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I loved this book. At times I was laughing out loud. It was so refreshing and the main character was so down-to-earth. It was a wonderful listen. I think I've found another author to watch for AND another narrator too.
What a wonderful find
This book had been recommended to me numerous times by both my Kindle device and Audible, so I took a chance and am happy to report that I've found another wonderful author. This book was fantastic - right up my alley.
This book was wonderfully brave. I love Porta as an actress but I respect and admire her as an author for this book. I wish it was a mandatory read for all young women in high school or college. Simply fantastic.
This book is nothing short of wonderful. Not only did I fall in love with the characters, but I also loved the way it was written. This coming of age story set in Ireland made me laugh out loud, gave me chills, and made me cry too. It also made Caroline Lennon my favourite narrator. My only complaint is that it ended. It was one of those books that I wished I could unread just to re-experience it again for the first time. I've since bought the actual book and have relistened to this novel numerous times. Definitely worth your time!!
Loved it, loved it, loved it
This narration made me want to go and read my copy of the book again. I found every excuse to listen to the book. The story grabbed me when I read it, and the audio was no disappointment.
I couldn't even finish the book, I was so bored. Horror? Not quite. I was nearly to the end and just couldn't stand to listen to any more. Why a rather sick pitched man's voice for the lead adult female when a female's voice was sufficient for the lead young female? I guess the narrators just never convinced me. I was pretty disappointed.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
a long tale
I wasn't on the edge of my seat, but enjoyed the book very much.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful
a well read tale
At first I was a bit disappointed in my purchase thinking this book nothing more than fluff, but then suddenly I found myself invested in the characters and curiously caring about their circumstances. For me the narration made the story - fluff or not. I doubt anyone else could have drawn me in. Before I knew it, I was extending my walks just a little further . . . I may just chance another book by this author provided the same narrator is on board.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Maeve Binchy pulled me right in from the opening paragraph. I couldn't help but feel that the characters were my own neighbours and friends. It was a delightful story and one which I would highly recommend.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
matter of fact
I found myself laughing out loud, gasping, muttering etc. while I listened to this book. It was truly the story of a courageous young boy. To endure the sadness, the poverty and the weight of religious guilt like none I've ever known is a feat in itself. I loved this story very much and looked forward to every moment spent listening to the author tell his tale.