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Lyrebird

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  4,378 Ratings  ·  533 Reviews
Life is in two parts: who you were before you met her, and who you are after.

A documentary crew discover a mysterious young woman living alone in the mountains of West Cork. Strikingly beautiful she has an extraordinary talent for mimicry, like the famous Australian Lyrebird. The crew, fascinated, make her the subject of her story, and bestow the nickname upon her.

When the
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Hardcover, 413 pages
Published November 3rd 2016 by HarperCollins
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Angela-Gaye Mallory I've just finished it and loved it. It wasn't a bookclub choice, I just enjoy Cecilia Ahern

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Amalia Gavea
‘’How can a place be a home if no one wants you there?’’

I’ve always had a weird relationship with Ahern’s books. I’ve never been particularly intrigued by the stories presented in her novels, until ‘’The Marble Collector’’ attracted my attention. I loved it, even though I faced certain issues with the construction of the characters and the dialogue. ‘’Lyrebird’’ won me over with its beautiful front cover and with the blurb that reminded me of the film ‘’Nel’’ with Jodie Foster and Liam Neeson.
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Steph
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Ok where do I start with this book..150 odd pages in and I was bored senseless,it was a challenge to even pick up the book and continue reading. It wasn't even that it was slow with nothing really happening but the plot was just boring. A woman found on a mountain who can mimic any sound and so this film crew want to do a documentary on her.

My biggest problem from the start was that I just didn't like any of the characters though I kinda liked Bo,the film producer even if she was a bit selfish o
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Aditi
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”

---- Charlotte Brontë


Cecelia Ahern, the #1 international bestselling author, pens her new contemporary fiction, Lyrebird which reads like a breathy timeless romantic fantasy of music and love and it centers around a young male documentary filmmaker and a lonely exotic and wild girl of the mountains with a rare talent to mimic whatever sound she hears and when these two meet, both of their worlds and lives
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emma
Jan 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc-giveaway
This is hands down one of the worst books I have ever read, and here’s why:

- Laura is downright annoying. Yes, I know she’s supposedly been isolated from the whole world her entire life. But she’s annoying. Her mimicking borders on completely ridiculous. She can apparently mimic the noise of “the sound of his fingers brushing his stubble”. PLEASE. The author tries to pull off some sort of manic but innocent pixie girl nonsense with her character and it’s irritating how every single character in
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Trish at Between My Lines
This review was originally posted on Between My Lines

Can you imagine living your life in total isolation? And then being thrust in the craziness of a reality show? No! Me, neither but that is the intriguing premise of Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern.

First Line of Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern

“He moves away from the others, their constant chat blending into a tedious monotonous sound in his head.”

My Thoughts on Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern

Laura (aka Lyrebird) is such a unique character. Twenty six year-ol
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Saiesha Hinge
Jun 10, 2016 marked it as tbr-2018
I have a feeling this is going to be one of her best works!



Arielle Walker
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Arielle by: Lynne
This was a little silly and a lot sweet. The perfect thing while lying in bed recovering from a nasty flu! Probably closer to 3 rather than 4 stars, but that cover is lovely and I'm feeling generous.
Jess The Bookworm
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Solomon returns to a farm in Ireland where he was part of the filming of a documentary of twin brothers who lived in a secluded way and just had each other. The documentary team returns when one of the twins passes away.

While on the grounds of the farm, Solomon is drawn to a noise in the forest and discovers that it belongs to a beautiful woman. Her name is Laura and she's been living on the land in secret and has the ability to mimic noises, much like a lyrebird.

Having been discovered, Laura
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booksofallkinds
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Words cannot really describe the depth of feeling that this story evoked in me. When Solomon, a sound guy in a documentary crew, sees Laura hiding in the forest, he is mesmerised by her and shocked at their instant connection. And as they discover the wonderful talent that Laura possesses, Solomon feels another link to her and falls even more in love with her, even though they can never be together. Laura has lived alone for so long, but is willing to embrace the changes that are happening to he ...more
Gloria  Fiction Mad
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Even though this book was very original and Cecelia is a pro, I was very disappointed.
I couldn't really get into it, the character Laura seemed far too... weak, wimpy. I just didn't like her.
Fine, she lived in the forest and wasn't used to society. But come on!! She could've been a bit tougher.
Anyway, to me this book was a huge, MEH!
Peri June
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I was recommended this book by my best friend, so despite the many not-so-glowing reviews, I knew I would pick it up, and I would LOVE it since she and I have the same exact taste in books.

