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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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  • Bluelesley
  • 08-30-17

So sad........

This book was heartbreakingly lovely. It's topic is perhaps very emotive but it is very touching nonetheless. Do not want to give anything away,

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  • Mrs
  • 08-29-17

Keep going it's worth it for a moving tale

I almost gave up on this book a few times as the story is very slow going and the prose very abstract at times. The use of similes and adjectives often too much , making the story heavy and slow. Also the narrator has a very flat , slow full voice and sounds bored reading it at times.
However something about wanting to hear the conclusion kept me going and I'm really glad I did. The story accelerates in the last few chapters and although I did guess the ending before it was still gripping. The suffering of Roseanne is almost unbearable to listen to and you will not get the conclusion you want , probably, but I'm very glad I listened to this story . I learned a lot about Irish society and history and the story is ultimately powerful and emotional.

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  • 007row
  • 08-28-17

Gripping

Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret Scripture to be better than the print version?

Yes

What did you like best about this story?

The way it 'grips' you and the very moving end of story.

What about Stephen Hogan’s performance did you like?

Just beautifully read and the Irish accent seem most appropriate.

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

Throughout the book but especially at the end.

Any additional comments?

A terrifically moving book.

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  • Carmen G
  • 08-27-17

The Secret Scripture

To be honest I chose this as Stephan Hogan narrates so beautifully. I did enjoy the story , a subtle tale of life, human beings capacity to control & manipulate so cleverly woven in, the story certainly provoked a mixture of emotions.

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  • mcsmall
  • 08-25-17

Lyrical and profound

This is a well observed and profound story, narrated with lyricism and elegance. A moving and engaging listen

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  • rebecca ward
  • 08-23-17

An extraordinary and beautiful book...

Brilliantly structured and plotted, at times difficult and brutal, but it will stay with me for its imagery, sense of place, and sense of people.

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  • miss n fleming
  • 08-22-17

Beautifully written, captivating, well narrated.

There were a few times when I thought this was going to be too depressing to continue with, but I persevered and am so glad I did. One of the best stories I've read (listened to!)

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  • Banbury Shopper
  • 08-19-17

Powerful and emotional

Would you listen to The Secret Scripture again? Why?

I would listen to this again, it was just so enjoyable. This book takes you on a journey of Roseanne' past and the judgements made against her that have a profound effect on her life. This book is powerful and emotional with a twist I did not see coming.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the sessions between Roseanne and Dr Green, and how the relationship of friendship develops.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I enjoyed everything about this book, as one scene tells of another with great beauty and sadness in some scenes, and other scenes are buoyant and funny.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Do not judge me, let me live my life.

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A beautiful tale I would highly recommend.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-16-17

Dark, Heavy and Consuming!

A beautifully written tragedy which touches on the travesties of the past in rural Ireland.

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  • Vonny Milonny
  • 08-16-17

Sad story

I enjoyed how the narrator told the story, for me it was he who really made it come alive. I really felt for the main character who was treated so badly. I personally felt the end was disappointing and was left feeling a little frustrated.