The Magdalen Girls

Narrated by: Alana Kerr Collins
Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (563 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Dublin, 1962. Within the gated grounds of the convent of the Sisters of the Holy Redemption lies one of the city's Magdalen Laundries. Once places of refuge, the laundries have evolved into grim workhouses. Some inmates are "fallen" women - unwed mothers, prostitutes, or petty criminals. Most are ordinary girls whose only sin lies in being too pretty, too independent, or tempting the wrong man. Among them is 16-year-old Teagan Tiernan, sent by her family when her beauty provokes a lustful revelation from a young priest.

Teagan soon befriends Nora Craven, a new arrival who thought nothing could be worse than living in a squalid tenement flat. Stripped of their freedom and dignity, the girls are given new names and denied contact with the outside world. The Mother Superior, Sister Anne, who has secrets of her own, inflicts cruel, dehumanizing punishments - but always in the name of love. Finally, Nora and Teagan find an ally in the reclusive Lea, who helps them endure - and plot an escape. But as they will discover, the outside world has dangers too, especially for young women with soiled reputations.

Told with candor, compassion, and vivid historical detail, The Magdalen Girls is a masterfully written novel of life within the era's notorious institutions - and an inspiring story of friendship, hope, and unyielding courage.

©2016 V.S. Alexander (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Nice but

Rather abrupt wrap it all up in ten minutes ending. Not totally impressed with that

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Wonderfully upsetting

As a History major, teacher, and Catholic, this book really got under my skin. I know that the double standard exists, but this book really threw it at you. The story of the Magdalen Girls was so raw and real, and I'm sure the story of so many young women falsely accused throughout history. Definitely worth a second look.

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can't stop won't stop

if there was a free second I was listening. the story was very interesting and the character development made me even more interested.

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What a awesome listen.

The Magdalen Girls brings you back to the 1960's in Ireland and shows you that not everything was better in the "good old days." This chilling and heart warming story had me up all nigh. VS Alexander's writing is phenomenal and so is Alana Kerr Collins' narration. I will be looking for more work from both of these talented people.

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Great Tale of Perseverance

I really enjoyed this book. The narration is great and you get a real feel for each character. Not the quintessential fairy tale ending and I like the reality of it. Great plot! I highly recommend!

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Not really sure what the point was....

The ending was a bit unfulfilling..... the story just went on and on and on, and I wondered if it was building Up to something, but nope, it flatlined, leaving loose ends galore. Overall, it was just ok, and I’m glad I didn't have to use a credit on it.

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Great book

I enjoyed this book. It really made you feel for what those women went through.

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very engrossing and well read

I really enjoyed this book. misery porn with a happy ending. always a favorite. Irish catholic stories never fail to grovel in the dirt and then lift upwards towards the heavens. for instance Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt.

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shocking

most touching and distressing at sametime. to think this really went on.. wow 😮 😐