And I was right! I loved it so much.

Laura button is a mimic. She can mimic the sound of anything in existence like car alarms, coffee machines, a whimpering dog and much more. Laura has been living in isolation her entire life until she is discovered by a documentary film crew who immediately want to film her
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Nicole
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So klingt dein Herz // Lyrebird!!! german and english review
 
 
Mein letztes Cecelia Ahern Buch ist schon eine Weile her und nachdem ich es einfach nicht fertig gebracht habe, eins meiner aktuellen Bücher fertig zu lesen, hab ich mir einfach mal eine Pause gegönnt und habe mich in Richtung Hörbücher umgesehen. Auf Spotify hab ich dann das hier gefunden, von dem ich vorher noch garnichts gehört hatte, dass ich dementsprechend auch garnicht auf meiner Liste hatte.
 
Inhalt: Die junge Laura lebt im Ver
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Lauren
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
I'm going to DNF this one at 21%, at least for a while. My favourite characters are the Toolin twins, and one of them is dead.
trishajennreads
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wishlist
This book is beautiful. Full review to come on the blog next week.

(I received this book from the publisher with the hope of an honest review)


Okay! Full review can be found here: http://trishajennreads.com/2016/11/04...


A beautiful, lyrical read.

Lyrebird is a stunning reminder to stop and take a look at the abundant beauty that surrounds us. It is an ode to the ordinary that hides the extraordinary. It is reminiscent of the sweetness of a love based on mutual respect and appreciation and comfort
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Monique
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher HarperCollins NZ in exchange for an honest review.

Before we even jump into the story, can we all just take a second to appreciate how beautiful this cover is? My overflowing bookshelf is glad to have this glorious cover taking up residence on its shelf.

What a premise for a book.

Laura aka the Lyrebird was such a wonderful character; I fell instantly for her. Living a reclusive life in the mountains, Laura is a mysterious lead from the ou
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Lyndi
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Life is in two parts: who you were before you met her, and who you are after.

A documentary crew discover a mysterious young women living alone in the mountains of West Cork. Strikingly beautiful she has an extraordinary talent for mimicry, like the famous Australian Lyrebird. The crew, fascinated, make her the subject of her story, and bestow the nickname upon her.

When they leave, they take Lyrebird with them back to the city. But as she leaves behind her peaceful life to learn about a new world
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Sharon
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
I've read a few of Cecelia's books and unfortunately they haven't really been my cup of tea for the most part, her writing style isn't something I find enjoyable. With that in mind, when this was picked for a Book Club choice this month, I was determined to give her another go and read this with an open mind.

Once I got used to her particular style of writing I just went with it - it is what it is, it's overly descriptive in some parts and really simplistic in others, it's full of lines that wil
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Suad Shamma
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, 2017, favourites
I must admit, this was not what I expected when I picked it up. The whole filming a documentary aspect, with a film crew, reality TV show, etc was a bit...strange. For me.

However, in terms of characters, and love story, it was captivating. Again, for me.

The concept was great. Creating a character like Laura, who can mimic sounds to perfection, was weirdly fascinating. They call her the Lyrebird for that ability that she has, except people cannot seem to understand that she does not do it for sh
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Ahana~
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"She sensed him before she smelled him, she smelled him before she saw him. She saw him before he saw her. She knew him before he knew her. He loved her before he kissed her.

I am really happy that I made a very good decision in buying this book. This book is just awesome even though awesome is not just the word to describe it. It is musical, poetic and beautiful and I just loved it!

