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Exciting Times

Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
Categories: Literature & Fiction
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Summary

Ava, newly arrived in Hong Kong from Dublin, spends her days teaching English to rich children.

Julian is a banker. A banker who likes to spend money on Ava, to have sex and discuss fluctuating currencies with her. But when she asks whether he loves her, he cannot say more than 'I like you a great deal'.

Enter Edith, a lawyer. Refreshingly enthusiastic and unapologetically earnest, Edith takes Ava to the theatre when Julian leaves Hong Kong for work. Quickly, she becomes something Ava looks forward to.

And then Julian writes to tell Ava he is coming back to Hong Kong....

©2019 Naoise Dolan (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group
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Well worth a read.

Really enjoyed this. Unsentimental, honest account of a young girl trying to figure her shit out, away from the pressures of home and family.

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Dull and overrated.

Had to read for book club. The only reason I didn't ditch after a few chapters. Unremarkable

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Smart, witty, contemporary

Ava is a young woman who minces no words, brooks no fools. While sadly under-appreciative of her own talents, she impresses others enough with her acerbic charms to become engaged in a complex sexual and emotional triangle with a British banker and a wealthy young lawyer. Set in the bustle of Hong Kong where ex-pats on high salaries dispute Brexit and lowly TEFL teachers (of which Ava is one) struggle to pay the rent, the book sizzles along. Irish people - not to mention TEFL teachers - will get a kick out of Ava’s take on the English language. Also enjoyable are those scathing ripostes that Ava so deftly fires at her lovers, which will make the reader wistful they never came up with similar gems in their romantic adventures. All is not quite as hard-assed as Ava would wish it, however, as she finds out when she really falls in love. A stylish and refreshing debut. Recommended.

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Loved listening, so beautifully written

Felt like listening in to someone's mind. loved the thoughts on English and Irish language throughout.

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Don't.<br />

50+ lesbian fiction books, this is the first I just can't finish. It's just vacuous of everything. Awful.

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Would be very happy to listen again

At times I really loves this book - you can feel the author's voice through it. At times it felt quite 'jolt-y' but nonetheless it completely made up for that in all other areas, especially at the end when I was like 'noooo I've got to see this arrgghhh' which I thought was a brilliant was to show myself how drawn into the story I had become. Language, culture, story and voice are all very cleverly written. Bravo.

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grand

wit and intellect, what a pleaseure to know we have another new star, no pressure,

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Not for me

Well enough written but I just couldn’t find anything much about this book to enjoy. I didn’t care for any of the characters or the storyline but I stuck with it because it’s a book club read. I’m sure others might enjoy but it just wasn’t for me.