The Hoarder

By: Jess Kidd
Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
4.1 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The mesmerising new novel from the winner of the Costa Short Story Award, following her debut novel, Himself.

Maud Drennan - underpaid carer and unintentional psychic - is the latest in a long line of dogsbodies for the ancient, belligerent Cathal Flood. Yet despite her best efforts, Maud is drawn into the mysteries concealed in his filthy, once-grand home. She realises that Cathal, and the junk-filled rooms, are opening up to her.

With only her landlady and a troop of sarcastic ghostly saints to help, Maud must uncover what lies beneath Cathal's decades-old hostility and the strange activities of the house itself.

©2018 Jess Kidd (P)2018 W.F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Kidd has imagination to die for." ( Guardian)
"Mixes up murder and mayhem with the eerily supernatural. Utterly unputdownable." ( Sunday Express)

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  • 03-11-18

Beautifully written, beautifully read Irish novel

We have loved listening to this wonderful book. The fine, deceptively effortless writing conveys with ease very visual images, at times witty and funny, at times beautiful, at times sad and mournful. The story is not original, but it enchants and grips you through a host of interesting idiosyncratic characters, both alive and dead. A distinctively Irish novel, full of humour and charm. Highly recommended.

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  • Love-my-Kindle
  • 04-02-18

Beautifully written.

The descriptions of Mr Flood were amazing. Great narration. Very good novel. Really enjoyed it.

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  • Gb06
  • 03-15-18

One of my favourites so far

Loved everything about this audiobook. The narration, The characters Maud & Cathal have such a good fit together, and I just love Renata. The prolific use of gobshite made me laugh out loud on several occasions. I would like to see this book made into a film or a mini series. Very very good, Throughly recommended.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-07-18

unique and compelling read

character filled and consuming from the begining. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and look forward to reading 'Himself' . I am amazed at the tallent of Jess Kidd. Aofie McMahon is a great choice as narrator.

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  • J. O'connor
  • 03-23-18

Beautiful, magical, gripping. Brilliant.

Jess Kidd writes with magic in her fingers. I was spellbound throughout. A fantastic book.

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  • 09-29-18

A disapointing book with a nonsensical plot

At first, I thought that this was going to be a contemporary novel with an interesting twist. If the author had made the main character psychic, and left it at that, it could've been interesting, but she sees saints of every kind, anywhere and everywhere. The plot switches confusingly between the actual story and the main character having conversations with various ghost saints whose characters weren't very believable. I didn't find it entertaining and the saints did nothing but spoil what could've been a good story because as far as I could tell, they served no purpose whatsoever.

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  • sj irving
  • 03-17-19

promised much but ending poor

well narrated, well written but ultimately disappointing ending - which weakened whole story and leaves reader unsatisfied

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  • barbara
  • 03-15-18

First time

First time I’ve read Jess Kidd but I shall be reading more of her books. Good intriguing story read brilliantly .

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  • Amanda Bowden
  • 04-08-18

delightful

whizzed through this because it was such an entertaining read. the characters are well written and the gentle comedic aspect works well alongside dark truths and imaginings

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  • R Wright
  • 03-15-18

Loved this book!

This book has everything, it’s funny, it’s sad, it’s life, I didn’t want it to end. The narration is perfect and made the characters come to life in my imagination.

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  • Terence M
  • 08-27-19

My first excursion into Magical Realism

Audiobook - 10:17 Hours - Narrator: Aoife McMahon So, what did I think of my first "Magical Realism" book? Firstly, it was an absolute delight listening to the narration by Aoife McMahon. Her variety of Irish vocal characterisations and accents made "The Hoarder" a book I wanted to have read to me, rather than having to try and interpret the written words in my own dodgy version of an Irish 'brogue'. In fact, this is an ideal book for the audiobook format and McMahon aces the delivery. Secondly, I am pleased to say that "The Hoarder" somewhat taxed this old bloke's imagination. Like most people of my vintage, I grew up having stories read to me and later reading them myself. Without TV and very little on the radio, our imaginations were tickled and tricked by the Brothers Grimm, H C Andersen, Enid Blyton, and countless other authors of fantasy stories and fairy tales and "Boy's Own" or "Biggles" adventures. The weekly walk to the local library was an outing, an adventure in itself, as my older brother, my younger sister and I pleaded to be able to borrow more than three books at a time. These days my imagination is stimulated usually by the likes of Michael Connelly, Mark Greaney and James Clavell, but not in the same way as Jess Kidd did with "The Hoarder". Kidd had me imagining the 6'9" giant and the way and where he lived; imagining the saints and wondering wtf they were actually doing, other than contributing to the 'magical realism' of the story. Mostly this was good listening, but quite frequently I would have to back up and re-listen to several paragraphs or a chapter or two so I could work out what was actually going on. Overall, I enjoyed my first excursion into the realms of Magical Realism.

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  • Amanda
  • 04-11-18

Long

Well I was happy to get to the end. I didn’t enjoy it because it wasn’t the best thing I have ever listened too.