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The Secret Scripture Audiobook

The Secret Scripture

Nearing her 100th birthday, Roseanne McNulty faces an uncertain future, as the Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital where's she spent most of her adult life prepares for closure. Over the weeks leading up to this upheaval, she talks with her psychiatrist, Dr. Greene, and their relationship intensifies and complicates. Told through their respective journals, the story that emerges is at once shocking and deeply beautiful.
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Nearing her 100th birthday, Roseanne McNulty faces an uncertain future, as the Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital where's she spent most of her adult life prepares for closure. Over the weeks leading up to this upheaval, she talks with her psychiatrist, Dr. Greene, and their relationship intensifies and complicates.

Told through their respective journals, the story that emerges is at once shocking and deeply beautiful: a secret history of Ireland's changing character and the story of a life blighted by terrible mistreatment and ignorance.

Short listed for the Man Booker 2008 Prize

©2008 Sebastian Barry; (P)2008 Oakhill Publishing

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  • June
    10/3/09
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    "The Most wonderful story ever told"

    This is a book of untold strength and wisdom. It is intriguing, a story I could listen to again and again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pamela
    London, United Kingdom
    6/24/09
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    "Haunting"

    This is a haunting story of a woman whose life was taken out of her own hands for no reason other than the ignorance and closed mindedness of the age she grew up in. As she reflects on her life you begin to realize how lucky you are to live in the 21st century and how many lives were destroyed in the past merely for having an alternative personality or just not living life to the strict code laid down by others. The narrator is also fantastic and he captures the atmosphere of the story perfectly I think. This is definitely a story you will think about long after you finish listening to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Naomi
    EPPINGUnited Kingdom
    2/20/10
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    "Secret Scripture"

    Captivating from the outset, this beautiful yet harrowing, and at times spine-tingling story is equal parts poignant and profound. And if this isn't enough, the prose is delectably peeled off the parchment by the talented narration of Stephen Hogan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maggs
    Port Talbot
    12/13/15
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    "The Secret Scripture - what a brilliant piece of storytelling"

    The Secret Scripture - what a brilliant piece of storytelling
    A beautifully told story albeit it being tragic in Ireland at that period.
    Stephen Hogan excelled in telling this story, he was able to capture
    Roseanne & Dr Greens voice with so much warmth & tragedy.
    Would have given this story 5 stars but I thought the ending was to abrupt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline hargrove
    10/12/15
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    "gut wrenching"

    I won't ever forget the language in this book or the cruelness to Roseanne - or her Christian patience - but I do want to know if he told her. unforgetble it will stay with you long after Stephen hogans lovely accent stops reading

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia
    Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
    7/26/15
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    "Intriguing story with exceptional narration"

    I read this book when it was first published and enjoyed it all over again, thanks to the very talented narrator - not to mention the subtlety of the outstanding writing. It's an example of the power of the Catholic Church and its priests in early 20thc Ireland and how it profoundly affects the main character in the story.

    The hypocrisy is breathtaking; the social history of the period brilliantly brought to life and it's also very poignant. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • P
    7/30/13
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    "Beautifully written"

    Set in Southern Ireland, Roseanne has lived in the psychiatric hospital for decades and is very, very old. The institution is closing and a much smaller unit it being built. Is she ill? How did she come to live there? Can she move to the new unit or will she be put into the community? This is explored in parallel by Roseanne and the hospital psychiatrist, Dr Grene. How much can he find out and can Roseanne's memory be trusted. What will she share and for what reason? Why is the psychiatrist so interested in her? How do we know the past and how does it define us?
    This is a beautifully written book crafted in a way that is much less simple than first appears. Full of poignancy and rich, juicy sentences it slowly, beguilingly unravels its' secrets. Float on the words as they ease by.
    No wonder it won the Costa Book Award in 2008.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    Peterborough, United Kingdom
    12/24/12
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    "Excellent"

    An excellent read, brilliant book. Sensitively reflecting on a tragic wasted life due to narrow minded intolerance and ignorance. I stayed up half the night listening not wanting to stop.

    When i finished I listened again straight away as I the story line intertwines and I wanted to clarify the details I enjoyed it more the second time. Haunting and thought provoking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia
    Wadebridge, United Kingdom
    6/15/12
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    "The Secret Scripture"

    I highly reccomend this audio. The book is beautifully written, poetic in places, and a fantastic listen. The narrator is superb in his telling of the story, I was completely taken up with the story, couldnt stop listening and didn't want this to finish.
    I was enthralled from the opeing chapter and the character moved me to tears. So gentle in the telling of this powerfully told story.
    I wish I was such a craftsman with words to do this book justice.
    Simply put, do yourself a favour and dowload it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    3/26/12
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    "Morals and Misfortunes"

    Roseanne is nearly 100. She has been in the same asylum for 60 years, and now it's due to be demolished, her psychiatrist has to work out whether she deserves a bed in the new facility. The narrative switches between what the psychiatrist hears in their sessions and what Roseanne writes in her secret journals. It's difficult to listen to the hard lines drawn by the local priest and how his word was gospel, ruining whatever happiness she seemed to have. You never really know what is true and what Roseanne has imagined to make life more bearable, but that makes the story more intriguing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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