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Publisher's Summary

Marian Keyes has introduced readers to the lives, loves, and foibles of the five Walsh sisters, Claire, Maggie, Rachel, Helen, and Anna, and their crazy mammy. In this funny, heartbreaking, and triumphant new tale set in the Big Apple, it's Anna's turn in the spotlight.

Life is perfect for Anna Walsh. She has the "Best Job in the World" as a PR exec for a top-selling urban beauty brand, a lovely apartment in New York, and a perfect husband, the love of her life, Aidan Maddox. Until the morning she wakes up in her mammy's living room in Dublin with stitches in her face, a dislocated knee, and completely smashed-up hands, and no memory of how she got there. While her mammy plays nursemaid (just like all of her favorite nurses on her soaps), and her sister Helen sits in wet hedges doing her private investigator work for Lucky Star PI, Anna tries to get better and keeps wondering why Aidan won't return her phone calls or e-mails.

Recuperating from her injuries, a mystified Anna returns to Manhattan. Slowly beginning to remember what happened, she sets off on a search to find Aidan, a hilarious quest involving lilies (she can't stop smelling them), psychics, mediums, and anyone in the city who can promise her a reunion with her beloved.

Written in her classic style, marrying the darker parts of life with humor and wit, Anybody Out There? is Marian Keyes' best novel to date, a wonderfully charming look at love here and ever after.

©2006 Marian Keyes (P)2006 HarperCollinsPublishers

Critic Reviews

"Keyes fans will embrace this as her best yet, and first-time Keyes readers will want to read everything she's written." (Booklist)
"Keyes' trademark blend of humor, diverse characters, and a warm but unsentimental tone strikes gold." (Publishers Weekly)

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lovely torture

okay, so as a Marian Keyes fan, I was very excited to begin this book -- until about three chapters in and then I realized the premise - but by then it was too late. It was like watching a wretched car wreck (no pun intended) wanting to turn away but having to watch every last detail --although the redemption was painfully beautiful. NOT recommended for the faint of heart. But certainly a great read for the "feathery toucher" type...

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Loved it!

I really loved this book! I could see the highlight for the first half coming but enjoyed the process of getting there. There was quite a bit of time spent on side stories that took a little away from the main story but the side stories were funny so it wasn't too bad. Second half meandered a little bit but was funnier then the first half.

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And it went on and on and on......

This was my first book by this author, and I enjoyed it. All in all I thought it was an interseting story. My problem with it was by the time I got to the end I wanted the story to be over, I was hoping it would soon end! If you are thinking about getting this book I would HIGHLY recomend the abridged version.

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If you like Keyes

I like Marian Keyes books and this is one of her better ones. Not your typical romance novel and very funny and touching. I think that the narrator is easy to understand and pleasant to listen to (she does not do American accents all that well, but in some ways that enhances the telling as it is told from the perspective of an Irish woman and the so-so American accents fit). I found myself listening to this one every chance I got and finished it in one week.

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Love the Walsh girls, but not the narration so muc

If you could sum up Anybody Out There? in three words, what would they be?

The narrator sounds too old for Anna but I could probably get past that if she did the other characters better; the male voices in particular. Great story though.

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great fun

i enjoyed this one very much. loved the narration and story. great humor.

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Great

I love the concept of the story, love the reader, love the humor AND it made me so sad. How does a story make you laugh, but make you sad and longing at the same time? Great reader :o)

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Slow but fun

I first read Rachel's Holiday and absolutely loved it. This story about Walsh sister Anna is not as great but still good.
The narrator is great but the consistent reading of the full email addresses of both the recipient and the sender every single time Anna gets an email is beyond annoying.
The plot moves pretty slowly and there's really no surprising twists or climactic revelations though.
overall though I still do like Marion keys writing style.

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Great story

I love this author and I think this is my favorite book by them. It’s quick moving, a little mysterious and runs from emotional to funny and back again with ease.

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love love love this book

my favorite author! this book will make you laugh, cry and contemplate your own life