We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
A Week in Winter | [Maeve Binchy]

A Week in Winter

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.
Regular Price:$28.00
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (552 )
5 star
 (217)
4 star
 (190)
3 star
 (114)
2 star
 (20)
1 star
 (11)
Overall
4.0 (472 )
5 star
 (188)
4 star
 (151)
3 star
 (103)
2 star
 (21)
1 star
 (9)
Story
4.3 (470 )
5 star
 (237)
4 star
 (160)
3 star
 (61)
2 star
 (7)
1 star
 (5)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Patricia MONTGOMERY, TX, United States 05-22-13
    Patricia MONTGOMERY, TX, United States 05-22-13 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Life has much to offer"
    What made the experience of listening to A Week in Winter the most enjoyable?

    it opened a thought process about what people let slip away from their lives.
    These people found love and enjoyment by the getaway from their present world.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    How these people found out the reasons,they were afraid of a different adventure
    Finding the unknown, then learning they could develop happiness and a better life.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    P. A. Kettlewell Antigo, WI United States 05-21-13
    P. A. Kettlewell Antigo, WI United States 05-21-13

    handyhen

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    178
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "the last from a wonderful story teller"
    Where does A Week in Winter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This isn't M.B.'s best work, but a very pleasant story to listen to. In a world in need of some "happy endings", she once again provides... Thank You Maeve for all your wonderful stories!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Deborah Wylie, TX, United States 04-25-13
    Deborah Wylie, TX, United States 04-25-13 Member Since 2009

    "All things TOEFL"

    HELPFUL VOTES
    17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    213
    18
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Love the characters"

    Loved the story. The characters are distinct and memorable. There's a hopeful sub-layer that causes the reader to suspend judgment; young people make bad choices but they mature.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Nadene 04-20-13
    Nadene 04-20-13 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    202
    16
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "loved, loved..."

    Another gently rolling Binchy book full of great rounded characters and interesting stories that all connect in a satisfying way along the journey. Loved the book. Thinking about reading it again right now. Big, happy sigh.... only problem--The reader made young characters sound old.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Catherine San Diego, CA 04-14-13
    Catherine San Diego, CA 04-14-13 Member Since 2006

    Catroy

    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    80
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Maeve, I Miss You Already"
    What made the experience of listening to A Week in Winter the most enjoyable?

    Maeve Binchy's style is a story weaver. There are glimpses of characters from prior books that make you feel you've found an old friend and you're sharing inside jokes.


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

    So many sweet moments... but when the two women vying for the highest level in one man's life find themselves in peril and finally get to know each other, it was beautiful. Not over-the-top drama, but real life emotions.


    What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

    Beautiful lilt to her voice - a very pleasant performance.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Too many to count. All the diverse characters experiences an epiphany of some sort... some simple, some life-changing. I wish I could book a week in Winter at this rustic resort on the Irish coastline!


    Any additional comments?

    Reading this book was bittersweet, knowing that it is truly the final work of Ms. Binchy. She was a master story teller, with subtle lessons of tolerance and coping experienced by her characters, but never hitting anyone over the head. I'm already missing her company.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    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.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    143
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    160
    85
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    12
    6
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    kathy New York, New York, United States 03-11-13
    kathy New York, New York, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Nice story"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sheila McGee-Smith Amherst, NH USA 03-11-13
    Sheila McGee-Smith Amherst, NH USA 03-11-13 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    38
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Katheline A. Phelan bethesda, maryland United States 03-04-13
    Katheline A. Phelan bethesda, maryland United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    60
    16
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Charming"
    If you could sum up A Week in Winter in three words, what would they be?

    I listened to this book with sadness, knowing that it's the last one that Maeve Binchy ever wrote. It is quintessential Binchy - full of charm and character development and people overcoming the obstacles in their lives. Loved it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are almost all captivating


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    F. Girlando Santa Barbara, CA USA 07-23-13
    F. Girlando Santa Barbara, CA USA 07-23-13 Member Since 2001

    Say something about yourself!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    83
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    373
    28
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Mixed review on narration"

    As a Binchy fan, I enjoyed this book, although not quite as much as some of her others. It blends stories of people who come to stay in a newly formed B&B. My only complaint is with the narrator, who is excellent with her Irish accent for the women's voices. But she put on such a deep affectation for the male voices that they all sounded like 60-year old stodgy businessmen. I'd give her 5 stars for the women's voices and 1 star for the males.

    Note to all narrators: You DON'T have to change your voices so dramatically for members of the opposite sex!!! Just talk in a normal voice. We're intelligent. We'll figure it out.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 31-40 of 41 results PREVIOUS1345NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.