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Maeve Binchy

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  • Scarlet Feather | Maeve Binchy

    Scarlet Feather

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (289)

    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.

    JPisme says: "Another Hit on My List"
  • Tara Road | Maeve Binchy

    Tara Road

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Katherine Borowitz
    Overall
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    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (450)

    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.

    B. W. says: "Material good - quality, not-so-much"
  • A Week in Winter | Maeve Binchy

    A Week in Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (902)
    Performance
    (765)
    Story
    (767)

    Stoneybridge is a small town on the west coast of Ireland where all the families know one another. When Chicky Starr decides to take an old, decaying mansion set high on the cliffs overlooking the windswept Atlantic Ocean and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, everyone thinks she is crazy. Helped by Rigger (a bad boy turned good who is handy around the house) and Orla, her niece (a whiz at business), Chicky is finally ready to welcome the first guests to Stone House’s big warm kitchen, log fires, and understated elegant bedrooms.

    Vicki Unger says: "Didn't want it to end....."
  • Circle of Friends | Maeve Binchy

    Circle of Friends

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Fionnula Flanagan
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    It began with Benny Hogan and Eve Malone, 2 inseparable young Irish women, growing up in the village of Knockglen. Benny, an only child, yearning to break free from her adoring parents and Eve, an orphan, abandoned to be raised by nuns, seemed an unlikely pair. Together, Eve and Benny knew the sins and secrets behind every villager's lace curtains...except their own. The pair becomes a circle when Benny and Eve leave for university in Dublin, and meet beautiful Nan Mahon and Jack Foley, a doctor's handsome son. But heartbreak and betrayal would bring the worlds of Knockglen and Dublin into explosive collision. Long-hidden lies would emerge to test the meaning of love and the strength of ties held within the fragile gold bands of a...Circle Of Friends.

    kathryn queen says: "don't waste your time"
  • A Few of the Girls: Stories | Maeve Binchy

    A Few of the Girls: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Sile Bermingham, Jayne Entwistle, John Lee, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    A Few of the Girls is a glorious collection of the very best of her short story writing, stories that were written over the decades - some published in magazines, others for friends as gifts, many for charity benefits. The stories are all filled with the signature warmth and humor that have always been an essential part of Maeve's appeal.

    Reademandweep says: "Not Binchy's best but still worth it."
  • Maeve's Times: In Her Own Words | Maeve Binchy

    Maeve's Times: In Her Own Words

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Kate Binchy
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    From the royal wedding to boring airplane companions, Samuel Beckett to Margaret Thatcher, "senior moments" to life as a waitress, Maeve's Times gives us wonderful insight into a changing Ireland as it celebrates the work of one of our best-loved writers in all its diversity - revealing her characteristic directness, laugh-out-loud humor, and unswerving gaze into the true heart of a matter.

    Karen Voyles says: "A glimpse into the writer's memory....."
  • Nights of the Rain and Stars | Maeve Binchy

    Nights of the Rain and Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    In a small Greek island village, a group of travelers from around the world and the local residents they encounter are brought together in unexpected ways when sudden tragedy strikes. In her inimitable style, Maeve Binchy shares with readers the lives of these strangers, learning their hopes, dreams, and fears as they move forward, forever changed by their experience.

    Megan says: "A disappointment"
  • Minding Frankie | Maeve Binchy

    Minding Frankie

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Sile Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (349)

    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.

    Carolyn says: "Top Notch Binchy"
  • Heart and Soul | Maeve Binchy

    Heart and Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Sile Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (123)

    With the insight, humor, and compassion we have come to expect from her, Maeve Binchy tells a story of family, friends, patients, and staff who are part of a heart clinic in a community caught between the old and the new Ireland.

    Redbrenda says: "Sorry Meave"
  • Chestnut Street | Maeve Binchy

    Chestnut Street

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Sile Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (166)

    Maeve Binchy imagined a street in Dublin with many characters coming and going, and every once in a while she would write about one of these people. She would then put it in a drawer; “for the future,” she would say. The future is now. Across town from St. Jarlath’s Crescent, featured in Minding Frankie, is Chestnut Street, where neighbors come and go. Behind their closed doors we encounter very different people with different life circumstances, occupations, and sensibilities.

    Jean says: "A great collection of short stories"
  • Firefly Summer (Dramatised) | Maeve Binchy

    Firefly Summer (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By David Soul
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    In Mountfern, life meanders as slowly as the river running through it. The pace has hardly changed since the great house burned down in the Troubles and its shell became an ivy-clad playground for the local children.

