Rachel's Holiday

Written by:
Marian Keyes
Narrated by:
Gerri Halligan

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
February 2008
16 hours 45 minutes
'How did it end up like this? Twenty-seven, unemployed, mistaken for a drug addict, in a treatment centre in the back arse of nowhere with an empty Valium bottle in my knickers . . .'

Meet Rachel Walsh. She's been living it up in New York City, spending her nights talking her way into glamorous parties before heading home in the early hours to her hot boyfriend Luke. But her sensible older sister showing up and sending her off to actual rehab wasn't quite part of her plan. She's only agreed to her incarceration because she's heard that rehab is wall-to-wall jacuzzis, gymnasiums and rock stars going cold turkey - plus it's about time she had a holiday.

Saying goodbye to fun will be hard. But not as hard as losing the man who she realises, all too late, might just be the love of her life . . .

'Gloriously funny' Sunday Times

'A born storyteller' Independent on Sunday

'The voice of a generation' Daily Mirror

Praise for Marian Keyes:

'Comic, convincing and true' Guardian

'Mercilessly funny' The Times

'Funny, tender and completely absorbing!' Graham Norton
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Kristina M.

This book is a shining example of what audio books can be. It takes an interesting, funny, and absorbing story and then adds a fantastic narrator and you have a classic. I loved this book and found myself turning off the sound on the TV just to listen to another part of the book. The Irish accent and delivery of the narrator brought so much enjoyment and depth to a story that I normally would not have liked. I only give 5 stars to books that I will re-listen to and this is definitely one to return to when I need a bit of a laugh and remind how lucky I am that I grew up in a nice family! Ha!

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Kristen L.

I enjoyed Rachel's story partly because it was written so long ago that cell phones hadn't taken over and the internet hadn't made the world such a small place yet. I also enjoyed the way the writer put herself so effortlessly into a drug addicted mind. I also love redemtion stories, so this one work well for that. I liked how the story showed that one of the ways recovering addicts cope with recovery is to be honest with themselves while simultaneously being able to laugh at themselves so that they lighten up their lives.

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Bev D.

Fun story with lots of interesting twists. The narration was superb and brought delightful humour to the lighter aspects of the story.

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Sondra W.

It was thought provoking at times the the writing was absolutely amazing and hilarious. I laughed out loud so often. Good listen

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L L.

Charming, witty book, which takes an honest, sympathetic look at addiction. The end is a bit cheesy but forms a nice conclusion. A good narrator, who makes the characters come to life.

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Thoroughly enjoyable

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Gina M.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book with all the vulgarity and crass behavior one might expect in the depiction of an addict. This story opened my eyes to the reality of how a person might find themselves swept up in this condition. I absolutely loved the ending but I am a sucker for redemption and hope for what seems hopeless. The narration was superb!! I laughed. I cried. I was frustrated. I was overjoyed! Never give up!

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Louise McCartney

Quite silly in places but an enjoyable read. keyes' stories are always very witty

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Berglind Fanndal

Loved it

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Helen E.

Loved it !! Laughed out loud!

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Vicki K.

I just couldn’t get into this one…

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Kristen N.

This book was laugh out loud funny and so well done. I’ll read it again and recommend it to anyone who has ever been an addict or around an addict. Which is all of us.

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Loved this! Narration was perfect.

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Really good listen! It was in the VIP selection. Not at all what I thought it would be but turned out it was very well done. The narrator captured the emotions of each of the characters. I would highly recommend it.

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Enjoyed this book. I can see this happening in real life … denial. Liked the humor in it as well.

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Fenella B.

Fun easy listen. Such a shame the same reader is not reading the next instalment as the narration was excellent.

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If I could give this a zero stars I would. Terrible book about a self absorbed “oh woe is me” character. The people in this family ALL need rehab. This pokes fun at real people in life struggling and that’s what really makes this book tank.

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Lada S.

Excellent narration.

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Very interesting book very good story enjoyed it very much

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I loved it! Laugh out loud funny. The characters are believable and likable. I’ll remember this one, and probably read again one day. The narrator was wonderful.

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As always, hilariously funny whilst tackling a real and serious subject. Really enjoyed it and will listen to it again.

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Darlene S.

Enjoyed the book , the ups and downs , denial to acceptance .... the humor dark and light ...

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Well done.

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Ashley K.

Great storyline with amazing characters. I did not find it as funny as other reviews called it, but Rachel does have a great personality that does help lighten the mood about addiction. Great book, narrator, and characters. Glad I listened to it

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Tali B.

loved this!!! wish life was like this

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Candra L.

Insightful and funny. An entertaining novel in its own right, this book manages to be both educational and tell an excellent story. A must-read for anyone working in addiction or trying to understand addiction, as well as anyone just looking for a good book. Excellent narration brings each character to life.

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Annie H.

It felt like a realistic story

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Susan H.

Loved it. Lots of twists and turns.

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Tamara R.

Narrator did a wonderful job of bringing this story to life. It was a beautifully told tale, peeling back the layers through the stages of recovery.

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Sharon W.

Another great Walsh family tale!

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There is a little bit of Rachael in all of us. Great read and great reader. Thank you Marian.

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