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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2010 AudioGO Ltd (P)1960 Edna Gebler
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5 out of 5 stars
By Steve M on 09-02-16

Spectacular Writing and Narrating

I was almost swayed by negative reviews of Edna O'Brien's narration. Wow, am I glad I downloaded it anyway. O'Brien is a spectacular writer whose sensitivity to small details and physical gestures rivals that of Proust. She brings the world of her youth to life in such vivid complexity and psychological honesty, I was completely transported.

As for the reading, it's true she is not a professional narrator and you can hear her taking breaths and pausing at odd moments. HOWEVER, she has a gorgeous voice that is so full of feeling--plus the lovely accent, and a hushed, expectant tone--that I was captivated and hanging on every sentence.

One of the best listens of the year for me. I was driving for much of this and at one point was so moved I had to pull over!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Cynthia on 07-06-13

Where have all the romantics gone?

Where does The Country Girls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Right at the top.

What other book might you compare The Country Girls to and why?

Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate. Terribly Mitford-esque..

What about Edna O'Brien’s performance did you like?

Sound of her voice, incredible diction. marvelous irony.

If you could take any character from The Country Girls out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Mr. Gentleman. You have to ask why?

Any additional comments?

Where are the negative reviews coming from? Really ladies and gentlemen, have we forgotten the romance of courtship and are we too old to remember how hard our hearts ached when we first fell in love? Edna O'Brien has not forgotten, I am hard pressed to find more than a handful of writers who could write about this experience with as much beauty and haunting charm as she evokes This is the first audiobook that has pressed a review from me. Well, I'd put Jeremy Irons reading of Lolita as my all time no. 1, but it's pretty damn hard to knock Nabokov off the top..

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4 out of 5 stars
By Suzi on 03-05-15

A very impressive book but ends too quickly.

I enjoyed the listeming but still I think one more chapter would have made a big difference. I felt frustrated by the lack of appropriate ending.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jon on 07-07-13

Beautiful, evocative voice of Ms O'Brian

Where does The Country Girls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

My first audiobook, so nothing to compare but i loved it. Got it for long car journey in India, quite surreal listening and being enveloped in Ms O'Brians Irish lilt and soft atmosphere while seeing the colourful expanse of Indian life, especially in Delhi stuck in a traffic jam.

What did you like best about this story?

Her voice, the characters were very real to me

Which character – as performed by Edna O'Brien – was your favourite?

I loved both the girls

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?


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