Anybody Out There?

Version: Unabridged
Author: Marian Keyes
Narrator: Terry Donnelly
Genres: Romance, Fiction & Literature, Chick Lit
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published In: June 2006
# of Units: 13 CDs
Length: 15 hours
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Marian Keyes has introduced readers to the lives, loves, and foibles of the five Walsh sisters. 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 urban beauty brand, a lovely apartment in New York, and a perfect husband -- the love of her life, Aidan Maddox. Until the morning she wakes up in her mammy's living room in Dublin with her face in stitches, a dislocated knee, and completely smashed-up hands -- and no memory of how she got there. While her mammy plays nursemaid, Anna tries to get better and keeps wondering why Aidan won't return her phone calls or emails.

Recuperating from her injuries, a mystified Anna returns to Manhattan. Slowly beginning to remember what happened, she sets off on a search to find Aidan -- a hilarious quest involving lilies (she can't stop smelling them), psychics, mediums, and anyone there who can promise her a reunion with her beloved...

Written in her classic style, marrying the darker parts of life with humor and wit, "Anybody Out There?" is Marian Keyes' best novel to date, wonderfully charming look at love here and ever after.

Reviews (48)

Enjoyable read

Written by Amanda on March 1st, 2016

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I really enjoyed this book, especially the witty dialogue. I love Marian Keye's writing and would definitely recommend this one. Just missed 5 stars because I didn't particularly like a certain twist...without spoiling what kind of twist it was...

second half?

Written by Anonymous from El Paso, TX on March 15th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 2/5

The first half of the book was pretty good although I figured out what was going on pretty fast, but then the second half got so depressing and talked about death so much I could not continue listening

a bit long

Written by Anonymous on August 10th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I liked the story of this book. The character definitely got on my nerves at certain points of the book where I wanted to scream at her: "just get it over with" but it's a good story. The Irish accent is funny and makes the book very easy to read. I found the book a bit long at times but would recommend to listen to it... not read it.


Written by Anonymous on June 20th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I really enjoyed this book. Despite the heavy topic of dealing with death of her husband, the book had some truly funny/quirky parts. It is difficult to master to combination of sad, moving, funny, and uplifting all at the same time, but this author managed to do it. Quite a good book.

Too Long

Written by Marianne from Fort Worth, TX on November 16th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 2/5

The story moved way too slow. Clever opening but I found myself fast forwarding often. I did not enjoy the narration at all. The main character didn't sound Irish and the male characters were laughable.

Anybody Out There?

Written by Anonymous on August 25th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This was a pretty good story and kept my interest most of the time. There were periods I felt the story was too long. But I got through it and overall enjoyed it.


Written by Amy on May 29th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I found myself thoroughly enjoying this story! At times it was a bit depressing, but for me it put a different perspective on how to view death. I absolutely loved the narrator's accent and found myself wishing I had a mom like Anna's - that woman cracked me up! Well read, well written, very entertaining!

Great, but description on site misleading

Written by Anonymous on May 22nd, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book was entertaining, and the narrator's Irish accent made it charming and very easy to listen to. However, I thought the description was misleading. The plot of the book is a woman whose husband dies in an accident, and she must now pick up the pieces and move on. The description on this site was very vague, so it caught me a bit off guard. The story is still nice, and I love the way Anna copes. But there were chapters that were REALLY depressing. Just thought people deserved a fair warning.

Too long

Written by Anonymous on December 20th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Not too bad of a story line.....just way too long!

Anybody Out There?

Written by Pam from Long Beach, CA on December 12th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

What a great, insightful, funny, sad, fabulous story. I absolutely loved it and could have listened forever. I love the main character and all the others. Wonderful story, I highly recommend. These characters are so realistic and you feel like you would love to know each and every one.

Author Details

Author Details

Keyes, Marian

Marian Keyes was born in Limerick and brought up in Dublin. She graduated with a Law degree at University College Dublin and then 'put it to good use' by going to London and getting a job as a waitress. (According to Under The Duvet, she felt she "did not deserve a better job".) Eventually she was working in an accounts office, when she started writing short stories, with no intention of ever writing a novel (“It would take too long”). She described her career shift as "I became a writer by accident." since she sent her short story manuscripts to a publisher thinking she wouldn't hear back from them, but they did: and asked to see her novel. Thus, Watermelon was written and her career as a novelist was born.

Marian Keyes is a recovering alcoholic, and has incorporated her good and bad life experiences of all types in her books, which are comedies, though the prominent themes and outlined points are dark issues-- including infidelity, inferiority complexes, divorce, drug addiction, bereavement, and domestic violence. In the Walsh family books, the character Rachel Walsh is not based on Marian Keyes, but according to Under The Duvet, her real life experiences in rehabilitation are used in Rachel's Holiday.

Marian lives with her husband, Tony (called "Himself" in her non-fiction works), in Dun Laoghaire after moving back from London in 1997.