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Publisher's Summary

Rachel Walsh is 27 and the miserable owner of size 8 feet. She has regular congress with Luke Costello, a man who wears his leather trousers tight. And she's fond - some might say too fond - of recreational drugs. Until, that is, everything goes pear-shaped and she finds herself being frog-marched to the Cloisters - Dublin's answer to the Betty Ford Clinic. She's outraged. Surely she's not thin enough to be an addict?
Rachel isn't expecting plump, middle-aged men in brown jumpers, and more group therapy than you can shake a stick at. Heartsick and Lovesick, she seeks redemption in the shape of Chris - a man who might be more trouble than he's worth.
©2001 W F Howes Ltd (P)2001 W F Howes Ltd
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4 out of 5 stars
By Aimee on 04-13-14

Great story

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!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Linda on 05-29-13

What Delusions We Entertain When In Denial!

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By CharmayneFB on 12-14-13

Never disappointed by Marian Keyes

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!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Leona on 04-23-10

Rachel's Holiday

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By MEW on 03-11-18

This book was gripping

I could not stop listening. Couldn’t help but truly believe M K was not Rachel herself so compelling was her portrayal. One would hope this book would be of great help to anyone going through recovery. For those not, an enlightenment. Thank you.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Andrew on 01-23-17


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.

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