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The Other Side of the Story

Narrated by: Gerri Halligan
Length: 17 hrs and 32 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (88 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Jojo Harvey is a literary agent whose star is on the rise. In love with both her married boss and her burgeoning career, not much distracts her. Until she finds herself representing two women who used to be best friends. Used to be. One of them, Gemma, has suddenly found herself from a broken home at the age of 32. Meanwhile, Lily, the woman Gemma has always blamed for stealing her one chance of happiness, is enjoying the overnight success of her debut novel. Set in the world of publishing, The Other Side of the Story is about love, loyalty, glass ceilings and survival tactics - and what to do when you get your chance for revenge.
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Always excellent

Great characters, engaging story beautifully written and read. Heartbreaking and humorous - a Marian Keyes classic. Thank you.

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Entertaining!

I've always loved Marian Keyes for her character & relationship development, her ability to make me laugh out loud, and the way she makes her characters so imperfect and relatable. The narration was great, apart from the bit where the Scottish guys sounded Irish haha. Definitely recommend this one if you're looking for something fun & entertaining but heartfelt.

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  • Brisbane
  • 21-06-2018

Starts slow

Not a bad story, starts a bit slow but picks up and has the predictable happy ending

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Great story

I loved the hard copy version of this book and the reader does a good job of the narration, except the American accent for one of the characters was a bit hard to listen to. Also the production of it could be a bit better - sometimes there was a decent pause between chapters, other times it sounded like it cut over mid sentence.. definitely think this needs to be looked at.

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Fantastic read

I laughed through this book especially the character of Jemma. Couldn't wait to get back in the car to read it. thoroughly recommend it

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great listen

loved all the characters great story line wonderfully narrated by Gerri Halligan enjoy Marian Keyes books

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  • Lyn McQuade
  • 31-10-2013

Confusing

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who has plenty of time to read might find this book enjoyable, I found it confusing the way it jumped around from person to person. I read while I'm on public transport and have to stop when I get to my destination and quite often found it hard to pick up again. If I just had time to sit and read at my leisure I may have been able to follow more easily.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I've just ordered a Bryce Courtney book - Fortune Cookie.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Gerri Halligan?

Yes I would, I didn't have a problem with the narration.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really, it was quite predictable. Everyone fitted into their slots at the end a little too tidily.

Any additional comments?

I have read several Marian Keyes books and have enjoyed them and will try her again.

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  • Michelle
  • 21-02-2011

Absolutely Fantastic

I loved this story. The Dublin mother & father were so very real. It was a very predictable plot but just the same, it was a pleasure to listen to. I couldn't wait to listen to it but I never wanted it to end.

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  • Sylvia
  • 24-03-2008

Refreshing

Normally I get very irritated with switching back and forth between characters, but not with this one. It was clearly announced that you were about to change characters, which helps, and whats more I liked all of them fairly well, but especially Jojo. So thoroughly enjoyable, and what a shanannigans (how do you spell that?) is life in the publishing world!

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  • CLAIRE
  • 02-01-2015

Catchy good read.

Over all a good book. Not one of her best, but still great to listen too. Got a bit confusing in places due to there being 3 stories running at the same time, but easy to find where your at and which story your in.
All in all a good read / listen.

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  • Adam
  • 12-03-2011

A really good listen!

This is the first Marian Keyes book that I have listened to. I was a bit wary at 15 CD's to burn but I have to say by the end of the book, I really didn't want it to end! The narrator was fantastic! I really liked all of the characters in the book and it was a real pleasure to sit and listen whilst on long trips in the car! The characters were believeable and the book was funny, emotional and brilliant all at the same time. I will be getting more Marian books in the near future, especially if Geri Hallighan is reading them! I can reccomend!

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  • Gill
  • 29-08-2015

Great story, dodgy Scottish accent

I really enjoyed the story and the info about the book world. Jojo was a great character and I occasionally wanted to give Lily a slap but looked forward to my next instalment. Gerry Halligan reads very well with great English and Irish accents but should avoid Scottish accents whenever possible.

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  • MISS G RAMSDEN
  • 24-04-2015

brilliant

very enjoyable read. I couldn't wait to get back to the book. kept me guessing right to the end

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-03-2017

couldn't stop listening to this super read.

I loved this book . Marion Keyes at her absolute best. Highly recommended.

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  • Vicki Heijnen
  • 10-11-2015

Great story, not so good narration

I enjoyed the story and the content of the book. I liked the way it got you interested in each character then switched to another, always leaving you wanting more.
Unfortunately the narrator seemed to struggle. There were at least 4 different accents used and sometimes they got a bit confused. Certainly the American and Dublin accents started to sound a lot like each other. It made it confusing and unfortunately took me out of the story.

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  • Sue
  • 16-10-2019

Enjoyable different perspective

I enjoyed this book, which was beautifully narrated by Gertie Halliday. Three intertwining stories are told about three very different women and their lives. Books - writing and publishing - are a central theme.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-09-2019

Disappointing!

Hard to believe that this was written by the same author as “Rachel’s Holiday”. Really disappointing!

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  • Jill Robertson
  • 18-08-2019

fantastic read

funny, poignant and unputdownable, read this book ages ago but decided to try the audio version, so glad I did