    Betty C. says: "Distracted"
  • Circle of Friends | Maeve Binchy

    Circle of Friends

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Kate Binchy
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    In the small Irish town of Knockglen, best friends Bernadette ('Benny') and Eve are inseparable. Benny is an adored only child, and Eve a poor, birdlike orphan brought up by nuns. On their first day at University College, Dublin, a fatal road accident brings the pair together with fellow students Nan Mahon and Jack Foley, and new friendships are quickly struck. Jack and Nan introduce Eve and Benny to a life of excitement and sophistication.

    Tamara says: "Up there with the classics"
  • Light a Penny Candle | Maeve Binchy

    Light a Penny Candle

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Kate Binchy
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    World War II had begun, and London was being bombed. Most parents were sending their children to live with relatives in the countryside for safety's sake. But shy, delicate Elizabeth didn't have anyone nearby. Instead, she would have to go far away, to Ireland, to stay with an old classmate of her mother's - whom Elizabeth hadn't even met. Accustomed to a life of unspoken rules and quiet discipline, Elizabeth wasn't prepared for the large, boisterous O'Connor family.

    Micheline Golden says: "Good Adaptation, poor sound quality"
  • The Copper Beech | Maeve Binchy

    The Copper Beech

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Fionnula Flanagan
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Carved in the trunk of the mighty copper beech tree that embraces the schoolyard in Shancarrig are declarations of love, hope, and identity - the youthful dreams of the children who studied there. Now grown, yet shaped by their years in the schoolhouse, they lead different lives. The Copper Beech is about 8 of these dreamers. From Ryan's Hotel to Barna Woods, where the gypsies came each year, from Nellie Dunn's sweet shop to Father Gunn's church, the tenor of life in Shancarrig is outwardly placid and uneventful. Some, like Nessa Ryan, in search of passion, would say deadly dull. But behind the calm exterior, serenity fades into unexpected drama: Maddy Ross has a secret love; Eddie Barton, a surprising friendship; the Darcy's, the glamorous newcomers, find a curious partner in poor Maura Brennan. The Dunnes, Kelly's, Leo Murphy, and Dr. Jim's all have their own extraordinary stories to tell...brought to life by Maeve Binchy's sure touch.

    Brenda says: "SLOW"
  • Tara Road | Maeve Binchy

    Tara Road

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    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.

    diane says: "started off good then went flat and predictable"
  • Whitethorn Woods | Maeve Binchy

    Whitethorn Woods

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
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    (5)

    When a new highway threatens to bypass the town of Rossmore and cut through Whitethorn Woods, everyone has a passionate opinion about whether the town will benefit or suffer. But young Father Flynn is most concerned with the fate of St. Ann's Well, which is set at the edge of the woods and slated for destruction. People have been coming to St. Ann's for generations to share their dreams and fears, and speak their prayers.

    Dawn says: "Whitetorn Woods"
  • A Week in Summer | Maeve Binchy

    A Week in Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (33 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Maeve Binchy
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (90)

    After many happy years of marriage and raising a family, Brian and Kathleen suddenly find themselves a bit lost in life. Midwesterners who've never traveled, Kathleen decides that what she and Brian need is a vacation, and she plans a trip to Ireland in search of her roots. In beautiful, quaint Lisdoonvarna, to the couple's surprise, they find themselves in the midst of a joyous yearly gathering, and they rediscover something much more important than evidence of long-dead ancestors: their love for each other and for life itself.

    Wendy says: "In her own voice"
  • The Return Journey | Maeve Binchy

    The Return Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Fionnula Flanagan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    A secretary's silent passion for her boss meets the acid test on a business trip...A man and a woman's mutual disdain at first sight shows how deceptive appearances can be...An insecure wife clings to the illusion of order, only to discover chaos at the hands of a house sitter who opens the wrong doors...A pair of star-crossed travelers take each other's bags, and then learn that when you unlock a stranger's suitcase, you enter a stranger's life.

    Connie says: "Poor audio quality"
  • The Homecoming and Other Stories | Maeve Binchy

    The Homecoming and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (57 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Kate Binchy, Sean Campion, Joanna Myers, and others
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (52)

    In 'Homecoming', read by Sean Campion, the Brennans run Quentin's restaurant in Dublin for the owner, who lives abroad. But what will happen when he suddenly pays a visit? 'Telling Stories', read by Joanna Myers, sees Irene's fiancé turning up the night before the wedding with a face as white as the dress that is to be worn the next day. Then trouble starts....

    Cathleen Bergen says: "Really enjoyed it."
  • No Nightinggales, No Snakes (Dramatised) | Maeve Binchy

    No Nightinggales, No Snakes (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 9 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Niamh Cusack, Sam Dale, Harry Towb
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Ireland is neither cursed with snakes, nor blessed with nightingales, and the characters in Maeve Binchy's fiction occupy the same middle ground. These five stories, specially dramatised for BBC Radio 4, feature modern Irishwomen emerging from a culture where they knew their place into a more hazardous, but more rewarding, light.

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