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The Woman Who Stole My Life Audiobook

The Woman Who Stole My Life

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Audible Editor Reviews

Best-selling author Marian Keyes delivers another outstanding audiobook with her latest novel The Woman Who Stole My Life, narrated by Aoife McMahon. Stella Sweeney is an ordinary woman, the average Dublin housewife, whose life changes beyond recognition and leads her down an incredible path of success. Upon her return to her old life, she realises just how much everything and nothing has changed. Now she must choose where to turn - stay in her old life or forge ahead into a new one. This stunning novel will sweep you up as you travel with Stella through the changes that life inevitably throws us all. Available now from Audible.

Publisher's Summary

One day, sitting in traffic, Stella Sweeney attempts a good deed. The resulting car crash changes her life.

But in this event is born the seed of something which will take Stella thousands of miles from her old life, turning an ordinary woman into a superstar, wrenching her whole family apart. For the first time real, honest-to-goodness happiness is just within her reach.

But is Stella Sweeney, Dublin housewife, ready to grasp it?

©2013 Marian Keyes (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

Praise for the author: "When it comes to writing page-turners that put a smile on your face and make you think, Keyes is in a class of her own." (Daily Express)

"Chatty and warmhearted, Keyes's talent is to tell it how it is." (Independent)

What Members Say

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    Rebecca Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom 26/11/2014
    Rebecca Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom 26/11/2014 Member Since 2017
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    "Not One Of Her Best"

    The story line went from the butterfly in the bell jar to 50 shades of grey then turned into the TV series episodes. It was funny but did not pack the punch in regard to story line

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    jackie donhead st mary, United Kingdom 17/11/2014
    jackie donhead st mary, United Kingdom 17/11/2014 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic book"

    Amazing story line, really disturbing, heard interview with author on Woman's Hour so thought i would give it a try
    Very glad i did and was walking around shouting for someone to help her I got so engrossed
    Not my normal type of book but a very good change

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    christine 11/12/2014
    christine 11/12/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "A good lark of a story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would too those of my friends who like a good girlie read


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character


    What about Aoife McMahon’s performance did you like?

    Perfect voice for this story. Would listen to another that she reads


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

    It made me laugh


    Any additional comments?

    As all good books should it made me care about what happened to the main characters

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Garnett 05/12/2014
    Carol Garnett 05/12/2014
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    "Big Disappointment"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A stronger story line


    Has The Woman Who Stole My Life put you off other books in this genre?

    No. First book from this author I haven't enjoyed


    What three words best describe Aoife McMahon’s voice?

    Pleasant Irish lilt


    What character would you cut from The Woman Who Stole My Life?

    Georgie


    Any additional comments?

    Not the best listening experience. Weak story line which found boring. Relieved as much as the author I think to get to ending which I felt to be a contrived cheesy lets all be happy -unrealistic.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Boaz Tal 18/05/2015
    Boaz Tal 18/05/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Great first half..."

    The story line and format at the beginning of the book is breath taking. I couldn't let it go! But as the plot progress in starting to thin out. I found myself forcing throughput the last few hours. What kept me going was the brilliant narrator!! I almost felt that I stop I will miss a great performance.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    CLAIRE Stockport, United Kingdom 13/12/2014
    CLAIRE Stockport, United Kingdom 13/12/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "Not what you think it's going to be!"

    Not one of Marian Keyes best books but still a good read. Jumps about a lot from now to then, but not too complicated that you can't follow what's going on. The title of the book doesn't make sense till over half way through, bit still an enjoyable book. A must for all Marian Keyes fans.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Catriona Ferris Guildford, Surrey 08/05/2015
    Catriona Ferris Guildford, Surrey 08/05/2015 Member Since 2014

    Rainbow Bluebell

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    "Surprising flow and not what you expect"

    If the flow had been more consistent I would have liked it better. I liked it moving back and forward between past and present but then she seemed to run out of steam and we had a long chunk in NY and then present.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Tate 25/02/2015
    Sarah Tate 25/02/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant, listened over and over again."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definatly, and I have, it's uplifting and a little different.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Manic & Stella, brilliant characters


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

    laugh, such fun


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ann 27/01/2015
    Ann 27/01/2015

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    "Stole my time"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Woman Who Stole My Life to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Listening to her voice brought the story to life much more than reading it from a book or on Kindle.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was well researched and very entertaining.


