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© 2003 Marian Keyes; (P)2003 W F Howes Ltd
In this book we meet sensable Maggie who has done the right things all her life. She is a prime example of a good daughter, sister and wife. The book starts when Maggie leaves her husband of 9 years because she finds out he's been seeing another woman. After a few months of deep depression, she goes to LA to live with her scrip writer friend Emily for amonth. The glamorous city teaches Maggie a lot about life and herself. She certainly discovers that the glory glitter and glamour of LA only is a shiny surface and that the capital of movie stars perhaps isn't all that it's cracked up to be. In true Marian Keyes style, we get to hear about all the changes Maggie goes through as well as her past which explains her current situation. A past which reveals that Maggie hasn't always been little miss perfect.
This book, like most of Marian Keyes' written work, is full of humour, good language and at times, tears.A relaxing, entertaining read perfect for the summer.
The story as it unfolds is really interesting, I love the main character's view of America and her life, she is a very likable girl.
Lara -> she was fun and free and well described
I listen to audiobooks int he car and I often sat in the drive for a while before switching off and going inside, it was really very entertaining.
The American accents were a bit annoying, they were too forced. I love the Irish accents though, they made the characters so much more interesting.
Funny - clear - thoughtful
Observations about LA life
Brought this as I was going to LA for a few weeks and thought it would be fun to listen to a story based in the city I was visiting.It was continually funny, thoughtful and showed the real differences between America and Ireland/Uk.... thank you for a great listen
Wife, mother, reader. Preferred genres include psychological fact and fiction, comedy and (auto)biography.
This is about the fourth time I've enjoyed this book, but the first time via Audible. It was great, poignant, entertaining and very moreish. Margaret/Maggie, the second of the five Walsh sisters is given her own voice to tell her story when she leaves her husband Garv after a series of setbacks. She heads off to LA and stays with her best friend, scriptwriter Emily, who's having a few career issues of her own. Surrounded by Emily's friends and neighbours, Maggie starts to discover what *really* went wrong.
It's a great book and mixes humour and pathos in almost equal measure. My only complaint is Maggie and Emily's comments about female homosexuality; I found quite a lot of the wording rather 'strong' to say the least.
I didn't listen to it all . Maybe the narrator was new to me..
Her books would capture me in a few chapters , in kept hopping it would. But that didn't happen .
"Good story -- GREAT narrator"
This was a good book -- funny and sad. It wasn't the deepest book but this was very entertaining. But the narrator just made the book live giving it more depth than maybe it really had. The narrator had a great sense of comic timing and managed to create different voices for the characters seamlessly without it being schticky. Good story made great by a fabulous narrator. I'll actually look for more books narrated by her and no, this is not her mother!
I enjoyed this story. It could have been a bit more grasping, but I'd listen to it again.
"Good storyline, humorous and well written"
Love this author and this series of family dramas, the Walsh's are always good for a laugh. Well weaved together with the the other books so it doesn't really matter which order u read them. The narrator did a good job with the Irish characters but the American accents were a bit weird. Now I'm just being picky....
"Love Marian Keyes!"
I am totally engrossed in the Walsh family series. I Laugh my way though it and shed an occasional tear.
Love Maggie. You will want to go for a sink with her afterward. Hated to see book come to an end even though the American accents were the worst by the narrator.
"Heartwarming funny sad great story"
Loved it highly recommend fantastic narrator interesting story I laughed and had a couple tears great book for holiday or just relaxing
"I love the Walsh family"
Yes I would listen to it again
I liked all of them, but Maggie was the best
This was a great story about another one of the Walsh girls. I just love these stories :)
"Good girl gone wild, but riding the brakes"
Absolutely! I'm a big fan of Keyes' work. Halligan however had a hard time with different American accents, it kind of pulled me out of the story at times.
It was a well-developed story with a main character you could relate to, and while I enjoyed the book, it was not my favorite of hers.
Maybe if there are no American characters in the story. Maybe if the characters are all Irish.
I loved how Keyes developed the character of Maggie Walsh. As everyone has written her off as the good girl of the family who does everything right, Keyes slowly pulls back the layers of her past to reveal much greater depth to this woman. I thought her a bit scattered and childish in certain parts that seemed uncharacteristic, but could attribute that to anyone going through a life crisis, as this character certainly was. Overall a fun read.
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