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Summary

Winner of the British Book Awards, Popular Fiction Award, 2007.

Anna Walsh is officially a wreck. Physically broken and emotionally shattered, she lies on her parents' Dublin sofa with only one thing on her mind: getting back to New York. New York means her best friends, the most fabulous job in the world, and, above all, it means her husband, Aidan. But nothing in Anna's life is that simple. Not only is her return to Manhattan complicated by her physical and emotional scars, but also Aidan seems to have vanished. Is it time for Anna to move on?

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©2006 Marian Keyes (P)2006 W F Howes Ltd

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Didn't know what I was letting myself in for

What a book! I can honestly say I have not enjoyed a book this much since I can't remember when. The book opens up with Anna Walsh, who is the main character of this book, recovering from some kind of episode, for want of a better word (I won't spoil this for you by telling you what kind of episode), in Ireland with her family. It is both sad and hilarious at the same time and every emotion you have ever felt comes spilling out with her in everything she does from work to play, from despair to acceptance from Ireland to New York. If you want a really good book that you will recommend to all your book-loving friends then this is the one for you. It has had me laughing until I thought my sides would split and tears of laughter were carousing down my face as well as crying soon after with tears of sadness spilling down my face. Just an amazing book and I loved every word, sentence and paragraph and couldn't wait to hear more and now I am really sad that I have finished reading it.

23 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • Wendy
  • Denny, Stirlingshire, United Kingdom
  • 06-05-09

An absorbing read

I was not at all sure I would like this book. It is not my sort of book really, but I thought I would try it as I didn't want to get stuck in a rut.
Without going into any of the story- the other reviewers have done that well enough- I would just say that this is an absorbing book that never quite went where I expected. If Chick Lit is not your thing give it a go anyway- it draws you down to the deepest of human emotions and yet is not indulgent.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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There certainly is something out there!

This book kept me gripped from beginning to end. Even though it split into three parts each part is perfectly crafted to draw you along. I was drawn into firstly how did she end up like that and then is there really anything out there. This book is very funny and everyone will think did she model Anna's mum on my mum - because i certainly did. It's a good, wholesome, funny read well worth the time.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Christine
  • Whitehead, Antrim, United Kingdom
  • 16-05-10

Engaging

This was the first of Marian Key's books that I have listened to and I am not much of a chic lit reader so approached it with slight trediation. It was a really good listen. The reader has a pleasant voice though I recognised it from The Archers and that was a bit disconcerting to start with, the story is gently sad but engaging with well constructed characters. I'll try some more of her books.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Another Fabulous Read

Another Walsh family book this time focusing on Anna , unputdownable ! I loved it

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Pamela
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 24-04-07

Sweet

True to form Marian Keyes provides yet another charming episode in the lives of the five Walsh sisters and their hilarious parents. Spread all over the world they all appear here to support their sister who is broken physically and emotionally. Entertaining and funny yet also touching and sad. This novel will have you wanting to learn more about the goings on of the Walsh family.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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heartbreaking and funny!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Anna is a beautiful character full of warmth and heart

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

True Irish lilt!

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

This book made my heart heavy and made me laugh out loud all within minutes

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Anybody Out There?

Would you listen to Anybody Out There? again? Why?

Yes, probably - it's incredibly densely plotted and there's a great deal to be gained from a second or indeed a third listen.

What other book might you compare Anybody Out There? to, and why?

Marian Keyes' other Walsh sisters books.

Which character – as performed by Caroline Lennon – was your favourite?

Anna herself - beautifully performed and enunciated.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Well, the twist in the middle of the book. I've read this book at least twice in paperback and it was very sad in parts.

Any additional comments?

I think that it could have been edited a bit to remove some of the sub plots. It was incredibly long at times. Also, the email exchanges became a little weary - especially as the email addresses were read out, in whole, all of the time - zzzz.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Anybody out there?

For me,this book was rather spoilt by the heavy use of the F-word. Totally unnecessary, and believe it or not certainly not in common usage in my life. I have felt like wiping it off but will persevere to the end.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Janet
  • Knaresborough, Nth Yorks, United Kingdom
  • 16-08-09

A great way to encourage sleep . . .

I'm afraid this is not to my taste. I have given up after repeatedly falling asleep waiting for something interesting to happen . . . The book is read well (from what I have heard) but is just not for me. Oh well, can't win 'em all.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Susan
  • 27-09-07

Good for laughs

I found the book dragged a bit at times but there were several laugh out loud moments that made up for it. I preferred Rachel's Holiday but still consider this a very good book.
I love the author's writing style.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Aimee
  • 21-04-14

Sad it had to end

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I loved the story. I liked how it was 3 parts. I found it happy, sad, funny, surprising and just a fantastic listen

What was one of the most memorable moments of Anybody Out There??

I loved the ending

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

No I haven't, she was lovely to listen to

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

Yes, I was hooked after the first 5 minutes

Any additional comments?

Listen to this book. It was an emotional roller coaster, I laughed out loud, I cried, I got mad, but most of all I loved the story.
I love learning about all the Walsh girls.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Fiona
  • 23-07-13

Fabulous

What made the experience of listening to Anybody Out There? the most enjoyable?

I loved this story. It was funny and of course sad at the same time. Caroline Lennon has a wonderful story voice and truly kept me entertained throughout.

Who was your favorite character and why?

So many... but loved Helen, Jacquie and of course Anna

What about Caroline Lennon’s performance did you like?

Wonderful...

Who was the most memorable character of Anybody Out There? and why?

For me - it was Anna. I loved her thought process and humour through her adversity. Very human and real

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend this story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful