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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (561 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph O’Connor Narrator: Marcella Riorda Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Dublin 1907, a city of whispered rumours. An actress still in her teens begins an affair with a damaged older man, the leading playwright at the theatre where she works.

Rebellious, irreverent, beautiful, flirtatious, Molly Allgood is a girl of the inner city tenements, dreaming of stardom in America. Witty and watchful, she has dozens of admirers. But in the backstage of her life, there is a secret.

Her lover, John Synge, is a troubled, reticent genius, the son of a once prosperous landowning family, a poet of fiery language and tempestuous passions. Yet his life is hampered by Edwardian conventions and by the austere and God-fearing mother with whom he lives.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Chris | 2/18/2014

    " This book was okay, but I hope for more from O'Connor's other works. The idea itself and the historical detail is respectable but the plot was distracting and sub-par. The entire story is told in jumpy flashbacks from the point of view of a now alcoholic former renowned actress. The love affair between playwright Synge and her was believable and well told, if not factually accurate but the jumpyness of the flashbacks was too distracting and hard to follow and greatly detracted from the overall quality of the story. My favorite part of the story were the intermittent gems of Irish sayings and narrative sprinkled throughout. I feel that the book would have been much better with more of those homey little sayings of the working class Irish people. There was also a lot of opportunity for confrontation between the different classes but O'Connor seemed to mostly skim over there. Overall, it was an acceptable read but nothing extraordinary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/6/2014

    " Exceptionally written, beautifully descriptive. Dragged on a bit at the end, but on the whole a pleasurable read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Clodagh | 1/31/2014

    " An interesting perspective but I gave up before finishing the book. Didn't live up to the hype. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dewayne Stark | 1/28/2014

    " the story starts in 1952. When Molly starts talking about the wonders of the BBC broadcasting around the world she used "megahertz" in her description. The useage would have been cps as hertz wasn't used till the sixties. "

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About the Narrator

Marcella Riordan began her career at the Abbey School in Dublin and has worked in theaters throughout Ireland and the UK, including Druid Theatre and Lyric in Belfast. She has worked extensively on BBC Radio and RTE in Dublin. She was awarded Best Actress for her portrayal of Nancy Gulliver in a BBC Radio adaptation of Jennifer Johnston’s The Old Jest.