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Circle of Friends | [Maeve Binchy]

Circle of Friends

It began with Benny Hogan and Eve Malone, 2 inseparable young Irish women, growing up in the village of Knockglen. Benny, an only child, yearning to break free from her adoring parents and Eve, an orphan, abandoned to be raised by nuns, seemed an unlikely pair. Together, Eve and Benny knew the sins and secrets behind every villager's lace curtains...except their own. The pair becomes a circle when Benny and Eve leave for university in Dublin, and meet beautiful Nan Mahon and Jack Foley, a doctor's handsome son. But heartbreak and betrayal would bring the worlds of Knockglen and Dublin into explosive collision. Long-hidden lies would emerge to test the meaning of love and the strength of ties held within the fragile gold bands of a...Circle Of Friends.
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Publisher's Summary

It began with Benny Hogan and Eve Malone, 2 inseparable young Irish women, growing up in the village of Knockglen. Benny, an only child, yearning to break free from her adoring parents and Eve, an orphan, abandoned to be raised by nuns, seemed an unlikely pair. Together, Eve and Benny knew the sins and secrets behind every villager's lace curtains...except their own.

The pair becomes a circle when Benny and Eve leave for university in Dublin, and meet beautiful Nan Mahon and Jack Foley, a doctor's handsome son. But heartbreak and betrayal would bring the worlds of Knockglen and Dublin into explosive collision. Long-hidden lies would emerge to test the meaning of love and the strength of ties held within the fragile gold bands of a...Circle Of Friends.

©1991 Maeve Binchy; (P)1991 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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    kathryn queen 10-12-10 Member Since 2008
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    "don't waste your time"

    The recording of this book is so poorly done. It's scratchy with horrible music drowning out the narrator half the time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Salina, KS, USA 08-20-09
    Jennifer Salina, KS, USA 08-20-09
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    "An excellent book, but ..."

    This is one of my favorite books, and I couldn't find the audio version anywhere but here. The audio would be perfect but the sound quality is the lowest possible. This audio tape only came out in 1999 - I wonder why they weren't able to clean it up any more than that?
    I still bought and enjoyed it, though - just be aware it's got really poor quality audio.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Edie CARMEL, IN, United States 09-11-13
    Edie CARMEL, IN, United States 09-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Terrible Sound Quality"
    What disappointed you about Circle of Friends?

    I have read this story in book form several times and I love it. The audio version? Terrible. The sound quality is a disaster. I stopped it after five minutes. I had to strain to hear it.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joanne Clayfield, Australia 05-31-13
    Joanne Clayfield, Australia 05-31-13
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    "dreadful recording"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I adore the story, but the book was largely inaudible.


    What didn’t you like about Fionnula Flanagan’s performance?

    I couldn't hear her properly due to the poor quality of the recording. Absolutely shocking


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tara Mission Viejo, Ca, United States 05-17-13
    Tara Mission Viejo, Ca, United States 05-17-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Good Book - TERRIBLE audio!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I cannot wait to ask Audible to give me my credit back. This recording is truly horrible! Read the book, watch the film or better yet...RERECORD the audio. Plus, the abridged version of the story lack serious continuity. What a shame.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Ireland


    How could the performance have been better?

    record it in this century!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    really?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa 06-14-12
    Melissa 06-14-12 Member Since 2009
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    "TERRIBLE NARATION - OMG I'm gonna fall asleep!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better Narrator - Less monotone, more voices. No Music. Clearer recording.


    Would you recommend Circle of Friends to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend the audio version, but I think it is a great story to read with your eyes.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Fionnula Flanagan’s performances?

    Absolutely NOT!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It is a good story.


    Any additional comments?

    This audio recording sounds awful! The voice is muffled, they used really distracting terrible music in the background, but it is so loud in places that you can't understand the narrator. If you are looking for a book that will lull you to sleep at night, then look no farther! While this is a great book (I have read it before) the narration & soundtrack absolutely destroy it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Silver Spring, MD, United States 10-15-12
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    "Not a great abridged versioin"
    What would have made Circle of Friends better?

    The actual book was great; this abridgement of the book cut too much out so that the characters were not developed. Also, the quality of the audio was not very good.


    What was most disappointing about Maeve Binchy’s story?

    Most disappointing was that the abridged version cut so much out that the characters were not developed as they are in the full version.


    What didn’t you like about Fionnula Flanagan’s performance?

    Her performance was fine.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Circle of Friends?

    I would not have cut anything; I would have read the entire book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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