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The Memory Shop

Narrated by: Deirdre O'Connell
Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (166 ratings)

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Summary

Daydreamer Nora has inherited all of her grandmother's worldly belongings.

Nora dreads seeing her beloved grandmother's possessions go, but she's determined that item by item, memory by memory, she will find the perfect new owners.

When she opens The Memory Shop in the front of her grandmother's house, the community is gradually drawn inside, and Nora begins transforming the lives of those around her through the objects she pairs them with.

©2017 Ella Griffin (P)2017 W. F. Howes Ltd

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"Ella Griffin offers an astonishing insight into people. The writing is exquisite and I cared deeply about the characters." (Marian Keyes on The Flower Arrangement)

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Interwoven lives

This story was good lots of interesting characters who come into the Memory shop and go on their own personal journeys.

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  • LM
  • 23-12-17

beautifully written

love this book, gripping from the first line. love the sentiment and the intertwined stories of all the characters.

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My favourite book of the year so far

This author describes things in a way that you taste, feel, see and hear the words. The concept of the book is beautiful and the way that it's written is beautiful. This story isn't heavy, but trips along with you knowing where you want it to go - but it delivers some lovely outcomes and lifts your heart at the end.

Lovely read about the fact that it's never too late to make peace.

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Memories with fascinating meaning for sale.

Written in a wonderful circle telling a charming story about the people within and beyond the shop full of memories. Poignant and enthralling.

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memory book full of lovely memories

lovely easy listening book, dipping into others lives but coming back to the core x

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Thanks for the Memories!

I really enjoyed this audio book.
A lovely meander through the interwoven stories that a bunch of random characters and objects can tell, all nicely connected into a ‘whole’
Beautifully performed, too
One of the few books that made me wonder what happened to the main characters next
A new author to me, so hoping for more happy hours listening to more of Ella’s books

Recently I’ve listened to a few books that were decent ‘listens’ but not felt like making the extra effort and leaving a review. Good to have found one I felt more inspired to comment on!

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Interesting storyline. Worth a listen.

Love the narrator. Interesting storyline. I really enjoyed this audiobook. I will certainly look at other books by this author.

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Terrible narration but a good story

I loved the idea of this book and really enjoyed the story and the links in the beginning when it introduced the characters. However I found the voice really annoying with the downward tone at the end of every sentence...such a shame as I love the Irish lilt normally! Would still recommend as an easy listen if you can get past the poor narration.

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A beautiful gentle tale

One of the most delightful stories I’ve ever listened to, an adult rite of passage tale. The narration was so sympathetic, all the characters very well portrayed.

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Great book - for putting you to sleep

I don’t normally get ‘chick lit’ (but the reviews were good and the blurb looked like it promised to be an interesting read, something different) and this book has reminded me why. The story itself was ok, but a little cliched and predictable but this was then made annoyingly tedious by the narration style. The reader has a lovely voice but she seemed to wander off in a dream state, put emphasis on things that did not require it and almost trail off in a whispy etheral like state in other places. A big yawn from me and a returned title I’m afraid.

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  • Bernard
  • 13-02-18

Really moving wonderful book of precious memories

What did you love best about The Memory Shop?

I could really relate to the main character and her wonderful adventure

What other book might you compare The Memory Shop to and why?

None it is a unique book

Have you listened to any of Deirdre O'Connell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I have not

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

Great Book