I usually like books by Maeve Binchy and so was looking forward to this listen. Although it does usually take me an hour or two to get into her stories, this one was different. I was on hour four when I finally gave in and quit. I just didn't find it interesting. The characters weren't that great, it jumped all over the place...Sorry to say this isn't her best.
A great set of short stories that have a common thread or two. It was cleverly written and kept me well entertained. I love how a character like Neddy Nolan, the "half wit" actually proves to be kind, brave and far from simple. The narrators did a great job depicting the varied characters.
The stories seems disjointed and some of them, even at the conclusion, still appear to be entirely pointless (and disturbing!). Probably my least fave Binchy of all.
Maeve Binchy is a great story teller. This book starts with a controversy in a small town in Ireland: whether or not to build a bypass road through a beloved local shrine. Then we get to hear the voices of the townspeople, both for and against.
An especially nice storytelling technique used in this book is starting a story as told by one person, and then picking up the story by another person with a little different perspective. We learn of the secrets, longings, successes and losses of all these lives that interweave at various points and in various times.
Listen to this story when you can relax and escape into the lives of these characters. I first listened to Whitethorn Woods in 2007 yet find myself thinking of this tale even three years later. High time to enjoy a second listen. This book promises to be an old friend in years to come. Wish the narrators were given their due.
Defiantly not her normal style! First couples of chapters were very difficult to get through. But I persevered and finished. Was so excited to have a new, great Maeve Binchy read… was somewhat disappointed with the style. Lots of different characters and nothing really jelled. Good read, not great.
I am sorry to say that I feel the same as the other reviewer. I keep thinking someone else must have written this and put Ms. Binchy's name on it. Very boring.