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A Week in Summer | [Maeve Binchy]

A Week in Summer

After many happy years of marriage and raising a family, Brian and Kathleen suddenly find themselves a bit lost in life. Midwesterners who've never traveled, Kathleen decides that what she and Brian need is a vacation, and she plans a trip to Ireland in search of her roots. In beautiful, quaint Lisdoonvarna, to the couple's surprise, they find themselves in the midst of a joyous yearly gathering, and they rediscover something much more important than evidence of long-dead ancestors: their love for each other and for life itself.
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Publisher's Summary

After many happy years of marriage and raising a family, Brian and Kathleen suddenly find themselves a bit lost in life. Midwesterners who've never traveled, Kathleen decides that what she and Brian need is a vacation, and with the help of an enthusiastic travel agent she plans a trip to Ireland in search of her roots.

In beautiful, quaint Lisdoonvarna, to the couple's surprise, they find themselves in the midst of a joyous yearly gathering dedicated to celebrating the life and work of a late Irish poet, and they rediscover something much more important than evidence of long-dead ancestors: their love for each other and for life itself.

©2011 Maeve Binchy (P)2011 Random House

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    Wendy Pago Pago, AS, United States 10-11-11
    Wendy Pago Pago, AS, United States 10-11-11
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    "In her own voice"

    Maeve Binchy narrates this interesting story at speed. I have listened to it twice and find it highly enjoyable, especially the audience reactions in the background. She reads quite fast to my taste, but I was able to understand her. Great story. I was rooting for the wife as she got her husband to take a vacation to Ireland for a week. Just see who they meet up with!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 06-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "What a great gift for her friends!"
    What about Maeve Binchy’s performance did you like?

    First of all, I love Maeve Binchy. I love the way she weaves characters in and out of each other's lives. How their relationships change and they just go with the flow. How she always brings out the most poignant aspect of the relationships without getting muddled up in all the baggage.

    Next, you have to listen to the introduction! Once you understand that she has written this story and is performing it as a gift for her friends at the festival, it takes on so much more meaning! The audience laughs at the parts of the story that are poking fun at them! I love the comeraderie that is so evident in the context of the reading. It means so much more as her performance than it ever would as written text!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Loretta R. Cooper 05-26-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Laugh out loud hilarious!"

    If you love Maeve Binchy- you will love her more in about 30 minutes!

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    Elizabeth MILTON, NH, United States 04-01-13
    Elizabeth MILTON, NH, United States 04-01-13

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    "Read by the author!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Week in Summer to be better than the print version?

    yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    the fact that it was read by the author, who is one of my favorites.


    What does Maeve Binchy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    her lovely accent and wonderful storytelling ability. Brought the story to life for me.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    living your life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Lincoln, ME, United States 03-25-13
    Amazon Customer Lincoln, ME, United States 03-25-13
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    "A delightful tale of marriage and friendship."
    Where does A Week in Summer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right at the top. I also loved her personal reading.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator.


    What does Maeve Binchy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her personal inflections.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy United States 03-08-13
    Nancy United States 03-08-13
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    "I could listen to this writer all day"
    What did you love best about A Week in Summer?

    A classic story that touches your heart.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Week in Summer?

    The part where the husband declares himself the reincarnation of a famous poet.


    Which character – as performed by Maeve Binchy – was your favorite?

    The wife as the narrator of the story. She has a great repoir with the audience


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Rancho Mirage, CA, United States 08-20-12
    Christine Rancho Mirage, CA, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A cheap read and not worth any more"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    better story


    What could Maeve Binchy have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I like short stories, but as an american, a lot of the references did not jive which then gave the story an empty cheap feel. I think mauve made this story up quickly without a lot of follow up on the details.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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