A Keeper

A Novel
Narrated by: Graham Norton
Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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From Graham Norton - the BAFTA Award-winning Irish television host and author of the “charming debut novel” (New York Journal of Books) Holding, a masterly and haunting tale of secrets and ill-fated love follows a young woman who returns to Ireland after her mother’s death and unravels the identity of her father. 

When Elizabeth Keane returns to Ireland after her mother’s death, she’s focused only on saying good-bye to that dark and dismal part of her life. Her childhood home is packed solid with useless junk, her mother’s presence already fading. But within this mess, she discovers a small stash of letters - and ultimately, the truth.

Forty years earlier, a young woman stumbles from a remote stone house, the night quiet except for the constant wind that encircles her as she hurries deeper into the darkness away from the cliffs and the sea. She has no sense of where she is going, only that she must keep on.

A Keeper confirms Graham Norton’s status as a fresh and evocative literary voice and illustrates his clear-eyed understanding of human nature and its darkest flaws. 

©2019 Graham Norton (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Lots of twist and turns. Great Book.

Great story with several twist and turns. I love Graham Norton and enjoyed him as a narrator.

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Satisfying twists & compelling cadence

I loved A Keeper and as always loved Graham Norton’s narration. I waited to read A Keeper until the book came out on audible because of how much I loved the audio version of Holding! The book has quite a few satisfying twists and the alternating chapters between “then” and “now” added a compelling rhythm to the story. Can’t wait until his next novel!

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Hated for It to End

A Keeper is a sobering tale of not just love and loss but of transgressions and redemption. Graham Norton is a born storyteller, and he definitely has a way with words. In one instant, he’ll have you on the verge of tears. In the next, with one quick line, he’ll put a smile on your face and have you laughing. It’s hard to ask for anything more in a novel. Very well written (and very well narrated by the author himself).

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Phenomenal

I was pleasantly surprised with Graham's first novel and thankfully the second one did not disappoint. Definitely worth the listen! Every time I thought I could sense an upcoming twist I was proven wrong. Found it hard to focus on anything else than the book.

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Engaging from the start

One of those you can't seem to stop listening, I just had to know what would happen next. Also, I think Graham had fun recording this.

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Brilliant read

Loved this story - well written and goes along at a good pace. Well performed by the author, who really brought story to life.

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Gripping!

I had trouble stepping away from this one! It’s a gripping story, full of suspense and heartache and love and triumph. The twists the plot takes are unexpected and the characters rich and vibrant. You love them and hate them, and you are sad for them and cheer them on. Sometimes, I was holding my breath to see what was coming next. Very well done, Mr. Norton!

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loved this story...

I really enjoyed listening to this story, my only problem was when Graham did the voices of the older women, i felt i was listening to Mrs. Doubtfire!

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A surprising, compelling little gem

The human condition isn't simple; love and sacrifice see us through. This is a little story about little lives,
and hope, and connection. Graham Norton has the gift of telling a story.. makes me wonder if this is more than fiction.
The book's narration goes from NOW to THEM. It isn't difficult to follow but pulls us into the painful lives of people
who do what they must.. and give love when they can. I hope Graham Norton writes more.

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Delightfully mysterious

I’m glad I didn’t take listen to the bad reviews because I really enjoyed this book. It spans two lifetimes and has many characters who make up the story, and it starts now, in the present and goes back in time, back in forth. The editorial review tells the nitty gritty, I’m just here to say that I really did enjoy the story. The narrator was wonderful; highly recommend this book!

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