• The Girl on the Cliff

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Gerri Halligan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,096 ratings)

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The Girl on the Cliff

By: Lucinda Riley
Narrated by: Gerri Halligan
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Publisher's Summary

Troubled by recent loss, Grania Ryan has returned to Ireland and the arms of her loving family. It is here, on a cliff edge, that she first meets a young girl, Aurora. Strangely drawn to Aurora, Grania discovers that their families are deeply entwined. From a bittersweet romance in wartime London to a troubled relationship in contemporary New York, the Ryans and the Lisles have been entangled for a century.

©2011 Lucinda Riley (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd

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Sweeping Family Drama Beyond my Expectations

“The Girl on the Cliff” by Lucinda Riley was different from any book that I have read. There were so many stories wrapped up in two families that I was mesmerized until the very end. I listened to this book as an “audible” on my Kindle. The narrator, Gerri Halligan, must have been challenged by all the different voices, but somehow she made each character stand out as their unique selves.
The modern story of Grania and Ryan was often frustrating because of the stubbornness of the characters, but that didn’t detract one bit from the book. I was actually speaking to Grania out-loud at certain times in the book - wanting her to just open up about what she was thinking and feeling!
The history of the two main families of the book – the Lisles and the Ryans – takes the reader on a journey from World War I to modern day. We hear much of the story told by Aurora Lisle whom Grania meets in Ireland upon the cliffs above the sea. Their two families had been sharing a history with secrets, betrayal, and love since the first World War.
The reader visits the different decades through memories. One of my favorite characters was Kathleen, Grania’s mother. Her compassion and protectiveness for her family was endearing. Even though her character suffers a great deal in her early years – she doesn’t appear to be bitter. Aurora’s character is enchanting and hard to forget.

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love the story, but not the American dialog

Enjoyed the story, but the terrible American dialog very nearly ruined it. The author seems to think that Americans, even those with PhD's, actually speak in the voice of Mickey Rooney in 1930's teenage movies. Every other word is "real" as in "real happy" or "real sure." I expected the next phrase to be "real swell." In my 72 years in America, I have never heard anyone speak in such a terrible manner. Where was the editor?

Fortunately, most of the story is written in British English, but I shutter to think that speakers of British English actually think that Americans sound like those in this book. Horrors!

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Very entertaining chick lit w/some historical fiction

I loved the book - it was a wonderfully entertaining story. If you like pure historical fiction though this might not be one for you as about 60% of it takes place in present day. Just a head's up.

It's a bit cliché, but so what... It's a great story that kept me listening endlessly.

The narrator is great EXCEPT for her American accent, it was a little annoying and pretty inaccurate, but overall she has a lovely voice and is a great performer!

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Pleasing, keeps you intrigued.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I thought this was a good story. It was a little predictable but still worthwhile. If I could change anything it would be something about Grania. Because she was a major character and intertwined in the story, she is very important. However, at times unlikeable, annoying, and unconnected. Grania’s and Matt’s dialog with the “honey and baby” got to be very over the top. Also, I would have liked to hear more of a back story about Ann’s Russian mother. I’m not sure if changing these factors would elevate the book to a “great”.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl on the Cliff?

Lucinda Riley did a remarkable job moving from past to present. I prefer listening to stories from the past, but because she kept a natural flow to the story, the present day story was also captivating. Listening to the story of Mary was the best part of the story for me. I liked Aurora as the narrator of the story, she was the glue that put it all together.

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Great story terrible American accent

Loved this book! It definitely kept me drawn in. I didn't love the American accents or the American "lingo".

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Loved it!

I couldn't stop listening now I want more. Well read and the author's books I've heard are all a journey through history.

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Wonderful book!

This book was just great and it is definitely well worth your time. I throughly enjoyed it!

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Intriguing!

I really enjoyed this novel. I think it is the best out of her books that I have read thus far.

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An Enjoyable Book

What did you like best about The Girl on the Cliff? What did you like least?

I liked that the story spanned generations and that the characters were connected. I guess the part I liked least is that I wanted more.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

It was very sad to me that Anna, who seemed such a sweet girl, turned in to a negative character. I could not see how or why she had become the way she had become. It would have been nice to have had some insight into her behavior. She suddenly veered off of the track I saw her on and became a nearly separate character with her later behavior. It just felt off and out of place.

Did Gerri Halligan do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

The narrator did a great job with the characters however, the American accents were awful :)

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I would rent it or get it on netflix

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An ending a bit too neat...

Despite using the young girl as the proverbial Greek chorus, the author presented a plot that lost its edge near the end. The pace, mystery and plot development were great until the happily-ever-after, neatly resolved ending.

The early chapters and the parallel story lines showed real promise and was great fun. The narrator was spectacular save some weakness with the male voices.

Despite mild disappointment at the ending, I enjoyed the book and consider the time listening and reading well spent.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-19-13

Interesting Family Saga

An interesting story that winds its way across 100 years as 2 families intertwine. There are bits of Downton Abbey- style intirigues with upstairs and downstairs and a strong period feel and some lovely Irish sequences that go a bit too close to cliche. The ending was long in coming and slightly annoying but the book is well narrated and a pleasantly rewarding listen

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  • Bibby
  • 04-13-13

Enthralling

Having read and enjoyed books by this author previously, I was not disappointed by this book either! It switched from past to present in a very easy way and I was filled with anticipation throughout. I would recommend this book.

