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The Secret Scripture Audiobook

The Secret Scripture

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Publisher's Summary

Nearing her 100th birthday, Roseanne McNulty faces an uncertain future, as the Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital where's she spent most of her adult life prepares for closure. Over the weeks leading up to this upheaval, she talks with her psychiatrist, Dr. Greene, and their relationship intensifies and complicates.

Told through their respective journals, the story that emerges is at once shocking and deeply beautiful: a secret history of Ireland's changing character and the story of a life blighted by terrible mistreatment and ignorance.

Short listed for the Man Booker 2008 Prize

©2008 Sebastian Barry; (P)2008 Oakhill Publishing

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  • Sam
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    12/9/09
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    "The Secret Scripture"

    The harsh reality of living during the Catholic, Protestant rivalry in Ireland! A sad story which was quite depressing, I really had to make myself listen to this and it left me feeling hollow.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pamela
    London, United Kingdom
    6/24/09
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    "Haunting"

    This is a haunting story of a woman whose life was taken out of her own hands for no reason other than the ignorance and closed mindedness of the age she grew up in. As she reflects on her life you begin to realize how lucky you are to live in the 21st century and how many lives were destroyed in the past merely for having an alternative personality or just not living life to the strict code laid down by others. The narrator is also fantastic and he captures the atmosphere of the story perfectly I think. This is definitely a story you will think about long after you finish listening to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Naomi
    EPPINGUnited Kingdom
    2/20/10
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    "Secret Scripture"

    Captivating from the outset, this beautiful yet harrowing, and at times spine-tingling story is equal parts poignant and profound. And if this isn't enough, the prose is delectably peeled off the parchment by the talented narration of Stephen Hogan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agnes
    Strathcarron, United Kingdom
    10/6/10
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    "A wonderful book, in every way"

    Sometimes you read - or listen to - a story that you know will always remain in your mind. This is one such story. Laden with almost unbearable sadness and dread at where the writer is going to take you - I spent the last hour of listening in tears but didn't want the story to end. Was the ending a happy one? I think so. Beautifully read, with real empathy for the characters.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • RUTH
    3/24/17
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    "Exceptional"

    A perfectly crafted elegiac novel. Every phrase shaped so lyrically, hauntingly, you want to savour every word. The narration was pitch perfect, evoking the inner world of every character.
    Highly recommended to anyone who is looking for a book that transports you completely and reaches the soul. Wonderful!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    3/23/17
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    "totally engrossing and thought provoking."

    just brilliant. hugely evocative, a great performance. this is entirely different from my usual fare but s wonderful experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • missb2012
    2/20/16
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    "Reels you in and then breaks your heart"
    If you could sum up The Secret Scripture in three words, what would they be?

    Heartrending emotional rollercoaster


    What other book might you compare The Secret Scripture to, and why?

    It reminded me a bit of Angela's ashes but that might be due to the Irish connection


    What about Stephen Hogan’s performance did you like?

    Found his narration was full of emotional depth which made the book come to life will be looking for his narrations in future


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

    Yes!! Immense one, I loved the way the book was gently paced, it doesn't really get going till halfway through but that didn't matter because it's beautifully written and then -pow! The twist was great. There are parts that I found really sad and had to stop listening for a while to take it in but overall a great read. I had my suspicions about how the book was going to end and was proved right, but I enjoyed getting to the eventual conclusion as like I say it's written beautifully and you can really see the characters in your mind. This book would make a great film!


    Any additional comments?

    Great book but be prepared to be moved and feel emotional by it. Slowpaced but stick with it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MAGGS
    Port Talbot
    12/13/15
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    "The Secret Scripture - what a brilliant piece of storytelling"

    The Secret Scripture - what a brilliant piece of storytelling
    A beautifully told story albeit it being tragic in Ireland at that period.
    Stephen Hogan excelled in telling this story, he was able to capture
    Roseanne & Dr Greens voice with so much warmth & tragedy.
    Would have given this story 5 stars but I thought the ending was to abrupt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline hargrove
    10/12/15
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    "gut wrenching"

    I won't ever forget the language in this book or the cruelness to Roseanne - or her Christian patience - but I do want to know if he told her. unforgetble it will stay with you long after Stephen hogans lovely accent stops reading

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • P
    7/30/13
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    "Beautifully written"

    Set in Southern Ireland, Roseanne has lived in the psychiatric hospital for decades and is very, very old. The institution is closing and a much smaller unit it being built. Is she ill? How did she come to live there? Can she move to the new unit or will she be put into the community? This is explored in parallel by Roseanne and the hospital psychiatrist, Dr Grene. How much can he find out and can Roseanne's memory be trusted. What will she share and for what reason? Why is the psychiatrist so interested in her? How do we know the past and how does it define us?
    This is a beautifully written book crafted in a way that is much less simple than first appears. Full of poignancy and rich, juicy sentences it slowly, beguilingly unravels its' secrets. Float on the words as they ease by.
    No wonder it won the Costa Book Award in 2008.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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