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Mermaid in a Bowl of Tears

Written by: Cindy Brandner
Narrated by: Gary Furlong
Length: 29 hrs and 29 mins
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The long-awaited sequel to Exit Unicorns opens in the autumn of 1969. Casey and Pamela Riordan have fled the erupting violence of Belfast, Northern Ireland, only to find themselves tangled in the web of political corruption that permeates South Boston. Here, a man's life can hang upon the whim of another, and neighborhood politics and organized crime are one and the same. 

While Pamela appears to flourish in the arena of Boston Irish society, Casey struggles to survive in a sphere where his presence has become increasingly inconvenient. Betrayed and blackmailed by friend and foe, the Riordans are forced to make desperate choices that bear heavy consequences. In the wake of tragedy, they return to Ireland and an alliance with James Kirkpatrick. It is here the bonds of love are tested - by the bloody price of rebellion, a past that is fraught with dangers of its own, friendships that carry a steep price, and a secret that threatens to tear their lives apart. 

Set against the backdrop of the gritty streets of Southie and the heartbreaking beauty of Ireland, Mermaid in a Bowl of Tears is a tale of the invincibility of the human spirit, imbued with the passion, humor, and magic inherent to the Emerald Isle.

©2007, 2012 Cindy Brandner (P)2018 Cindy Brandner

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One of the best listening experiences

This is another outstanding audio book from Cindy and narrator Gary. Cindy's Exit Unicorns series is one that I highly recommend and consider to be the kind of series that lasts through a lifetime of reading and re-reading. Mermaid in a Bowl of Tears is my favourite in the series - so far - and I am always eagerly awaiting the next novel. I hope listeners will enjoy this audio book as much I have.

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Historical Fiction at its Finest!

I love this series with every fibre of my being! I am only on Chapter 25 of the audio, and I couldn't wait to write my review. Because I HONESTLY can't even entertain the idea that I will be disappointed, it's that good!!
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I am currently listening to the newly released audio version of this book and following along with my book. This is my second reading of the book. I am only on Chapter 25, but I am blown away!! I am completely enamored! I didn’t know I would LOVE a story even more than I already do. The audio takes you on a plane of existence that you didn’t even know was there. To experience a story like this is so much different than watching it in a movie format. I believe in a lot of ways with the perfect narrator it is so much better. Gary Furlong is a master at his trade and he does not disappoint! I thought he did a fantastic job with Exit Unicorns. He takes it up quite a few notches for Mermaids! I am very much looking forward to him doing the rest of the series because honestly, I don't know if anyone else could do it justice.
9/17/18
I am nearly finished, and I stand by my earlier review. I have enjoyed this experience so much, that I have relistened to several chapters more than once! I love it that much!! Brilliant work by Gary Furlong.
Love, love, love! #Audible1

My history with this series:
It took me 3 times to get into this series over a few years. I would pretty much get to the same part and stop. I am not sure if the timing was just wrong or what. So when Cindy started talking about the release of book 4, I decided to get started on the series seriously this time and give it another chance. All I can say is WOW! After I got past the part I was always stuck at, I continued on. Then I was completely hooked!! So, I read Mermaids and Angels next, and Spindrift, her collection of short stories about the characters in the course of 3 months! Over 2000 pages of literary genius! A full year before Shadow's was due to release!! If you haven't delved into the world of Exit Unicorns, then you are missing out on an epic work of art!! Cindy writes like no other person I have read. She is a master storyteller, and you are transported into the story through beautifully written prose. I could feel and see everything she described as if I was there. I have fallen in love with the characters, and this story so much. I have always had a love for all things Irish, but as The Troubles started before I was born, I was never aware of Ireland's bloody past. This series has taught me history, it has taught me about passion, it has taught me about strength, and most of all it has taught me about true and passionate love for one's country. You will laugh, you will cry, you will feel joy and such sorrow. You will feel love, and passion like no other. If you have a passion for all things Irish, then this is a series you can not afford to miss out on! Read it! You won't be sorry. Bloody brilliant! #Audible1

I highly recommend immersion reading for this series as it takes you on a reading experience like no other!

