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  • Hello from the Gillespies

  • By: Monica McInerney
  • Narrated by: Ulli Birvé
  • Length: 16 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (170 ratings)

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Hello from the Gillespies

By: Monica McInerney
Narrated by: Ulli Birvé
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Publisher's summary

For the past 33 years, Angela Gillespie has sent to friends and family around the world an end-of-the-year letter titled ‘Hello from the Gillespies’. It’s always been cheery and full of good news. This year, Angela surprises herself - she tells the truth....

The Gillespies are far from the perfect family that Angela has made them out to be. Her husband is coping poorly with retirement. Her 32-year-old twins are having career meltdowns. Her third daughter, badly in debt, can’t stop crying. And her 10-year-old son spends more time talking to his imaginary friend than to real ones.

Without Angela, the family would fall apart. But when Angela is taken from them in a most unexpected manner, the Gillespies pull together - and pull themselves together - in wonderfully surprising ways....

©2014 Monica McInerney (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic reviews

"[McInerney] brings Maeve Binchy readily to mind" ( The Sydney Morning Herald)
"McInerney is an expert in portraying the nuances and complications of family life" ( Red Magazine)

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Wonderful Characters - Thoroughly Enjoyable Story

I have decided that I will only give 5 stars to books that I can't stop listening to and can't wait to get back to when I have to stop. This book passes that test. The characters were so real and all so interesting, the plot twists so unexpected (well at least to me!), and the story so interesting and heartfelt that I was enthralled almost from the first page and just kept wanting to know what would happen next. This was a story full of expectations, disappointments, and lessons in the importance of honesty. Every character was developed emotionally and I really cared what happened to them all. For the last quarter or so of the book, I kept thinking "I hope the ending doesn't make me mad" because I've read a lot of books this year that did just that -- great build ups with totally flat endings. This ending fit well and made sense. Ulli Birvé's performance was spot on, and her subtle changes of accent and tone to make each character unique were nearly perfect. The only character that I thought she didn't perform well was Matt - the American accent just sounded pinched. That's about my only criticism. Thoroughly enjoyable book.