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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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  • S. Keane
    Dublin Ireland
    6/27/17
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    "Excellent narration for an exceptional book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Secret Scripture the most enjoyable?

    I loved this book. Sebastian Barry is exceptional. His writing and Stephen Hogan's narration keeps you hooked on this story. The one issue I had is that you must be attentive to the audiobook as it moves from Roseanne's secret diary to Dr Green's notes very quickly and you can find yourself rewinding from time to time.


    1 of 1 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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • sarahmoose2000
    3/26/12
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    "Morals and Misfortunes"

    Roseanne is nearly 100. She has been in the same asylum for 60 years, and now it's due to be demolished, her psychiatrist has to work out whether she deserves a bed in the new facility. The narrative switches between what the psychiatrist hears in their sessions and what Roseanne writes in her secret journals. It's difficult to listen to the hard lines drawn by the local priest and how his word was gospel, ruining whatever happiness she seemed to have. You never really know what is true and what Roseanne has imagined to make life more bearable, but that makes the story more intriguing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gerard
    Abergavenny, Gwent, United Kingdom
    5/8/11
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    "Wonderful"

    A wonderful and gripping story written in language so
    perfect that it makes you gasp. Read to perfection.
    You will think about Rosseane for a long time after
    you finish this book.

    The best audio book I have ever listened to.

    1 of 1 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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Nom de Plume
    Norfolk, England
    3/29/10
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    "Secret Scriptures"

    I listened to this as an audiobook. I don't think I'd have managed to finish it if I'd had to read it. It was very slow going, and as another reviewer has mentioned, there only appeared to be one voice, although it was being narrated by two characters. I found it too depressing, and the storyline a bit silly - the female protagonist of this novel is too passive for words, or for this listener's sympathy.

    While the backdrop of Irish politics was quite interesting, I could see the denouement coming a mile off. A lot of people seem to really like this book and it has been mostly well reviewed, but, sorry, although I managed to make it through to the end (to see myself proved right!), I can't say I particularly enjoyed it.

    11 of 16 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    7/6/17
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    "Will miss it"

    loved it can't wait to find more. narration exactly right and such a soothing voice

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fiona
    5/15/10
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    "Great audiobook"

    This has been one of my favourite audiobooks to date. I was kept fasinated from beginning to end and I felt I got insight into the lives of the characters. Definitely recommend.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Lozzhaylee
    Birmingham UK
    11/19/17
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    "Not really for me"

    There is nothing wrong with this book, well written and well read, just not my thing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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