    What about Aoife McMahon’s performance did you like?

    Beautifully read. Loved her voice.


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

    No but I did smile often and race back to it as soon as I could, to start listening again.


    Any additional comments?

    Mannix is a delight, Geoffrey is the voice of reason, Stella is a hoot and so down to earth. Ryan is bonkers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    EGS UK 22/12/2014
    EGS UK 22/12/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "Overlong and underedited."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I'm afraid not. My other comments will explain why,


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The basic story was intriguing. The structure was clever, leading me to persevere because I wanted to know how the story had arrived at the scenario at the beginning. But it was twice as long as it needed to be. There was far too much detailed narrative, so that it became tedious. The worst parts were the repeated and utterly superfluous detailed sex scenes. Sometimes less is more.


    What does Aoife McMahon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    She is a good narrator, with nice pace and an ability to distinguish between different characters without resorting to silly voices. I think I would have give up if she hadn't been so pleasant to listen to.


    Did The Woman Who Stole My Life inspire you to do anything?

    Not to read anything else by this author!


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry if this sounds very negative; for the first few hours I quite enjoyed the book, and I am sure lots of people will not share my opinion. I could not give it fewer than three stars, but that is largely because of an interesting idea and good narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Fiona
    31/12/14
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    "Enjoyable book"

    Really enjoyed the book and the narration. Good storyline and the narrator did the voices really well. Highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Susannah
    Adelaide, Australia
    11/12/14
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    "OK but not raving about it!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, always love Marian Keyes books, but this is not one of her best I don't think.


    Would you recommend The Woman Who Stole My Life to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it as it is fine...just not fabulous.


    What about Aoife McMahon’s performance did you like?

    She commanded all the voices very well. Even the male voices were believable.


    Could you see The Woman Who Stole My Life being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, you would make another Marian book into a movie instead...This Charming Man for instance...that would be a great film!


    Any additional comments?

    Not a waste of time by any means, just a bit lacklustre.<br/>

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nicola Killops
    17/07/15
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    "I couldn't finish. Gave up after about 5 hours."
    What disappointed you about The Woman Who Stole My Life?

    It Just didn't go anywhere. I felt like I was on a loop going round and round.


    What was most disappointing about Marian Keyes’s story?

    So much back and forth but nothing actually happened. A lot of blah,blah,blah.


    What aspect of Aoife McMahon’s performance would you have changed?

    Her performance was adequate and not my reason for disliking the book. I just had to get accustomed to her Irish accent which was pleasant. I did not like the way she did male voices. It made them all sound like dim witted thugs.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I read many Keyes books about 10 years ago. I loved Watermelon, Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married and Last Chance Saloon, but I don't see myself reading another one in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chee
    05/06/15
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    "Loved It"
    If you could sum up The Woman Who Stole My Life in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, engaging and entertaining


    What other book might you compare The Woman Who Stole My Life to and why?

    I can only compare to other Marian Keyes books. I have enjoyed listening to all of them.


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

    Have not listened to any of her narrations,


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

    I laughed a lot.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sab_sunrise
    Rosebank, Australia
    28/05/15
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    "it was ok..."

    I loved the first half of this book and thought i made a great choice. It was funny and engaging, and it had depth. But as the story progressed it seemed to get more shallow and predictable. It was very well read throughout.
    I am not sure if I would try another one of Marian Keyes- maybe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jessie E Taylor
    13/05/15
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    "Love it. Classic Marian ☺️"

    Another fantastic story full of loveable characters and humour. A fun listen and a definite hit for Marian devotees and those just discovering her greatness!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aimee
    Christchurch, New Zealand
    29/03/15
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    "The Woman who stole my life"
    Any additional comments?

    This was a great book. It was wonderful to listen a Marian Keyes book again, it has been ages. The narration was excellent, I have listened to her a few times now and always enjoy her. <br/>The story had me hooked from the beginning and I enjoyed every minute of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • pup
    10/11/14
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    "Loved every minute of it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Funny and engaging, I didn't want to put it down. There are layers of funniness in this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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