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Anybody Out There? | [Marian Keyes]

Anybody Out There?

Marian Keyes has introduced readers to the lives, loves, and foibles of the five Walsh sisters, Claire, Maggie, Rachel, Helen, and Anna, and their crazy mammy. In this funny, heartbreaking, and triumphant new tale set in the Big Apple, it's Anna's turn in the spotlight.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Marian Keyes’ Walsh sisters have provided countless laughs and tears for listeners over the years, and Keyes’ Anybody Out There? is no different. Performed smartly by veteran narrator Terry Donnelly, Anybody Out There? follows the quirkiest of the Walsh sisters, Anna, in a charming and witty story of loss and love. After waking up back home in Dublin literally in stitches, and with no memory of how she got there, Anna tries to put her life back in order, starting with a trip back to New York to figure out why she can’t get ahold of her husband. Have the tissues ready, for this audiobook is sure to produce tears of laughter and heartache.

Publisher's Summary

Marian Keyes has introduced readers to the lives, loves, and foibles of the five Walsh sisters, Claire, Maggie, Rachel, Helen, and Anna, and their crazy mammy. In this funny, heartbreaking, and triumphant new tale set in the Big Apple, it's Anna's turn in the spotlight.

Life is perfect for Anna Walsh. She has the "Best Job in the World" as a PR exec for a top-selling urban beauty brand, a lovely apartment in New York, and a perfect husband, the love of her life, Aidan Maddox. Until the morning she wakes up in her mammy's living room in Dublin with stitches in her face, a dislocated knee, and completely smashed-up hands, and no memory of how she got there. While her mammy plays nursemaid (just like all of her favorite nurses on her soaps), and her sister Helen sits in wet hedges doing her private investigator work for Lucky Star PI, Anna tries to get better and keeps wondering why Aidan won't return her phone calls or e-mails.

Recuperating from her injuries, a mystified Anna returns to Manhattan. Slowly beginning to remember what happened, she sets off on a search to find Aidan, a hilarious quest involving lilies (she can't stop smelling them), psychics, mediums, and anyone in the city who can promise her a reunion with her beloved.

Written in her classic style, marrying the darker parts of life with humor and wit, Anybody Out There? is Marian Keyes' best novel to date, a wonderfully charming look at love here and ever after.

©2006 Marian Keyes; (P)2006 HarperCollinsPublishers

What the Critics Say

"Keyes fans will embrace this as her best yet, and first-time Keyes readers will want to read everything she's written." (Booklist)
"Keyes' trademark blend of humor, diverse characters, and a warm but unsentimental tone strikes gold." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Maura westborough, MA, USA 02-08-09
    Maura westborough, MA, USA 02-08-09 Member Since 2007
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    "lovely torture"

    okay, so as a Marian Keyes fan, I was very excited to begin this book -- until about three chapters in and then I realized the premise - but by then it was too late. It was like watching a wretched car wreck (no pun intended) wanting to turn away but having to watch every last detail --although the redemption was painfully beautiful. NOT recommended for the faint of heart. But certainly a great read for the "feathery toucher" type...

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    WonderBunny Utah, USA 06-21-08
    WonderBunny Utah, USA 06-21-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Loved it!"

    I really loved this book! I could see the highlight for the first half coming but enjoyed the process of getting there. There was quite a bit of time spent on side stories that took a little away from the main story but the side stories were funny so it wasn't too bad. Second half meandered a little bit but was funnier then the first half.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    M Austin, TX, USA 05-16-06
    M Austin, TX, USA 05-16-06
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    "If you like Keyes"

    I like Marian Keyes books and this is one of her better ones. Not your typical romance novel and very funny and touching. I think that the narrator is easy to understand and pleasant to listen to (she does not do American accents all that well, but in some ways that enhances the telling as it is told from the perspective of an Irish woman and the so-so American accents fit). I found myself listening to this one every chance I got and finished it in one week.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    C. Keogh Austin, TX 03-29-13
    C. Keogh Austin, TX 03-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "In grief, ya still gotta laugh..."

    I'm a big fan of Marian Keyes' novels. I'm an even bigger fan of her fictional Walsh family, who hail from Dublin as she does. Keyes' voice is conversational and sarcastic without being downright nasty. This story, about Anna Walsh, one of the flightier and some may say - loony - sisters, is rich in personality. Keyes tackles a difficult topic with her characteristic humor and sensitivity.

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    simplysweet marietta, GA, United States 12-16-12
    simplysweet marietta, GA, United States 12-16-12
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    "I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES! It's funny and the performance is wonderful..


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Anybody Out There??

    When she got back to New York and had to start her life..When she met Aiden. When she went to birthing class with Jackie..When Helen went to the warehouse..lmao!


    What about Terry Donnelly’s performance did you like?

    She was animated and fun to listen to.


    If you could take any character from Anybody Out There? out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Jackie! She's great..or Helen she's great too,!


    Any additional comments?

    When I am having a bad day or feeling blue I listen to this book an ALWAYS get such a great lift..I bet I could say all of the lines I've listened so many times..

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    Amazon Customer Dallas, GA, United States 11-19-12
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    "Great story"
    Where does Anybody Out There? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Although the middle of the story seemed a little long, this was a great story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Anybody Out There??

    I loved the business meeting where she doesn't have a link man...so funny!


    Which character – as performed by Terry Donnelly – was your favorite?

    Loved her sister, the private investigator.


    If you could take any character from Anybody Out There? out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Mitch.


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    Infreqent Shopper USA 06-18-12
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    "Love the Walsh girls, but not the narration so muc"
    If you could sum up Anybody Out There? in three words, what would they be?

    The narrator sounds too old for Anna but I could probably get past that if she did the other characters better; the male voices in particular. Great story though.


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    Elle W San Francisco, CA, United States 12-17-11
    Elle W San Francisco, CA, United States 12-17-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Perhaps a Better Read than a Listen"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There is an interesting story hidden here amongst the mundane details; the story never hits its stride. Whether it's the timing or the overabundance of extraneous descriptions, but the humor and wit bubbling below the surface never rises up. After the initial


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    While the narrator has a nice, clear voice with good enunciation, she has a constant breathless quality as if almost everything the protagonist is feeling is heartfelt or exasperating... Her pace never varies, is always the same slow rythm, with overlong pauses for commas and periods... it was frustrating during the less interesting segments. It would go unnoticed, perhaps, if the writing itself was more gripping, but the story lacks wit and the narration does nothing to improve it.


    Was Anybody Out There? worth the listening time?

    As curious as I was to find out if Anna does contact the person she wants to talk to--and to find out the mystery of the doggie do do--I just couldn't keep listening. I was too impatient... so I plan on checking out the book so I can skim through the slow parts and linger over the funnier more interesting parts. As a listen, though, Is Anybody Out There did not work for me.


    Any additional comments?

    If the things that bothered me are not things to bother you, then I can recommend this listen. If the story sounds interesting to you, though, yet slow pacing and mundane details would be a deterrent to you, perhaps try reading the book instead?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda MADRAS, OR, USA 04-01-08
    Melinda MADRAS, OR, USA 04-01-08
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    "great fun"

    i enjoyed this one very much. loved the narration and story. great humor.

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    Sherry Dallas, TX, United States 10-11-07
    Sherry Dallas, TX, United States 10-11-07 Member Since 2003
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    "Great"

    I love the concept of the story, love the reader, love the humor AND it made me so sad. How does a story make you laugh, but make you sad and longing at the same time? Great reader :o)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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