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Scarlet Feather | [Maeve Binchy]

Scarlet Feather

New York Times best-selling author Maeve Binchy has a way of making everyday experiences extraordinary. Scarlet Feather introduces budding entrepreneurs Cathy and Tom who, along with their extended families, meet the trials and rewards of life head on. Scarlet Feather is a new catering company formed by two friends from cooking school, Cathy Scarlet and Tom Feather. Their dream is to have the best business in Dublin.
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New York Times best-selling author Maeve Binchy has a way of making everyday experiences extraordinary. Scarlet Feather introduces budding entrepreneurs Cathy and Tom who, along with their extended families, meet the trials and rewards of life head on.

Scarlet Feather is a new catering company formed by two friends from cooking school, Cathy Scarlet and Tom Feather. Their dream is to have the best business in Dublin. Over the course of a year, from one New Year’s Eve to the next, Cathy and Tom struggle to make their dream a reality. Along the way, they meet their families’ opposition, find the support of friends, and live through the heartaches and triumphs that come with time.

Author of the "Oprah’s Book Club"® selection Tara Road, Maeve Binchy is loved the world over for her humorous and compassionate portrayals of ordinary lives. Combined with the subtle skills of award-winning narrator Barbara Caruso, Scarlet Feather is a heartwarming glimpse into the world Cathy and Tom work to make for themselves.

©2000 Maeve Binchy (P)2001 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Jeanne Penney Florida 08-25-11
    Jeanne Penney Florida 08-25-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Another Hit on My List"

    The story is so uncomplicated and simple and the characters so very lovable........It made me keep coming back to find out what happened........Thanks again Maeve!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    J. Green Atlanta, GA 08-26-12
    J. Green Atlanta, GA 08-26-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Loved it"
    Would you listen to Scarlet Feather again? Why?

    Yes! The story, characters and narration are great.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Scarlet Feather?

    I enjoyed the entire book.


    What does Barbara Caruso bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    I love her pronunciation of the Irish names and places.


    Any additional comments?

    What a sad day it was when we lost Maeve Binchy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia FRESNO, CA, United States 04-29-13
    Claudia FRESNO, CA, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2002
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    "unexpected ending"
    Would you listen to Scarlet Feather again? Why?

    Yes, because it is very interesting how the author develops the characters, and weaves their lives.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Scarlet Feather?

    The ending. I also enjoyed the way the twins were taken treated, and how they became delightful players in this story.


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

    listening to the expressions and the accents always adds so much to a book and was no exception in this book, I loved it.


    Who was the most memorable character of Scarlet Feather and why?

    Kathy, she had so many facets of her character which were shown in surprising ways.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a delightful book and a very good book to listen to and think about.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robin new york, new york, United States 12-09-11
    Robin new york, new york, United States 12-09-11 Member Since 2010

    Hi all. I'm in my 50's (that's relevant, i think), and I favor fiction. I like the british sensibility, and was introduced to the Forsyte Saga through audible ... loved it! I happen to also like Chinese writers, but they are not well represented yet at audible. Looking to follow readers with similar tastes ...

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    "excellent narration, story drags at times"

    i find meave binchy's novels rather inconsistent ... sometimes engaging, sometimes rather sleepy. this book, i thought, falls into the latter category. i would recommend tara road over this one. the narration, however, excellent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Oregon 12-05-12
    Amazon Customer Oregon 12-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "As Always"
    Would you listen to Scarlet Feather again? Why?

    Possibly. Just to catch some of the phrasing I may have missed.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kathy and Tom. Doggedly devoted and always there for their friends. Kathy is strong enough to realize when she's wrong and go on.


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

    She has good expression and gives each character their own individual voice.


    Any additional comments?

    Binchy is always good. This may not have been my favorite book of hers but she can tell a very real and believable story that keeps the small twists going. I love her character development and real -life stories that are good without gratuitous violence, back stabbing and violation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Glorieta, NM, United States 07-18-14
    Kathleen Glorieta, NM, United States 07-18-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Classic Binchy"
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    I have enjoyed Maeve Binchy's books since I first read Circle of Friends. Scarlet Feather is classic Binchy, full of colorful characters and smart dialog. The story lines kept me interested for the whole 20 hours, which is long for an audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Curly Willow Coto de Caza, CA, United States 06-25-14
    Curly Willow Coto de Caza, CA, United States 06-25-14 Member Since 2012

    [C]ourage is a prerequisite for the practice of all other virtues, otherwise one is virtuous only when virtue has no cost. ~C.S. Lewis

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    "Horrible Narrator"

    After thoroughly enjoying Maeve Binchy's Week In Winter and Tara Road (narrated by Rosalyn Landor and Katherine Borowitz, respectively), I was looking forward to another great story in Scarlet Feather. However, I could not get past the unpleasant narration by Barbara Caruso. Absolutely every sentence is dripping with overacting. The dramatic pauses, breathlessness, and emphatic exclamation just makes this book exhausting and hard to follow. The relentless intonations are unrelated to what is actually going on and detract from the story-- drama for the sake of drama, not connected to the storyline. I really tried, but after about an hour and a half, I surrendered. I will go out of my way to avoid this narrator from now on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tuesday MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 03-09-14
    Tuesday MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 03-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "LOVE!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Scarlet Feather to be better than the print version?

    I don't know. I never read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's hard to choose! I related to all of them!


    Which character – as performed by Barbara Caruso – was your favorite?

    Again, it's hard to choose. The story equally addressed all of the characters--one was not more special than the other to me


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It definitely made me laugh at times! I didn't go as far as cry, but I did feel sad when the characters were having a hard time with money, relationships, and the restaurant issues in general.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Avid Reader 08-21-11
    Avid Reader 08-21-11 Member Since 2005
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    "The narrator makes it impossible to listen to"

    This is by far the worse narrator I have listened to, and I've been listening to a minumum of two books a month for four years. At times adopts what is meant to be an Irish accent, which isn't sustained. Also does what is supposed to be a Nigerian accent but is nothing like anything I've hear. Also, when she does "adopt" the accent the characters sound old, but they're meant to be young. I will definitely make sure I don't listen to any other books she narrates. This will be the first book I won't be able to finish.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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