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This Year Will Be Different and Other Stories: A Christmas Treasury | [Maeve Binchy]

This Year Will Be Different and Other Stories: A Christmas Treasury

From the New York Times best-selling author of Circle of Friendscomes a stunning collection of 15 Christmas stories with all the magic and spirit of Christmas, and filled with Maeve Binchy's trademark wit, charm, and sheer storytelling genius.
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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of Circle of Friends and The Glass Lake comes a stunning new collection of 15 Christmas stories with all the magic and spirit of Christmas, and filled with Maeve Binchy's trademark wit, charm, and sheer storytelling genius. In all 15 stories, instead of nostalgia, Binchy evokes contemporary life; instead of Christmas homilies, she offers truth; and instead of sugarplums, she brings the nourishment of holidays that precipitate change, growth, and new beginnings.

The stories in this completely unabridged production powerfully portray many lives - step-families grappling with exes, long-married couples faced with in-law problems, a wandering husband choosing between "the other women" and his wife, a child caught in grown-up tugs-of-war - during the one holiday when feelings cannot be easily hidden. The time of year may be magical, but the situations she describes are universal. And Maeve Binchy's writing, combined with Fionnula Flanagan's storytelling ability, makes us care about each one in this extraordinary collection - on the night before Christmas, or anywhere, any time of the year.

©1996 Maeve Binchy; (P)1996 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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    Andrea Burlingame, CA, USA 12-03-06
    Andrea Burlingame, CA, USA 12-03-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Easy Christmas Entertainment"

    Each of the short stories have a bit of a lesson to them, and you'll find the same charming kind of characters that appear in so many of Maeve Binchy's books. Not everything is perfectly heartwarming, but that makes it more realistic.

    I just wish this one were available with higher audio quality - it's only available in audio formats 1 and 2, and thus a little scratchy-sounding for those of us who use format 4. I burned cds of this to listen to in my car on a long roadtrip and it sounded horrid.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Burwell Omaha, NE USA 02-04-11
    Heather Burwell Omaha, NE USA 02-04-11 Member Since 2008

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    "Great Stories and Narrator Lost in Bad Recording"

    I absolutely adore the stories and bought this so I could listen while I baked or traveled. Fionnula is a great narrator that brings life to the story but the recording sound/engineering itself is quite horrible. It sounds like it was recorded using tin cans. It is hollow, fuzzy, and muffled. I am very disappointed in the recording.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Hettie nacogdoches, TX, United States 02-02-12
    Hettie nacogdoches, TX, United States 02-02-12
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    "VERY POOR QUALITY!!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Usually, I love Maeve Binchy, especially the lovely, lilting, Irish accents! This one is recorded with terrible sound quality, though. I couldn't even listen to it! I could barely understand it! It might have been a 4 or 5 star experience if it had been a tolerable recording!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Renfrew, ON, Canada 10-30-11
    Sharon Renfrew, ON, Canada 10-30-11 Member Since 2011

    I love to listen or read books...I have always got one or two books on the go at any one time. I am happily married, and live a quiet life.

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    was disappointed in the quality of sound, it was scratchy and noisy which took away from the stories...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany San Diego, CA, United States 01-03-14
    Tiffany San Diego, CA, United States 01-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Kind of depressing but insightful"

    This is also a Christmas book for those of you who may not have noticed.

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    "Do not buy this the sound quality is appalling"
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    Rerecording the sound quality is truly awful and detracts from the stories which are charming


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    Good stories spoiled by the sound quality

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