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Rachel's Holiday | [Marian Keyes]

Rachel's Holiday

Rachel Walsh is twenty-seven and the miserable owner of size 8 feet. She has regular congress with Luke Costello, a man who wears his leather trousers tight. And she's fond - some might say too fond - of recreational drugs.
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Publisher's Summary

Rachel Walsh is 27 and the miserable owner of size 8 feet. She has regular congress with Luke Costello, a man who wears his leather trousers tight. And she's fond - some might say too fond - of recreational drugs.

Until, that is, everything goes pear-shaped and she finds herself being frog-marched to the Cloisters - Dublin's answer to the Betty Ford Clinic. She's outraged. Surely she's not thin enough to be an addict?

Rachel isn't expecting plump, middle-aged men in brown jumpers, and more group therapy than you can shake a stick at. Heartsick and Lovesick, she seeks redemption in the shape of Chris - a man who might be more trouble than he's worth.

(P)2001 W F Howes Ltd

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    Aimee Christchurch, New Zealand 04-13-14
    Aimee Christchurch, New Zealand 04-13-14 Member Since 2013

    I am a total audiobook addict! I travel quite a bit for work and listen to them while I drive. Always searching for a good author to follow

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    If you could sum up Rachel's Holiday in three words, what would they be?

    A Great Listen


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked Luke! He was very honest


    Which character – as performed by Gerri Halligan – was your favorite?

    Rachel


    Any additional comments?

    I found some parts of the book a bit slow, but overall it was a great book! So well written and narrated! It really let you see inside an addicts mind. I will probably listen to this one again at some point!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Ceylon, SK, Canada 05-29-13
    Linda Ceylon, SK, Canada 05-29-13 Member Since 2006
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    "What Delusions We Entertain When In Denial!"

    What a terrific journey into the mind of an alcoholic. No . . . she isn't an alcoholic? Right? Everyone is overreacting . . . right? The story was both sad and hilarious. Gerri Halligan did a great narration - as usual. I was engaged right from the start and enjoyed every moment of this "holiday" tale.

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    Nicola Ferguson North Vancouver, B.C. Canada 05-05-14
    Nicola Ferguson North Vancouver, B.C. Canada 05-05-14 Member Since 2007

    "This teacher says listening to the book is just as good as reading it!"

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    "Not funny"
    Would you try another book from Marian Keyes and/or Gerri Halligan?

    Not another Marian Keyes book, but the reading was excellent.


    Would you recommend Rachel's Holiday to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, I would not because I found it a weird mix of chick lit humour and a serious look at addiction.


    Which character – as performed by Gerri Halligan – was your favorite?

    Rachel


    Did Rachel's Holiday inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to stop listening - repeatedly! But I did eventually hear the whole thing.


    Any additional comments?

    Based on this book (supposedly one of her best) I cannot understand Keyes' popularity.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rochester, United Kingdom
    12/14/13
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    "Never disappointed by Marian Keyes"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It has everything. Laughs, tears, surprises, sex, romance, a bit of mystery. It's all there! I love the way that Marian Keyes stories unfold by giving you little snippets of what has happened in the past rather than unveiling it all in one go. everything is given to you at the right part of the current part of the story. That is, the 'back story' affecting the 'current' part of what is happening is explained at that point, so that you are always clear on why something happens as it does. A very clever way of writing that gets you hooked. Another point is that even though I haven't experienced many of the things the characters in the book have (never taken illegal drugs, never been drunk, never travelled, never had one night stands etc), I always feel I can empathise with the character. Marian Keyes always hits the right note.


    What other book might you compare Rachel's Holiday to, and why?

    In some ways, this book is, of course, similar to The Mystery of Mercy Close where Rachel's sister Helen spends a little time (some years after this book is set) in a psychiatric unit, but in other ways, it is almost like the tale of bereavement in .......... No, I can't say, because it would spoil it if you haven't already read it!


    Which character – as performed by Gerri Halligan – was your favourite?

    Most probably Rachel as she is the most prominent character, but Helen's comments always make me laugh.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Marian Keyes always writes books that I want to listen to or read in one go. Thankfully they are long enough that it usually takes at least 2 days. As usual, I feel a little bereft when I have finished, but I know I will listen to it again.


    Any additional comments?

    I have only one more in the collection to listen to. Please, please Marian, write more about the Walsh family! I know there are only so many adventures one family can have, and only so many amazing ideas one author can come up with but pleeeeaaase!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Halifax, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "An inside view on addiction"
    What did you like most about Rachel's Holiday?

    Well formed charactures with very believable lives and ideology . A realistic insure into to the mind of an addict but not losing touch with the real world.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The passionate way in which the main characture was lucid all the way through the story, both with and without the influence of drugs .


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The lucid language made me cry with laughter and sorrow on many occasions


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • alex
    Gloucester, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "She couldn't see what others saw!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definatley YES. This is a great story about how we see ourselves and how that compares to what we are actually like.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Rachel lived her life in a bubble not actually seeing what she was doing to herself and those around her.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When Rachel has friends and family to visit her in the Priory, she hears how others see her and the way she lives her life. There comes a point when she realises that they are right and her life is not as good as she thought it was.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. You hear the story at the start from her point of view, but something tells you that there are things happening that she either doesn't see, or doesn't want to see, but you know that at any moment realiseation will dawn on her. You have to keep reading just to get to that point!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    A really good read about someone who is on the road to self istruction, but they don't see it coming!!!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • GILLH
    3/10/13
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    "Nice to go back to an old favourite"

    This is one of Marian Keyes earlier stories about the Walsh family, and I'd read it many years ago. The audible version added to rather than detracted from my memory of the original, the narration was excellent

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Leona
    Feniton, United Kingdom
    4/23/10
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    "Rachel's Holiday"

    Rachel's Holiday is, in my opinion, one of Marian Keyes' best books. I've read on her website that it will soon be adapted for cinema and I can't wait. Her amazing talent allows her to create real and believable characters and I'm sure I'm not the only woman who has read her books and seen part of herself reflected in one of them (I would like to add here that my relationship with narcotics amounts to paracetamol once in a blue moon, I refer to her characters in general) This is another great installment in the Walsh family escapades .Great book and fantastic narrator, if you haven't read/listened to it yet, I recommend you do so.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Hilarie
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    7/18/14
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    "Gripping"

    It took me a while to get into this book - at first I was so exasperated by the heroine and felt that the novel was more like a handbook to addiction recovery than a work of fiction. But the, bingo, the magic happened and I couldn't stopped listening. Gerri Halligan's narration is superb. The scene with the drunken dentist had me in hysterics - it was one of the funniest episodes I have ever listened to.
    I loved the family dynamics between the sisters and their parents - the camaraderie of the inmates at the rehab unit and the wonderful boyfriend Luke.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    4/20/14
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    "Pure perfection"
    Would you listen to Rachel's Holiday again? Why?

    Most definitely. It's humorous and 'addictive'z


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Helen - amazingly cold and freshingly honest.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The party scene where Rachel and Luke first meet.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No so it lasted for longer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ann
    Newcastle, England
    4/10/14
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    "Loved this!"
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    This was a great listen/read. The characters were extremely well drawn. It was funny, sad and the ending was just right.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gavin
    Dunbar, United Kingdom
    3/29/13
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    "Bit of a disappointment after This Charming Man"

    Bit obvious for my taste. Having said that it was witty and I would be lying to say I did not enjoy it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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