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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

The Best

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-14-18

Gary Furlong, Cindy Brandner's Exit Unicorns narrator, is THE BEST I have ever listened to. I forgot how much I loved to be read to. It goes without saying that I love the Exit Unicorns series. Wanting something to do while I draw, I have listened to music and watched my iPad. But I have had so many bad audio book experiences, I was very hesitant to try this. Some voices are not meant to be heard for long durations, no matter how much you enjoy the content of the book. I had earned some free credits on my amazon prime audio account, so I thought, well, let's try ONE more time. If you are reading/hearing this book for the first time, or if you are like me, a fan and listening for the first time, you will not be disappointed. Gary doesn't make women sound like cackling hens or project these huge voice variations for different characters. His intonation changes, but at just the right, pleasant level, that it makes the story interesting and easy to follow. The next book, "Mermaid in a Bowl of Tears" (next in the series) just came out for purchase. Can't wait to hear that as well!