©2005 Pauline McLynn; (P)2005 BBC Audiobooks Ltd.
When we chose this book we wondered if we would enjoy it. The alcoholism that seemed to be a problem of the main character and others felt like a drawback, a grim element of the story. But as the story unfolded the author's compassion and perceptiveness stretched our hearts. Never a boring book, the story is continually alive with emotional intensity, which keeps your interest and enthusiasm, and yet at times I looked forward to a shift into a more calm mode. The humor of the author was delightful and brought a refreshing balance to the difficulties faced by the characters. We thoroughly enjoyed the story and the reading of the boook and commend it to you!
I was drawn in by the characters. I could not stop listening to the audio book to learn more about the characters problems and how they would respond to them. It was up lifting how positive thinking or hope, could help put serious issues into prospective and not defeat the individual or the family. I would listen to this book again.
Not McLynn's finest writing, but an interesting and enjoyable listen, especially if, like me, you have a hard time finding novels that don't feature murder, mayhem, & gratuitous porn. This piece is narrated by McLynn herself, and she is a professional actor, so it's well done, with perfect emphasis in all the right places, in a brogue that is mostly easily understandable for an American listener. The only quibble I have is that her voice is breathy and therefore difficult to hear in a noisy environment. McLynn's more recent book, "Bright Lights & Promises," is definitely a 5-star read.
This was such a pleasure to listen to, I didn't want it to end! A very engrossing story with interesting characters and lots going on. Pauline McLynn narrating it herself is an added bonus!
My first Audible experience and I'm loving it! The story is engrossing and the author reading it herself makes it come to life (I adore the Irish accent anyway).
Audible is a great idea and I'm already hooked, will probably extend my membership as one book a month will definitely not be enough!
I chose this book recently because of the previous reviews. I was in no way disappointed! It was a sheer pleasure from start to finish and now i'm going to chose another book by the same author.
Pauline McLynn is not only an accomplished actress but can also give Maeve Binchey a run for her money. Ms McLynn's narration of her own book ensured it was that it was a warm, funny, 'feel good' book.
I hope her others are just as good though this is a hard act to follow!.
"Thoroughly enjoyed this book"
I normally read murder mysteries, but I felt like a change and came across this, and I'm so glad a did. Its well read by the author and left me looking for more by her.
I bought this audio book after it was recommended and really enjoyed it. The narrator is good as is the story itself. The characters are believable and all of life is there.
Loved it. Pauline McLynne's voice is exactly right to tell her own story.
Great characters and easy to listen to.
"hugely enjoyable first audio book experience"
First time audio book and thoroughly enjoyable, made me laugh out loud lying on the beach! Pauline McLynn reading her own book is a real treat.
I can read a book in a day if I put my mind to it - but I read far too quickly and miss loads of detail and nuance. This is the first audio book and while I found it more difficult to concentrate for a while, I did get into it really quickly, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
I absolutely LOVED this audiobook - its hilarious in parts, endearing, heartbreaking, shocking in others. The writing is "raw" and full of realism. The bonus for me is that it was full of long forgotten Irish sayings (and plenty of new ones!)
I am not sure how well this book will be appreciated (or understood, even, in parts) by people who are not Irish but judging from the reviews of others here, that may not be a valid concern.
For me, a thoroughly enjoyable book made doubly enjoyable by the fact that it was Pauline McLynn who read her book herself.
I managed about twenty minutes of this before I had to turn it off. It's now deleted from my iPod. My worst choice ever.
After reading the other reviews I was looking forward to this book. It started off well, beautifully read by the author and reminded me of 'The Observations' by Jane Harris which I loved. However, after a few hours the themes became tedious and rather depressing. The story line was not clever enough to keep my attention and if I had not been walking the dog while listening, I might have fallen asleep.
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