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Jennifer A. Dezeeuw

Traverse City MI
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  • Exit Unicorns

  • By: Cindy Brandner
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 22 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

In this sweeping and powerful epic the journey begins in the "terrible beauty" of Northern Ireland during a time when conflict reigns and no one is spared from tragedy and sorrow, the time known as The Troubles. It is the spring of 1968 in Belfast and James Kirkpatrick has just lost his father under suspicious circumstances, Casey Riordan is released from prison after five years and Pamela O'Flaherty has crossed an ocean and a lifetime of memories to find the man she fell in love with as a little girl. All three lives are on a collision course with each other against the backdrop of the burgeoning civil rights movement and a nation on the brink of revolution. They come from disparate backgrounds - Jamie a wealthy aristocrat whose life is like an imperfect but multi-faceted jewel-brilliant, flawed and with a glitter that is designed to distract the observer. Casey, a card-carrying member of the Irish Republican Army, who must face the fact that five years away has left him a stranger, a misfit in his own neighborhood where not everyone is sympathetic to a convicted rebel. Pamela, who has come to Ireland in search of a memory and a man who may not have existed in the first place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At long last!

  • By Christine Nemechek on 11-07-17

Lovely Story with a captivating narrator!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-18

Hauntingly epic love story that is wrapped around unforgettable characters: James Kirkpatrick, Pamela O'Flaherty, Casey and Patrick Riordan that lavishly evokes the land and history of Ireland during the Northern Ireland Conflict. Absolutely loved the book and was so excited to listen to the Audible version. I tend to read rather quickly and the audio version helped me to really listen to all of the words, which in turn made me realized I had missed some important parts of the book. Gary Furlong has a wonderful Irish lilt to his voice, which draws you in. I thought he captured the essence of each character in a delightful way. I felt like I was sitting in the background of the scenes as a silent witness to a fantastic story. I could listen to Gary’s voice all day long! I can’t wait for Mermaid in a Bowl of Tears to come out on Audible.com.