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This Charming Man

Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
Length: 26 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (88 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Lola has every reason to be interested in who Paddy de Courcy is marrying - because although she's his girlfriend, she definitely isn't the bride. Heartbroken, she flees the city for a cottage by the sea. But will her retreat prove as idyllic as she hopes?

Not if journalist Grace has anything to do with it. Grace knew Paddy a long time ago. But why can't she forget him? Grace's sister, Marnie, might have the answer but she also has issues with the past. Her family is wonderful but they can't take away memories of her first love: a certain Paddy de Courcy. What will it take for Marnie to be able to move on?

And what of the future Mrs de Courcy? Alicia is determined to be the perfect politician's wife. But does she know the real Paddy de Courcy?

Four very different women. One awfully charming man. And the dark secret that binds them all....

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©2008 Marian Keyes (P)2008 W F Howes Ltd

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Too many skipped words.

I loved many of this authors other books, but Marian has written this book by skipping most pronouns and a/the, similar to when Bridget Jones talks to herself. Although I have no problem reading this book, as your mind fills in the gaps- listening to it is very, very annoying! I turned it off after a few chapters and didn't finish it. I'm so glad this type of writing is no longer in fashion. Drove me around bend (see annoying isn't it, now imagine a complete book written this way)..

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No prepositions!!

This book has some of the most annoying writing ever!!! A third of the book doesn't use prepositions which is like listening to someone read a grocery list. I persevered because it was rated so high but the author really needs a rap over the knuckles for using such poor skills. Other than that third it's not too bad.

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  • Narelle
  • BUFFALO, NY, US
  • 22-05-2019

So disappointed

I love Marian Keyes but the writing style in this book drove me mad. I can only assume it was written as a diary so conjunctions were left out, ‘the’ rarely was mentioned. I tried awfully hard to like this story but I drifted off and thought of other things every time I put it on and had to back track but still missed the connection.

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Worth persisting with.

The first character Lola doesn’t speak in full sentences which is intensely irritating initially. However she is only one of three characters in the book, and the annoying grammar is worth persevering with because this book is funny and clever. It had me laughing out loud and also sighing with sadness. There were a few unexpected plot twists and plenty of interesting characters.

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intrigued

I really enjoyed the twists and turns throughout the story. the characters were interesting and all very different!

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bloody brilliant

loved it! Marian Keyes is such a talent. i really enjoy listening to this for the 2nd time😀😀

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What a delight

Enjoyed every minute. Narration excellent. Thought provoking story and presented brilliantly. Still smiling at outcome.

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I love it.

I loved this book so much. I finished today and actually felt really sad that it was over. I am really going to miss Lola, Grace and Marnie. There is a hole in my life now!

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Don’t waste a credit

The style of writing is terribly hard to listen to and NOT like other Marian Keyes books at all. If this had been the first book of hers I would have never read another. Even though the style was awful, I wanted to hear the story through as the story itself was ok, good even but half way through, it changed to a totally different book!! I shuffled forward and sure enough, it was a whole other book.

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Second read did not disappoint

Love the language in this book, I predict will return to it again and again.

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  • Cynthia
  • 20-07-2009

I was not amused.

Oh dear this really didn't suit me at all. What a waste of money. Bits of it were interesting - but they were few and far between. I didn't like the diary style of writing, or at least not one that needed an entry every few minutes. The Marnie story was just plain boring. Perhaps I would have enjoyed an abridged version more, but I usually enjoy long books, and normally love Marian Keyes work which I find amusing and upbeat in the main. Apart from the diary, it was hard to see where Paddy fitted in. Altogether a depressing book. Not my sort of thing sadly.

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  • sue
  • 13-02-2018

Irritating to listen to I’m 2 chapters in and done

Probably just not my cup of tea or caught me on a bad day, but I can’t listen any more, the story is repetitive, and so lame, the style of writing ; a kind of clipped shorthand doesn’t work with narration for me.
I’ll be returning it for a refund

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-11-2008

A really good read

A really good story well thought out and well written. The characters are beautifully drawn and the writing is witty and humorous. Sometimes funny, sometimes pitiful, sometimes just downright sad, but always enjoyable. The narrator does a wonderful job too. I shall look out for more books by this author and can recommend this one wholeheartedly.

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  • Leona
  • 08-11-2008

This Charming Man

This is a brilliant book . Marian Keyes has incredible talent , her character descriptions are so detailed that for a long time after you finish reading the book you find yourself thinking of the people in her story , she makes them very real. The story keeps you guessing , very unpredictable , funny and worth while listening to.

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  • EmGem22
  • 26-01-2018

Don't want to give this feedback

I love Marian Keyes, I identify with her on a personal level and also enjoy her other books. However I found this one different. There was a long fluted build up with lots of detail. When it got to the point it was a subtle exposè. Then the conclusion was over in one chapter.

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  • Glynis
  • 23-03-2009

dissapointing

dissapointed after all the hype. this book is 'everywhere'! but really not my kind of book i guess. not into this 'diary' style of writing. very light weight & 'fluffy'. a real 'chic' book. no substance. i choose long books to listen to as i drive a lot. but this one has failed to hold my attention & the reader's voice 'grates' some what. i dont even find it funny. though it would appear lots of people have. maybe this time i chose wrong!

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  • S. Batten
  • 29-03-2009

Keyes at her best!

I'm an avid Keyes fan, and this book, in my opinion is one of her best! It's well narrated, and laugh out loud funny, but also has a 'keep you guessing' element. If you like Marion Keyes, then don't hesitate in getting this download!

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  • helen Jones
  • 05-03-2018

very entertaining

once you get used to the three main character stories interweaving it is a fab read. very racy.

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  • Emma
  • 04-03-2018

Stick with it....it’s worth it!!

I’m going to write the review I was looking for when I started listening to this book! I came straight out of one Marian Keyes book and dove straight into this: it drove me insane initially!! I couldn’t get my head around the prose, the style, or even the voice of the narrator. But stick with it: it’s poignant, feisty and in places, laugh out loud hilarious!! The initial character Lola, is so suited to this way of writing and when the other characters come into play, you can see why. Ms Keyes tackles some really tricky issues in this book and does it with humour, sensitivity and absolute aplomb! Wonderful book with wonderful characters.

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  • Gillian
  • 12-04-2018

Possibly perfect

I loved every single minute of this perfect book (26 hours = how many minutes?), I read this book when it first came out and loved it, but Caroline Lennon brought the book to a whole new level of love for me, she is so brilliant at narrating, and makes a wonderful job of Marian Keyes's books. This is Marian at her very very best, hilarious, heartbreaking, poignant and vital. I will listen to this again, in the future. 10 stars!

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