The Woman Who Walked into Doors : Paula Spencer

  • by Roddy Doyle
  • Narrated by Caroline Lennon
  • Series: Paula Spencer
  • 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Paula O'Leary is hugely popular with the boys from her working-class Dublin neighbourhood. But it is the charming Charlo Spencer who finally gets her. Yet after their honeymoon, everything changes. When Charlo first strikes her, she is stunned. But as his violent outbursts develop from slaps and bruises to broken fingers and knocked-out teeth, she gradually loses all self-respect, denying how bleak things are and drinking heavily. This is the heart-rending story of a woman struggling to reclaim her dignity after a violent, abusive marriage.

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What the Critics Say

"In feeling the pulse of a raw Dublin suburb, Doyle is recording a beat which can be recognised all over the world." (The Times)
"[Doyle] climbs into a woman's skin so brilliantly that you have to pinch yourself to remember this was written by a man." (Sunday Express)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Such insight!

This isn't a shock-horror sort of book, using gratuitous violence to stun the reader. Rather, it shows how domestic violence is almost a daily experience for some women. The most shocking aspect is the realisation that this is just an ordinary family. There's almost certainly a 'Paula' living in your street!
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- Steven

Fantastic read - I did not want it to end!

Where does The Woman Who Walked into Doors rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

TOP! I loved it


Who was your favorite character and why?

Paula is my favourite character.


What about Caroline Lennon’s performance did you like?

I loved her voice and her Irish accent was perfect for this book


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would have loved to enjoy it all in one go but time restraints meant I couldn't.


Any additional comments?

I really think this is a great observation of life and I enjoyed the ways of each different character. I was waiting for 'the point of change' and when it came, I was very impressed.
I did not want to leave Paula when the book ended and was delighted to discover a sequel! YAY!!

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- mj

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-05-2007
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books