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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,153 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marian Keyes Narrator: Caitriona Keyes Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9781101154571
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A wry and life-affirming novel from the internationally bestselling author

Marian Keyes’ inimitable blend of rollicking humor, effervescent prose, and stories that deal with real-life issues have captivated readers around the globe. She is one of the bestselling authors of women’s fiction in the English-speaking world. Her new novel will delight fans of Candace Bushnell’s darkly comic sensibility and Sophie Kinsella’s fast-paced action.

The Brightest Star in the Sky follows seven neighbors whose lives become entangled when a sassy and prescient spirit pays a visit to their Dublin townhouse with the intent of changing at least one of their lives. But what will this metamorphosis be and who will the sprite choose? 

There’s Matt and Maeve, the newlyweds struggling to overcome the first obstacle in their storybook romance; Lydia, the brassy but vulnerable cabbie; Katie, the just-turned-forty PR executive searching for a more gratifying life; and the eldest resident, Jemima, currently playing hostess to her son Fionn, who is in town to star as the hunky gardener in a hot new television show.

Keyes’ universal themes and appealing characters have made her an international phenomenon, and are sure to conquer a wider American audience. With The Brightest Star in the Sky, she delivers another satisfying story charming in its wit and surprising in its depth.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krissy | 2/17/2014

    " Delightful novel, with surprising twists and depth. All the more lovely to have it read to me in audio with a colorful Irish brogue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mckayla | 2/1/2014

    " This book took me by surprise. There are so many characters that you feel like this possibly couldn't have any decent content because of the sheer number of people involved. It reminded me of the movies Love Actually and Valentine's Day. Many people to learn about and try to love. This story however was quite Grand as Katie would say. I really got into their heads and was able to learn about these people. Also I thought I was able to guess what was going to happen and then a twist occurred. Threw me for a loop there but I loved it. Nothing worse then knowing what is going to happen before you get there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Vogt | 1/24/2014

    " A very fun read - and a creative story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tatiana | 1/14/2014

    " Really a can't-put-down. The book really makes you curious... In the beginning, that's why I kept reading, because I was curious as to whom was speaking, but after that it just draws you in completely. I really enjoyed this read. =) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/13/2013

    " I enjoyed this one, especially figuring out who the narrator was and reading all the dialogue in my head in an Irish accent. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joanne Stein | 12/11/2013

    " I was lost throughout much of this book as far as who the observer/narrator was, but the characterizations were interesting enough for me to plow through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Mae | 11/29/2013

    " Marian Keyes has done it again with an exploration of multiple relationships in an apartment house in Dublin. I can't really say anymore without giving stuff away. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika | 9/27/2013

    " Different story. It was a little long but I made it thru & am glad I did as it ended up being worthwhile. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristy Mancuso | 8/6/2013

    " She used to be my favorite author but her last two books weren't good. I had to stop this charming man in the middle and this I barely got through "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gretchen | 7/14/2013

    " Definitely not my fave Marian Keyes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katyakatyak | 6/14/2013

    " parts were classic marian keyes, but the entire premise felt really silly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracey | 5/30/2013

    " This book was really good and i didnt want to put it down, but the ending kinda let it down as it went a bit crazy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 5/15/2013

    " I loved this book! The counting back days as pages continued kept me interested till the end about what was going to happen on day zero. Also, all the lives, crosspathing, meddling, getting screwed up was good to hear and in the end a bad guy died. What more could you want from a feel good book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Reeka (BoundbyWords) | 4/13/2013

    " An unexpected change of topic and genre for my beloved Marian Keyes-she went down the paranormal/mythical road, and though it was an interesting, engaging read, I prefer her usual topics of love, loss and slightly dysfunctional yet lovable families. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pbwritr | 3/10/2013

    " What a fun, fun book! The narrator has the most wicked and sarcastic humor! I just loved it. Set in Dublin around the lives of various people living in different flats in the same building. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Belinda jones | 2/3/2013

