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The Importance of Being Aisling

Narrated by: Amy McAllister
Series: What a Complete Aisling, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
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Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Importance of Being Aisling by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen, read by Amy McAllister.

Meet Aisling.

She's a country girl learning to love the city sophistication of unlimited Pinot Greej and brunch, though smashed avocado still mystifies her. She can plan anything, from Secret Santa for her ungrateful colleagues to a hen party for not one but two brides.

But even Aisling is thrown off course when her job and relationship suddenly go up in smoke.

Life in the city was supposed to be glamorous and grown-up, but all at once she's heading home to live with her mother. (Not without a detour to Vegas first - she's unemployed and single, not dead.)

But between making new friends and rivals, and finding her eye caught by a very handsome but very unavailable new man, going home is full of surprises. Could small town life actually hold the answers Aisling is missing?

©2018 Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

Critic reviews

"There aren't enough words for how much I love it." (Marian Keyes) 

"The year's funniest book to date." (Hello)

"Both Aisling and the novel have a great big thumping heart." (Sunday Times)

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Lovely light, well written tale!

I found this book to be very enjoyable. It’s light, higher quality than usual chic lit. The perfect palate cleanser between my usual dark crime fiction. The characters are well drawn and likeable. The narration is excellent, quite flawless.

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As good if not better than the first book

I loved every chapter. I was so engrossed just such a charming, funny story I found myself laughing out loud. The narration was perfect. Disappointed I have finished it. Keen for there to be another in the series.

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Almost as good as the first one

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.

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Heart Warming

Part of the attraction is being immersed in BGB/Dublin culture & dialect & the other part is how kind & full of heart Aisling is. I am rooting for her all the way through. Hope the series continues.

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Excellent

Very much enjoyed this 2nd book and Aislings further adventures. Great narration, although the voice she uses for "Sive" is a little irritating. I would wholeheartedly recommend this book.

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Absolutely Brilliant.. yet again!!

When’s the next one!!!! These books are keeping me sane lol!!! As a fellow Bally go backwards person myself lol! These books are my childhood/ teenage/ 20 somethings!!! It reminds me of how beautiful the place was where I grew up... from what I hear, things aren’t the same.. so rather than go back and be gutted lol... I listen to your books and remember!!!! THANK YOU GIRLS xx

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Oh Aisling!

OMG .... There is a little /a lot of Aisling’s characteristics & quirks in every country Irish girl; we can all identify with her. Let’s be honest, though; this book is all about Aisling! She has developed with us, grown with us and matured with us. She is our friend, our mammy, our country girl colleague and our notions Dublin housemate. She is a genuine reflection of the modern Irish woman, and we love her. Can’t wait for the film!!!

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It made me laugh, it made me cry!

Another great Aisling book. I love all the typical characters of small village life in Ireland, and also the odd characters as well! Great craic, haven’t heard some of the culchie sayings for years. Laugh out loud funny. I also felt they dealt with their grief very sensitivity and realistically. How they just about pulled through Christmas, how Aisling worries and feels responsible to take care of her mother, all too familiar to me. Parts made me cry my heart out, but also her story and feelings made me feel normal and realise that you can get through the difficult times and laugh again on the other side. Lovely book.

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Fabulous!

What’s not to like! Funny, lighthearted and uplifting with likeable and relatable characters. Great narration too.

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Loved it almost as much as 1st

Love the instantly recognisable world of Aisling! Very funny characterisations, captures small village life well.

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brilliant laugh out loud read

I absolutely loved this book which is book 2 in the Aisling series. A brilliant story with an excellent narrator.