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  • When All Is Said

  • By: Anne Griffin
  • Narrated by: Niall Buggy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 138
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    5 out of 5 stars 127
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    5 out of 5 stars 127

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 and done? This is the story of Maurice Hannigan, an Irish farmer. Over the course of a Saturday night in June, he orders five drinks at the Rainsford House Hotel, and with each he toasts a key person from his life: his adored older brother; his troubled sister-in-law; his daughter of 15 minutes; his son far off in America; and his late, much missed wife.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Life in Five Chapters

  • By C. P. McGregor on 05-02-19

A book crafted with skill and love.

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Reviewed: 07-03-19

I don’t want to seem overblown, but I have rarely listened to a more satisfying story. Magnificently read . It is hard not to dissolve in a welter of superlatives.
Maurice Hannigan remains with me in so many ways.

  • The Sealwoman's Gift

  • By: Sally Magnusson
  • Narrated by: Katherine Manners
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

In 1627 Barbary pirates raided the coast of Iceland and abducted some 400 of its people, including 250 from a tiny island off the mainland. Among the captives sold into slavery in Algiers were the island pastor, his wife and their three children. Although the raid itself is well documented, little is known about what happened to the women and children afterwards. It was a time when women everywhere were largely silent.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best death scene written yet.

  • By cat on 10-06-18

Best death scene written yet.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-18

Nuanced, understanding book describing a life very different to modern life, yet full of the same dilemmas.

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