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  • tania garberg
  • 2018-09-06

Great Irish History Story

I have to admit that I didn’t know that much about the details of the history of Ireland and England. Cindy Brandner does a fantastic job at weaving in the history amongst a great love story. Gary Furlong has a beautiful voice and makes you want to listen to the story. I can’t wait to hear book #3!

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  • Victoria Jewel
  • SF Bay Area, CA
  • 2018-12-03

Do not miss Mermaid in a Bowl of Tears!

This second book in Cindy Brandner's series, beginning with Exit Unicorns, picks up with Casey and Pamela Riordan leaving Ireland to journey to the United States, and settling in South Boston. Their dreams of finding a more peaceful and less dangerous life are soon shattered when they find themselves surrounded by political corruption and organized crime. Their marriage and even their lives are threatened and they are forced to return to Ireland where the same problems they fled still exist.

Cindy Brandner's exquisite story has you clinging to every moment of the lives of Casey and Pamela, and the Lord James Kirkpatrick! You won't want to miss anything in this story as it sweeps you along with the historical accuracy of the times in the late 60's and into the 70's with it's twists and turns and wonderful characters. You will laugh and you will cry along the way but you will not want to stop listening. Gary Furlong's narration is even more wonderful than in Exit Unicorns with the introduction of colorful American characters as well as new Irish ones. After reading the four books in this series, each more than once, I found listening to the audible versions of the first two books to be magical!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-10-09

Great story

The Exit series is magical and hearing it on Audible adds another full dimension to the story.

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  • David
  • 2018-10-09

Listening after reading twice, and loving it more!

The story that I am already familiar with, having read the series twice, has a quality in the telling audibly that makes it feel more as if I'm immersed in it. I sometimes am conscious of it being told as a tale, as an Irish story might, but soon I am in a world of beauty, love and emotion and all types of fear, rage and hate . The descriptions are strikingly well composed and explanations of the situation are made to fit well within the story, while being quite balanced and reasonable for such a contentious subject.

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  • Lea N
  • 2018-10-09

Even better than Exit Unicorns!

I really enjoyed Gary’s narration for this book. He really does do various accents well so that you feel a distinct character from each person. Cindy’s writing is magnificent , she really captures the times well. It’s poignant, and melancholy, as it’s meant to be. It was hard hearing the demise of certain characters after already “living” them through the first reading of this book. Cindy gets an A+ from me! If you have finished her book with a dry eye you must be a sociopath, j/k.

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  • Veronica Cox
  • 2018-09-24

Enchanting!

I loved reading this book, but so very much enjoyed listening more. The story is heart-wrenching at times and riveting at all times. The narration just serves to heighten all the emotion. Another fabulous rendition!

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  • Nancy
  • UK
  • 2018-09-20

Wonderful!!!!

I'm so glad Gary was able to do another book! So exciting to hear the story and have it come to life.
Love these books, keep them coming Cindy!!!
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-08-31

Mermaid is FANTASTIC in Audio!

I have all of Cindy's books in this series and am absolutely thrilled that she is making her titles into audio books. I adore the paper copies and now with the audios, the Exit Unicorns and the Mermaid in a Bowl of Tears stories are taken to another level with Gary's voice. The history, characters, and adventures come to life and give me shivers, make me laugh out loud and bring tears to my eyes. Cindy's eloquent words that chronicle the gripping story of Ireland combined with Gary's emotive narration that expertly paints Cindy's story is the perfect match for me. I strongly recommend these books and the audio stories for readers and listeners who want to be moved, who want to learn and who love when such a brilliant story like this comes to life.

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  • Linda
  • 2018-08-31

Fascinating story!

This story of the Irish Troubles pulls you in with wonderfully descriptive prose, and characters you really care about! Can't wait for the next one!

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  • R. Boehm
  • The Villages, Florida
  • 2018-08-30

I think I'm in love!

I was thrilled when I discovered that Cindy Brandner was creating a Mermaid audiobook. I have eagerly followed Pamela, Jamie and Casey's story throughout the Exit Unicorn series. As much as I enjoyed reading Mermaid however, having it read to me in the accomplished (and sexy) voice of Gary Furlong was a real treat. I didn't want to stop listening! Well done! Looking forward to listening to the next in the series when it's completed.