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Depressing

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-19

Depressing book. Annoying lead character. Narrator ok but made lead character seem even more naive and stupid. I know this is a classic, but I really did not like it. I just personally have a strong dislike of stories where the lead lady is described as intelligent but then behaves the complete opposite. It makes women look like air heads.

Almost as good as the first one

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-01-19

I loved the first book Oh my God, What a complete Aisling because, while of course it was a tiny tad exaggerated to make it funnier, it really was such an authentic experience of a 25-30 something young professional female in Ireland. Made me yearn to rent a flat in Rathmines again, LOL. I like this one a little less because while it is still funny and adorable, it is much less believable and more made up drama. E.g. the windfall etc. dramatic events much less realistic than the previous book's break up with boyfriend etc. I preferred it when the events followed more an ordinary person's life, that's what appealed to me as that has plenty of interest too. Still a great book, had some great laughs, great turns of phrase, and by far one of the best narrators I have ever heard. Can't wait to get the next instalment as soon as it comes out.

3 people found this helpful

Hilarious Irishness

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-01-19

If you want to get a good view of the life of a young Irish professional (albeit a hilarious version of it), this is it! I was choking laughing at least half of the time listening.
The narrator is brilliant. She should be picked for the role of Aisling in the film version.
Makes me want to move back to Rathmines :-)

4 people found this helpful

Informative and comforting

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-09-18

I purchased this audiobook after my mother had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. It was recommended to me by my dentist who had read it and knowing of the sad situation of our family, thought I might find it helpful. At first I thought it was a bit gory to read a book about death. But it actually prepared me for what was to come in a comforting way, so I knew what to expect, that things did not come as a shock or a surprise. I recommended the book to the nurses of the palliative care unit and some of them read it and found it good too. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to understand better and who wants to alleviate the fear of the unknown. Thank you Dr Mannix!

4 people found this helpful

Boring and bizarre at the same time

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-09-18

I am a big fan of Val McDermid and usually love her stories. I didn't enjoy this one. Also didn't like the narrator or the accents she put on. Possibly they were authentic to the story but as said, I didn't enjoy this story or the characters.

Didn't really like it

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-08-18

Too gory. Unlikeable unpleasant characters living in a horrible place full of other unpleasant characters. Just not really a story or an ending to a story that was in any way enjoyable to listen to.

So disappointed

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-18

I have enjoyed other CL Taylor books so much I bought them all, but this one just annoys me to bits. The main characters are so incredibly naive, simple and stupid that it is totally unrealistic, no grown up in a job could possibly be like that. The baddie is also just un-believable.
I had to stop listening at chapter 19 because the characters are such idiots it's starting to make me grumpy to keep listening. I finally managed to finish but the rest of it didn't really improve.
I was interested in a thriller but there is a lot of content in this book about being the mum of a toddler. "Mummy!" and "Milk!" over and over just doesn't hold any interest for me and certainly at least in my opinion is not very thrilling.

Thought it was supposed to be funny

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-06-18

Seems just to be rather airheaded. Make up, nailpolish etc. Most women have a bit more than that to worry about when they turn 50. This book did not entertain me, it annoyed me and I had to stop listening. Maybe will try later some other time as I like Marian's other books and from interviews did get an impression she'd have things to say that would interest me. After random 7 chapters this book wasn't it.

Really entertaining, great narrators

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-06-18

I particularly enjoyed the narrator who read the role of Hester, the neighbour. She sounded like she was smiling when she read!
The story was entertaining and quirky.

Intriguing slightly disturbing story

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-06-18

Loads of twists and turns. Didn't guess the ending at all. Enjoyed it but might not read it a second time. Narrator has a lovely clear voice and nice accent.