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This Charming Man | [Marian Keyes]

This Charming Man

Lola has every reason to be interested in who Paddy de Courcy is marrying - because although she's his girlfriend, she definitely isn't the bride. Heartbroken, she flees the city for a cottage by the sea. But will her retreat prove as idyllic as she hopes? Not if journalist Grace has anything to do with it. Grace knew Paddy a long time ago. But why can't she forget him?
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Publisher's Summary

Lola has every reason to be interested in who Paddy de Courcy is marrying - because although she's his girlfriend, she definitely isn't the bride. Heartbroken, she flees the city for a cottage by the sea. But will her retreat prove as idyllic as she hopes?

Not if journalist Grace has anything to do with it. Grace knew Paddy a long time ago. But why can't she forget him? Grace's sister, Marnie, might have the answer but she also has issues with the past. Her family is wonderful but they can't take away memories of her first love: a certain Paddy de Courcy. What will it take for Marnie to be able to move on?

And what of the future Mrs de Courcy? Alicia is determined to be the perfect politician's wife. But does she know the real Paddy de Courcy?

Four very different women. One awfully charming man. And the dark secret that binds them all...

©2008 Marian Keyes; (P)2008 W F Howes Ltd

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    Monica Raven Canberra, Australia 04-07-10
    Monica Raven Canberra, Australia 04-07-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Amazing, thoroughly brilliant."

    Absolutely amazing stuff. I could hardly believe how much I enjoyed this book. The narration was lively and enjoyable (adorable accents) and the story itself was brilliant. I really do enjoy Marian Keyes' portrayal of strong, smart and yet flawed women. I think that much of her brilliance lies in her ability to pull her reader in with humour, and then deliver her sucker punch. I also liked that it was a big fat long unabridged book - totally creditworthy! :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Fiona Buderim, Australia 08-16-13
    Fiona Buderim, Australia 08-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved this book"
    Would you listen to This Charming Man again? Why?

    Yes - I loved the characters and story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of This Charming Man?

    When Chloe turned up on Lola's doorstep


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

    I love Caroline's delivery - she brings the quirkiness to light and is able to really bring the characters to life.


    Who was the most memorable character of This Charming Man and why?

    Lola - hilarious


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Faifield, Australia 08-09-13
    Lisa Faifield, Australia 08-09-13 Member Since 2011

    Addicted to Audible.

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    "WONDERFUL!"
    Would you listen to This Charming Man again? Why?

    I don't normally read a book twice but I would listen to this one!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked all the characters! They were all different and had their own really interesting personalities.


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliant!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judith Barcaldine, Australia 07-16-13
    Judith Barcaldine, Australia 07-16-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Awful"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is the second and last book I will read by Marion Keyes. Where does she find such stupid dopey women. Or is it because they are irish????? Recommended for people with no brain.


    What could Marian Keyes have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not written it


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

    Excellent reading of a dreadful book


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from This Charming Man?

    The lot


    Any additional comments?

    Enough said I think

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Mount Martha, Australia 02-24-13
    Anne Mount Martha, Australia 02-24-13
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    "Hard to get into"
    What would have made This Charming Man better?

    The story lost me after chapter one.


    What was most disappointing about Marian Keyes’s story?

    Seemed all over the place listened to,three chapters and gave up.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narration not the best


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Her books generally read better, but this one did not translate to audible at all. Quite a disappointment to say the least.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dianne Mangerton, Australia 01-15-13
    Dianne Mangerton, Australia 01-15-13
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    "Love the narrator"
    Would you listen to This Charming Man again? Why?

    The narrator really brings the story to life, she is great.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of This Charming Man?

    There are many 'laugh out loud' moments that I really enjoyed, also many moments of discomfort as more difficult subjects are discussed. The narrator did a great job of them all.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Lots of the scenes that Lola is in. I like, "He's got his own look, and he's working it". Also loved Grace.


    If you could rename This Charming Man, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't


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    L. Leeuw 12-06-11
    L. Leeuw 12-06-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Please give me a reason to keep reading this!"
    Would you try another book from Marian Keyes and/or Caroline Lennon?

    I am only a few hours into Lola's story, and I can't take it anymore! Love the way it is versed, and the narrator is fantastic, but I can't stomach one more screw-up by the character. Flawed is one thing, but predictable mishaps are another - and no pride at all! No male character would ever be written this way.Please, if it gets better, let me know!!! I have over 20 hours left on this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Calgary, AB, Canada 03-16-11
    Anna Calgary, AB, Canada 03-16-11
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    "Fantastic listen!"

