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This Charming Man

A Novel
Narrated by: Sile Bermingham
Length: 23 hrs and 47 mins
4 out of 5 stars (143 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The lives of four very different women have been shaped - and battered - by one charming man…

Ireland's debonair politician Paddy de Courcy - the "John F. Kennedy Jr. of Dublin" - has captured tabloid headlines and the imagination of his country with his charm and charisma. But the crushed hearts he's left behind him reveal more about his character than his winning, vote-getting smile. Lola, Grace, Marnie, and Alicia have all suffered from his selfishness and cruelty. But with Paddy's political star ascending, the time is finally ripe for redemption…and perhaps a bit of revenge.

©2008 Marian Keyes (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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My favourite Marian Keyes book

A wonderful, funny, heart-wrenching story with a cast of characters that end up feeling like dear friends. I highly recommend this book.

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My 1st Horrible Audible Experience

The story itself wasn’t bad, I’m guessing. I’m curious if the text-version was written as she narrated it. She doesn’t use prepositions or pronouns. At first, I thought maybe she was reading excerpts from her diary. But After 3 chapters, I couldn’t stick around to find out. Ugh. Confused.

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More serious than I'd expected

This is the story of four women... their ups and downs in life and love. I love a happy ending which I finally reached as I finished the book. But I'd also read more drama than I expected... more pain and upset. It had its moments of humor, but they were fairly scarce. It is most likely that I was looking for a light hearted, entertaining book that I gave it four stars for the story. It is a well written book with well developed characters. I'll try another book by this author and see if I find one a bit more light hearted.

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Time will just fly by...

Have read most of this authors books and always get a laugh even during tough topics. This doesn't disappoint, great inter winding stories and characters. Was not sure when I saw how long it was, but listened during work out and time flew by....

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Enjoyable but not great

Hard to follow because the reader doesn’t vary her voice enough between the various female characters. Had to backup several times to understand which lady’s story line we were on. Plus all the missing words in their speech, inner monologue, or diary notes (whatever it was supposed to be) was very annoying.

I did enjoy the story but this audio version made it hard to follow along.

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  • Mari
  • SPOKANE, WA, United States
  • 06-09-16

I loved this book!

loved it, slow at first but totally worth it! the characters are all so wonderfully developed!

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I just don't get it

What is with the crazy shorthand way of speaking in the first four chapters? It's so very annoying to listen to. Has Lola never heard of using a preposition? A pronoun? What was the author thinking? Example, "Just goes show looks aren't everything", or "Is quite large size but will see what can do."

And, I've only listened to the first four chapters, but toward of the end of the fourth chapter, all of a sudden the narration changes from the first to the third person. And it seems to be a totally different story.

Toward the end of the fourth chapter Lola is talking with Noel about helping him "track down clothes in difficult to find sizes", and in mid-sentence, it changes to a discussion in the third person with totally different characters. I kept going back, thinking there was some sort of problem with my computer.

Is this an error with the Audible version? Or is it supposed to make no sense?

Highly recommend you not waste your credits.

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confusing

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Not a good audio book...should have read it instead. Characters were confusing to keep track of and narrator sounded same for all characters. Also needed more chapter breaks in case you accidentally hit button to skip forward or back.

Did Sile Bermingham do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

NO

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Dry

I really tried to get into this book. It's really boring and dry. Her other books were so funny and great to read. This book was a disappointment. I don't recommend.

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so very nice

cheered me up during a very difficult time. listened to it a few times. Beautiful voice.