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Anybody Out There? (Walsh Family #4)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  35,140 ratings  ·  1,258 reviews
Marian Keyes has introduced readers to the lives, loves, and foibles of the five Walsh sisters -- Claire, Maggie, Rachel, Helen, and Anna -- and their crazy mammy. In this funny, heartbreaking, and triumphant new tale set in the Big Apple, it's Anna's turn in the spotlight. Life is perfect for Anna Walsh. She has the "Best Job in the World" as a PR exec for a top-selling u ...more
Hardcover, 592 pages
Published January 23rd 2006 by Poolbeg Press (first published 2006)
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Jessica
Jul 26, 2007 Jessica rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mostly females
Shelves: topshelf
After reading this book I decided that I will probably never loan it out because I will want to read it over and over again.

This is, by far, the most emotionally provocative book I've ever read. For about the first 25 chapters or so, I was convinced I knew what was going on, only to be hurled into an entire weekend of crying and page-turning. I couldn't stop crying, yet I couldn't put it down.

This book made me realize so many things about myself, life, death, and what it really and truly means
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Corey
I mentally classify most novels into one of two broad categories: Literature or Crap. Within the Crap category there are several further levels. Books with negligible literary attributes (like no plot, no character development, poor writing, etc....ehh hmmm... Twilight) fall into the "Watching TV" category (because reading one of these books is the intellectual equivalent and takes the same amount of effort as sitting through a TV show). Marian Keyes' books definitely do not fall into the Litera ...more
Bev
I'd have to put this book in my list of top-ten favorites of all time! I picked up the book-on-tape version at the library and immediately fell in love with Marian Keyes. I had to get the print version to enjoy the story again, and I am not usually one to re-read books (because there are so many others on my "to-read" list)!

After reading this most engaging novel, I felt compelled to read all of Keyes' other books, most of which were wonderful as well. This one remains my favorite of hers, howev
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Becky
This book is one terrible mess, which is surprising because it's written by a "bestselling" author. I mean, the dialogue...does she really think people talk like that? And what was up with all those boring email sections, which did nothing to add to the story. Plus, all the main characters are super annoying, especially the parts concerning the main character's job.

The most obnoxious part of the story is the "plot twist" which happens about 200 pages into the book. I'm fairly certain that every
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Danielle
This was my first Marian Keyes book, so I haven't read the others about the Walsh sisters. I think I have a hard time getting into a lot of books, it usually takes the first 100 pages before I care about the book. Once I hit the turning point in the novel (around chapter 25) it was un-put-down-able. Seriously, I read the majority of the book on Sunday afternoon (about 300 pages).

I enjoy Anna, there is a lot that I can relate to about her under the surface. She is a PR Account Executive, I've wor
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Krystal
I'm having a love affair with Keyes at the moment. Started with Lucy Sullivan gets married (loved it) hiccuped with Watermelon (not so much) then on to Rachel's holiday (rivaled Lucy's story) and now, this one. Anybody out there is Anna's story. Keyes was on point in this book, Anna was heartbreakingly familiar. When I realized where her story was heading I was a bit angry, as I was already in love with Anna and Andy as a couple...how could Keyes do this to me. It was the delicate way that Keyes ...more
Brittany Bennett
Jan 07, 2009 Brittany Bennett rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brittany by: Tia
Kind of a weepy girl book. I had a hard time being convinced that their relationship was so amazing and am pretty sure that had this been a real couple, it would have seemed so great simply because she'd only been with the guy for a year and half - fully still within the infatuation stage. But still - the feelings are there regardless of the reasons for them, and it didn't keep me from emphasizing with her entirely.

I also felt like Keyes tried a little too hard to be cutesy, especially in the f
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Jennifer
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Jennifer
I read the Marian Keyes novels completely out of order, having started with a copy of Watermelon my mum leant me when I was home on break. As a result, I perhaps saw the Sullivan girls mature in a slightly different order than other people who read the books in "order."

Nevertheless, I was confused by this book, and one other, Rachel's Holiday. From the initial character development I got on Anna and Rachel, I always felt that it would have made far more sense to send Anna to rehab.

This book w
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Julie
SPOILERS AHEAD - do not read if you plan to read this book!!

I've had a sense of deja vu lately when I've been reading. One was with Remember Me? and the other one was with this great one by Marion Keyes. It's been ages since I read PS I Love You by Cecilia Ahern but I think the premise was similar - in this one, the main character has been seriously injured in a car crash that has killed her newlywed husband. She is in denial of this fact for the first third of the book but then comes to accept
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Zen Cho
This wasn't quite as bad as I thought it would be, but it was not the kind of book I would ever have picked up on my own. This is because it is pretty bad. It's not that I dislike chicklit as a genre so much as that it is not a genre I will forgive occasional badness in so long as it presses my buttons, and this was just all sloppy writing and uninteresting characters. Characters is kinda overstating it; they were more names plus associated collections of tics.

