Troubled by recent loss, Grania Ryan has returned to Ireland and the arms of her loving family. It is here, on a cliff edge, that she first meets a young girl, Aurora. Strangely drawn to Aurora, Grania discovers that their families are deeply entwined. From a bittersweet romance in wartime London to a troubled relationship in contemporary New York, the Ryans and the Lisles have been entangled for a century.
©2011 Lucinda Riley (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd
“The Girl on the Cliff” by Lucinda Riley was different from any book that I have read. There were so many stories wrapped up in two families that I was mesmerized until the very end. I listened to this book as an “audible” on my Kindle. The narrator, Gerri Halligan, must have been challenged by all the different voices, but somehow she made each character stand out as their unique selves.
The modern story of Grania and Ryan was often frustrating because of the stubbornness of the characters, but that didn’t detract one bit from the book. I was actually speaking to Grania out-loud at certain times in the book - wanting her to just open up about what she was thinking and feeling!
The history of the two main families of the book – the Lisles and the Ryans – takes the reader on a journey from World War I to modern day. We hear much of the story told by Aurora Lisle whom Grania meets in Ireland upon the cliffs above the sea. Their two families had been sharing a history with secrets, betrayal, and love since the first World War.
The reader visits the different decades through memories. One of my favorite characters was Kathleen, Grania’s mother. Her compassion and protectiveness for her family was endearing. Even though her character suffers a great deal in her early years – she doesn’t appear to be bitter. Aurora’s character is enchanting and hard to forget.
I liked that the story spanned generations and that the characters were connected. I guess the part I liked least is that I wanted more.
It was very sad to me that Anna, who seemed such a sweet girl, turned in to a negative character. I could not see how or why she had become the way she had become. It would have been nice to have had some insight into her behavior. She suddenly veered off of the track I saw her on and became a nearly separate character with her later behavior. It just felt off and out of place.
The narrator did a great job with the characters however, the American accents were awful :)
I would rent it or get it on netflix
Audio Books make people better drivers! I’m never in a hurry to get where I need to go because I would rather be in Tudor England, listening to a good historical fictional novel. Or I could be somewhere far away with dragons and magic, listening to fantasy. When that is too much drama, I love keeping up with fashion and girl talk with one of my favorite “chick lit” novels.
I thought this was a good story. It was a little predictable but still worthwhile. If I could change anything it would be something about Grania. Because she was a major character and intertwined in the story, she is very important. However, at times unlikeable, annoying, and unconnected. Grania’s and Matt’s dialog with the “honey and baby” got to be very over the top. Also, I would have liked to hear more of a back story about Ann’s Russian mother. I’m not sure if changing these factors would elevate the book to a “great”.
Lucinda Riley did a remarkable job moving from past to present. I prefer listening to stories from the past, but because she kept a natural flow to the story, the present day story was also captivating. Listening to the story of Mary was the best part of the story for me. I liked Aurora as the narrator of the story, she was the glue that put it all together.
Despite using the young girl as the proverbial Greek chorus, the author presented a plot that lost its edge near the end. The pace, mystery and plot development were great until the happily-ever-after, neatly resolved ending.
The early chapters and the parallel story lines showed real promise and was great fun. The narrator was spectacular save some weakness with the male voices.
Despite mild disappointment at the ending, I enjoyed the book and consider the time listening and reading well spent.
I loved the book - it was a wonderfully entertaining story. If you like pure historical fiction though this might not be one for you as about 60% of it takes place in present day. Just a head's up.
It's a bit cliché, but so what... It's a great story that kept me listening endlessly.
The narrator is great EXCEPT for her American accent, it was a little annoying and pretty inaccurate, but overall she has a lovely voice and is a great performer!
Having read and enjoyed books by this author previously, I was not disappointed by this book either! It switched from past to present in a very easy way and I was filled with anticipation throughout. I would recommend this book.
"A feel good story"
The characters were so believable the narrator did a wonderful job giving the characters individual voices. I enjoyed trying to work out how everyone was connected but then was surprised when it wasn't as i expected. The story weaves in and out of time without any wooden moments.
I don't normally listen to this genre of book so i really cannot make a comparison.
She made the characters so real that i almost felt i knew them and it was a story that i found hard to turn off and leave. She read this book well and i enjoyed listening to it. I might even be persuaded to look for her story ready skills again.
I did so want to but i couldn't i guess if i had had the time i probably would have.
"Interesting Family Saga"
An interesting story that winds its way across 100 years as 2 families intertwine. There are bits of Downton Abbey- style intirigues with upstairs and downstairs and a strong period feel and some lovely Irish sequences that go a bit too close to cliche. The ending was long in coming and slightly annoying but the book is well narrated and a pleasantly rewarding listen
no because would know the surprise ending.
there are many sad parts in this story.
tried three time to listen to this story and decided to listen to something else. came back to it and thought it was a well written book with good characterisation. set mainly in Ireland and bits in America it moved quickly from present to past and back again.gerri haligan performed the book very well bringing the characters to life.I enjoyed it and will try more written by Lucinda riley
"Another Superb Story from Lucinda Riley"
Definitely way up in my top five.....most of which I have to admit are all Lucinda Riley stories. I love the way she writes and have thoroughly enjoyed every book of hers that I have listened to.
The unexpectedness (is that even a word!) of everything....excellently written
I love Gerri Halligan as a story teller as she gives such excellent performances. This is another one.
Both, but mainly cry as there were several very emotional scenes.
I just love Lucinda Riley's books and have listened to every one that is in the Audible library...can't wait for her to release another.
"Did not live up to expectations"
I had been looking forward to this book after listening to The Light Behind the Window but was quite disappointed in this book not only the story line but the narration as well
I wouldn't know as I have never read the book, I prefer audible books anyway
I couldn't say really it held to my attention threw out, with all it's twists and turns
She brings all the characters to life for me, it was so interesting I couldn't put it down
I wish I could have done but unfortunately that would have not been possible
Someone who doesn't object to appalling attempts at accents.
I didn't get far enough to judge the story.
Not if she attempts accents. She reads well but should just read - not try to mimic.
Can't say as haven't got very far.
"Another great book from a brilliant author"
Haven't read the print version
Too many to mention without giving anything away - I just thoroughly recommend it.
Also too many to mention
Yes - lots. I guess, the end moved me.
By the way, I'm Marianne Aldridge - my husband has this account but I'm the one who uses it.
I loved the characters - and the interweaving of the different periods of time. There were times that I guessed what was coming but Lucinda Riley still managed surprises for me! I guess I loved EVERYTHING about the whole book. I've listened to 4 of her audiobooks - just downloading another one now!
Gerri Halligan is my absolute favourite Narrator - she is brilliant at the accents, and the men's parts; it was hard to believe sometimes that it was a woman reading... and besides, she has such a lovely speaking voice of her own. I'm always delighted when I notice that she is the reader.
More of Lucinda Riley please - and more of Gerri Halligan! Thank you so much.
"A book on love and loss and hope"
The story. It has a very good pace, keeping it interesting and never boring.
Aurora, the old soul. Although this character was sometimes a bit strange to be real, I always go for what is different.
I've listen to The Light Behind the Window, A Gathering Storm and Secrets of the Lighthouse and she's made me love them all.
Love is more than blood.
I trully enjoyed this book, it made me smile and cry a couple of times. Lucinda I'm becoming a big fan!
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