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The Green Road Audiobook

The Green Road

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Publisher's Summary

From internationally acclaimed, Man Booker Prize - winning author Anne Enright comes a shattering novel set in a small town on Ireland's Atlantic coast. The Green Road is a tale of family and fracture, compassion and selfishness - an audiobook about the gaps in the human heart and how we strive to fill them.

Spanning 30 years, The Green Road tells the story of Rosaleen, matriarch of the Madigans, a family on the cusp of either coming together or falling irreparably apart. As they grow up, Rosaleen's four children leave the west of Ireland for lives they could have never imagined in Dublin, New York, and Mali, West Africa. In her early old age, their difficult, wonderful mother announces that she's decided to sell the house and divide the proceeds. Her adult children come back for a last Christmas with the feeling that their childhoods are being erased, their personal history bought and sold.

A profoundly moving work about a family's desperate attempt to recover the relationships they've lost and forge the ones they never had, The Green Road is Enright's most mature, accomplished, and unforgettable novel to date.

©2015 Anne Enright (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Clio 08-25-15
    Clio 08-25-15
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    "Phenomenal"
    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    The female narrator was spectacular! The Irish male narrator was much weaker (3 stars), less nuance and more sing-song-y. The American voice was great also.


    Any additional comments?

    Nearly didn't get this because of the negative reviews. This is easily one of the best books I've read this year. Literature for adults! My previous read was "The Marriage of Opposites," which is much more highly rated on Audible, but not even in the same league as this. Wish it had been longer.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Marty Metcalf 02-05-16
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    "Not an uplifting book."

    This book was a sad story about an Irish family's troubled relationships inside and outside the family.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy5940 02-03-16
    Nancy5940 02-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Lost 10 hours of my life!`"
    What would have made The Green Road better?

    A better story! I kept listening as I thought it would get better, which it didn't. The story was so depressing, self-absorbing and just a waste of my time. The performers did a fine job of reading, just their material was poor.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine 01-03-16
    Catherine 01-03-16 Member Since 2011
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    "But... What Happened?!"
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    I don't know what happened at the end of the book. There were several plot lines that had just come to an important juncture and suddenly the Audible voiceover comes on and says the book is over. What happened?

    The writing was good, with great character development. I honestly thought something must have happened to my download. Was someone running late on their deadline so they just stopped? Very disappointing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen McCarthy 06-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Utterly fabulous"

    This representation of an Irish mother rang so true. Devastating and moving and encouraging and fucking depressing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-26-16
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    "Gorgeous writing"
    What did you love best about The Green Road?

    I felt like a bird reading the book perching on each point led by the strong narrative. I loved the way the author used non essential elements to move the narrative along. I would not recommend this book to book club, as certain members may find it too difficult to follow the plot. It takes a serious reader to enjoy this type of writing.


    What other book might you compare The Green Road to and why?

    Reminded me of Mrs. Dalloway.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Constance - except I wish the narrator had a more authentic Irish accent


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Dan reappears in the United States. Don't want to plot kill so I won't say why.


    Any additional comments?

    I love listening to Irish books because of the Irish narration. Its music to the ears. I could be wrong, but the narration at times sounded like American readers impersonating an Irish accent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DKP 12-04-16
    DKP 12-04-16 Member Since 2012
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    "DISAPPOINTING"

    I usually enjoy books with Irish characters but this was a let down. The characters were flat and not likeable. I did not expect so much emphasis on crude sexual matters from the discription. Would not recommend.

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    Bob 11-22-16
    Bob 11-22-16
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    "Depressing Novel"

    You will finish this book feeling empty. Nothing positive happens at all. Skip this novrel.

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    Eleanor B. 08-26-16
    Eleanor B. 08-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Why the need to come up with cutting edge style?"

    in trying to tell the story in a way that I can only describe as "connect the dots storytelling"... takes away from narrative. Plus pretty morose as well. Not a fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lynne 04-26-16
    lynne 04-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "can you go less than one star"

    I could not make it past chapter 3. I did not appreciate this writers talent at all

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