In the summer of 1962, an American millionaire arrives in a small, sleepy Irish town with far-reaching consequences.
For the children of the Ryan family, the long hot summers are usually spent playing in the ruins of a large, abandoned house. But when the American, Patrick O'Neill, buys the ruins, dreams are made and broken and secrets which should never be revealed are betrayed.
Firefly Summer tells interlocking stories of love lost and won during four fateful years in the life of a close-knit Irish community.
©1987 Maeve Binchy;
"Totally engrossing....Unforgettable....An absolutely grand story....A lyrical and compelling family drama....Mountfern and its residents come vibrantly alive." (The Plain Dealer)
"The secrets hidden behind lace curtains, a young girl's first kiss, children's summer games, unexpected pregnancies, sudden deaths. She makes us feel as if we also know the place and the people....One of those good, old-fashioned stories that are as comfortable and comforting as home itself." (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
What a great book a must read for Maeve Binchy fans. I loved the story and I loved the narrator as Kate Binchy narrates in the lovely Irish lilt which adds to the sheer enjoyment.
I listen to many types of books including biographies, comedy, science fiction, classics and modern fiction.
I think the audio edition is a perfect way to enjoy this book which has many characters and spans four years.
My favourite character in the book is Mrs Ryan who is a hard working republicans wife with four young children. As the story develops she has to deal with and overcome many problems.
Kate Binchy's narration is excellent. She has a broad Irish accent but is very easy to follow. She develops each individual character well.
This is a long book so took me a while to finish but I always looked forward to getting back to it.
If you are a Maeve Binchy fan you won't be dissapointed, and if you have not read her books before give this one a try.
Yes it's a great story
Some of the more shocking twists and turns .
Too many to have favourites
Yes...And I limited myself because I didn't want it to end
Can't praise it enough . A good down to earth story fabulous characters real life at its best. . Nothing smaltzy or predictable .
I really enjoyed this book but was surprised when it ended, I actually rewound it to check there wasn't something wrong and it'd skipped to the end! It just finishes when you expect there to be more. So apart from that I would recommend.
Is there anyone left who has not fallen under the spell of the inimitable Maeve Binchy? I have, of course, already read everything she wrote but the added dimension brought to the stories by the narration of Kate Binchy raises them to perfection. The humanity and gentle humour of the writing is brought into sharp focus by Kate and from the moment that you step through the door into the world of Mountfern you will be drawn into the lives of all the characters coping with potential disruption to their way of life by the purchase of the ruined 'great' house by and American business man trying to get back to what he fondly imagines are his roots. The loves and losses, triumphs and disasters that follow and the creation of characters about whom you really care are the hall marks of this wonderful novelist whose books were once described as sitting down for a good gossip with a friend.
If you have not encountered her before you have a real treat ahead of you, if like me you have read the books then I would suggest that you will also find that the narration breathes a triumphant new life through the story for you.
It's a lovely book to end a busy day with. I listen to it before I go to sleep. The story is easy to follow, the narrator's voice is pleasant and it's realistic enough not to be too sugary. It does take a while to get into, but if you stick to it, you'll be rewarded.
Dog lover - Audible lover - walking dogs, listening to books - perfect life
Kate Binchy's narration is fantastic
The Casual Vacancy - good story with the gritty bits of death, serious injury and human frailty
Kate reads well, she gives voices to the characters that you recognise. I have listened to a few books via Audible now, and I think there is something special there wih Kate's reading. I am only downloading Meave Binchy books read by Kate at the moment - although I listened to a Week in Winter and enjoyed Caroline Lennon too!
When Kate Ryan got hit by the JCB. I listen to the book walking the dogs, my knees went weak.
Oh dear, this has made me very lazy, I hardly read at all now. But, I can listen in the car, listen walking the dogs - places where you could not read - so I am multi tasking - using all my senses!
I've read Maeve Binchys books over the years and enjoyed everyone. Listening to this one has been a pure joy! Kate's read of the book put so much into it, her feeling and voices gave the story another dynamic, it was like listening to family life. Will certainly be listening to the rest!
When the leading character Kate was injurred
To begin with I couldn't warm to her voice at all because she sounded too old and querulous but after a while I became used to it and the way she portrayed the mischievous child was great
Maeve Binchy pulled me right in from the opening paragraph. I couldn't help but feel that the characters were my own neighbours and friends. It was a delightful story and one which I would highly recommend.
Had not read print version
Any Maeve story or Cathy Kelly or Erica James
Eddy such a loveable character
So many to choose from. They were all very intricate and each character had a great story to tell.
Loved the long story and feel very sad I've finished. I shall miss the whole of The Irish country town.
"Not up to her standards"
The story wasn't exciting and there were too many characters
I have listened to most of her books, but this one was disappointing.
She does a good job in changing her voice for the various characters.
"very poor quality audio--read far to fast"
The narrator spoke far too quickly, mumbled, used irritating voices especially for the children. I couldn't listen at all.
"Kate Binchy Is A Natural"
Firefly Summer is one of those books that just takes me away. I am a huge Maeve Binchy Fan because I always feel like I am one of the gang. Kate Binchy's narration is nothing short of wonderful. I felt like closing my eyes and riding the wave.
"Okay but not memorable"
A good solid 'read' with well developed characters that transported me into a time of enormous change around the world. I did look forward to turning it on, but then when it was all done, I didn't regret that there was no more.
I found the narrator's voice very annoying. Especially when she talks in the childs voice. I actually turned the story off as I couldn't understand half of what she was saying. Personally I felt this download was a waste of money and I should read the book instead.
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