    This book is a great listen. The writing really gets you involved in the characters, and leaves you wanting more. Marian takes you into some serious issues while keeping it light enough to not dishearten the reader. Fantastic!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Leona
    Feniton, United Kingdom
    11/8/08
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    "This Charming Man"

    This is a brilliant book . Marian Keyes has incredible talent , her character descriptions are so detailed that for a long time after you finish reading the book you find yourself thinking of the people in her story , she makes them very real. The story keeps you guessing , very unpredictable , funny and worth while listening to.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon
    High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
    3/29/09
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    "Keyes at her best!"

    I'm an avid Keyes fan, and this book, in my opinion is one of her best! It's well narrated, and laugh out loud funny, but also has a 'keep you guessing' element. If you like Marion Keyes, then don't hesitate in getting this download!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Frances
    Shipham, United Kingdom
    11/16/08
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    "A really good read"

    A really good story well thought out and well written. The characters are beautifully drawn and the writing is witty and humorous. Sometimes funny, sometimes pitiful, sometimes just downright sad, but always enjoyable. The narrator does a wonderful job too. I shall look out for more books by this author and can recommend this one wholeheartedly.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Cynthia
    Hinckley, United Kingdom
    7/20/09
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    "I was not amused."

    Oh dear this really didn't suit me at all. What a waste of money. Bits of it were interesting - but they were few and far between. I didn't like the diary style of writing, or at least not one that needed an entry every few minutes. The Marnie story was just plain boring. Perhaps I would have enjoyed an abridged version more, but I usually enjoy long books, and normally love Marian Keyes work which I find amusing and upbeat in the main. Apart from the diary, it was hard to see where Paddy fitted in. Altogether a depressing book. Not my sort of thing sadly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Glynis
    haverhill, United Kingdom
    3/23/09
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    "dissapointing"

    dissapointed after all the hype. this book is 'everywhere'! but really not my kind of book i guess. not into this 'diary' style of writing. very light weight & 'fluffy'. a real 'chic' book. no substance. i choose long books to listen to as i drive a lot. but this one has failed to hold my attention & the reader's voice 'grates' some what. i dont even find it funny. though it would appear lots of people have. maybe this time i chose wrong!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    kirkcaldy, fife
    4/5/14
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    "Another hit for Marian Keyes!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of This Charming Man to be better than the print version?

    I have read the book and listened to the audio book - I loved both.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favourite character is Paddy - you have to love him to hate him!!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    How can you choose this!! so unfair - the whole book was fantastic


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't cry but was close to it - probably because I had read it before listening


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone who loves Marian Keyes would love this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adele
    Stoke on Trent, United Kingdom
    2/2/14
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    "Marian Keyes at her best"
    What made the experience of listening to This Charming Man the most enjoyable?

    Getting an insight into the lives of the various characters in the book and the affect that Paddy DeCourcey had on them all.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Grace held the key to the whole story and brought all the characters together to get justice.


    What about Caroline Lennon’s performance did you like?

    Caroline has a great accent and is able to adapt her tone to reflect different characters. She's been the voice behind several of Marian's books and never disappoints.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a big fan of Marian Keyes and this is my favourite book so far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline
    United Kingdom
    8/30/13
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    "Worth bearing with it"

    I very nearly gave up with this, I got really very confused at the first swap of character - I didn't find it clear and was wondering what on earth was going on. I went back and listened to the confusing section a few times and was still confused. I did keep going with it, more because I wanted to listen to something and I'd used my token on this.When I realised there was the swap of characters it suddenly got significantly better.
    One of the other things which I wouldn't have stopped listening to for this point alone, but when I was lost with the story added to me nearly stopping, was one of the accents. One that was constantly skipping words in sentencing and was extremely grating. They were all Irish, which is fine, but the skipping words was a whole new story.

    However, I kept going and I really enjoyed it. The story got gripping near the end but was entirely worth holding on for a waiting through. I hadn't read or heard anything from the author but it was done well and interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms
    Harwich, United Kingdom
    7/31/13
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    "Entertaining"
    Would you consider the audio edition of This Charming Man to be better than the print version?

    I don't know as I havent read the print version


    What did you like best about this story?

    The interwoven characters and the way they all came together


    What does Caroline Lennon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    She was a great orator and managed to portray each character with differentiation


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alena
    1/6/13
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    "Lovely to listen to"

    I liked this book. It handles a very serious problem very well. Reader was excellent

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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