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Tara Road Audiobook

Tara Road

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Publisher's Summary

Ria lived on Tara Road in Dublin with her dashing husband, Danny, and their two children. She fully believed she was happily married, right up until the day Danny told her he was leaving her to be with his young, pregnant girlfriend. By a chance phone call, Ria meets Marilyn, a woman from New England unable to come to terms with her only son's death and now separated from her husband. The two women exchange houses for the summer with extraordinary consequences, each learning that the other has a deep secret that can never be revealed.


Drawn into lifestyles vastly differing from their own, at first each resents the news of how well the other is getting on. Rita seems to have become quite a hostess, entertaining half the neighborhood, which at first irritates the reserved and withdrawn Marilyn, a woman who has always guarded her privacy. Marilyn seems to have become bosom friends with Ria's children, as well as with Colm, a handsome restaurateur, whom Ria has begun to miss terribly. At the end of the summer, the women at last meet face-to-face. Having learned a great deal, about themselves and about each other, they find that they have become, firmly and forever, good friends.

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©1999 Maeve Binchy; (P)1999 Random House, Inc., Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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    Kimberly 12-02-13
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    "The Audio is fixed."
    Any additional comments?

    Many previous posts comment on the poor audio quality of this recording. THe problem has been fixed, and the book is a phenomenal listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria west roxbury, MA, USA 01-23-06
    Victoria west roxbury, MA, USA 01-23-06
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    "7/8ths great"

    I was riveted by the characters and plot in this book until about the last 1/8th of the book. The ending was contrived, predictable and downright corny. It's still a very good read, just not all that satisfying in hindsight.

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    Rachel United States 09-05-05
    Rachel United States 09-05-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Tara Road"

    Excellent read. Loved the narrator. So sorry to see it end.

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    kutlu17 Albuquerque 03-08-04
    kutlu17 Albuquerque 03-08-04 Member Since 2012
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    "Couldn't wait to go to the gym!"

    I listen to audio books at the gym. I kept staying on the treadmill 10, 20 more minutes so I could listen to more of this truly touching and captivating book. I identified with each character in a different way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Uxbridge, MA, USA 01-21-04
    Susan Uxbridge, MA, USA 01-21-04
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    "Wonderful!"

    One of the most beautiful books I've ever "read". Totally human and real, the author makes us see the strengths as well as the weaknesses of the human condition. The Narator has a beautiful voice and she was very easy to listen to. A wonderful way to spend quiet time. Get this book!

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    Pamela Md, MD, USA 12-22-03
    Pamela Md, MD, USA 12-22-03
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    "Making good friends"

    The characters in this book were so well developed that I felt like I was losing good friends when it ended. I loved this book so much that there were times I couldn't get out of the car - I didn't want to book to ever end. This was the best book I have ever listened to and I hope that there is a follow on. I have to know what happens to everyone!!!

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    Rebecca Rocklin, US, Canada 05-05-09
    Rebecca Rocklin, US, Canada 05-05-09
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    "Poor audio quality"

    The audio quality of this audiobook is unsatisfactory. It constantly changes from what seems to be different recording sessions. It is tinny, muted and all places in between. Some better, some very bad and sound like they were recorded in a metal box with varying numbers of socks over the microphone on any given day. Volume is too low and if you use iTunes to adjust the volume in the "Options" the sound gets distorted. In parts there is a second delayed track of the audio faintly heard in the background. One chapter has about 15 minutes of audio that fluctuates in volume every 5 seconds or so, up and down. Its horribly tedious to listen to.

    The poor audio quality is even more disappointing because the narrator does an excellent job. I'd give her 5 stars. She has a warm voice with an Irish accent. This is perfect because the main characters are Irish and it is placed in Dublin. She has an enjoyable voice, she doesn't rush the story and allows for pauses in the appropriate points. Many narrators don't do this and it bothers me. I rarely needed to rewind. That is refreshing. She also does not try to do "voices" that sound ridiculous.

    The book itself is excellent. I am a big Maeve Binchy fan and this story is superbly told. Ms. Binchy's ability to tell stories of human experience is fantastic. I have been through similar life experiences and Ms. Binchy gets so many of the nuances perfect.

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    aspiemom illinois, usa 09-08-15
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    "Touching story with interesting characters"
    Would you listen to Tara Road again? Why?

    I would listen to it again, partly to look for clues I might have overlooked the first time about secrets the characters were keeping from each other. The narrator's voice was easy to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The interesting characters, and the relationships between them.


    Any additional comments?

    The one thing that annoyed me about this story was how many times the characters referred to their homes by name "Tara Road," or "Tudor Drive." I don't know anyone who owns only one home and refers to it incessantly by the street name. It seemed rather affected.

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    patsicum Maywood, NJ USA 03-26-15
    patsicum Maywood, NJ USA 03-26-15 Member Since 2010
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    "engaging"

    Fully enjoyed the twists and turns of this novel set in Ireland and the USA.

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    MOJO 02-04-15
    MOJO 02-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Simply beautiful"

    Such a beautifully written, heartwarming, heartbreaking, captivating story. Narration was flawless. The story hit too close to home and that's why couldn't stop listening. Finished in 3 days. Simply beautiful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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