you cut from Sushi for Beginners?

all of them

Any additional comments?

no

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Fantastic characters great story

Excellent story with really interesting complex characters. Serious themes but loads of hilarious moments. At the risk of sounding prudish i found some of the sex scenes a bit over the top. But everything else was fine. Great reading by Juanita as usual.

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  • Theresa
  • 11-01-2009

Not Up to Par for this Author

I am a huge fane of Sophie Kinsella/Marian Keyes/Madeline Wickham and this just didn't do it for me. Out of the 18 hours of audio, I think only 4 or 5 were enjoyable. At the end it came together and there were some moments of humor and memorable quotes, but this was really disappointing. I gave it three stars because of the last few hours that were what I am accustome to with this author. Skip this and listen to Remember me or any Susan Elizabeth Phillips or Susn Mallery book.

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  • Maja
  • 07-01-2010

i laughed so much

i had to stop the car a couple of times - fantastic

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  • Jo
  • 19-07-2008

A good 'Chill Out" listen

A great chickflit novel. Nothing to serious and mindbogling, but a good listen to chill out for awhile. Everyone can identify with at least one of the characters in this. It does twist and turn a bit and you think it's going to turn out one way, and then the author takes you in another direction. I found the book on a whole entertaining, and at times just had to listen for just 5 more minutes to see what happens next.

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  • SunnysideUp
  • 25-06-2016

Terrible accents

Would you try another book from Marian Keyes and/or Juanita McMahon?

Yes by the author, no by the narrator. The horrific attempt at mimicking the Irish accent is very close to insulting and makes listening really, really hard. It ruined the entire experience.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Juanita McMahon?

The narrator has a pleasant voice and is great to listen to when narrating in her own accent. Unfortunately, her "Irish" accent is unbearable.

Any additional comments?

Please choose narrators more carefully, or just let them narrate in their own accents!!

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  • Tracy
  • 24-11-2013

Thoroughly Enjoyable!!

Super book. Funny, engaging, entertaining, well written and very well narrated. Some have commented on poorly done American accents, the American accents are only at the beginning and very end of the book, too minuet to bother! Best book I've chosen in a long time! Great author and narrator.

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  • Anne
  • 30-06-2013

Maybe not for everybody

This was the very first Marian Keyes novel that crossed my path and I enjoyed it. It was a story I really identified with and still do. The 4 main girls are maybe sort of stereotypical but I still found them interesting enough to want to know more. Perhaps the ending feels a bit rushed but still wrapped up the story nicely.I cannot say which part I liked best because I would spoil it but it was satisfying.

The story is well written and not overly complicated. Something that is easy to get into. I can only recommend. I guess it is chick-lit even though I find that category somewhat lackluster - it's about modern women in their 30s about love, life and work.

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  • Amanda
  • 04-03-2013

What a struggle to keep on reading

Would you try another book from Marian Keyes and/or Juanita McMahon?

I will in hope that it is better, as I have others that love Marian Keyes.

What do you think your next listen will be?

This Charming Man, as I have just downloaded it

Would you listen to another book narrated by Juanita McMahon?

Yes, the narrator wasn't too bad but the story was dry so hard to judge

Could you see Sushi for Beginners being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

if it is shortened then perhaps

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  • Anna
  • 29-08-2011

Great little get away

This is a good book, the characters and story line keep you entertained. It throws some twists in, but it is quite predictable. I knew what was going to happen to everyone by the end of the book long before I was through. But it's a fun listen and has some good laughs as well as some good life lessons. Brings attention to some serious issues by the end that I didn't expect.

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  • Lana
  • 21-09-2018

good story , bad performance

I got this version of a book because of narrator's pleasant voice in a sample. Don't know what happened to her during any dialog. Can't judge accent but why all 20-something year old women sound like drunken sailors except for Lisa and why men , even the ones who are very manly according to a story all sound like elderly women ? Very , very destructive and I think it hurts the story. I almost want to buy a book just so I can read it myself without listening to the voice. I like the story though. This is my first book by this author and I am looking forward to discovering more of her books.

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  • karyn
  • 08-09-2018

Concluded in a clunky haphazard romcom fashion.

