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3.73  ·  Rating details ·  7,220 ratings  ·  788 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.

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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 Gkavea
‘’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 Neeso
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
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
“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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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
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.
Jun 10, 2016 marked it as physical-tbr
I have a feeling this is going to be one of her best works!

Jul 30, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, chick-lit
This book pulled me in right from the beginning; the writing is solid, descriptive, poetic at times, I was hopeful for this book. This is my first Cecelia Ahern and my bookish friend swears by her books, so I thought this book would be a good one -- sadly, it turned out horribly wrong as far as I'm concerned.

As a book, I value this one. Like I said, the writing is beautiful and compelling; this pushed various buttons on me, triggering a lot of emotions bursting out of me which is a good thing i
Aug 29, 2017 rated it 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.
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful, captivating and musical. The beauty of lyrebirds truly shone through.
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
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
Aug 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really grateful to Emily for giving this book to me! Enjoyed it a lot - maybe would've liked a little bit more romance content? Not sure. It was really great, just nothing I'd typically give higher than a "good" rating for!
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
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
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 dull.. 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 whe
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!
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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:

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
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
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
The concept of the story was cool. I'd say I love the book, but there were some elements that didn't really sit well with me. When they discovered the existence of Laura Button, Solomon's first instinct was to protect, but Bo's first thought was to make yet another documentary. A naive and unique 26yo woman with the ability to mimic exactly the sounds that she'd listened to, Bo already had ideas. It's gonna be yet another masterpiece by her, another story to be documented. But once they brought ...more
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
Oct 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Bo, Solomon and Rachael they are all driving towards County Cork. Three years ago they had spent time following and filming a couple Tom and Joe Toolin in the ‘Toolin Twins’ about how eighty year old twins look after the Eire countryside. Since then one of the two had died and Joe was on his own. The three folk wonder how Joe would survive without having someone so totally in tune with each other, they even know when to say nothing. They were going to the funeral to see how they would fare. The ...more
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
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This wonderfully written book absolutely captivated me. The story --about a woman who has lived in seclusion for most of her life and is suddenly thrust into the public eye-- is crafted in a way that makes this improbable tale almost plausible. Ahern masterfully guides the reader into thinking that a situation has no way out, then surprisingly finds a resolution! Multiple surprising moments throughout the novel kept me engaged even during the sappier moments (i.e. there is quite a bit of crying ...more
Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
The cover is so pretty!

while lauras story is one of inherent loveliness, the direction the plot takes (*cough* the reality talent competition *cough*) removes any sort of beauty that could have been written. it feels gimmicky and loses what could have been a really touching romance story. such a shame.

but then again, im not a published author, so what do i know? lol.

3 stars
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.
Fadilah Khan
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was so good I spent the whole day reading it!! I really liked the perspectives it was told from and the characters themselves. They had so much depth in them and weren't just empty word descriptions as most books are. It was an interesting read that I recommend to all!!
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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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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