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The Other Side of the Story Audiobook

The Other Side of the Story

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Publisher's Summary

Life is a circle, and what goes around, comes around. Just ask a trio of unforgettable women in Marian Keyes's enchanting new novel.

Literary agent Jojo Harvey combines Jessica Rabbit's body with a mind like a steel trap. As if watching her back on the corporate ladder and making million-dollar deals wasn't difficult enough, Jojo's having a relationship with her married boss.

Best-selling author Lily Wright, one of Jojo's clients, worries about the novel she can't seem to write. Anton, the Love of Her Life, persuaded her to buy their dream house with the advance.

Gemma Hogan was best friends with Lily, until the willowy blonde stole Anton, a.k.a. the Love of Her Life. Juggling the demands of her mom, Gemma's social life is flatlining, a mortifying situation that makes for hilarious e-mails to a friend. Tales so funny, they come to the attention of top literary agent Jojo Harvey. Who takes Gemma on as a client....

Written in the charming and chatty voice that has become Marian Keyes's signature style, this hilarious and heartwarming new novel proves there are three sides to every story, even in the world of publishing!

©2004 Marian Keyes; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Keyes skillfully ties her interlocking plots together with grace and humor, and explores three disparate but gloriously real women's lives. [Keyes] always serves up funny, heartwarming, believable fiction." (Publishers Weekly)
"Terry Donnelly deserves much praise for her delivery....Donnelly allows no lapses of interest as the listener follows the varying story lines. She is a good reader." (AudioFile)
"The insightful Keyes has the ability to examine life, love, and work issues with great wit and aplomb. Sex and the City junkies will find a suitable replacement here, one with considerably more warmth and without the ugly clothes." (Booklist)

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    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 11-24-05
    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 11-24-05 Member Since 2012
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    "Listen a Little Longer.."

    I downloaded this book along with several others and when I finally started listening, I had forgotten the plot. The narration is at first hard to listen to, but as the book was 20 hours long, I felt as if I should stick with it for a bit. I'm glad I did. Once you get used to the narration, the book is actually quite a fun listen. While certainly not a "masterpiece", I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it for a light, fun read.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    JLH 05-04-05
    JLH 05-04-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Surprisingly Enjoyable"

    I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would after reading the description. I'm sure I'll listen to it again, and that's much more than I can say for a few titles in my library. The narrator has an anxious air about her voice at first which was very annoying, but either I got used to it, or she settled down after awhile. I'm sure it was meant to add a sense of urgency to the text, but it came across as a little whiny. Don't listen to this book if you have an aversion to the F word. I'm sure that if it were in print the F word would be on every second or third page. The story itself was very enjoyable, as all the Marian Keyes books I've read have been. I gave this four stars - I listened to it in almost every possible moment and finished in 3 days. It wasn't suspenseful, but I found the characters easy to relate to, and difficult to turn away from. I didn't give it five stars because of the whininess at the beginning and the over-use of the same expletive.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Blythe Longmont, CO, USA 08-13-07
    Blythe Longmont, CO, USA 08-13-07
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    "Very silly"

    The description is better written than this novel.. .I was very dismayed to find it a very silly story of a daughter and a mother both terminally devastated because they'd lost their men. I was attracted to the novel because the central character sounded like someone with a career and a novel to write. That was absolutely secondary and the novel became little more than a saga of women set adrift until they found new men. . .haven't we gotten beyond that in this day and age?

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Brooklyn, NY, United States 08-21-05
    Ann Brooklyn, NY, United States 08-21-05 Member Since 2009

    Dog fanatic, loves brit Lit, Classics, Irish Lit, and an Occasional smart chic lit. Audible obsessed. Love my dogs like the good life.

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    "Best of all stories on Audio"

    I was absolutely surprised. I did not expect to like this audio title as much as I did. The Narrator is awesome, I mean it, the delivery in itself deserves acclaim. The story is so warm, funny and absolutely thought provoking. The charcters jump right off of the page and into life via the narrator. There is always the other side of a story. and this is a must listen. I dare you not to love it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ciara Sunnyside, NY, USA 03-12-07
    Ciara Sunnyside, NY, USA 03-12-07
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    "Whiney Characters"

    The entire time I listened to this, the characters drove me nuts with their constant complaining. Her other books are better.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Katie Balmer Exeter, CA, United States 01-11-15
    Katie Balmer Exeter, CA, United States 01-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely loved it"

    Lovely light read, great characters beautifully brought to live by the author and made into close friends by the narrator, who I thought did a superb job.

    This isn't the type of book that'll change your life and stays with you, but I definitely looked forward to continuing it every evening until the end.

    Am positive that I'm giving a higher rating for the audible version opposed to if I would have read it myself as the Irish brogue is very charming. The narrator did an excellent job with each character, I'll be making a point to purchase another book narrated by her.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JamHop 07-24-16
    JamHop 07-24-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story, narrator's voice was really annoying"

    I enjoyed this story very much but the voices the narrator used for the characters was super annoying. I almost quit listening a couple times but wanted to find out what happened in the story.

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    K. parkinson 05-18-16 Member Since 2015

    Tell me a story

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    "This was a miss for me."

    The other side of the story, was a big miss for me. It deals a lot with infidelity, and I have a hard time caring about characters I don't like or respect. This book did however hold my interest. I would recommend only buying it if it's on sale. It contains strong language.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin B. Branch Boca Raton, FL USA 11-07-15
    Robin B. Branch Boca Raton, FL USA 11-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Horrible sound quality"
    Would you try another book from Marian Keyes and/or Terry Donnelly?

    Always! I love this book. Luckily I read it in hard copy long ago. I should have rejected this book from Audible as soon as it began because the quality is horrible. But I was on a trip and listening in my car, so I continued. My iPod and car speakers are fine as demonstrated by audio books before and after this one. So be warned off on the grounds of sound quality alone.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dear sweet Lily, worried and repentant (though it wasn't her fault). And her adorable husband. But then again, I also love Gemma, outraged and put-upon. And come to think of it, JoJo is my favorite, too. Marian Keyes has a wonderful way with characters. Even baby Emma has a personal style. And don't get me started on poor Mrs. Hogan after her husband has flown the coop.


    Which character – as performed by Terry Donnelly – was your favorite?

    Mrs. Hogan. Perfect!


    What character would you cut from The Other Side of the Story?

    None. I didn't want the story to end.


    Any additional comments?

    Marian Keyes earlier book are the best, but I have to say that "The Brightest Star in the Sky" is fabulous, too, and it is among the more recent. If you like this sort of thing, Keyes does it better than anybody else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy 09-29-15
    Nancy 09-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it, loved it, loved it!"

    I loved listening to this book as much as I loved reading it all those years ago.

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