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Anybody Out There? (Walsh Family #4)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  45,446 Ratings  ·  1,424 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 1st 2006 by Poolbeg Press
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Melody Laila Yeah! I actually read the last book (Mercy Close) in the "Series" first & fell in love with Marian Keyes' writing. It probably helps if you read…moreYeah! I actually read the last book (Mercy Close) in the "Series" first & fell in love with Marian Keyes' writing. It probably helps if you read it in order, you'll probably get a little more out of it - but honestly they're all so good even as stand-alones that it didn't matter to me(less)
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Jessica
Jul 26, 2007 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Mar 27, 2011 Corey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 01, 2008 Bev rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 27, 2009 Becky rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 27, 2008 Danielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-the-ladies
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
Jennifer
Jul 11, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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Brittany Bennett
Jan 07, 2009 Brittany Bennett rated it it was ok  ·  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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Julie
Apr 26, 2008 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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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Jennifer
Sep 17, 2007 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit, british
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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Hildy
Feb 24, 2011 Hildy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
first read: February 2011
second read: December 2016

This is one of my favourite books. It is rare that I read about a couple that is so obviously perfect for each other and so intensely in love. I miss that. This book is quirky, laugh out loud funny, and so emotional. Keyes nailed every part of this. It was long but I still wish that there was more to read.
Rainbow
Jun 27, 2010 Rainbow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Zen Cho
Jun 05, 2007 Zen Cho rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
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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Jen
Dec 06, 2008 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  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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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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Licinia
Nov 26, 2015 Licinia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mais um livro na senda da Família Walsh, relata durante um período a vivência traumática e sofrida da quarta filha ou irmã a Anna...mas sem nunca perder ainda assim o humor que esta escritora nos habituou.
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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Julie
Jul 07, 2008 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Shahrun
Feb 06, 2017 Shahrun rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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gille
Jul 29, 2011 gille rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sammi
May 04, 2012 Sammi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Jenn
Mar 21, 2008 Jenn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Stephanie Ince
Jun 14, 2016 Stephanie Ince rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this book in less than a week so verrrry happy considering it's a near good 500 pages. I seriously couldn't put this book down! Even when I had to put it down I was constantly thinking about reading it or making up in my head what was going to happen. I'm so glad I read this book. I got this book and tbh kind of forgot about it. Put it to the back of my bookcase and read others. But I didn't have much left to read so I thought I would give it a go.

What I love about this book is it made me
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Anna At A Wondrous Bookshelf
Anna Walsh is the youngest of four sisters in the Walsh Irish family. The book starts with Anna having survived a freakish car accident and recovering back home in Ireland in her parents’ house. When Anna finally heals, she is ready to move back to her real life in New York City, to her “best job in the world” job, and to her loving husband, Aidan. Most of the story is told through flashbacks of Anna’s memories, and when Aidan disappears Anna sets out to find him by consulting fortune-tellers, h ...more
Norabee
Aug 15, 2008 Norabee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Marian Keyes fans and fans of chick lit
It’s Anna’s Turn in the Spotlight!!

Marian Keyes is a powerhouse – to me, she's a combination of Maeve Binchy mixed with a little Sophie Kinsella but clearly a phenomenal talent in her own right. I think I enjoyed this Walsh sister book better than the others (while, like everyone else, patiently waiting for Helen’s book) it was funny, sad, long, but in a good way – there was no skimming or counting pages with this read – enjoyable, I’m glad I saved it because there are not many books as good as
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Nikki
Feb 05, 2008 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  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
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Other Books in the Series

Walsh Family (6 books)
  • Watermelon (Walsh Family, #1)
  • Rachel's Holiday (Walsh Family, #2)
  •  Angels (Walsh Family, #3)
  • The Mystery of Mercy Close (Walsh Family, #5)
  • Mammy Walsh's A-Z of the Walsh Family (Walsh Family, #6)

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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.” 311 likes
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