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P.S. I Love You [Abridged] [Audio CD]

Cecelia Ahern , Rupert Degas , Victoria Smurfit
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Nov. 27 2007

Holly couldn't live without her husband Gerry, until the day she had to. They were the kind of young couple who could finish each other's sentences. When Gerry succumbs to a terminal illness and dies, 30-year-old Holly is set adrift, unable to pick up the pieces. But with the help of a series of letters her husband left her before he died and a little nudging from an eccentric assortment of family and friends, she learns to laugh, overcome her fears, and discover a world she never knew existed.

The kind of enchanting novel with cross-generational appeal that comes along once in a great while, PS, I Love You is a captivating love letter to the world!


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Ahern, the mediagenic 22-year-old daughter of Ireland's prime minister, debuts with a sweet, sentimental tale of a young widow's trials and triumphs in the year after her husband's death. Soul mates Holly and Gerry married in their early 20s; when Gerry dies of brain cancer at 30, Holly is utterly bereft. But Gerry has a final gift: a series of letters, which Holly is to open on the first of each month from March to New Year's, and which will guide her on her journey from grief. Gerry correctly predicts that Holly will not have gone through his belongings by June, found a new job by September or considered falling in love again by December, but with his posthumous epistolary encouragement she does all those things. She also enters a karaoke contest, takes a beach vacation and dances at a holiday ball she'd always attended with Gerry. The months pass as close friends help prop Holly up; around her, a marriage falls apart, a couple gets engaged and a friend announces her pregnancy. Within her tight-knit family, Holly's youngest brother makes a revealing film of her birthday party, her elder brothers change places in her allegiance and her parents take in one stray grown child after another for stays short and long. Ahern's speed (she wrote the book in three months) and her youth do show-the wisdom in evidence owes much to Nicholas Sparks and Sophie Kinsella-and her prose is pedestrian. She boasts a natural storytelling talent, however, resulting in a compelling tale sparked by an unusual premise.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Ahern, daughter of the Irish prime minister, writes a charming, heartfelt debut. At age 29, Holly Kennedy is reeling from the loss of her soul mate and husband, Gerry, to a brain tumor. Before he died, Gerry mailed her a packet of 10 envelopes, one for each month from March to December. The envelopes contain a list of things for Holly to do to help her get through the coming year and ultimately move on. The instructions range from tasks as simple as buying a new outfit to harder ones, such as going to the ball she used to attend with Gerry. Luckily, she has her best friends, Sharon, who is married to Gerry's best friend, and Denise, to help her through--until she realizes they are moving on with their lives and she isn't. Ahern herself might be all of 22 years old, but she has realistically captured the ups and downs of a woman whose life has fallen apart and how she picks herself back up and moves on, one step at a time. Kristine Huntley
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5.0 out of 5 stars THOROUGHLY ENJOYABLE LISTENING March 19 2004
By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Cecelia Ahern, the 22-year-old daughter of Ireland's Prime Minister, has a way with words - both written and spoken. A conversation with her is included in this CD edition - what pleasure it is to hear her lilting voice as she remarks on the bittersweet story she has written.
UK actress Victoria Smurfitt offers an ultra pleasing delivery of Ahern's debut novel in her classic easy-on-the-ears voice. All in all, this CD is a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience.
What can happen when high school sweethearts marry? Surely they expect to live happily ever after. But, this was not the case for Holly and Gerry. He died too soon; Gerry fell victim to brain cancer at the age of 30.
Desolate, bereft Holly does not know how to cope with such grief. However, Gerry has left her an unusual legacy - a packet of 10 envelopes, one to be opened each month as she works through the painful days of widowhood. She does have friends who offer support, but these letters and her responses to them are the crux of the story.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I had expected March 11 2008
Format:Paperback
The main theme in this book is about coping with the loss of a loved one, in this case Holly's husband Gerry, who died prematurely due to a terrible illness.
I shall not go through the whole synopsis as many of the reviewers have done so before me and the book description above is also explanatory. At the risk of sounding unpopular (I see many voted with 5 stars) my own 2 stars refer to what I think was a poorly executed book. The concept of loss and love are interesting and some of the ensuing situations are even described humorously despite the sad main subject. However all the characters, with the exception of Holly perhaps, are underdeveloped, most descriptions repetitive and the storyline predictable at best.

