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The Country Girls | [Edna O'Brien]

The Country Girls

It is the early 1960s in a country village in Ireland. Caithleen Brady and her attractive friend, Baba, are on the verge of womanhood and dreaming of spreading their wings in a wider world - of discovering love and luxury and liquor and above all, fun. With bawdy innocence, shrewd for all their inexperience, the girls romp their way through convent school to the bright lights of Dublin – where Caithleen finds that suave, idealised lovers rarely survive the real world.
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It is the early 1960s in a country village in Ireland. Caithleen Brady and her attractive friend, Baba, are on the verge of womanhood and dreaming of spreading their wings in a wider world - of discovering love and luxury and liquor and above all, fun. With bawdy innocence, shrewd for all their inexperience, the girls romp their way through convent school to the bright lights of Dublin – where Caithleen finds that suave, idealised lovers rarely survive the real world.

©2010 AudioGO Ltd (P)1960 Edna Gebler

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    "delightful and compelling"

    A humorous, mesmerizing and well-observed story of the difficulties and excitements of a young girl growing up poor in Ireland. Charmingly and movingly read by the author. I was hooked from the beginning and listened to many passages twice to enjoy them again.

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    Cynthia United States 07-06-13
    Cynthia United States 07-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Where have all the romantics gone?"
    Where does The Country Girls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right at the top.


    What other book might you compare The Country Girls to and why?

    Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate. Terribly Mitford-esque..


    What about Edna O'Brien’s performance did you like?

    Sound of her voice, incredible diction. marvelous irony.


    If you could take any character from The Country Girls out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Mr. Gentleman. You have to ask why?


    Any additional comments?

    Where are the negative reviews coming from? Really ladies and gentlemen, have we forgotten the romance of courtship and are we too old to remember how hard our hearts ached when we first fell in love? Edna O'Brien has not forgotten, I am hard pressed to find more than a handful of writers who could write about this experience with as much beauty and haunting charm as she evokes This is the first audiobook that has pressed a review from me. Well, I'd put Jeremy Irons reading of Lolita as my all time no. 1, but it's pretty damn hard to knock Nabokov off the top..

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    dorothy gainesville, fl, United States 04-17-13
    dorothy gainesville, fl, United States 04-17-13 Listener Since 2007

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    "Hard to listen to"

    This is an excellent story, and quite an interesting view into life in an earlier time in Ireland. Unfortunately, the author's narration makes the experience almost unbearable, with her long pauses and constant gulping breaths. It is really a shame. I really wished she had let someone else do the reading as I am having a hard time enjoying her wonderful writing and find myself only able to listen to a little at a time, before I can't stand it anymore. Do yourself a favor and get a hard copy of this fascinating glimpse into a different time and place.

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    "Beautiful, evocative voice of Ms O'Brian"
    Where does The Country Girls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    My first audiobook, so nothing to compare but i loved it. Got it for long car journey in India, quite surreal listening and being enveloped in Ms O'Brians Irish lilt and soft atmosphere while seeing the colourful expanse of Indian life, especially in Delhi stuck in a traffic jam.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Her voice, the characters were very real to me


    Which character – as performed by Edna O'Brien – was your favourite?

    I loved both the girls


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

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