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

Cecelia Ahern , Rupert Degas , Victoria Smurfit
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Book Description

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.
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad.. but not good either March 6 2004
was very excited when I bought this book and couldn't wait to get started. Within a couple of chapters I wanted to stop reading it. It was just too much work trying to get through this book. Repetitive, immature, and predictable were words used to describe "PS, I Love You" and it is dead on. Never seen so much of the word "sarcastically" used in one book or have the characters "roll their eyes." Experienced writers have a way of conveying their characters' feelings and emotions without having it thrown in your face so many, many times and clearly, an experienced writer, she is not!
Though shallow and corny at times, there were moments when I felt for Holly and wanted to cry with her - but other than that I felt it was just a big waste of my time.
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I'm so "shocked" I want to "cry" March 24 2004
By A Customer
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 "laughed hysterically" or were "shocked" or "tears spilled". Such juvenile writing, and no inner substance in the main character. The only well-plumbed depth of feeling related to the sense of loss, but other than that, it felt like writing for a bad sitcom. If you're at all interested in this book, save yourself some money and check it out at the library as you won't be wanting to keep it on the shelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tears,thruth,laughs and more tears July 20 2008
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. Some people will say that its lack of substance and its childish writing makes this book a royal disapointment. but, they mistake childish writen and thruthful writen. Yes the storyline is simple and basic. But what more warms the heart then thruthful,simple words ! This book is one of my favorite. I felt as if the author had lived that situation. I cried a lot and laughed a lot. Simple but wonderfuly writen. I find this book clever and the caracters are very relateble. A down to earth story. I recommend this book to anyone who is not affraid to try something new. It's not like anything I've read before.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible! May 26 2008
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 beautiful romantic story, the end lacked and actually ruined the book for me. There are however, some really nice and romantic parts, but it is all forgotten when you reach the end of the book. With all the rave it got, I thought I was in for a great read, but it was more of a disappointment and the movie is even worse!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Unless you're fifteen, avoid this book. March 25 2008
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.

First of all, this novel was insulting to the reader's intelligence. It was completely obvious, void of any true emotions and, to be honest, poorly written. I actually felt as if the author was being condescending.

The language is trite. And though the idea itself sounds pretty good -- it falls flat. I actually can't even find it in me to go into any more detail. Just let me warn you -- this one is certainly not a buyer.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I had expected March 11 2008
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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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
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
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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
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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
Cecelia Ahern, the 22-year-old daughter of Ireland's Prime Minister, has a way with words - both written and spoken. Read more
Published on March 19 2004 by Gail Cooke
5.0 out of 5 stars P.S. I Loved It
This book so captured my emotions that I didn't want it to end. What she wrote about the main character losing her husband is exactly what I will go through if and when that ever... Read more
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