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    • The Country Girls

    • By: Edna O'Brien
    • Narrated by: Edna O'Brien
    • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    It is the early 1960s in a country village in Ireland. Caithleen Brady and her attractive friend, Baba, are on the verge of womanhood and dreaming of spreading their wings in a wider world - of discovering love and luxury and liquor and above all, fun. With bawdy innocence, shrewd for all their inexperience, the girls romp their way through convent school to the bright lights of Dublin – where Caithleen finds that suave, idealised lovers rarely survive the real world.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A very impressive book but ends too quickly.

    • By Suzi on 05-03-15

    Regular price: £14.69

    • The Little Red Chairs

    • By: Edna O'Brien
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
    • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 50

    When a wanted war criminal masquerading as a healer settles in a small west coast Irish village, the community are in thrall. One woman, Fidelma McBride, falls under his spell, and in this searing novel Edna O'Brien charts the consequence of that fatal attraction. This is a story about love, the artifice of evil and the terrible necessity of accountability in our shattered, damaged world.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A good read..as they say

    • By opinion on 18-07-16

    Regular price: £18.79

    • The Lonely Girl

    • By: Edna O'Brien
    • Narrated by: Edna O'Brien
    • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    Caithleen and Baba, first encountered in The Country Girls, are now living in Dublin, where they discuss men, drink gin, and try to look fast. Cait, in the pursuit of true love, becomes involved with the fanatically domineering Eugene Gaillard. Painful disillusion and occasional moments of bliss in her life make this a bittersweet tale, and it is told with all the perception and wit that is the hallmark of Edna O’Brien.

    Regular price: £15.69

    • Girls in their Married Bliss

    • By: Edna O'Brien
    • Narrated by: Edna O'Brien
    • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Kate and Baba are in London, playing out the tragicomedy of their married lives to its surprisingly level-headed conclusion. Kate, feeling trapped in her grey stone house with her increasingly cold husband, tearfully looks for her dreams of romance elsewhere. And when Eugene takes terrible, implacable revenge, she naturally turns to her brazen friend Baba for help.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Haunting and acid accurate

    • By rebecca ward on 14-08-17

    Regular price: £13.49

    • House of Splendid Isolation

    • By: Edna O' Brien
    • Narrated by: Fiona Shaw
    • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Josie, the ailing, elderly inhabitant of an Irish country mansion, dwells in the shadowy world of remembered pain and loneliness. McGreevy, the terrorist, reintroduces the possibility of compassion and tenderness, but there is an inevitably violent conclusion to their understanding as the police net closes. With extraordinary skill and empathy, Edna O'Brien shows two faces of a divided land: the yearnings of a woman whose youthful joy was broken, and the intransigent idealism of her captor.

    Regular price: £15.99

    • In the Forest

    • By: Edna O'Brien
    • Narrated by: Stephen Rea
    • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    In the Forest, set in the west of Ireland, is the story of a young man who shoots dead three people in a forest glade. The young man, Mich O'Kane, is "not all there in the head" as one character puts it. By puberty, he is already committing petty crimes, ending up in borstal. By the time he is back home he has also served time in a British jail and is an institutionalised criminal.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Comprehending Evil

    • By common reader on 20-12-08

    Regular price: £14.69

    • Country Girl

    • By: Edna O’Brien
    • Narrated by: Edna O’Brien
    • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 23

    Edna O'Brien was born in 1930. Her brilliant debut novel, The Country Girls, was banned in her native Ireland upon its publication in 1960. Since then she has gone on to produce some of the finest writing of the 20th century. In Country Girl we hear of a life of high drama and contemplation, of encounters with Hollywood giants, pop stars, and literary titans. It is a life gorgeously, sometimes painfully remembered, in prose that sparkles with the effortless gifts of a master.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • More... everything

    • By Alison on 07-01-13

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Time and Tide

    • By: Edna O'Brien
    • Narrated by: Lara Hutchinson
    • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This is the story of a woman's life, her marriage and the bonds that tie her to her two boys. When the marriage ends she battles to keep her children, while trying to sustain an emotional life of her own and to earn a living. Her boys grow older, but they are still the centre of her life.

    Regular price: £18.99

    • The High Road

    • By: Edna O'Brien
    • Narrated by: Lara Hutchinson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Set in a Spanish seaside enclave this is a passionate account of lost love and the return to loving, where currents of regret and loneliness clash with a fiery instinct for survival. The author also wrote The Country Girl's Trilogy, August is a Wicked Month and Johnny I Hardly Knew You.

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Selected Shorts

    • Falling in Love (Unabridged)
    • By: Rick Bass, Padgett Powell, Laurie Colwin, and others
    • Narrated by: Ted Marcoux, Christina Pickles, Hope Davis, and others
    • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
    • Original Recording
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Selected Shorts: Falling in Love presents a collection of stirring tales of love and longing. Selected Shorts is an award-winning series of classic and contemporary short fiction read by acclaimed actors. The Selected Shorts radio series is a co-production of Symphony Space and WNYC, New York Public Radio, and is heard on public radio stations nationwide.

    Regular price: £18.99

    • The New Yorker, June 8th & 15th, 2009

    • Part 1 (David Grossman, Edna O'Brien, Yiyun Li)
    • By: David Grossman, Edna O'Brien, Yiyun Li
    • Narrated by: Todd Mundt
    • Length: 2 hrs
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    "Diverse Opinions", by Jeffrey Toobin; "A Soldier Home", by Yiyun Li; "Two Emmas", by Roger Angell; "The Magic Mountain", by Aleksandar Hemon; "The Age of Genius", by David Grossman; "Old Wounds", by Edna O'Brien; and "The Wanderers", by David Denby.

    Regular price: £2.17

    • HiBrow: World Book Night 2012

    • By: Rupert Everett, Martina Cole, Colin Salmon, and others
    • Narrated by: Rupert Everett, Martina Cole, Colin Salmon, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
    • Original Recording
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    A celebration of adult literature and reading. The whole book industry, including booksellers, librarians and publishers, were invited come together and pick out their favourite titles to be included the final list of 25 books by authors from the UK and Ireland. The final list included fiction, poetry and memoirs, among others. There were some best sellers, some classics and some lesser known.  

    Regular price: £3.99