The story is about Laura, a beautiful girl in the rugged mountains of Ireland. Now this girl has an amazing talent!
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Nicole
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Set in Ireland a documentary team are back to film the funeral of a twin and the thoughts of the surviving brother, both who have managed the farm together since their father died. Whilst wondering the soundman, Solomon discovers a young woman who lives in the cottage on their land. She communicates through sounds she doesn't know she's making.
Excited by the discovery of a secret child of the dead brother, Bo, the producer decides to make a new documentary about her life, unaware that everyone i
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Lucy
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
I do love Cecelia's stories.. I have been reading her since she started publishing her work.. however I can't connect with this one..

I have found recently that Ahern's latest books unlikely her earlier works have been a bit flat.. though have magical twangs to them but unlike some of her more joyous works Lyrebird for me was disappointing, flat and droll.. when was the story going to begin? And why all the daft names? I don't understand why so many people have found a connection with this one wh
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Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
The cover is so pretty!



Lara
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
I really wanted to enjoy this book! But i JUST COULDNT! The writer was too cheesy for my taste.
Tatiana
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Даже не знаю как оценить. Не мой автор Ахерн. Не трогает. Герои злили и раздражали. История ни о чем.
John Braine
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, 2017
Popular Romantic Fiction really isn’t my thing. But this was one of the options in my online book club, and I thought I’d give Cecilia Ahern the benefit of the doubt. It can be refreshing to read a genre you wouldn’t normally read now and then. Also there are so few Irish Audiobooks, I’ve only listened to about 4 including this.

Plot: a documentary crew stumble upon a young woman with a unique talent for mimicry; Think Little Voice possessed by Michael Winslow and you have it.



This started off rea
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Holly
Nov 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
There really is nothing better than the annual Cecelia Ahern book. She has such an ability to turn me into an emotional sobbing wreck! That said I don't think Lyrebird is up there with my favourite of her books, and the 4 stars are pretty much a loyalty thing. I feel like the idea of Laura and her Lyrebird abilities was much more interesting than the talent show subplot - it seemed contrived and cliche. We all know the world of social media and viral videos corrupts beautiful and pure people/thi ...more
Neeti
Jan 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
When you eagerly wait for a book and are disappointed after reading the first five pages itself. I refuse to believe that Cecelia Ahern has written this book. Her writing is beautiful, this book isn't. It's cringeworthy, irritating and by far her worst. I am hugely disappointed. All of the characters were annoying. Especially Solomon. Ugh. Bo was the only one I could manage because she seemed real. I am used to falling in love with the male leads of Cecelia's books. I couldn't even read a dialog ...more
Ralitsa  Koleva
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ревю: https://bloodyrosered.wordpress.com/2...

I just love how Cecelia manages to make her books magical, even the ones which doesn't have a supernatural elements. This one is one amazing fairytale for changes and the way we deal with them. I am yet again convinced that this woman can make us think over the little things of life, to appreciate them more and smile more.
dluvsbooks
Gosh this is the second book in a row that had characters I could not relate to or root for. When I read the synopsis for this I was super excited, it sounded fantastic but within the first few chapters I knew I wasn't going to get through to end. It doesn't help that I just finished an epic book and now everything seems so dull and boring.
Julia
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 00-standalone, 2017
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Insgesamt bin ich ein großer Fan von Cecelia Aherns Romanen. Ich liebe ihren Schreibstil und ihre Art, Geschichten zu erzählen. Auf So klingt dein Herz, der deutschen Übersetzung von Lyrebird, war ich schon sehr gespannt, weil ich den Klappentext auf der einen Seite sehr faszinierend fand, mir aber auf der anderen Seite kaum etwas darunter vorstellen konnte. Tatsächlich kommt der Roman gänzlich ohne übernatürliches aus, was nicht bei allen Ahern Büchern der Fall ist. Stattdessen bekomm
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Cecelia Ahern was born and grew up in Dublin. She is now published in nearly fifty countries, and has sold over twenty-five million copies of her novels worldwide. Two of her books have been adapted as films and she has created several TV series.
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“The more time she is spending around people, the more she discovers of her own character failures. In the cottage she was generous, she was kind, she was positive. In this world new sides of her are emerging and she doesn’t like it. She thought she was a better person than this.” 2 likes
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