• Rachel's Holiday

  • By: Marian Keyes
  • Narrated by: Marian Keyes
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (61 ratings)

1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $27.27

Buy for $27.27

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

A special 25th anniversary edition narrated by the author.

Discover the deliciously dark and fantastically funny number one best seller about a woman living life rather too well and being whisked away from it all, from the number one best-selling author of Grown Ups.

'How did it end up like this? Twenty-seven, unemployed, mistaken for a drug addict, in a treatment centre in the back arse of nowhere with an empty Valium bottle in my knickers....'

Meet Rachel Walsh.

She's been living it up in New York City, spending her nights talking her way into glamorous parties before heading home in the early hours to her hot boyfriend, Luke.

But her sensible older sister showing up and sending her off to actual rehab wasn't quite part of her plan.

She's only agreed to her incarceration because she's heard that rehab is wall-to-wall Jacuzzis, gymnasiums and rock stars going cold turkey - plus it's about time she had a holiday.

Saying goodbye to fun will be hard. But not as hard as losing the man who she realises, all too late, might just be the love of her life....

©2022 Marian Keyes (P)2022 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

“Gloriously funny.” (Sunday Times

“Irresistible, profound...Keyes' comic gift is always evident.” (Independent

“Comic, convincing and true.” (Guardian

What listeners say about Rachel's Holiday

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    48
  • 4 Stars
    8
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    3
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    45
  • 4 Stars
    5
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    42
  • 4 Stars
    7
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    2

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Another Great Walsh Family Ride!

Just finished 14 hours of the 25th anniversary edition of this wild, hilarious, and heart filled work of art. It’s a delight to listen to Marian Keyes herself narrating this audiobook, different from the earlier edition. I once heard Marian interview another writer. I was so taken with her that I explored her own work. And as I make my way through her huge list of books, I have never been sorry! Her honest voice stays with me after each story.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Soooo boring!

I have heard so many people rave about this book and this character.
I found this book sooooo boring, the character unremarkable and unrelatable. I had to stop at Chapter 5 because I couldn’t focus on it.
I didn’t enjoy the narration either. Terrible.

It is just really basic chick lit.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Like an addiction diary

I kept waiting for the story to kick in. It's like someone's journal. A bit too realistic.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great characters, fun read

I loved Sushi for Beginners and Rachel's Holiday was just as great! Would recommend.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Sarah Butler
  • Sarah Butler
  • 02-16-22

love love love

Read this a long time ago and loved it. With the sequel coming out soon, I wanted to refresh my memory and was so delighted to see this released recently. With 2 small children audiobooks are so handy! Can't wait for the next one.

8 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Gabrielle
  • Gabrielle
  • 05-16-22

What a brilliant book

I too grew with the character - originally thinking that everyone was over reacting to her drinking but soon realised the depth this book has. Full of quirky jokes too. I loved it

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 02-15-22

Rachel’s Holiday

A truly excellent book & Marian Keyes who narrates her book, has such a lovely voice, I can thoroughly recommend

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kate
  • Kate
  • 03-02-22

Brilliant book, especially great to hear the author read their own work

Loved this book. Raw, funny, sad and wise. Marian Keyes reads it brilliantly. Highly recommended!

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kerry
  • Kerry
  • 02-27-22

Just lovely

I wanted to read Again Rachel but had never read Rachel’s holiday so I began here. I’ve had it in my ears for the past week and adored it SO much. I’ve laughed out loud and felt like I’ve really got to know Rachel so I’m now really excited for the sequel

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Sarah
  • Sarah
  • 02-18-22

funny and moving

what a privilege to hear Marian Keyes read this book, wonderfully moving and funny


1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for C watson
  • C watson
  • 02-18-22

Another great book from Marian

What a great read! Not read a bad one from this author. Loved the fact she narrated it herself. As the one who created the characters, it was very fitting that she brought them to life herself. Story arc was great, sad, funny, harrowing, enlightening. Well done you!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for L
  • L
  • 08-04-22

What a book!

Loved every minute of the book. The story seemed more authentic with the author reading.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for nicola
  • nicola
  • 07-29-22

What a read

Loved it 🙂sad I’ve finished this book was a good laugh , going to read the next chapter of Rachel

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Rach
  • Rach
  • 07-24-22

Not for me, lost interest

Got over half way listening to this book and wondered why I’m wasting my time. Very slow and boring, doesn’t go anywhere

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 03-11-22

Loved loved loved it!

I have read a few of Marian’s book and of course they are all great. This one was especially more so because she read it! I thought I would never recover laughing when we first heard about Chackie’s “Derms” . The way Marian kept saying his name had me in stitches. Thank you - I needed this!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 03-06-22

loved it!!!!!

A hilariously brilliant take on such serious matters. I have never laughed so much reading a book. A fantastic read

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kate
  • Kate
  • 02-23-22

Brilliant and Hilarious

Marian Keyes should narrate all her books. It’s a fantastic read.

A serious subject, but at the same time, hilariously funny.

I read the book years ago but listening to Marian is so much more fun.

Absolutely loved it.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-01-22

Beatifully layered

Beautifully layered story with characters that unfold before you. I love that Rachel was neither a heroine nor anti-heroine, she was just a person. I think the ending would have been just as ‘happy’ without the epilogue but this was written in the zenith of Nora Ephron and Nancy Meyers endings. Marian Keyes’ narration is wonderful - I bought Again, Rachel in hard copy form before I knew about Rachel’s Holiday and thought I better ‘read’ the first one before cracking open the sequel. What a waste as I don’t think I can read Again, Rachel myself now, I definitely need Keyes to read it to me instead!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Rosy
  • Rosy
  • 06-15-22

Loved this, really entertaining!!

This was a wonderful book really enjoyed it. Easy to listen to, emotional and heartfelt!!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 05-09-22

loved it.

I just loved rachel and her story. I looked forward to listening daily. Rachel was a very lovable and funny character. narration was great. I look forward to listening to 'again rachel'

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 04-20-22

A fabulous and sometimes tortuous tale, read by the author herself which adds even more value to an already heartwarming yarn

I adored this story about Rachel Walsh and her gloriously eccentric Irish family. Marian Keyes has a delightfully lively way of bringing her characters to life. So many poignant and often amusing insights into what makes them tick, wonderfully observed nuances of contemporary life – the scenes throughout each chapter are all highly and engaging and entertaining! I was quite devastated to reach the end. Having Marian read her own work is such a treat for the listener. She engages with each of her characters so well, applying a variety of accents and mannerisms to enhance the experience. I can’t wait until she reads another one of her novels for Audible.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 03-28-22

Absolutely brilliant & hilarious book!

Enjoyed the book from start till finish - rolling with laughter. Look forward to the 2nd book!