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Watermelon

Narrated by: Gerri Halligan
Series: Walsh Family, Book 1
Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

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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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  • Meg
  • 10-03-2020

Light and Fun.

Apart from anything else, the narration was better than perfect. An outstanding performance. An enjoyable listen.

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Enjoyable

I really enjoyed this audiobook. At first I found it a little slow and rambling but I couldn’t stop listening in the end.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-04-2020

Enjoyable and easy listening

Super enjoyable and very easy listening. Only issue is the audio recording has a few jumps / bad editing in some places.

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  • Susan Random
  • 30-03-2020

Watermelon

I first read this in paperback back in the 90s, but don't recall all of the Americanisms used throughout - diaper, subway, apartment etc - believe me, they really niggled. It was a nice introduction to the Walsh family saga. That said, it could have been an awful lot shorter.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-03-2020

Loves this book

I have tried to get Watermelon on audible for ages and now I have. The first novel by Marian Keyes and what a high she started off on! Very funny, great plot and a real page turner.