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The Last Chance Saloon | [Marian Keyes]

The Last Chance Saloon

Tara, Katherine, and Fintan, friends since adolescence, are full proof that eccentricity is the spice of life. Strikingly different, yet worryingly similar, they all moved from rural Ireland to London to "seize the day" - or something like that. Now in their early 30s, success, on the surface, has made little change.
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Tara, Katherine, and Fintan, friends since adolescence, are full proof that eccentricity is the spice of life. Strikingly different, yet worryingly similar, they all moved from rural Ireland to London to "seize the day" - or something like that. Now in their early 30s, success, on the surface, has made little change: The impressive, coolly controlled Katherine is a successful accountant, who doesn't really mind being nicknamed "Icequeen" by her male colleagues. Computer expert Tara is a compulsive dieter whose mission in life is to find a lipstick that doesn't come off. And fashion guru Fintan's aim seems to be to make everyone else's life more interesting - one way or another.

(P)2000 W F Howes Ltd

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    Charles-Henri Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada 07-01-08
    Charles-Henri Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada 07-01-08 Member Since 2009
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    "Deeper Chick Lit"

    One of Ms. Keyes best novels. Her characters are all very human and the story is very conceivable. Good ending- I wish she would write a sequel on some of the characters like she did with the Walsh sisters in "Rachel's Holiday"

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cassie 05-10-14
    Cassie 05-10-14
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    "Excellent Chicklit!"
    What did you love best about The Last Chance Saloon?

    The way the links between the characters came clear in the end, and all were tied together in some way. The story was entertaining and slightly twisty.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Chance Saloon?

    Lorkin Larkin getting his comeuppance!


    Have you listened to any of Juanita McMahon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Juanita McMahon was excellent as always. Love the accents, and the characters were very consistent in their nuances.


    Any additional comments?

    A bit long winded at times when you are just thinking "for god's sake Tara, just stop eating! Just dump Thomas!". Overall a very enjoyable listening experience, bit boring in the middle, but didn't want it to end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aimee Christchurch, New Zealand 04-30-14
    Aimee Christchurch, New Zealand 04-30-14 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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    "Great story"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the story but the narration wasn't the best. The narrator sounded quite old and the characters are only early 30s


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Juanita McMahon?

    Julie Maisey


    Do you think The Last Chance Saloon needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No I don't think it did.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great story about 3 very different friends over 1 year of their lives. It was a fabulous story, it was a shame about the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susannah Adelaide, Australia 02-12-13
    Susannah Adelaide, Australia 02-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I love this book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great story and fabulous narrator...more like listening to a play than a book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything...I just love anything by Marian Keyes though...real life situations with an element of humour in everything.


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

    I have read the book and now listened to it...the characters come alive with her voice...she is brilliant.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Fintan losing his hair in the shower...I cried and cried.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to anything narrated by Juanita McMahon - she is a very talented narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Leona
    Feniton, United Kingdom
    4/23/10
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    "The Last Chance Saloon"

    I have been reluctant to purchase this audio book but am immensely grateful that I have eventually done so. The well chosen narrator brings the story alive. This novel,like all of Marian Keyes others ,is fantastic. It's full of realistic characters, so well developed that I find myself wondering what they will do next as if the story carries on some where beyond the fictional realm of this great book. Well worth the listen/read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lesley
    Swansea, West Glamorgan, United Kingdom
    2/26/08
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    "Last Chance Saloon: Brilliant"

    I've read most of Marian Keys work and thoroughly enjoyed it. However, in the summer of 2004, I borrowed Last Chance Saloon from my local library and oh my goodness what a read? This book is hillarious, very sad and somewhat erie in it's narrating. It's excellent - and I can't wait to own it off audible.com. A great read for those of you who like chick lit, and if you're feeling down today, this hillarious, yet poignant work will put everything into perspective for you. I can't wait till 1 March when I can get this title of audible. Lesley in Swansea UK

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Astrid
    Cheltenham, United Kingdom
    2/4/11
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    "Great book, shame about the narrator"

    I would give the book itself 4 or 5 stars, but unfortunately this narrator really lets it down. I bought this book after listening to This Charming Man, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and was superbly narrated by someone who was either Irish, or did a great Irish accent - the accents in this book were hopelessly distracting at best, and intensely irritating at worst. I didn't finish this book until a few months after buying it, when I was desperate and had nothing else - thankfully the story is good, but my advice would be to buy it as a book, or download one of Marian's other books, as all the other narrators are fabulous!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Izzy
    Cumbernauld, Glasgow, United Kingdom
    5/6/11
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    "Five stars for book, only one for the narration"

    Sorely disappointed in the 'oirish' narration (where required) really grated on me making it difficult to get caught up in the story as i had in reading the book. Dreadful Irish accent i'm sorry to say has meant i have abandoned listening and unearthed the novel after many years!! Seemed to get worse as the book went on, really annoying....sorry to go on about it but it really has spoiled it for me. The book itself is a great wee read and well worth investing in.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • marta
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    6/30/15
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    "Appalling narration"

    Love the storyline and the characters but unfortunately I must agree with others this was appalling try of imitating Irish accent. It really sounded 'oirish'. Really sad as I love MK books and this one would be a definitely come back but I guess I will rather read than listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire Love
    4/29/15
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    "Loved it"

    Couldn't stop listening to it, great characters and fab storyline wish there were a second book to the story, great!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lizzy
    4/10/15
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    "Enjoyed this book"

    Enjoyed the story, took a while to get going and the Irish accent is not good but a nice and funny story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Natalie
    2/16/15
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    "Funny, classic Marian Keyes"

    Great story, classic Marian Keyes style. It's a pity the narration was slightly off-putting - especially the absolutely shocking Irish accents!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • CLAIRE
    Stockport, United Kingdom
    1/2/15
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    "Good book ruined by the narrator."

    I love Marian Keyes books and this one is no exception, but the narrator has a really bad Irish accent. Not quite nails down a black board, but certainly irritating. It did distract from the story slightly, but not enough for me to stop listening. The book it's self and the story is good and over all I did enjoy it, but I can't help feeling it would have been 5* review if it had been read by an Irish narrator.
    Persevere if you like Marian Keyes books, it is worth it in the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    Oxford, United Kingdom
    1/4/14
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    "Worst accents ever!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator! She simply can't do accents.


    What other book might you compare The Last Chance Saloon to, and why?

    Rachel's Holiday by the same author. Fun, easy to listen to.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She simply can't do any accent apart from English. Initially I thought she was doing a weird Irish dialect, but that's not the case. Irish men and women sound identically awful. The male Italian character sounds asian half the time and never Italian! The poor Swedish girl sounds like no nationality. I won't buy Sushi For Beginners because the same woman is narrating it.


    Any additional comments?

    Great, fun, should be easy to listen to utterly ruined by narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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