©2003 Marian Keyes; (P)2004 W F Howes Ltd
Someone who has plenty of time to read might find this book enjoyable, I found it confusing the way it jumped around from person to person. I read while I'm on public transport and have to stop when I get to my destination and quite often found it hard to pick up again. If I just had time to sit and read at my leisure I may have been able to follow more easily.
I've just ordered a Bryce Courtney book - Fortune Cookie.
Yes I would, I didn't have a problem with the narration.
Not really, it was quite predictable. Everyone fitted into their slots at the end a little too tidily.
I have read several Marian Keyes books and have enjoyed them and will try her again.
I loved this story. The Dublin mother & father were so very real. It was a very predictable plot but just the same, it was a pleasure to listen to. I couldn't wait to listen to it but I never wanted it to end.
Normally I get very irritated with switching back and forth between characters, but not with this one. It was clearly announced that you were about to change characters, which helps, and whats more I liked all of them fairly well, but especially Jojo. So thoroughly enjoyable, and what a shanannigans (how do you spell that?) is life in the publishing world!
"Catchy good read."
Over all a good book. Not one of her best, but still great to listen too. Got a bit confusing in places due to there being 3 stories running at the same time, but easy to find where your at and which story your in.
All in all a good read / listen.
"A really good listen!"
This is the first Marian Keyes book that I have listened to. I was a bit wary at 15 CD's to burn but I have to say by the end of the book, I really didn't want it to end! The narrator was fantastic! I really liked all of the characters in the book and it was a real pleasure to sit and listen whilst on long trips in the car! The characters were believeable and the book was funny, emotional and brilliant all at the same time. I will be getting more Marian books in the near future, especially if Geri Hallighan is reading them! I can reccomend!
"Great story, dodgy Scottish accent"
I really enjoyed the story and the info about the book world. Jojo was a great character and I occasionally wanted to give Lily a slap but looked forward to my next instalment. Gerry Halligan reads very well with great English and Irish accents but should avoid Scottish accents whenever possible.
very enjoyable read. I couldn't wait to get back to the book. kept me guessing right to the end
"Great story, not so good narration"
I enjoyed the story and the content of the book. I liked the way it got you interested in each character then switched to another, always leaving you wanting more.
Unfortunately the narrator seemed to struggle. There were at least 4 different accents used and sometimes they got a bit confused. Certainly the American and Dublin accents started to sound a lot like each other. It made it confusing and unfortunately took me out of the story.
"Funny, sometimes sad but always optimistc!"
This was a great book to listen to. I don't think I would have enjoyed it so much if Marian Keyes had such a good balance between how cruel life can be and yet still see the funny and bright side of life.
If you want a good read, I would definitely advice this book!
"Trite and stereotyped rubbish!"
The characters are ridiculous i.e. JoJo having an affair with a married man, a curvy woman with appetites, clever, witty, brilliant at her job, admired and liked by women, desired and admired by men - really!!
Childish, silly, simplistic morality. What goes around comes around etc.
I didn't finish this book, it was ridiculous, unfunny and the characters were one dimensional, unrealistic bores.
I've read other Marian Keyes book and they were quite funny and light, this is just tedious, I couldn't listen to anymore of the perfect Jojo.
Characters, story, simplistic morality.
Boredom and amazement that this passed as a good read.
"Loved this book!"
Great book that was enjoyable from start to finish. Narrator makes it so easy to listen too. I totally recommend this book.
"Slow start........ Stick with it!!!!!!!!"
I started listening twice... But just couldn't settle into it, the third time I clicked.... The characters are great and you find yourself hoping the next update is on your favourite... Mine was jojo... Can't help placing Hugh grant as mark in my head though!!? Great escapism....well worth a read!
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