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Angels

Narrated by: Gerri Halligan
Series: Walsh Family, Book 3
Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (285 ratings)

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Summary

Unlike the rest of her family, Maggie Walsh has always done the right thing - that is until the day she leaves her husband and takes refuge with her friend Emily, a screenwriter in Los Angeles - a city where even the palm trees are skinny. Soon Maggie's doing all sorts of things she's never done before, such as wearing sunglasses in the shower and pitching scripts to studio executives - and meeting a mysterious man named Troy, who is so non-stick he's known as Human Teflon.
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LA Angels, review

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.

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Pleasant enough

I was slightly disappointed by this. It felt long and was only really funny in bits. Not as good as her other books not as sharp and witty.
The funniest parts involved the antics of the main character’s family rather than anything she did.
It was fine. Pleasant enough. Just not great. I loved the narrator though. She was excellent.

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Lovely light entertainment!

What made the experience of listening to Angels the most enjoyable?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lara -> she was fun and free and well described

What three words best describe Gerri Halligan’s voice?

Entertaining

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Very funny LA observations...

If you could sum up Angels in three words, what would they be?

Funny - clear - thoughtful

What did you like best about this story?

Observations about LA life

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

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

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perfect

loved it such a lovely read I couldn't stop listening but occasionally had to sleep

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Dont waste your time

Very boring book, plot is dreadful and the narration is boring. I didnt even bother finishing it.

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Marian Keyes... a tonic

She just makes me laugh and cry. A wonderful author.
If you want something to tap into all human emotions, she’s the one.

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loved this book

I was sat on bus with my ear buds in listening when I burst out laughing. More than one person moved away. 10 minutes later I wanted to cry. Well done Marion Keyes.

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Angels

Absolutely loved it! the only downside was listening with headphones on and laughing out loud. Great feel good listen with lots of laughs.

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A well narrated funny, sad (in parts), feel good book.

Margaret is the least understood of the Walsh sisters until you read (or listen to), this book. Boy, does she have hidden depths. Whilst not being an expert on the trials and tribulations of Hollywood life, Marian's portrayal is very believable and almost makes me feel sorry for those who choose to endure such a superficial existence. Fortunately, Marian also introduces us to the funny side of La La Land with larger than life characters whose only role is to amuse and charm us. A book well worth listening to, I loved it!

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  • Kimberly
  • 18-06-08

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!

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  • Coral
  • 23-01-15

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

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  • Aimee
  • 13-05-14

I love the Walsh family

Would you listen to Angels again? Why?

Yes I would listen to it again

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked all of them, but Maggie was the best

Any additional comments?

This was a great story about another one of the Walsh girls. I just love these stories :)

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  • Valerie
  • 02-12-08

Enjoyable

I enjoyed this story. It could have been a bit more grasping, but I'd listen to it again.

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  • joan
  • 28-07-16

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....

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  • Patti Fulmer
  • 25-10-15

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.

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  • C. Keogh
  • 06-02-13

Good girl gone wild, but riding the brakes

Would you try another book from Marian Keyes and/or Gerri Halligan?

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.

If you’ve listened to books by Marian Keyes before, how does this one compare?

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.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Gerri Halligan?

Maybe if there are no American characters in the story. Maybe if the characters are all Irish.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes please!

Any additional comments?

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.