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  • July Moon
  • 12-08-13

A feel good story

What made the experience of listening to The Girl on the Cliff the most enjoyable?

The characters were so believable the narrator did a wonderful job giving the characters individual voices. I enjoyed trying to work out how everyone was connected but then was surprised when it wasn't as i expected. The story weaves in and out of time without any wooden moments.

What other book might you compare The Girl on the Cliff to, and why?

I don't normally listen to this genre of book so i really cannot make a comparison.

What about Gerri Halligan’s performance did you like?

She made the characters so real that i almost felt i knew them and it was a story that i found hard to turn off and leave. She read this book well and i enjoyed listening to it. I might even be persuaded to look for her story ready skills again.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did so want to but i couldn't i guess if i had had the time i probably would have.

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  • Mrs. K. I. Richards
  • 03-20-15

family history

Would you listen to The Girl on the Cliff again? Why?

no because would know the surprise ending.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

there are many sad parts in this story.

Any additional comments?

tried three time to listen to this story and decided to listen to something else. came back to it and thought it was a well written book with good characterisation. set mainly in Ireland and bits in America it moved quickly from present to past and back again.gerri haligan performed the book very well bringing the characters to life.I enjoyed it and will try more written by Lucinda riley

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  • Gillian
  • 01-22-15

Another Superb Story from Lucinda Riley

Where does The Girl on the Cliff rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely way up in my top five.....most of which I have to admit are all Lucinda Riley stories. I love the way she writes and have thoroughly enjoyed every book of hers that I have listened to.

What did you like best about this story?

The unexpectedness (is that even a word!) of everything....excellently written

What about Gerri Halligan’s performance did you like?

I love Gerri Halligan as a story teller as she gives such excellent performances. This is another one.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both, but mainly cry as there were several very emotional scenes.

Any additional comments?

I just love Lucinda Riley's books and have listened to every one that is in the Audible library...can't wait for her to release another.

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  • Venetia
  • 08-23-13

Unsatisfactory narration

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who doesn't object to appalling attempts at accents.

What was most disappointing about Lucinda Riley’s story?

I didn't get far enough to judge the story.

Would you be willing to try another one of Gerri Halligan’s performances?

Not if she attempts accents. She reads well but should just read - not try to mimic.

What character would you cut from The Girl on the Cliff?

Can't say as haven't got very far.

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  • Wendy Smith
  • 02-22-15

Did not live up to expectations

What disappointed you about The Girl on the Cliff?

I had been looking forward to this book after listening to The Light Behind the Window but was quite disappointed in this book not only the story line but the narration as well

Has The Girl on the Cliff put you off other books in this genre?

No

Would you be willing to try another one of Gerri Halligan’s performances?

Yes

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

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  • Fran
  • 05-06-14

"Enchanting"

Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl on the Cliff to be better than the print version?

I wouldn't know as I have never read the book, I prefer audible books anyway

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl on the Cliff?

I couldn't say really it held to my attention threw out, with all it's twists and turns

What does Gerri Halligan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She brings all the characters to life for me, it was so interesting I couldn't put it down

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wish I could have done but unfortunately that would have not been possible

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  • Scots lass
  • 12-21-21

loved it but ...

I enjoyed this book great characters but felt at times it dragged on a bit. It's definitely worth a listen/read

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  • Jennifer Chennell
  • 12-19-21

utter drivel

Hated it, sentimental predictable drivel, didn't both with most of it skipped through as story line so obvious don't waste your money/credit wish I hadnt

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  • carol
  • 08-27-17

Just lovely!

An extremely enjoyable read. Lots of twists and turns and interesting characters that fascinate, amaze and amuse!

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  • Narelle
  • 01-24-21

Beautiful

A novel that transports you to the cliffs of Ireland, filled with depth, beauty, history and love. A classic Lucinda Riley.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-28-20

Beautiful Story

Loved it. I just couldn't put it down.
Lucinda Riley runs parallel stories that intertwine so beautifully. I have to admit I shed a tear many times.

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  • M. Garvey
  • 12-18-20

wonderous

Lucinda spins an amazing and wonderful tale every time. this is well worth a listen.

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  • Meryl
  • 01-02-18

Simply beautiful!

Another lovely story from Lucinda Riley. I’m looking forward to more from her. She has become my favourite author...So well read as well.

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  • Dianne wellington
  • 12-14-17

t.

just love lucidas books .the past and future generations. had me crying in the end .i wanted more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-26-22

Beautifully Interwoven

This story had so much depth. It felt like several stories in one. The different times and stories were woven together so beautifully. My only criticism would be the narrators “New York” accents, which were a little hard to listen to. However her English and Irish accents were a delight. Overall I really enjoyed this story, and look forward to reading more from this author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-30-22

Another cracking story

A wonderful journey of love & intrigue that sucks you in to the very end. Just beautiful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-20-22

A great listen

I really enjoyed the story great characters. Got annoyed with main character at times in a good way. I loved the way story line switched between generations and it all became clear on the end. Could have kept listening on and on to the characters life the book could have just kept going. Didn't mind the American accents while not great it didn't matter as content was so enthralling.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-05-22

Leonie

Absolutely beautiful what a wonderful story, the character development was engaging and all very likeable. I have read all Lucindas books and this is definitely one of the best. enjoy