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A Week in Winter Audiobook

A Week in Winter

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Publisher's Summary

Stoneybridge is a small town on the west coast of Ireland where all the families know one another. When Chicky Starr decides to take an old, decaying mansion set high on the cliffs overlooking the windswept Atlantic Ocean and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, everyone thinks she is crazy. Helped by Rigger (a bad boy turned good who is handy around the house) and Orla, her niece (a whiz at business), Chicky is finally ready to welcome the first guests to Stone House’s big warm kitchen, log fires, and understated elegant bedrooms. John, the American movie star, thinks he has arrived incognito; Winnie and Lillian are forced into taking a holiday together; Nicola and Henry, husband and wife, have been shaken by seeing too much death practicing medicine; Anders hates his father’s business, but has a real talent for music; Miss Nell Howe, a retired schoolteacher, criticizes everything and leaves a day early, much to everyone’s relief; the Walls are disappointed to have won this second-prize holiday in a contest where first prize was Paris; and Freda, the librarian, is afraid of her own psychic visions.

Sharing a week with this unlikely cast of characters is pure joy, full of Maeve’s trademark warmth and humor. Once again, she embraces us with her grand storytelling.

©2013 Maeve Binchy (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    Rio Delta Wild Harlingen, TX 04-08-13
    Rio Delta Wild Harlingen, TX 04-08-13 Member Since 2004

    I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.

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    "I love Maeve Binchy!"
    If you could sum up A Week in Winter in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent characters, tale.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    sorry, don't remember


    What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

    I like hearing different accents; her's are splendid!


    If you could take any character from A Week in Winter out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    sorry, don't remember.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep on writing, Maeve!!
    and Thanks!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    kathy New York, New York, United States 03-11-13
    kathy New York, New York, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Nice story"

    It is a nice story even if a little contrived. Enjoyable escape read. Would recommend it to a friend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila McGee-Smith Amherst, NH USA 03-11-13
    Sheila McGee-Smith Amherst, NH USA 03-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A Bittersweet Read of Maeve's Final Book"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this Binchy book, as I have every book she wrote. It was sad to think it would be the last one.

    A Week in Winter follows a format that Bichy began a few years back: individual stories in chapters weaved together with a theme. It worked a little better - a little less forced - here than it has in some of the more recent ones.

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 04-07-13
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 04-07-13 Member Since 2016

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "A great story"

    Maeve Binchy died just as she finished this book. I had just discovered her last year I feel so sad to lose a great story teller. But I can go and read all her past books. She mentions some of the characters from prior books in this story, so it is helpful if you have read her last few books. In her brilliant way of spinning a story, Binchy takes her readers to the west coast of Ireland to the village of Stoneybridge where hometown girl Chicky Starr has returned home to open a hotel. The book follows Chicky and her staff fixing up the hotel and to the first week it opens. It's this group of hotel guests and their individual stories that gives the warmth and compassion that Binchy's books are so famous for. Binchy is a master story teller. Rosalyn Landor did a good job narrating the book.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 08-15-13
    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 08-15-13
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    "Also DISAPPOINTED"

    I agree with Linda of Dumont NJ. There were just too many characters and too many vignettes. It was very easy for me to put down. I've enjoy Binchy books in the past but this one left me confused and tired of listening and trying to figure out...now who is this character and how are they related to the hotel and the story.

    If it wasn't for Rosalyn Landor, it would have been rated 1 star throughout for me.

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    Margaret Lamb Kingston, Ontario Canada 10-24-16
    Margaret Lamb Kingston, Ontario Canada 10-24-16 Listener Since 2003
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    "A wonderful, cozy read"

    I agree with another reviewer that this book is almost like a collection of short stories, but I enjoyed the way that the main characters from all of the stories ended up together at the end. After I caught on to the pattern it was fun to look for it. The narrator was wonderful, with a beautiful accent, and handled the many characters very well without any of them sounding forced.

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    Sharon 06-27-16
    Sharon 06-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "fun"

    the characters rapped themselves around you comming together with a very enjoyable conclusion.
    I highly recommend.

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    resc 05-20-16
    resc 05-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Lovely book but abrupt ending"

    Great book except the ending seemed too brief, even abrupt. Still, it was an enjoyable story.

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    Christine B Dunn 04-05-16
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    "Excellent building of plot but..."

    The plot build up was great but the last chapter was poor. It ended abruptly.

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    Edie 02-04-16
    Edie 02-04-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Another keeper"
    Would you try another book from Maeve Binchy and/or Rosalyn Landor?

    I have listened to numerous stories by Binchy. She has a pleasant world she describes.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I wanted to hear more about the main character Queenie and her hotel. It segued off to a story of each guest and got a bit contrived...


    What aspect of Rosalyn Landor’s performance would you have changed?

    nothing


    Did A Week in Winter inspire you to do anything?

    not really


    Any additional comments?

    I love this writer. She has a great way of telling an easy and enjoyable story

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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