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The Brightest Star in the Sky | [Marian Keyes]

The Brightest Star in the Sky

The Brightest Star in the Sky follows seven neighbors whose lives become entangled when a sassy and prescient spirit pays a visit to their Dublin townhouse with the intent of changing at least one of their lives. But what will this metamorphosis be and who will the sprite choose?
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Audible Editor Reviews

In a vast departure from her typical work centering around one central female protagonist, Marian Keyes introduces an ensemble cast of characters in her latest novel — as well as a spiritual entity who tells their tales (captured by Caitriona Keyes’ sing-song voice). Each chapter follows the life of a different member of the motley crew, who all live in the same apartment building in Ireland — 66 Star Street — but don’t socialize and have no other apparent connection to each other. Matt and Maeve are mismatched, but very in love newlyweds. Katie’s a 40-something publicist for rock musicians and still trying to find some direction. Lydia is an intimidating, crass cab driver roommate to two Polish men. And Jemima is a lonely elderly woman whose source of greatest happiness stems from her adopted son Fionn coming to live with her. The ethereal being (the story’s raconteur) has the ability to float in and out of each apartment and watch all the stories at 66 Star Street unfold — unbeknownst to the people living there.

Caitriona Keyes, the author’s sister, narrates the novel with her matronly, Irish accent. It gives the sense that the ethereal being is more of a watchful grandmother, than a young, hip angel. At times, it’s quite strange to hear her ultra-feminine voice describe the thoughts of the Polish men or Katie’s drunken binge on her birthday. But her words are clearly spoken and her pace and comedic timing are on point. Listeners sensitive to a higher-pitched tone might find her lilting voice less than pleasant for the entire 11-hour haul.

Fans of Marian Keyes will be surprised by this new style of storytelling, but pleased that her characteristic self-deprecating humor and ability to keep the listener engaged throughout the entire book remains. —Colleen Oakley

Publisher's Summary

A wry and life-affirming novel from the internationally best-selling author.

Marian Keyes's inimitable blend of rollicking humor, effervescent prose, and stories that deal with real-life issues have captivated readers and listeners around the globe. She is one of the best-selling authors of women's fiction in the English-speaking world. Her new novel will delight fans of Candace Bushnell's darkly comic sensibility and Sophie Kinsella's fast-paced action.

The Brightest Star in the Sky follows seven neighbors whose lives become entangled when a sassy and prescient spirit pays a visit to their Dublin townhouse with the intent of changing at least one of their lives. But what will this metamorphosis be and who will the sprite choose?

There's Matt and Maeve, the newlyweds struggling to overcome the first obstacle in their storybook romance; Lydia, the brassy but vulnerable cabbie; Katie, the just-turned-40 PR executive searching for a more gratifying life; and the eldest resident, Jemima, currently playing hostess to her son Fionn, who is in town to star as the hunky gardener in a hot new television show.

Keyes's universal themes and appealing characters have made her an international phenomenon, and are sure to conquer a wider American audience. With The Brightest Star in the Sky, she delivers another satisfying story charming in its wit and surprising in its depth.

©2010 Marian Keyes; (P)2010 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Jan DALLAS, TX, USA 02-23-10
    Jan DALLAS, TX, USA 02-23-10 Member Since 2001
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    "Terrible sound quality, worse narration"

    I love this author, but not enough to listen to this mess. This is the worst of the worst narrators and the whole thing sounds as if they recorded it in their basement using an old tape recorder.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Brooklyn, NY, United States 04-20-10
    Ann Brooklyn, NY, United States 04-20-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Another Awesome book by Ms. Keyes"

    I really enjoyed this story. The characters are rich with personality. The story just plays so well. Marion Keyes is always right on point.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Worcester, MA, USA 02-11-10
    Robin Worcester, MA, USA 02-11-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Narration is too painful a listen"

    Marian Keyes is one of my favorite authors. I eagerly await her books. I was extremely disappointed with the narrator for this book. She reads without inflection or feeling. I had to stop listening it was so painful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Martha Helena, AR, USA 02-01-10
    Martha Helena, AR, USA 02-01-10
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    "The Brightest Star in the Sky"

    It was amazing, just beautifully written and read. Wonderful to listen to, but you have to pay attention. There are so many characters, that if you let your mind wonder you will find yourself backtracking. Besides that, you will truly be enthralled by her.
    This is my first Marian Keyes book to ever pick up/listen to and I am now hooked.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Salem, OR, USA 03-09-14
    Linda Salem, OR, USA 03-09-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Disappointing and Poor Narration"
    Would you try another book from Marian Keyes and/or Caitriona Keyes?

    I would try another book if it weren't read by this narrator. I have enjoyed several other Keyes books and feel so disappointed by this. I can't follow the many stories being told by the ghost and she cannot vary her voice enough to help with character differentiation.


    What could Marian Keyes have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Professional reader(s) with many voice abilities. Better segues between stories would help as well.


    What didn’t you like about Caitriona Keyes’s performance?

    Same voice for all. Not always good to have author and/or relative do the reading. With few exceptions these are different kinds of gifts.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Learned a little about fictional modern life in Ireland...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    gioffrt Sicklerville, NJ United States 05-03-13
    gioffrt Sicklerville, NJ United States 05-03-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Some what disappointed"
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    I really enjoy Marian Keyes books. I have been a long time fan and wish audible would have some of her earlier books. This book was very hard to follow and the narrator was the worst. Her voice was way to high pitched or something, Not a her best and didn't even finish listening to the whole story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Keogh Austin, TX 03-11-13
    C. Keogh Austin, TX 03-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Bit of a slog, but redeems itself."

    I'm a fan of Keyes' novels, but I very nearly stopped listening to this one. There are MANY different "main" characters and much of the book is dedicated to the backstory of each. It's a bit difficult to keep them all straight initially and the story doesn't move forward for quite some time while you're digesting history.

    However, the individual stories of each of the characters develop richly. By the end, characters assumed to be boring are the most interesting and shallow characters gain depth. In Keyes' signature style, serious topics are treated with respect yet tempered with humor and I was completely invested in the characters by the end.

    The narration went a bit slow at times, which could be a bit frustrating, but otherwise I thought Caitriona Keyes did a fantastic job.

    Honestly, had this story not been by this particular author, I probably would've given up on it. But because she's one of my favorites, I stuck with it and was thankfully rewarded towards the end. But I don't know how much I'd recommend it to others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Book Junkie Charlotte, NC 11-10-12
    Book Junkie Charlotte, NC 11-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not my favorite by Keyes"

    I adore Marian Keyes's work, but this book really fell flat for me. I really found the narration to be a problem. I think the subtle wit of the author's written word is lost. I actually read the rest of her books, and I wonder if reading this would have made me enjoy it more.

    It took me a very long time to warm up to this ensemble of characters. I recommend Rachel's Holiday if you want to try something by this author. And maybe not as an audiobook, if the narrator is the same.

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    A.J. Pace, FL, United States 09-17-11
    A.J. Pace, FL, United States 09-17-11
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    "Charming fun with depth"

    This is a fun story, set in Dublin, with interesting characters who grew on me and made me so appreciative that the book is a long one. The characters are fun and quirky and their full depth is revealed later in the book. Lots of hours of entertainment. Excellent narration.

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    Alicia PHOENIX, AZ, United States 08-02-11
    Alicia PHOENIX, AZ, United States 08-02-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Didn't finish"

    I always finish audiobooks. I had to stop this one. I'm sure it's a great book, but as an audiobook it just has too many characters. It jumps around a lot and it's hard to keep up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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