But as I said, it was not as bad as
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Rebecca Weeks
This book... where to begin. I loved it, of course. The language was brilliant, and the characters were very well developed.
-Spoilers-

The first half the book, I was like, 'what a prick' thinking he had left her, and now he is ignoring her. Towards the middle of book, I began to guess something was wrong. The BAM, he is .... well you know, and I swear it really got to me. Then how she struggled with phycics and the phony ones. How she coped with moving on, etc etc. It was very touching, I was la
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Julie
This is a story about one of the Walsh sisters. There are five sisters in this Irish family that Marian Keyes has written several books about. This one is about Anna. It begins with her in in Ireland at her parents' home, although we find out early that she lives in New York and is here recovering. We also know that she misses Aidan very much and that she feels she must recover from her injuries quickly so that she can get back to New York to find him. What we do not know is what happened to her ...more
Jen
Dec 06, 2008 Jen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who aren't already sad enough
Recommended to Jen by: Gg
I love the various Marian Keyes books, especially the ones featuring the individual sisters from the Irish family, the Walshes. Her books are almost standard chick-lit fare, but Keyes's writing and her doses of Irish wickedness make them stand above the crowd.

This book features the fourth Walsh sister, Anna. We've met Anna in the other Walsh sister books, where she's something of a spacey, hippie-ish waif, but here she's been transformed into a savvy New York business woman--a bit of a stretch,
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notgettingenough
Why I will never read this book. The verdict is in.

As I wandered down to my local coffee shop the other morning, I couldn’t help noticing a little pile of books somebody had put on the footpath, part of a clearing up. A motley collection, if ever I saw one, was my professional assessment.

Over the next couple of days the pile got smaller. Somebody took the book on ’Twenty-two ways to improve the feng shui of your lavatory.’ And ‘Things you can do with bonsai plants if you have a front loader.’ E
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Amanda Patterson
Anna Walsh sits and convalesces at her family home in Ireland, thinking obsessively of her husband, Aidan, and their life in New York. Why, you wonder, does she not just call him?
Anna is surrounded in true Keyes fashion by a nutty mother, and an assortment of eccentric sisters. Keyes is on top form in this novel and Anybody Out There? is up there with the best she’s ever written. Like her character, Anna Walsh, one has the sense that Marian Keyes also had to grow up eventually and deal with som
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Libby
This book was very moving.Marian Keyes is one of the best chick-lit authors ever! She is one if my favourite authors an I enjoy reading her books very much. This book made my cry, it was deeply moving. Somehow I feel I can relate to the characters at times. Some of the characters seem realistic! This is definitely going in my pile of never-loan books!!
Rainbow
So Marian Keyes doesn't always write about the Walsh family, but when she does, it's wonderful. The Walshes are an Irish family with four daughters. This one is about Anna, and it's terrifically sad -- and also funny and romantic.
Alisha Marie
Anybody Out There was a book that started out really great. However, after a while, not only did it start to drag on, it also started to resemble a mess...a mildly intriguing mess, but a mess none the less. Now, I don't need much from a chick-lit to be happy, but in Anybody Out There, I just needed more.

The Good: Part 1. Part 1 of Anybody Out There was the best out of the three parts in this book. The family dynamics, which was my favorite part of Anybody Out There, were more prominent in the fi
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gille
This is my favorite of all the Walsh sisters books. I love Anna, she is my favorite sister, and I was so moved by her story. Having read this one first sort of ruined the others, although I loved them too, as I knew what would happen in the end for each sister in her relationships. This was a heartbreaking tale, filled with laughter and tears (A LOT of tears!) and HUGE twists and turns that are hardly expected. Although everyone reading the series should start with Watermelon, then read Rachel's ...more
Jenn
Penguin's advertising blitz last year for Marian Keyes books paid off. I have had an inexplicable urge to read one for ages. Well, not entirely inexplicable, as 6 feet tall posters plastered all over the Tube come to mind. But I still don't think I would have found the initiative to procure one so I am lucky May brought this to dinner and put it in front of me.

This was surprisingly sad for chicklit! Especially one with butterflies all over the cover (altho the butterflies now make sense). Total
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Nikki
Feb 13, 2008 Nikki rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Marian Keyes fans and people looking for a good cry!
As with all Marian Keyes books this one was excellent. Continuing to follow in the lives of the Walsh sisters this book focused on Anna. She wasn't as hippy as I expected given how she was described in the other books, but I was glad as she was fleshed out as a very likable (and believable) character.

This book is hard to put down as Keyes keeps you on edge trying to figure out what is going on. All you know is that Anna finds herself back in Dublin with her parents with some pretty severe injur
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Kimberly
This is the first Marian Keyes book I've read. I'm not sure if I would have ever picked up any of her books, perhaps in the course of browsing the shelves at the library, I might have. This one was "assigned" to me as part of my library's book discussion group.

