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  • The Secrets of Primrose Square

  • By: Claudia Carroll
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (716 ratings)

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Summary

There are so many stories hidden behind closed doors....

It's late at night, and the rain is pouring down on the Dublin city streets. A mother is grieving for her dead child. She stands silently outside the home of the teenage boy she believes responsible. She watches....

In a kitchen on the same square, a girl waits anxiously for her mum to come home. She knows exactly where she is, but she knows she cannot reach her.

A few doors down, and a widow sits alone in her room. She has just delivered a bombshell to her family during dinner, and her life is about to change forever.

And an aspiring theatre director has just moved in to a flat across the street. Her landlord is absent, but there are already things about him that don't quite add up....

Welcome to Primrose Square. 

©2018 Claudia Carroll (P)2018 Bonnier Publishing

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Not for me!

I purchased this because Aoife McMahon is one of my favourite narrators, and also because many negative reviews highlight that the story focuses on relationships and dialogue within them without an exciting direction. I enjoy many books like that. However, it turns out this one is not for me. It’s really chic lit that tries to be more (but fails) with one (out of three) family’s story. Also, Aoife who usually does a splendid job, really fell down on the Florida accent. I kept going for about 2/3 but I’m bored and don’t really care what happens so I am returned it.

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Feelingly?

The story of the characters flows quite well and I was able to feel a slight part of their journey and how much the sense of community helped them in different ways.
The book though is written almost like a TV show on commercial channels, where they remind you what's happened previously after each advert break. I don't need or appreciate it in either the TV or the book setting, as it detracts from the feeling of being 'in the story'.
The language used also disengaged me at times, with use of words and phrases such as 'measured response' and feelingly.

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Easy enjoyable listen

I enjoyed this book much more than I was expecting too, it was a nice easy listen but still had some depth. I loved getting to know each of the characters and their stories. I liked that the story line wasn't too predictable, like some easy listens can be.

This is the second audio book I've listened to narrated by Aiofe McMahon, and she was just as perfect for the part this time as she was previously - so I will definitely be listening to more of her.

Overall I'd give it 4* and would definitely recommend if you're after something that's easy to follow.

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Nice, easy listening/reading but lacks ending IMO

I really enjoyed this book: I listened to it with gusto and really enjoyed the story. I found the ending somewhat underwhelming but it didn’t take away from the pleasure of getting to know the characters and their stories.

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Woman’s own story

Easy listening stir, thought at one point it had just got good,sadly not. Glad when it was finished. Could have been good though if everyone wasn’t ‘lovely’ and all lived happily ever after.

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brilliant

loved the book , well read she put feeling in her reading it makes me wish I had neighbours like that , very good

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just brilliant

could not stop listening. going straight for any book by this lady. thank you. ger

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Time well spent in Primrose Square

I enjoyed my visit to Primrose Square, all characters really came alive and with them a wide range of emotions. It's definitely a book to curl up with, once you start.... its addictive!

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First class

Absolutely excellent, thank you wonderful story from start to finish the lives of each mingling..

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Lovely story and read so well, thoroughly felt part of Primrose Square and the characters