    " I always love Marian's books but really fell in love with the characters in this one "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margie Hastings | 1/20/2013

    " Enjoyable enough, but takes a long time to get moving. The author is using Maeve Binchy's formula, but not nearly as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronica Sanche | 9/5/2012

    " Ms Keys writes with great passion and with an interesting plot. Her characters are true to life and their personal lives full of love and pain makes for an intense read. So much so that this novel should be made into two or fewer characters should be dealt with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mimi | 5/15/2012

    " As always, I truly enjoyed this. Had a little trouble keeping track of all the characters who live in this apartment building but I attribute that to my brain issues and not the writer. Keyes always blends a serious topic with humor to great effect. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anita | 2/8/2012

    " I have lost interest... kinda seems like the characters live in Melrose Place. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eimsley | 12/17/2011

    " Not her best :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine Des Enfants | 11/22/2011

    " Entertaining...but not my favorite Marian Keyes book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 11/20/2011

    " I enjoyed this the most since sushi for beginners. I was on a train and nearly missedy stop! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stacey | 5/31/2011

    " I love Marian Keyes but this book was just awful! Not at all what i expected! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 5/19/2011

    " It was a little hard to get into, and there a lot of characters to keep straight, but the last half of the book was pretty exciting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 5/19/2011

    " Not my favorite Marian Keyes book, but it had a neat ending that made me cry (big surprise). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 5/15/2011

    " very interesting premise...an unborn soul choosing her parents...easy read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather (Let's-Go-Pens-We're-Gonna-Take-This-One) | 5/14/2011

    " Usually I love Marian Keyes books; this one was good, but not great. It didn't have that emotional element that I've enjoyed from her in the past.
    I liked MOST of the characters and it had her typical humour, but just not 5, or 4 for that matter, stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqueline | 5/11/2011

    " brilliant book, classic keyes, well worth reading! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracey | 5/11/2011

    " This book was really good and i didnt want to put it down, but the ending kinda let it down as it went a bit crazy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christin | 5/8/2011

    " A typical Marian Keyes... Nice but not fantastic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judi | 5/6/2011

    " And everybody lived happily ever after. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 4/30/2011

    " I read a recorded version and enjoyed it much: a whimsical premise wrapped around some pretty harsh life experiences. Caitriona Keyes is the narrator and, I think, the author's sister and does a great job, her Irish accent bringing it all to life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kate | 4/27/2011

    " I'm a huge fan of Marian Keyes but I'm sorry to say that I was very disappointed with this book.I found it lacked the usual humour and wit that makes other Marian Keyes books so appealing,I found that it dragged on quite a bit and that the only thing that kept me reading was mere curiosity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 4/22/2011

    " Marian Keyes is the cure for what ails ya. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 4/19/2011

    " Nearly lost me close to the end, but somehow managed to pull it all together. Wonderful read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chrissy | 4/14/2011

    " Awesome. Wasnt sure when I started but was so happy with the book by the end. Keyes never disappoints me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 4/10/2011

    " I didn't think I would enjoy this from the back of the book but I really enjoyed getting to know the characters... a quick read even though it was over 600 pages, couldn't put it down. :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kate | 4/10/2011

    " Too many random characters and situations. I couldn't finish it. I usually love Marian Keyes but everyone has an off day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 4/8/2011

    " A fairy (or something) is taken to a building and has a certain number of days to do something, we're not quite sure what. The story follows the inhabitants (4 apts) of people for 2 months. It's an interesting study of life. Some good and some bad. Some interesting characters. "

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About the Author
Author Marian Keyes

Marian Keyes was born in Ireland and graduated with a law degree from University College in Dublin. Considered to be one of the original progenitors of the “chick lit” genre, she is the author of eight novels and two essay collections, and her works have sold more than twenty-two million copies in thirty languages. She lives with her husband in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland.