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The Ballymara Road

Narrated by: Emma Gregory
Series: The Four Streets, Book 3
Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
5 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

On Christmas morning Kitty Doherty gives birth to her baby - who is immediately taken away for adoption in America. But Kitty's life is hanging by a thread, her only hope a dangerous journey through snow to Ballymara and her Irish family. Meanwhile, in Chicago, Sean and Alice try to set up a new life far away from the families they have deserted in Liverpool.

©2015 Nadine Dorries (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"As fast-paced as it is entertaining. An addictive novel to be devoured at one sitting." ( Sunday Express)
"Engaging...cinematic and powerful" ( The Times)

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Loved this book and series

Loved every minute of this book and series. Recommended totally. Characters are amazing and believable

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just fabulous

just so good, so well narrated, great characters, fabulous story lines. Will be so hard to find my next book!

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Ballymara Road

I loved this book, wish there was a fourth book. it was very addictive reading.

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  • Sue
  • 21-04-2017

loved it

i absolutely loved this series. found myself laughing, crying and everything in between. felt like i had lost a friends when i finished.

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A really good story

Great fast paced trilogy with many strands.... needed editing a bit more for repetitive vocabulary.. narrator did very well bringing it alive.

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great series ending

I enjoyed this one as well as the first two. I found them to be an enjoyable series. I also enjoyed the way it was narrated.

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  • mew
  • 11-07-2015

Beautiful - A fine end to the story.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Ballymara Road to be better than the print version?

Yes

What about Emma Gregory’s performance did you like?

I love her ability to make all the characters come alive & be easily recognisable.

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

Yes - most certainly

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The three books in this series have all been a real pleasure to listen to. The story lines weaving throughout all three are as real as her characters. I loved listening to them and no doubt will return to them again and again.
Starting with the middle one of the three I didn't realise until I finished it and looked for more by the author. I then listened to The Four Streets followed by Hide Her Name - for a second time. When The Ballymara Road was published I decided to listen to Hide Her name again before listening to the final episode. BRILLIANT !

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  • grace cassar
  • 18-11-2015

There are three books in this series. This is the last one

Lovely three books but I would really like them to be marked as such. I did not notice and started with this one. After I bought the other two I had to relisten to this book, it made more sense the second time round after I had listened to the other two.

Well read and a very beautiful sad, sometimes funny story.

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  • Mr Peter R Davies
  • 18-01-2016

The Ballymara Road

Really enjoyed this audio book wonderfully read by Emma Gregory. had to keep listening till the end.

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  • Danny W.
  • 22-08-2015

A brilliant story brilliantly narrated. A really enjoyable book

A brilliant story brilliantly narrated. A really enjoyable book have read all available Nadine Dorries books hope for more.

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  • sue
  • 21-08-2015

Wonderful set of stories

That's it I have read the whole set, fantastic especially this one, great characters , you laugh you cry you squirm but you love it. Well I did very very much.
Thanks Nadine Dorries please keep writing,

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  • Mrs. L. Lawson
  • 11-08-2015

A book much read following the 4 street

Brilliant book
I would not have understand the story if I did not read the other 2 book . How ever all are brilliant

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  • Mrs J Grice
  • 02-02-2020

Complicated relationships

I found it difficult to keep track of the numerous characters and to remember the relationship between them all.

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  • Mama C
  • 05-08-2017

Fabulous crafted story

Artful, sensitive and gritty story based on historical reality of abuse in the Catholic Church. But intermingled with the joyous human spirit born out of poverty and and repression. The characters were amazing and you were drawn into the situation and story by the artful narration which was superb.

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  • Rosemarie
  • 01-08-2020

Lovely

Couldn’t wait for the third book, couldn’t turn it off, sorry to see it end.

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  • Eliza
  • 31-07-2020

Excellent narration, disappointing ending.

Overall 3 stars might seem meagre for a book I was engrossed in from early on, but if a chain is only as strong as it’s weakest link then a book is only as good as its ending. And I found the ending frustrating and disappointing. It felt like maybe a friend had popped in and said, “Right, I’ve got us 2 tickets for a trip to Hawaii, but we leave tomorrow. Finish that damn book then pack your things.” (That might be a tad harsh.)
It DOES have an ending which neatly concludes - but doesn’t complete. After investing many hours of my life I expect a completion, not a hasty winding up. No mention of wee Paddy, one of my favourite characters. But worse - no telling of what happened at the orphanage or laundry. I’d been looking forward to some justice, if not retribution. Nothing about what happened to the women, their babies or the children. Nothing about arresting nuns and what reformation there might be of a dark and disgusting system - a perfect storm of abuse. Of course, maybe Nadine Dorries couldn’t write in the ending I’d have liked there, while keeping it roughly compatible with real events. Which is maybe the greatest heartbreak of all.
As a lifelong feminist Nadine’s depiction of the attitude against women was clear and heartbreakingly tragic. The ultimate ‘victim blaming,’ of women treated like dirt because of what their rapists did to them. We’ve moved on a bit 60 years later, but still have a long way to go.

I’d also have liked the story to end from the perspective of Maggie and Frank, where it had started, rather than one of the lesser characters.
I had been going to buy the book for my sister, but now I can’t recommend it because of the ending. Nadine Dorries has great skill as a writer and story teller, but it’s the ending we are left with - it needs as much thought as the rest.