Ending seems disconnected with the story.
Kept waiting for the point if the book. Just fizzled out. Out odd one out of the rest.of Keyes books.

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  • difelma
  • 25-06-2008

Painful to the ears

I love Marian Keyes and everything she writes. However, I am wondering if I will ever finish listening to this book due to the dreadful narration.

The narrator's Irish accent is stage Irish at it's peak but frequently lapses into a West Country accent and I find this distracts me from actually listening to the story as it is so bad.

I haven't listened to any other Marian Keyes books from Audible as yet but I see that it is a different narrator on the others and so I would hope that they will be better.

My advice re Sushi for Beginners is if you can't find a version narrated by someone else then read the book - I would always recommend a Marian Keyes book - just not this version. The two stars are for the book itself - and would be many more with the right narrator.

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  • Nicola
  • 01-04-2014

Narration is terrible

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Sounded like the narrator was taking the mickey out of the Irish! It was such a terrible accent! The story itself was a classic Marian Keyes and should have been easy and enjoyable listening. Instead, myself and my partner had a good giggle at the awful accent and then got increasingly frustrated with it, until it was downright painful to listen to and we had to give up!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • S. Dempsey
  • 23-01-2013

Good rating for the book, appalling narration

I was barely able to listen to this narration without cringing. I have no idea why they couldn't hire an Irish actress to narrate it as almost all of the characters are Irish. The narrator's Irish accent sounded exactly like an annoying English person taking the p*** and trying to do an "Oirish" impression, but for 16 hours.

I love Marian Keyes's books but I think the publishers really need to reissue these with an Irish actress doing the narration, as with This Charming Man or Mystery of Mercy Close.

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  • Amy
  • 10-04-2016

Amazing book- narration was awful!

I loved reading this book years ago so I was really excited to revisit it! Although the book itself is amazing I couldn't help but cringe immensely at the reader! I'm Irish and have heard first hand in many occasions the accents expected of the characters in this book! This has to be the worst experience of Irish accents I have ever had! completely cringe worthy!

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  • Mrs
  • 12-05-2015

Does anybody proof listen these books?

I have read the book before twice, but could not bare the narration. Plus some of the pronunciations were so wrong.
This was the English pronunciation the Irish Dublin accent was so painful

The book/story is good classic Keyes not many devious twist her recent stuff has. But as I said I have read this before.

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  • GILLH
  • 27-10-2014

Annoying narration

Would you listen to Sushi for Beginners again? Why?

I wouldn't listen to this again, although its one of my favourite books. I struggled to finish it, and didn't look forward to switching it on during a long car journey. I will however read it again, many times.

What didn’t you like about Juanita McMahon’s performance?

Narrator was just plain annoying and couldn't even be consistent with the accents. Not sure where she thought Dublin was, but most of the accents weren't Irish.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was far too long for one sitting, and I struggled to finish it as it was so irritating.

Any additional comments?

Later Marian Keyes books have a far better narrator.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-08-2019

Irish accent is grating.

I'm not sure I'll finish it this book. So far I'm enjoying the story but the Irish accents are very hard to listen to. I've never met anyone with this accent. It's set in Dublin but not one character sounds like they are from Dublin. They all have this 'Oirish' accent that's not from anywhere in Ireland. Very disappointed.

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  • Helz
  • 06-04-2019

Irish accents somewhat problematic...

No negatives when it comes to Keyes or her story- telling and characters. I will say, however, that the narrator's irish accents seem somewhat mangled at times. She sounds Northern Irish, then Scouse and sometimes even like a ' yokels ' from Somerset. Once I turned out this oddity though I enjoyed her narration. She kept up the pace and managed to keep up with Keyes' quick wit.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-02-2019

voice actor is appalling, cannot do accents

most of the characters in the book are irish, if the reader couldnt do them was not an issue to leave them out, but they attempt to and create a mangled sound. The sample is from the main british characters perspective (which is done fine) so doesnt show the problem

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-01-2019

Good story terrible narration

Next time there is a book with mainly Irish characters it would be a good idea to have a narrator who can do an Irish accent!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful