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Publisher's Summary

The bus from Dublin to Limerick has never meant much to the inhabitants of Kilbrody, until a woman steps off it, marches into the pub, and drinks herself into oblivion. When she finally wakes up, several days later, it is to discover that Charlie Finn (who put her to bed), the local garda, and indeed the whole village are talking about her. Who is the woman on the bus? The question is, will she tell them?
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  • Marsh
  • Fair Haven, VT, United States
  • 02-11-08

Happy Surprise

When we chose this book we wondered if we would enjoy it. The alcoholism that seemed to be a problem of the main character and others felt like a drawback, a grim element of the story. But as the story unfolded the author's compassion and perceptiveness stretched our hearts. Never a boring book, the story is continually alive with emotional intensity, which keeps your interest and enthusiasm, and yet at times I looked forward to a shift into a more calm mode. The humor of the author was delightful and brought a refreshing balance to the difficulties faced by the characters. We thoroughly enjoyed the story and the reading of the boook and commend it to you!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Very enjoyable

I was drawn in by the characters. I could not stop listening to the audio book to learn more about the characters problems and how they would respond to them. It was up lifting how positive thinking or hope, could help put serious issues into prospective and not defeat the individual or the family. I would listen to this book again.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

slice of Irish life -- okay; not fabulous

Not McLynn's finest writing, but an interesting and enjoyable listen, especially if, like me, you have a hard time finding novels that don't feature murder, mayhem, & gratuitous porn. This piece is narrated by McLynn herself, and she is a professional actor, so it's well done, with perfect emphasis in all the right places, in a brogue that is mostly easily understandable for an American listener. The only quibble I have is that her voice is breathy and therefore difficult to hear in a noisy environment. McLynn's more recent book, "Bright Lights & Promises," is definitely a 5-star read.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • 05-04-06

So enjoyable!

This was such a pleasure to listen to, I didn't want it to end! A very engrossing story with interesting characters and lots going on. Pauline McLynn narrating it herself is an added bonus!

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Cheryl
  • 03-30-06

Great!

My first Audible experience and I'm loving it! The story is engrossing and the author reading it herself makes it come to life (I adore the Irish accent anyway).
Audible is a great idea and I'm already hooked, will probably extend my membership as one book a month will definitely not be enough!

19 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Tracey
  • 11-11-07

Fabulous

I chose this book recently because of the previous reviews. I was in no way disappointed! It was a sheer pleasure from start to finish and now i'm going to chose another book by the same author.
Pauline McLynn is not only an accomplished actress but can also give Maeve Binchey a run for her money. Ms McLynn's narration of her own book ensured it was that it was a warm, funny, 'feel good' book.
I hope her others are just as good though this is a hard act to follow!.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Natalee
  • 05-16-07

Thoroughly enjoyed this book

I normally read murder mysteries, but I felt like a change and came across this, and I'm so glad a did. Its well read by the author and left me looking for more by her.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Linda
  • 05-07-09

As recommended

I bought this audio book after it was recommended and really enjoyed it. The narrator is good as is the story itself. The characters are believable and all of life is there.

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  • ED
  • 01-07-15

a lovely gentle book

Would you listen to The Woman on the Bus again? Why?

yes

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Woman on the Bus?

Tales from the pub & the funny saying they all came out with

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

Laugh in general but it it's serious moments

Any additional comments?

Worth a listen to as it can be typical of a small town in Ireland

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  • liz
  • 07-12-13

hugely enjoyable first audio book experience

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

First time audio book and thoroughly enjoyable, made me laugh out loud lying on the beach! Pauline McLynn reading her own book is a real treat.

What does Pauline McLynn bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I can read a book in a day if I put my mind to it - but I read far too quickly and miss loads of detail and nuance. This is the first audio book and while I found it more difficult to concentrate for a while, I did get into it really quickly, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Pauline
  • 04-21-10

Great listening

Loved it. Pauline McLynne's voice is exactly right to tell her own story.
Great characters and easy to listen to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Laura
  • 04-02-10

Fabulous listen

I absolutely LOVED this audiobook - its hilarious in parts, endearing, heartbreaking, shocking in others. The writing is "raw" and full of realism. The bonus for me is that it was full of long forgotten Irish sayings (and plenty of new ones!)

I am not sure how well this book will be appreciated (or understood, even, in parts) by people who are not Irish but judging from the reviews of others here, that may not be a valid concern.

For me, a thoroughly enjoyable book made doubly enjoyable by the fact that it was Pauline McLynn who read her book herself.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Keith
  • 03-22-09

Awful

I managed about twenty minutes of this before I had to turn it off. It's now deleted from my iPod. My worst choice ever.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer jo
  • 08-20-17

Very enjoyable

A good storyline, believable characters, well written and read (with a lovely Irish accent). I didn't want it to finish.