Overall, I liked the story, but there were quite a few things I could have done without. I didn't know why Anna's mother and sisters were so obsessed with the make-up she got from her PR job. And really, I didn't much care for the whole cr
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Kate Forsyth
I have never read any of Marian Keyes’ books before and bought one on the very strong recommendation of a friend. She said that they were the sort of books that make you laugh and make you cry, and really, what more could you want from any book? ‘Anybody Out There’ is certainly an engaging mixture of humour and pathos and gave me a lump in the throat more than once. It tells the story of Anna Walsh, who has been in some kind of terrible accident, and is recuperating on her parents’ couch in Dubl ...more
Sammi
Along with 'Rachel's Holiday' this is probably my favourite Marian Keyes book. What I love about her books is that she doesn't write 'typical' chick-lit. I generally hate chick-lit (well, apart from Sophie Kinsella's books) but Marian Keyes always manages to add a difficult subject (drug addiction, domestic abuse, rape) and deal with it sensitively and intelligently while also being hilarious.

Anybody Out There? tells the story of one of the younger Walsh siblings (we've met them before in Waterm
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Tori Hoeschler
Sad at Best, Tedious and Boring at Worst
First of all, I started this book without realizing that it is actually the 4th in a series involving these Walsh sisters. This always annoys me and although I don’t think this was a situation where I missed something by not reading the first three, it did deter from my overall reading enjoyment.
Now, I very much went into this book with eyes wide open; I assumed it was chick lit-y and as such, was not expecting to be bowled over with literary magnificence
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Kat A
I've just found out, because I'm reading yet another Marian Keyes book right now, that there is a whole series about the Walsh Family of 5 sisters. Each sister seems to have her own book. This one is about Anna, who looses her husband in a tragic cab accident and her struggle to move on with her life afterwards. It's poignant and funny and sad all at the same time, and the crazy antics of the Walsh family (especially Mammy Walsh and sister Helen) are a great antithesis to the sadder parts. As al ...more
Amy
Still completely love Mummy Walsh! I absolutely adore this family dynamic. I sometimes feel too old and domesticated to enjoy alot of chicklit, but this was SO good! I laughed. I cried. Think "Friends" meets "Bridget Jones" meets "Medium" meets "Sopranos"...ok maybe that's too much, but I really did enjoy this. Definitely not your run of the mill chicklit. I would be interested to read more of the Walsh sisters.

After note...feck! jolly girls! jolly boys! feathery stroker! So, I've just returned
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Martha
Feb 26, 2010 Martha rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Not a lot of people
Shelves: chick-lit
I apparently already read this book and didn't realize it, that's how not memorable it was. I like Marian Keyes but this just didn't do it for me. It was witty in parts and dark in parts. It's about a woman who lives in New York and she is in a terrible accident and she's taken home to Ireland to recover. When she returns to NYC, she life isn't what it appears to be. She works for a cosmetic company and she has scarring, she doesn't hear from her fiance, she has a screwball family and you know, ...more
Maya Rock
Jun 01, 2008 Maya Rock rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Shayla, Maya L.
Recommended to Maya by: Express shelf, library.
I am tired of the evolution of goodreads...it looks different every time I do a review.

Aw, I thought this book was great! Really witty and sweet. It's the story of a woman whose husband dies unexpectedly and how the year after goes...and a huge and interesting cast of secondary characters. I did feel the story lost a little steam after we stopped the regular intercutting between past and present. The characterization was on point though and it was nice that the characters had huge and relateable
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Marian Keyes, born September 10, 1963, is a popular Irish writer, considered to be one of the original progenitors of "chick lit". Keyes' first novel, Watermelon, was published in Ireland in 1995. Since then she has published seven further novels and two collections of non-fiction, and has sold 15 million copies of her books in 30 languages.

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  • Rachel's Holiday (Walsh Family, #2)
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  • The Mystery of Mercy Close (Walsh Family, #5)
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“I couldn’t be with people and I didn’t want to be alone. Suddenly my perspective whooshed and I was far out in space, watching the world. I could see millions and millions of people, all slotted into their lives; then I could see me—I’d lost my place in the universe. It had closed up and there was nowhere for me to be. I was more lost than I had known it was possible for any human being to be.” 247 likes
“Feathery Stokers - There is no definitive list but here are some examples. Men who didn’t eat red meat were Feathery Strokers. Men who used postshave balm instead of slapping stinging aftershave onto their tender skin were Feathery Strokers. Men who noticed your shoes and handbags were Feathery Strokers. (Or Jolly Boys.) Men who said pornography was exploitation of women were Feathery Strokers. (Or liars.) Men who said pornography was exploitation of men as much as women were of the scale. All straight men from San Francisco were Feather Strokers. All academics with beards were Feathery Stokers. Men who stayed friends with their ex-girlfriends were Feathery Strokers. Especially if they called them their “ex-partner.” Men who did Pilates were Feathery Strokers. Men who said, “I have to take care of myself right now” were screaming Feathery Strokers. (Even I’d go along with that.) ~Jacqui” 37 likes
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