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At 29, Claire is full of the joys of life - that is, until her husband leaves her on the day she gives birth to her baby. With a broken heart, a beautiful newly born and an expanding mirror image, she decides to visit her eccentric family in Dublin. There she starts to feel better. So much better, in fact, that James is in for a surprise when he decides to slither back into her life.

©2000 Marian Keyes (P)2002 WF Howes Ltd

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A real disappointment

I saw it through, because I'm such a big fan of Keyes. I hoped that something would happen to improve it, but alas...
it was strange how little the theme of motherhood and parenthood played in this "will he call me? does he like me?" story, that began with a woman being abandoned with a newborn. It was a missed opportunity to add some meat to this young-adult-esq chic lit. Halligan did an admirable job given the content.

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  • M.
  • 27-10-2020

Great escape from life

As ever Marian had one crying or laughing, or even crying with laughter, while you are so easily drawn i to the life of each character, who were all given even more personality by the perfect match of Gerri’s voice of narration.

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great book not so good narration

one of my favourite books made weird by what l assume is an American trying to do an Irish accent

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Loved it!!

Wickedly funny - just loved it! Well worth investing the time to lose yourself in this story.

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Very disappointed with this story

I’ve her other books, perhaps it’s the reader. It’s so boring, and I paid for it! Ah well.

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I tried, but couldn't last

The characters were interesting but underdeveloped, so was the storyline, it was boring. I could not be bothered finishing it.

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Great story

I will be following up with the series following this family. It was an easy listen that had be entertained the whole way through

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Great giggles

The narrator was brilliant!
Enhanced the story.
What a beautiful, dysfunctional family.
Story did lag a little for me, 3/4 through but then picked up.

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good read but poor audio quality

cute read, a bit dry towards the middle....the volume was inconsistent but generally super low, had to turn volume all the way up then turn back down when there was a loud scene. then towards the end there was background crackling. other than that the story was cute and the writing was witty and clever.

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  • Em
  • 31-01-2021

OK story, dodgy recording

I love Marian Keyes books and they're the main things I listen to on audible. This wasn't as good as the others in my opinion.
However, my biggest problem was the recording on this. Often words or sentences would jump or skip, like they'd been dodgily pieced together. Never enough to miss the storyline, but really annoying. One or two chapters had interference noise, like tapping.

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  • Dolly Mixtures
  • 03-03-2020

Disappointed in this edit of a favourite book...

I love this story - one of Marian’s best. I first read it nearly 25 years ago. The narrator is great but I’m halfway through and am irrationally annoyed at the way the vocabulary has been Americanised! The book is set in Ireland and London. We don’t have sidewalks and diapers!!! Should have been left as it was!

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  • Jacinta Kent
  • 14-03-2020

Amazing book but why the American substitutes???

Obviously Marian Keyes is incredible but I don’t understand why loads of words are substituted for American ones? Like subway instead of tube, diaper instead of nappy, butt instead of arse. Arse is a great word! A plea to the publishers to stop doing this in books, surely Americans aren’t so unintelligent as to not be able to work out what the author’s original words mean? Performance was fantastic.

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  • MCP
  • 26-03-2020

I'm not American

I loved this book. I was thrilled to see if released after waiting years. Thrilled to see Geri Halligan reading it.....but why has it been Americanised? Diapers pacifiers and pap smears? Irked me a lot. Issue with sound in chapter 40 also. Clicking over dialogue near end.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-03-2020

Another Keyes triumph

Loved the story. My only dislike was the American language, diapers, subway, apartment etc. Otherwise a great time spent with the Walsh Family.

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  • Sarah
  • 18-04-2020

Shallow and cliche- exactly what I was looking for

Quirky and unoriginal, exactly what you want from these sorts of books. Screw it, I enjoyed it. Narrator was very good.

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  • Sandra balmer
  • 20-04-2020

Not the greatest...

I think this is one of the earliest by the author and I had worked the end out with about 6 chapters to go. Performance was great and there were some laugh out loud moments but the author gets better with her more recent work so try those 👍🏻

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  • Pannika
  • 22-09-2020

Disappointing

I was going to write an appalling review about how implausible the plot is / how unbelievable the characters are, but then I discovered that this was Keyes' first novel. So, I'm feeling a bit more magnanimous. All her other works are much better than this one. I'd leave this one til last for ardent fans only.

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  • Letate77
  • 03-09-2020

Funny. Easy listening

I’m now a mirian Keyes fan, can’t wait to listen to her next book. This story is funny as it is so relatable . It had a kind of Bridgette Jones feel to it. I loved it

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  • Lynda
  • 20-09-2020

fabulous

An entertaining look at life which had me bursting out laughing and listening with delight and anticipation from start to finish. The characters must be taken from real life people they areso believable and funny.
I love this author and the narrator would have you believe that its Marion speaking directly to the reader. Im off to buy the next one.

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  • Beteboop
  • 17-09-2020

Fantastic read

Loved this laugh out loud book and all the characters so vividly brought to life by the narrator. Couldn't put it down. One of Marians best in my opinion.

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