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Minding Frankie Audiobook

Minding Frankie

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Publisher's Summary

Maeve Binchy is back with a tale of joy, heartbreak and hope, about a motherless girl collectively raised by a close-knit Dublin community.

When Noel learns that his terminally ill former flame is pregnant with his child, he agrees to take guardianship of the baby girl once she's born. But as a single father battling demons of his own, Noel can't do it alone.

Fortunately, he has a competent, caring network of friends, family and neighbors: Lisa, his unlucky-in-love classmate, who moves in with him to help him care for little Frankie around the clock; his American cousin, Emily, always there with a pep talk; the newly retired Dr. Hat, with more time on his hands than he knows what to do with; Dr. Declan and Fiona and their baby son, Frankie's first friend; and many eager babysitters, including old friends Signora and Aidan and Frankie's doting grandparents, Josie and Charles.

But not everyone is pleased with the unconventional arrangement, especially a nosy social worker, Moira, who is convinced that Frankie would be better off in a foster home. Now it's up to Noel to persuade her that everyone in town has something special to offer when it comes to minding Frankie.

©2011 Maeve Binchy (P)2011 Random House

What the Critics Say

“Binchy is a national treasure in her homeland of Ireland, and her latest novel is a perfect illustration of why.…Your heart will have no trouble recognizing the landscape [of this] touching saga.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Reading a Maeve Binchy novel is like settling in for a cozy visit with an old friend. In vintage Binchy style, a cast of colorfully eccentric characters living in a snug Dublin neighborhood seamlessly weave in and out of each other’s lives, united by family, faith, friendship and community....Readers will need a box of tissues handy as the good-hearted residents of St. Jarlath’s Crescent prove that it does indeed take a ‘village to raise a child.’” (Margaret Flanagan, Booklist)

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    Bahiyyih 09-14-15
    Bahiyyih 09-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Going Home"

    As usual, Binchy delivers a novel that wraps you up in its arms for a warm, full hug. Creating characters that leap right off the page, Binchy reminds us again that people really aren't all good or all bad. Every one of us is our own unique a blend of both. The piece is performed brilliantly, & I'm sure I'll listen again one of these days when I feel the need to come back home to the sweet embrace of Binchy's quirky, thoughtful, darling Ireland.

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    Edie 01-19-15
    Edie 01-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "More fine reading"

    Really hooked on maeve binchey. This one Carries on with cast of old characters and new ones. Nicely told as always

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    Lisa Laguna Beach, Ca, United States 11-03-12
    Lisa Laguna Beach, Ca, United States 11-03-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Sweet Story"

    I enjoyed this book but maybe not as much as some of her others. it was just okay.

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    Lori Burlington, ND, United States 08-02-12
    Lori Burlington, ND, United States 08-02-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "This is the good stuff."

    Minding Frankie is a wonderful read, filled with Maeve Binchy's signature characters - there is no way not to love them.

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    Sarah Neenah, WI, United States 01-20-12
    Sarah Neenah, WI, United States 01-20-12
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    "Might have been better in print..."

    I am a longtime Maeve Binchy fan, but I couldn't finish listening to this. The narrator was utterly distracting. Even while reading passages of dialogue from characters expressing clear delight, she sounded depressed. When she gave the young Australian man an upspeak, I turned it off for good. (Why did she do that? Does she consider that to be an integral part of the Aussie accent? I couldn't tell if it was an attempt at character development or just a jab at Australians.)

    The book itself was classic Binchy, with solid character development that leaves you constantly wondering what the characters are up to when you're not with them, and loads of characters from other books, a treat for those of us familiar with her work and hungry for an update from old friends. Although it's become a bit formulaic, I will continue to be a fan of her books - in print.

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    Scrappy RN NJ United States 10-14-11
    Scrappy RN NJ United States 10-14-11 Listener Since 2006
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    "decent story but..."
    Where does Minding Frankie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I was annoyed by the narrator.. She had a horrible lisp and I found it so annoying. If I hadn't paid for the book and liked Binchey so much I wouldn't have finished it. I didn't love the characters the way I did in some of her other books. Maybe I am just getting bored with this author. She had been one of my favorites but this book is not. I would recommend trying some of her others rather than this one.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Speech therapy! Seriously, I hated this narrator. Binche's daughter I believe narrated some of her other books and she was far superior.


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    Ilene palm desert, CA, United States 09-21-11
    Ilene palm desert, CA, United States 09-21-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Big Fan"

    I love the books by Maeve Binchy and look forward to her new selections. I liked the way the characters in this story all were able to act in the best interest of each other. It was uplifting to read and is a goal we can all apply to our relationships in life. The importance of support of community and the trust of others is a central theme that makes "listening" an enjoyable experience.

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    ilene palm desert, CA, United States 09-21-11
    ilene palm desert, CA, United States 09-21-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Big Fan"

    I love the books by Maeve Binchy and look forward to her new selections. I liked the way the characters in this story all were able to act in the best interest of each other. It was uplifting to read and is a goal we can all apply to our relationships in life. The importance of support of community and the trust of others is a central theme that makes "listening" an enjoyable experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JenniferWA Washington State 08-15-11
    JenniferWA Washington State 08-15-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Charming and Engaging"

    Maeve Binchy's gifts are her excellent eye and ear for character. Each of the people in this engaging novel is finely drawn and believable. Binchy makes the reader care about them and their lives. I particularly enjoyed the character of Emily, the American cousin who seems to have a knack for untangling other people's messes. Her ingenious and practical tactics are a pleasure to consider. The action in this story revolves around relationships and feelings. I listened to this book as I was driving, and it made me eager to get back into the car. My few minor quibbles involve a somewhat inaccurate description of a baby's development (she is speaking in two-word sentences before her first birthday) and the lack of foundation for the romance Emily eventually finds, but overall this was a charming book that I enjoyed immensely.

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    Joanne SUMMIT, NJ, United States 06-03-11
    Joanne SUMMIT, NJ, United States 06-03-11
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    "I'd mind Frankie."

    I love this cast of characters, many old friends, a few new ones- you are pulling for them, wanting to give them a pat on the back in celebration or a hug for comfort for their sorrow. I know who will always be minding Frankie- what a lucky kid. Are we going to get to see her again as she grows up? Narration was great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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