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If you could sum up Rachel's Holiday in three words, what would they be?
A Great Listen
Who was your favorite character and why?
I really liked Luke! He was very honest
Which character – as performed by Gerri Halligan – was your favorite?
Any additional comments?
I found some parts of the book a bit slow, but overall it was a great book! So well written and narrated! It really let you see inside an addicts mind. I will probably listen to this one again at some point!
What a terrific journey into the mind of an alcoholic. No . . . she isn't an alcoholic? Right? Everyone is overreacting . . . right? The story was both sad and hilarious. Gerri Halligan did a great narration - as usual. I was engaged right from the start and enjoyed every moment of this "holiday" tale.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
It has everything. Laughs, tears, surprises, sex, romance, a bit of mystery. It's all there! I love the way that Marian Keyes stories unfold by giving you little snippets of what has happened in the past rather than unveiling it all in one go. everything is given to you at the right part of the current part of the story. That is, the 'back story' affecting the 'current' part of what is happening is explained at that point, so that you are always clear on why something happens as it does. A very clever way of writing that gets you hooked. Another point is that even though I haven't experienced many of the things the characters in the book have (never taken illegal drugs, never been drunk, never travelled, never had one night stands etc), I always feel I can empathise with the character. Marian Keyes always hits the right note.
What other book might you compare Rachel's Holiday to, and why?
In some ways, this book is, of course, similar to The Mystery of Mercy Close where Rachel's sister Helen spends a little time (some years after this book is set) in a psychiatric unit, but in other ways, it is almost like the tale of bereavement in .......... No, I can't say, because it would spoil it if you haven't already read it!
Which character – as performed by Gerri Halligan – was your favourite?
Most probably Rachel as she is the most prominent character, but Helen's comments always make me laugh.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Marian Keyes always writes books that I want to listen to or read in one go. Thankfully they are long enough that it usually takes at least 2 days. As usual, I feel a little bereft when I have finished, but I know I will listen to it again.
Any additional comments?
I have only one more in the collection to listen to. Please, please Marian, write more about the Walsh family! I know there are only so many adventures one family can have, and only so many amazing ideas one author can come up with but pleeeeaaase!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Rachel's Holiday is, in my opinion, one of Marian Keyes' best books. I've read on her website that it will soon be adapted for cinema and I can't wait. Her amazing talent allows her to create real and believable characters and I'm sure I'm not the only woman who has read her books and seen part of herself reflected in one of them (I would like to add here that my relationship with narcotics amounts to paracetamol once in a blue moon, I refer to her characters in general) This is another great installment in the Walsh family escapades .Great book and fantastic narrator, if you haven't read/listened to it yet, I recommend you do so.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
Over 16 hours of someone complaining while being the obvious source of her own problems. There are plenty of better ways to spend your time, such as reading a different book.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful
Marian you nailed it ! I loved the end , I really didn't think they were going to get it together . Then at the last minute they do . Her pain in the weeks before Luke returned was well documented . I remember that pain in my own life . It's Like the death of a loved one and the grief is very real . I especially loved NOLA . Her easy going attitude but firm advice is something special for me to take away . Thanks Marian you captured recovery accurately . I've read this book once before and now I've listens to it aswell .
0 of 2 people found this review helpful