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When All Is Said

A Novel
Narrated by: Niall Buggy
Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (235 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"An extraordinary novel, a poetic writer, and a story that moved me to tears." (John Boyne, New York Times best-selling author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas)

"I'm here to remember - all that I have been and all that I will never be again."

If you had to pick five people to sum up your life, who would they be? If you were to raise a glass to each of them, what would you say? And what would you learn about yourself, when all is said?

At the bar of a grand hotel in a small Irish town sits 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan. He’s alone, as usual ­- though tonight is anything but. Pull up a stool and charge your glass, because Maurice is finally ready to tell his story.

Over the course of this evening, he will raise five toasts to the five people who have meant the most to him. Through these stories - of unspoken joy and regret, a secret tragedy kept hidden, a fierce love that never found its voice - the life of one man will be powerful and poignantly laid bare.

Beautifully heart-warming and powerfully felt, the voice of Maurice Hannigan will stay with you long after all is said and done.

©2019 Anne Griffin (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd.

Critic Reviews

“Beautiful. Intimate. Tearful. Aching and lyrical. So simply and beautifully told.” (Louise Penny, number-one New York Times best-selling author)

"When All Is Said catches a world in a moment. Maurice Hannigan is a wonderful invention, whose bitter-sweet meditations will stay long in the reader's mind. Anne Griffin has fashioned a rare jewel." (John Banville, New York Times best-selling author of Time Pieces and Man Booker Prize award-winning author of The Sea)

"Griffin's stunning debut, brimming with irresistible Irish-isms, is an elegy to love, loss and the complexity of life." (People Magazine)

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"Grief is the price we pay for love" Qn Eliz II

I'm not so much a fiction reader, but this story really struck me. Indeed, a poetic novel, beautifully written, with themes from of the real gritty side of love, to the sympathy of an enemy, and the loss and despair that comes with it. This is all not yet to mention the narration of the novel. Very rich and genuine. By my second read through (the book is not exactly in chronological order and you may pick up on detail previously missed) i was moved to tears. The writing was amazing but the voice is what personally made me emotional.
Easy 5 star rating from me!

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gorgeous tragic and poignant .....

loved it loved insight loved family histories enriching and warm ....love being the Begining and the end of all ends

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  • valerie
  • Detroit, MI, United States
  • 04-09-19

It Makes You Think

This book was a complete surprise. It was rated very highly and I knew what is was going to be about. What surprised me was how it made me feel.

We all experience loss and grief. What we don’t know and what most of us never speak of is how it truly changes us. It was been my experience that after a loss everyone expects you to move on, to get over it. Most of us pretend that we have.

I believe, as this writer so wonderfully shows, is that it never leaves you. We just become better at pretending.

Perhaps it’s my stage in life, but this book made me think (maybe that was the intent), It made me think about what I have done and those I have lost.

In the end, this was a good story, albeit rather long, but a good story.

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I don’t know what all the fuss is about

I wanted to qui this before the halfway point but the reviews are so glowing I stuck it out hoping to like it. And I hate it. I hate the POV, the guy is talking to his son who isn’t there, the toasts are being told as directed toward his son. Not at the people he is toasting. And the people he is toasting, he hardly speaks of the person, he toasts a stillborn child but rambles on for an hours and a half about everything but that baby. I have no emotional connection to these people especially the wife that this whole thing is about anyway. He says nothing redeeming about why he lives her so damn much that is ends the way It does. It’s superficial. All of it. I liked the guy’s accent I hated all the mouth noises, especially toward the end when the acting ramps up as do the swallows and deep breaths and mouth smacking. I can’t grasp what everyone is going on about with this one. No character is developed enough to make feel for these people. There’s a convoluted family tree that isn’t the narrators family. I could go on. But ultimately I hated the POV of speaking to the son not to those he was toasting and in fact being all alone. The end is also quite agitating. SPOILER: I’ve never read/listened to a book with a dead narrator before. And I’ve never been so emotionally DEtached from a suicide. Could not care less.

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Loved it

Well written, and perfect narration. Loved the characters. Emotional but not in a sappy way. Great story.

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Interesting but not my favorite

I don't know it wasn't my favorite even though old, introspective men books are my calling. Good lines. Good author. I hope to read more of his books.

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Excellent performance by Niall Buggy. Beautiful story, funny at times, but exceptionally sad. Reminiscent of John Boyne. Enjoy!

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Terrific narration and heartwarming story

I didn't think I would like this book very much but I ended up being completely charmed by the author's voice and the narration. We read for a book club, and a couple of members found it hard to get through the prose of the Irish dialect. I'm glad I did the Audible, because the narrator made the prose extremely easy to understand and he really made the character come alive for me. I don't think I've ever heard such a great narrator before. Great job Audible!

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This, my friends, is a true love story

As a hospice nurse I often wonder what runs through my patients heads in the last days of their lives when they are thinking over life events. This book is an elderly man telling his son his life story. The good, bad, ugly and wonderful parts of it, But he is doing it in his own mind because he doesn't know how to do it in person. Each chapter is a toast to an event or person that was important in his life. This book made me laugh and cry out loud. The narrator is outstanding. The author makes you feel the emotions of the man telling the story. This, my friends, is a true love story.

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  • agorsh
  • Lisbon, Iowa
  • 05-10-19

Epic tale

I can't say enough about this story, I am forever thankful for Maurice and the tale he tells with such ease and dignity.