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Publisher's Summary

"An extraordinary novel, a poetic writer, and a story that moved me to tears." (John Boyne, New York Times best-selling author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas)

"I'm here to remember - all that I have been and all that I will never be again."

If you had to pick five people to sum up your life, who would they be? If you were to raise a glass to each of them, what would you say? And what would you learn about yourself, when all is said?

At the bar of a grand hotel in a small Irish town sits 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan. He’s alone, as usual ­- though tonight is anything but. Pull up a stool and charge your glass, because Maurice is finally ready to tell his story.

Over the course of this evening, he will raise five toasts to the five people who have meant the most to him. Through these stories - of unspoken joy and regret, a secret tragedy kept hidden, a fierce love that never found its voice - the life of one man will be powerful and poignantly laid bare.

Beautifully heart-warming and powerfully felt, the voice of Maurice Hannigan will stay with you long after all is said and done.

©2019 Anne Griffin (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd.

What the critics say

“Beautiful. Intimate. Tearful. Aching and lyrical. So simply and beautifully told.” (Louise Penny, number-one New York Times best-selling author)

"When All Is Said catches a world in a moment. Maurice Hannigan is a wonderful invention, whose bitter-sweet meditations will stay long in the reader's mind. Anne Griffin has fashioned a rare jewel." (John Banville, New York Times best-selling author of Time Pieces and Man Booker Prize award-winning author of The Sea)

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What a yarn

I loved everything About this story if you were raised in an Irish family you will know how every nuance is true. I highly recommend this and the writer and narrator deserves accolades galore.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-03-14

"Grief is the price we pay for love" Qn Eliz II

I'm not so much a fiction reader, but this story really struck me. Indeed, a poetic novel, beautifully written, with themes from of the real gritty side of love, to the sympathy of an enemy, and the loss and despair that comes with it. This is all not yet to mention the narration of the novel. Very rich and genuine. By my second read through (the book is not exactly in chronological order and you may pick up on detail previously missed) i was moved to tears. The writing was amazing but the voice is what personally made me emotional.
Easy 5 star rating from me!

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  • Tara
  • 2019-03-11

gorgeous tragic and poignant .....

loved it loved insight loved family histories enriching and warm ....love being the Begining and the end of all ends

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  • KarmaMama
  • 2019-05-20

Terrific narration and heartwarming story

I didn't think I would like this book very much but I ended up being completely charmed by the author's voice and the narration. We read for a book club, and a couple of members found it hard to get through the prose of the Irish dialect. I'm glad I did the Audible, because the narrator made the prose extremely easy to understand and he really made the character come alive for me. I don't think I've ever heard such a great narrator before. Great job Audible!

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  • Deana Starr
  • 2019-05-11

This, my friends, is a true love story

As a hospice nurse I often wonder what runs through my patients heads in the last days of their lives when they are thinking over life events. This book is an elderly man telling his son his life story. The good, bad, ugly and wonderful parts of it, But he is doing it in his own mind because he doesn't know how to do it in person. Each chapter is a toast to an event or person that was important in his life. This book made me laugh and cry out loud. The narrator is outstanding. The author makes you feel the emotions of the man telling the story. This, my friends, is a true love story.

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  • agorsh
  • 2019-05-10

Epic tale

I can't say enough about this story, I am forever thankful for Maurice and the tale he tells with such ease and dignity.

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  • Katherine
  • 2019-04-30

Beautiful.

I loved this story from start to finish. So many lessons about how to be a good and imperfect person and love others, told with poetic imagery that will make you laugh and cry at the same time. And the reader is the best I have ever heard.

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  • Kirk A Mann
  • 2019-04-27

Masterpiece, Extraordinary, Deeply Moving

Wow, I loved this story and narration!!! Tears fill my eyes at the beauty, depth, and sensitivity of Morris Hannigan's (main character) life reflections and family journey. Very sweet and funny. The life story and evolution of an Irish farmer ( from 1930's to present times). Absolutely brilliant, Anne Griffin - hope for more from her on audible. Niall Buggy - gifted narrater, this story felt so genuine. Hope to hear more narration from Niall. Give a listen, I am certain your heart and spirit will be moved deeply.

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  • Michelle prime
  • 2019-04-25

Highly recommend

Such a great story and the narration couldn't have been better! I love reading (well listening) but if a story drags, I get bored and will not hesitate to move on. But this one had me from the beginning and kept me until I finished. You won't regret this one!

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  • P. Smith
  • 2019-04-18

Great read after a slow start.

Took me some time to get into this book, but my persistence paid off. A well told tale of an ordinary life and the foibles we all go through. It has one huge flaw. the sound quality is so bad i could barely hear it with my blue tooth ear buds.

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  • amy scannell
  • 2019-04-18

Best book I’ve listened to ever!

It’s a bit like the 5 people you meet in Heaven - but different - as an old Irishman sits at a bar and toasts the 5 most important people in his life - it’s so rich, and touching, and witty, and real. Itll make you laugh out loud and cry and examine your own foibles and the intricacies and secrets of family history. I could listen to the reader for hours on end.