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Publisher's Summary

As someone who fell off a chair not long ago trying to hear what they were saying at the next table in a restaurant, I suppose I am obsessively interested in what some might consider the trivia of other people's lives.

Maeve Binchy is well known for her best-selling novels, the most recent of which was A Week in Winter. But for many years Maeve was a journalist, writing for The Irish Times. From 'The Student Train' to 'Plane Bores', 'Bathroom Joggers' to 'When Beckett met Binchy', these articles have all the warmth, wit and humanity of her fiction. Arranged in decades, from the 1960s to the 2000s, and including Maeve's first and last ever piece of writing for The Irish Times, the columns also give a fascinating insight into the author herself.

With an introduction written by her husband, the writer Gordon Snell, this collection of timeless writing reminds us of why the leading Irish writer was so universally loved.

Read by Kate Binchy.

©2013 The Estate of Maeve Binchy (P)2013 Orion Publishing Group

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  • Kate
  • 10-28-13

An emotional goodbye

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, absolutely. I love Maeve Binchy's novels and short stories. I hadn't read any of her journalistic work, but it was like a collection of her short stories. They were funny, sad and heartwarming. After listening to my collection repeatedly over the years, I feel like I know Kate Binchy. She is a wonderful voice for her cousin's writing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Maeve's Times?

I loved hearing about Maeve and Gordon's cameo appearance in one of the films. They were so excited so I was too! And I must remember SINBAD to tell my sister.

What about Kate Binchy’s performance did you like?

Familiarity of her voice and the way she brings the characters to life.

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

Laugh and cry... I feel very sad to have finished it, knowing that there won't be anymore.

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  • Letty
  • 05-31-15

A great listen

I've read all Maeve Binchys novels but not her newspaper articles so I wasn't sure what to expect from this book.
Well, it was delightful. Funny, warm, interesting and the narration was spot on.
A great book to dip in and out of or listen to all in one go.

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  • Ms. Valerie B. Oneill
  • 10-15-13

lovely stories

If you could sum up Maeve's Times in three words, what would they be?

interesting
funny

Insightful

What was one of the most memorable moments of Maeve's Times?

her time as a teacher going on school trips

What about Kate Binchy’s performance did you like?

her accent was good and her voice was very easy to listen to which enhanced the story

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

her thoughts on the royal family

Any additional comments?

i really enjoyed listening to this book as it was all short stories it was easy to pick up and put down. Kate made the story more enjoyable as she was very easy to listen to. This book i would recommend to all age groups who have read any of Maeves novels i was sorry to finish it

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  • Patricia
  • 05-02-16

Loved it.

Loved it. Interesting to hear something different. Don't always agree with Maeve's point of view but liked her style. Great narration from Kate Binchy as usual.

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  • Toni
  • 09-14-15

A trip down memory lane

bite sized chapters make it easy to dip in and out of the book. It took me back to my childhood.

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  • Helen W.
  • 08-18-15

A total delight

Hysterical in parts, touching in others but always insightful. My favourite was the skiing adventure.



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  • 02-03-15

Excellent

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I really enjoyed this book. Some of the articles were deadly serious and some were hilariously funny and Kate Binchys' narration was really good in my opinion. I wish I had read The Irish Times when Maeve was writing her articles. The world lost a great author when Maeve Binchy passed away.

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  • H Ireland
  • 05-21-14

Highly Recommend

Would you consider the audio edition of Maeve's Times to be better than the print version?

Of course. Maeve's own daughter narrates and does a lovely job in the telling of the little stories.

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Thoroughly enjoyed this listen. It made me laugh out loud at times and at the same time deeply sad for the loss of the wonderful lady that was Maeve Binchy.

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  • Alison
  • 03-14-14

5 Star Read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes.

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

made me roar

Any additional comments?

I am a big fan of Maeve's books and saddened that there will be no more. I wasn't sure I would enjoy this offering as much as her novels but love it, love it, love it making me laugh out loud in parts.