Perhaps my negativity about this book is due to the fact that I was expecting not Shakespeare certainly, but something more maturely written, as it belongs to one of the `adult' categories of Amazon. I think that the age target here is between 15 / 20 year-olds. Nothing wrong with that however. If you are reading me and you fall into that age group, I think you might enjoy it much more than I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THOROUGHLY ENJOYABLE LISTENING March 19 2004
By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Cecelia Ahern, the 22-year-old daughter of Ireland's Prime Minister, has a way with words - both written and spoken. A conversation with her is included in this CD edition - what pleasure it is to hear her lilting voice as she remarks on the bittersweet story she has written.
UK actress Victoria Smurfitt offers an ultra pleasing delivery of Ahern's debut novel in her classic easy-on-the-ears voice. All in all, this CD is a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience.
What can happen when high school sweethearts marry? Surely they expect to live happily ever after. But, this was not the case for Holly and Gerry. He died too soon; Gerry fell victim to brain cancer at the age of 30.
Desolate, bereft Holly does not know how to cope with such grief. However, Gerry has left her an unusual legacy - a packet of 10 envelopes, one to be opened each month as she works through the painful days of widowhood. She does have friends who offer support, but these letters and her responses to them are the crux of the story.
- Gail Cooke
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable (3.4 on a scale of 1 o 5) Jan. 31 2004
Format:Hardcover
"PS, I Love You" is an entertaining and enjoyable read.
Holly, the thirty year old heroine, lives in Dublin and loves her life. Then fate delivers a brutal blow: her beloved husband dies and leaves her a very young widow.
The book recounts Holly's first year after her husband's death. His final gift to her is a series of notes to be opened at the beginning of each month. Each note contains one suggestion to help Holly move on with her life. And each note is signed "PS, I love you."
The book is quite moving as it depicts Holly's struggle to follow her husband's suggestions-give away his clothes, take a trip with her friends-and continue living. She realizes that her life had centered almost completely on her husband--not necessarily a good thing-and now, for the first time, she has to create a life for herself.
My only complaint with the book is that I found the writing amateurish at times. The plot, the characters and the ending were all satisfying and fully developed. However, I winced at some of the writing.
Still I would recommend this book to chick lit lovers everywhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars powerful character study Jan. 31 2004
Format:Hardcover
Holly and Gerry met through mutual friends while still in junior high school. They became sweethearts as both recognized that they had met their soul mate. Eventually they married. He promised Holly that if he ever left her, he would leave her with a list. Two months later Gerry is dead. Fifteen plus years from they met, thirty years old Gerry was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
A few months after Gerry's death, Holly remains grieving and unable to leave her home. Her mom calls to tell her that she has a package addressed to Holly with the word List above her name. A stunned Holly realizes somehow Gerry marshaled his energy to give her ten months of lists to help regain her equilibrium because he loved her so much he wanted her to live. Now Holly begins to follow Gerry's list with one envelop opened per month as he reaches from beyond the grave to help his beloved return to the living.
Title aside even if it is the salutation of each of Gerry's notes, PS, I LOVE YOU is a powerful character study that focuses on grieving and healing. Holly is a fantastic protagonist who begins to mend through the solace provided by Gerry. Her weird family and her best friends provide sympathy, but cannot help her overcome her dread of life without Gerry. The hero is incredible as he knew when he will die and planned accordingly for what he could do to get his cherished Holly out of her depression and mourning and into the light of life. Cecelia Ahern provides a powerful drama that will leave no one dry-eyed.
Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Being a widow myself at a young age, it hit home and Holly was portrayed incredibly!
Published 3 months ago by Jennifer Adams
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleased
I received my order later then I was told i would, but when it arrived i was very please with it.
Published on March 11 2010 by Geraldine P. Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Tears,thruth,laughs and more tears
when i first bought the book and read the back of it, i thought it looked childish. but i loved the movie so i wanted to read it. well, it wasn't a mistake. Read more
Published on July 20 2008 by R. Neves
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible!
I was upset by the time I was done with this book I literally wanted to throw it. I thought that the beginning dragged and although the story definitely had potential to be a... Read more
Published on May 26 2008 by Alexandra S.
1.0 out of 5 stars Unless you're fifteen, avoid this book.
This was one of those books I chose to pick up solely because of the synopsis I read on the back. It was an impulsive buy, and $10 that I will never get back. Read more
Published on March 25 2008 by A. Morrison
1.0 out of 5 stars What a juvenile writing !
I'm usually a patient reader who always finishes a book when it is started. So for me to tell you, I was really close to giving up reading this book (because it was soooo boring I... Read more
Published on Dec 30 2007 by H. Yazdanpanah
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic...Don't listen to the other reviews
I was recommended this book by a number of different people, young and old. I found this book had me laughing and crying and I couldn't put it down. Read more
Published on Aug. 3 2005 by carrie russell
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny & Sad
I enjoyed this book!! I found it made me laugh then it made me cry and considering it is her first book; she did an excellent job. I will keep my eye out for her next one. Read more
Published on May 20 2004 by PolarBear
1.0 out of 5 stars I'm so "shocked" I want to "cry"
oh my, this was painful to get through. I only did it because it was a bookclub pick. If I had time on my hands I'd go through and count the hundreds of times characters... Read more
Published on March 24 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste Your Money orTime
This book was on the up and coming table at Barnes & Noble; the jacket certainly sounded great. Indeed, it was the plot that led me to assign this one star instead of zero (but... Read more
Published on March 22 2004
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