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Light a Penny Candle

Narrated by: Kate Binchy
Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
4 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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Evacuated from Blitz-battered London, shy and genteel Elizabeth White is sent to stay with the boisterous O'Connors in Kilgarret, Ireland. It is the beginning of an unshakeable bond between Elizabeth and Aisling O'Connor, a friendship which will endure through 20 turbulent years of change and chaos, joy and sorrow, soaring dreams and searing betrayals... Writing with warmth, wit and great compassion, Maeve Binchy tells a magnificent story of the lives and loves of two women, bound together in a friendship that nothing could tear asunder - not even the man who threatened to come between them forever. 

©1982 Maeve Binchy (P)1994 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

Good Adaptation, poor sound quality

A good, sweet adaption of a wonderful book. It's read by the author's daughter, mean the Irish names and words are all correct. However, the sound quality of the recording is somewhat lacking. It sounds like it was recorded from a tape.

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  • Mikki
  • north bergen, NJ, United States
  • 10-06-18

the story is not bad. the reader is very good!

I felt like the story was a bit light and directionless. maybe I was comparing it too much to "Circle of Friends " which is full and robust novel. but I think I would have been more satisfied if the ending was more complete, instead of this abrupt attempt at cleverness.

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Abridged

Disappointed it was abridged. Would not have purchased if I had known it was abridged.

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  • Donna
  • The Bayou
  • 03-15-17

Amazing Maeve

It's not my favorite Maeve Binchy novel; however, it is still excels in storytelling as only she could do. Light a Penny Candle keeps readers enthralled with perfect characterization and unexpected plot lines. It is a bit cynical and ends much darker than typical Binchy novels, but it entertains as only Maeve Binchy can do.

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too abridged!

would have enjoyed more if not abridged. characters not developed enough if one has not previously read the book...