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Minding Frankie Audiobook

Minding Frankie

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Publisher's Summary

Maeve Binchy is back with a tale of joy, heartbreak and hope, about a motherless girl collectively raised by a close-knit Dublin community.

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.

Fortunately, he has a competent, caring network of friends, family and neighbors: Lisa, his unlucky-in-love classmate, who moves in with him to help him care for little Frankie around the clock; his American cousin, Emily, always there with a pep talk; the newly retired Dr. Hat, with more time on his hands than he knows what to do with; Dr. Declan and Fiona and their baby son, Frankie's first friend; and many eager babysitters, including old friends Signora and Aidan and Frankie's doting grandparents, Josie and Charles.

But not everyone is pleased with the unconventional arrangement, especially a nosy social worker, Moira, who is convinced that Frankie would be better off in a foster home. Now it's up to Noel to persuade her that everyone in town has something special to offer when it comes to minding Frankie.

©2011 Maeve Binchy (P)2011 Random House

What the Critics Say

“Binchy is a national treasure in her homeland of Ireland, and her latest novel is a perfect illustration of why.…Your heart will have no trouble recognizing the landscape [of this] touching saga.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Reading a Maeve Binchy novel is like settling in for a cozy visit with an old friend. In vintage Binchy style, a cast of colorfully eccentric characters living in a snug Dublin neighborhood seamlessly weave in and out of each other’s lives, united by family, faith, friendship and community....Readers will need a box of tissues handy as the good-hearted residents of St. Jarlath’s Crescent prove that it does indeed take a ‘village to raise a child.’” (Margaret Flanagan, Booklist)

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    Carolyn Friendsville, PA, United States 03-06-11
    Carolyn Friendsville, PA, United States 03-06-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Top Notch Binchy"

    If you are a fan, this is yet another fine example of her craft. At all times Maeve is optimistic. I listen because I know there will be the best ending there can be. She does not shrink from the hard fact of modern life but if there is a positive spin, it will be there. Thank you Maeve for continuing the stories of an Ireland we wish we could visit and people we would love to meet.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Bex 05-12-11
    Bex 05-12-11 Member Since 2008
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    "A Beautiful Story"

    At the beginning I was restless, waiting for the author to get to the meat of the story. She goes to great lengths to describe the backgrounds of each character. But then I decided to relax and let the book unfold as it was written...then, I began to love it. When I wasn't listening, I would feel like I was missing something like my keys, glasses, something important...but no, I was missing my friends from Chestnut Court and Dublin, Ireland. This to me is the sign of a great book. It had pulled me so far into the lives of these characters, I did not see myself as separate from them.

    The narrator is excellent. The Irish accent makes things that much better.
    If you love stories about tragedies bringing people together, mixed with humor and small town charm, where everyone seems to know eachother....this book is for you!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    JPisme Florida 08-25-11
    JPisme Florida 08-25-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Another Hit!"

    Loved this book, the characters are still dancing around in my mind. Read "Scarlet Feather" first if you can because some of the characters pop up again in this book a little older and wiser

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Grateful Lass 03-24-12
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    "LIke going home to a small town"

    The story wanders a little, but it is another entertaining story from Ms. Binchy. She is a wonderful storyteller!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 04-20-11
    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 04-20-11 Member Since 2006

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    "It takes a Village"

    Maeve Binchy writes books that speak about family and relationships, dont expect exciting storylines. Her books show us that no matter where we live and what languages we speak, we share the same hopes,fears and dreams. This book is all about how it "takes a village" to raise a child. So true!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MK Casey 05-24-17
    MK Casey 05-24-17
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    "Another great one"

    Great book. Could not stop reading. I love Maeve BBinchy book. Easy to lose your troubles in.

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    Timothy McCarthy 02-22-17
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    "Not Maeve's best - terrible narrator"

    The story was fine, but certainly not one of Maeve Binchy's better books. The narrator's American and Australian accents were so bad that I found it hard to listen when those characters spoke.

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    Julie Orr 12-30-16
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    "Heartwarming"

    Full of references to characters past in previous books written by Ms. Binchy. My only regret is that there can't be a sequel to this lovely book unless Ms. Binchy had it tucked away where it might be found and touched up by those who knew her writings best. I've read and/or listened to every one of her books and I feel as though I'd know my way around St. Jarleth's Crescent and Tara Road if ever I'd return to Ireland on a quest.

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    Caroline 11-14-16
    Caroline 11-14-16 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the worst books ever."

    Story was trite. Very disappointed in Meaves book...was a big fan. Narrators accents very annoying...Irish 'st' at the end of each word nearly drove me nuts...

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    Deborah 10-10-16
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    "Great Book - Poor Performance"
    What did you love best about Minding Frankie?

    I love the story. It is typical Maeve Binchy which is always wonderful! The characters are well developed and I love that they interlace with other books, so as you read one after the other, you learn more and more about the other people in other favorite books.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sile Bermingham’s performances?

    Absolutely not!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this story - but it iwas with gritted teeth that I made it through the performance. When staying with the Scottish accent the narrator was fine - but when moving to the other accents it ranged from annoying (American accent) to completely awful (Aussie accent) While I will snatch up every one of Maeve Binchy's books that I have the chance - I will forego the audible version if narrated by Ms. Bermingham.

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