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Tara Road Audiobook

Tara Road

When two unhappy women switch homes for the summer, there are extraordinary consequences, and each learns that the other has a deep secret that can never be revealed. At the end of the summer, when the women at last meet face-to-face, they find that they have become, firmly and forever, good friends.
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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seems to have become quite a hostess, entertaining half the neighborhood, which at first irritates the reserved and withdrawn Marilyn, a woman who has always guarded her privacy.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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    Colleen Fitzgerald GPW, MI 09-28-04
    Colleen Fitzgerald GPW, MI 09-28-04 Member Since 2011

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    "Good book, but left me wanting more"

    I really got into all the characters in this book, but I feel that there was no sense of closure. I want to know what happened to everyone. I hope there will be a sequel to tie up the loose ends.

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    MJ Chicago, IL United States 07-30-04
    MJ Chicago, IL United States 07-30-04
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    "Tara Road unabridged"

    Love Love Love this book. You feel for each of the characters, it was often I would find myself crying or saying no, no, no he doesn't mean that. I so agree with Beth and Frances other reviewers. Enjoy the book

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    Stephanie Cayce, SC, USA 03-28-04
    Stephanie Cayce, SC, USA 03-28-04
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    "Entertaining"

    The characters were very easy to identify with and the plot was interesting and kept me wanting to listen. Great narration.

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    Peggy Baltimore, MD, United States 02-14-04
    Peggy Baltimore, MD, United States 02-14-04

    After nine surgeries on my brain and looking at a tenth, audio is the choice for me to feel whole again. I am myself in the world of books!

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    "Family and Friends are What Makes Our Lives Whole"

    I was fully taken into the lives of the people at Tara Road and the joys, pains, and the laughter was "icing on the cake". Details are so full its hard not to picture the events as really happening and wanting to cheer and shout or cry as the events of the story unfolds. The family at Tara Road was like so many families in our time but so inviting that they become your best friends and you want the world to be better for them and feel you are better to know them.

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    Douglas Houston, TX, USA 02-02-04
    Douglas Houston, TX, USA 02-02-04
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    "A wonderful audio book!"

    Everyone in my house is upset with me for spending the weekend with an earplug in my ear. I could not put this down once it began. Very entertaining. An easy listen. Not too complicated, so could do two things at the same time. Felt like spending the weekend with a good friend. Enjoy!

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    Julie Beaufort, SC, USA 11-24-03
    Julie Beaufort, SC, USA 11-24-03
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    "The Best!"

    This book is great! I really enjoyed it and never wanted to stop listening. The characters are well developed and the narrator does a wonderful job bringing them to life. I was a teeny bit disappointed in the end, but only because I wanted to know what happens next! I really didn't want it to end. Definitely worth spending 18 1/2 hours listening to.

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    Patricia Bayfield, Colorado United States 11-12-03
    Patricia Bayfield, Colorado United States 11-12-03 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book."

    I really enjoyed this book. The author gave so much life to the characters that I will actually miss them now that I have finished the book.

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    Deena 09-24-03
    Deena 09-24-03
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    "Loved the characters..."

    At first, I wasn't sure that I'd enjoy this book, but now I'm so sorry it's over. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and characters so much that I'm wondering how they are. I highly recommend it if you would like to see a real comparison of life in Dublin and in a small town in Connecticut.

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    michelle chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada 09-03-09
    michelle chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada 09-03-09
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    "this book kept me listening"

    nice story and characters, although rather predictable.

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    cheryldurand Cramerton, NC, United States 07-23-09
    cheryldurand Cramerton, NC, United States 07-23-09 Member Since 2009
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    "TARA ROAD"

    Wonderful. Throughly enjoyed listening to this book. I know you will love it as well.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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