• Under Heaven's Shining Stars

  • By: Jean Grainger
  • Narrated by: Alan Smyth
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (103 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the author of So Much Owed, winner of Authors Choice Best Historical Fiction Award 2016

One is poor but loved. Another born with a silver spoon. The last has seen too much.

For three young boys, Liam, Patrick, and Hugo, life in Ireland of the 1960s proves to be both idyllic and flawed. Living in close proximity but leading vastly different lives, the bonds of friendship bind these young men as they grow, dream, and navigate the storms of youth.

In a world where the Catholic Church is a looming and pervasive presence, the dreamy ideal of childhood is staunchly contrasted against the backdrop of suffering and darkness in the lives of these three boys. Will their friendship be enough to weather the gale? Or will their separate struggles tear them apart?

In Under Heaven's Shining Stars, author Jean Grainger brings to life the struggles and simplicity that often go hand in hand with growing up. Experience the gambit of emotion as you witness the journey of Liam, Patrick, and Hugo as they face the beauty, turmoil, and endless possibilities of life under the turbulent Irish sky.

©2016 Jean Grainger (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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A Modern Irish Catholic Tale

I have really enjoyed Author Jean Grainger’s historic WWII novels and was pleasantly surprised with Heaven’s Shining Stars, that is a new style (to me). A story about relationships of young lads brought together in Cork during the 1970’s. Instead of the historical significance this novel focused on the characters and the challenging cultural changes in the 70’s. Alan Smyth’’s Irish brogue helped make the tale all that much more enjoyable. Grainger did a commendable job with character development and interweaving the lives of the three main characters. I physically reacted to their plights and was actually rooting for a good turnout for each one of the boys plights. (I also was impressed with myself for being totally open and non judgmental). This may have been my favorite Grainger book yet.

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A Little Bit of Ireland

Alan Smyth, the narrator, makes this story of 3 best friends come to life! The boys grow up in and around the
Catholic boys school in Cork, two locals boys and one a future lord. So different, and yet they build a network of
brotherhood which will sustain them through the good times and the bad. Such a good read you won't want it to end.
I didn't.

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Nice Story

Enjoyed the male narrator ... a nice change from the usual voices.

I like that the story flowed with happy/sad/happy scenes and was not just an ongoing depressing/heartbreaking tale. Wished all the story lines had not been wrapped up so neatly in the end.

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The Good Times and Bad Times

Another story that I couldn't put down. This story of 3 boys and their good times and their bad times conveyed the devotion of best friends . The story hit on many issues and how the 3 boys dealt them.
The narrator was great and you were drawn into the story feeling the emotions that the characters felt.

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faith, hope and love.

l loved this book and struggled along with the characters on the 'moral' issues.
this book provided us all with a very honest resolution, Love.

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Took a bit to get there

I’ve read a number of Jean‘s other books and have thoroughly enjoyed each of them. Well I did enjoy this one I have to admit it took me more than a few chapters to really get into the story as it seem to be a bit roundabout to start. Some of the voices that the narrator does were a little offputting for example Hugo often sounds like Stewie from Family Guy but overall it was a good performance.

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  • MB
  • 05-21-22

The worst narrator!

I read the reviews about how terrible the narrator was, but I love Jean Grainger’s books and thought I would be able to ignore the terrible voice and just listen to the story. I was so wrong. I had to stop by 30 minutes in. The accent is laughable and the narrator is so bad it is truly distracting. Believe the reviews and skip this one.

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Life Is Full Of Surprises

Another, Great Story! Recommend taking the time to listen to any of Jean Grainger Books!

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  • 10-19-20

Disappointed

The Narrators Cork accent was so bad i could not listen to the book .

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  • ED
  • 05-27-19

Excellent Book ..again !

Excellent Book ..again ! from Jean Grainger . Enjoyed immensely. Very good storyline and well orated.

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