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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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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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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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  • 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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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.

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Another winner!

Where does This Charming Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This Charming Man ranks in the top 20 audiobooks I've listened to so far. Marion Keys always demands that her listeners internalize what they hear.

What was one of the most memorable moments of This Charming Man?

Lola's evolution from having no insight into her own behavior to an awareness of how her behavior affects her friends and others. Which can also be said of Grace and her sister.

Have you listened to any of Sile Bermingham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I have not as far as I know at this moment.

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

No extreme reactions, but reaction to the twin sister's struggle through alcoholism. I am really enjoy the way Marion Keyes takes the reader along on this journey from misery to restoration.

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worth it

A tiny bit hard to follow in audio format, but worth it. As usual, Keyes does a wonderful job of creating nuanced, fascinating, and relatable characters who face serious issues and life choices with wit and courage.