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Sushi for Beginners | [Marian Keyes]

Sushi for Beginners

Lisa Edwards, top London magazine editor, has been fantasizing about promotion to New York. Instead, she's asked to launch a new women's magazine in Dublin. She thinks nothing could be worse - until she meets her new staff. They're friendly, helpful, and enthusiastic - in other words, they wouldn't last two minutes in London!
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Lisa Edwards, top London magazine editor, has been fantasizing about promotion to New York. Instead, she's asked to launch a new women's magazine in Dublin. She thinks nothing could be worse - until she meets her new staff. They're friendly, helpful, and enthusiastic - in other words, they wouldn't last two minutes in London!

As Lisa struggles to find her feet in this alien world of no back-stabbing or bitchiness, her neurotic assistant, Ashling, is also in trouble. She's just too nice for journalism, and it shows. Who better to help them both than their handsome-but-hassled boss, Jack Devine? Always allowing for the fact that his moodiness could give Heathcliff a run for his money, of course.

©2000 Marian Keyes; (P)2001 W F Howes Ltd

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    Maja United Kingdom 01-07-10
    Maja United Kingdom 01-07-10 Member Since 2007
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    "i laughed so much"

    i had to stop the car a couple of times - fantastic

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa Gurnee, IL, United States 01-11-09
    Theresa Gurnee, IL, United States 01-11-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Not Up to Par for this Author"

    I am a huge fane of Sophie Kinsella/Marian Keyes/Madeline Wickham and this just didn't do it for me. Out of the 18 hours of audio, I think only 4 or 5 were enjoyable. At the end it came together and there were some moments of humor and memorable quotes, but this was really disappointing. I gave it three stars because of the last few hours that were what I am accustome to with this author. Skip this and listen to Remember me or any Susan Elizabeth Phillips or Susn Mallery book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jo streaky bayAustralia 07-19-08
    Jo streaky bayAustralia 07-19-08
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    "A good 'Chill Out" listen"

    A great chickflit novel. Nothing to serious and mindbogling, but a good listen to chill out for awhile. Everyone can identify with at least one of the characters in this. It does twist and turn a bit and you think it's going to turn out one way, and then the author takes you in another direction. I found the book on a whole entertaining, and at times just had to listen for just 5 more minutes to see what happens next.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Aarhus N, VA, United States 06-30-13
    Anne Aarhus N, VA, United States 06-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Maybe not for everybody"

    This was the very first Marian Keyes novel that crossed my path and I enjoyed it. It was a story I really identified with and still do. The 4 main girls are maybe sort of stereotypical but I still found them interesting enough to want to know more. Perhaps the ending feels a bit rushed but still wrapped up the story nicely.I cannot say which part I liked best because I would spoil it but it was satisfying.

    The story is well written and not overly complicated. Something that is easy to get into. I can only recommend. I guess it is chick-lit even though I find that category somewhat lackluster - it's about modern women in their 30s about love, life and work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda West Lakes, Australia 03-04-13
    Amanda West Lakes, Australia 03-04-13
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    "What a struggle to keep on reading"
    Would you try another book from Marian Keyes and/or Juanita McMahon?

    I will in hope that it is better, as I have others that love Marian Keyes.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    This Charming Man, as I have just downloaded it


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Juanita McMahon?

    Yes, the narrator wasn't too bad but the story was dry so hard to judge


    Could you see Sushi for Beginners being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    if it is shortened then perhaps


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Calgary, AB, Canada 08-29-11
    Anna Calgary, AB, Canada 08-29-11
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    "Great little get away"

    This is a good book, the characters and story line keep you entertained. It throws some twists in, but it is quite predictable. I knew what was going to happen to everyone by the end of the book long before I was through. But it's a fun listen and has some good laughs as well as some good life lessons. Brings attention to some serious issues by the end that I didn't expect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Alberta, AB, Canada 11-24-13
    Tracy Alberta, AB, Canada 11-24-13 Member Since 2008

    Love a great book that stays with you long after you've finished it.

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    "Thoroughly Enjoyable!!"

    Super book. Funny, engaging, entertaining, well written and very well narrated. Some have commented on poorly done American accents, the American accents are only at the beginning and very end of the book, too minuet to bother! Best book I've chosen in a long time! Great author and narrator.

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    Lizeth montano Mexico, D.F. Mexico 08-20-08
    Lizeth montano Mexico, D.F. Mexico 08-20-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Pretty Slow"

    I agree with the preview review somethimes "you want to listen for just 5 more minutes to see what happens next".... But I found the first part of the audiobook too slow, maybe because after this book I read Sophie Kinsella's books that are more fluid and short.

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  • difelma
    6/25/08
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    "Painful to the ears"

    I love Marian Keyes and everything she writes. However, I am wondering if I will ever finish listening to this book due to the dreadful narration.

    The narrator's Irish accent is stage Irish at it's peak but frequently lapses into a West Country accent and I find this distracts me from actually listening to the story as it is so bad.

    I haven't listened to any other Marian Keyes books from Audible as yet but I see that it is a different narrator on the others and so I would hope that they will be better.

    My advice re Sushi for Beginners is if you can't find a version narrated by someone else then read the book - I would always recommend a Marian Keyes book - just not this version. The two stars are for the book itself - and would be many more with the right narrator.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • S. Dempsey
    Ireland
    1/23/13
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    "Good rating for the book, appalling narration"

    I was barely able to listen to this narration without cringing. I have no idea why they couldn't hire an Irish actress to narrate it as almost all of the characters are Irish. The narrator's Irish accent sounded exactly like an annoying English person taking the p*** and trying to do an "Oirish" impression, but for 16 hours.

    I love Marian Keyes's books but I think the publishers really need to reissue these with an Irish actress doing the narration, as with This Charming Man or Mystery of Mercy Close.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nicola
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    4/1/14
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    "Narration is terrible"
    Any additional comments?

    Sounded like the narrator was taking the mickey out of the Irish! It was such a terrible accent! The story itself was a classic Marian Keyes and should have been easy and enjoyable listening. Instead, myself and my partner had a good giggle at the awful accent and then got increasingly frustrated with it, until it was downright painful to listen to and we had to give up!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Viviane
    Dunstable, United Kingdom
    9/18/13
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    "Sushi"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I did not like the voice of the story teller, I have founded it to be very irritating!


    What was most disappointing about Marian Keyes’s story?

    Did not like the story line, not my type of book


    Would you be willing to try another one of Juanita McMahon’s performances?

    No I do not All


    What character would you cut from Sushi for Beginners?

    All of them


    Any additional comments?

    I really disliked the story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris W
    Kent, UK
    7/2/13
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    "Light hearted - the good story kept me guessing"
    What made the experience of listening to Sushi for Beginners the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the style of the narrator, and the range of different characters each with their own interwoven story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have never been to Dublin or worked for a magazine, but the images are strong and the story drew me on to the end.


    What does Juanita McMahon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The different characterisations and accents brings the book to light more.


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

    I laughed out loud several times.


    Any additional comments?

    A really good listen and I struggled to "put it down"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shyam
    Daventry, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
    4/20/13
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    "Sushi for Beginners"

    I loved this book, it made me laugh and i love the characters too. I would recommend this to anyone new to Marian Keyes.

    Sad to hear it end...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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