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Circle of Friends

Narrated by: Kate Binchy
Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
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Summary

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. But beneath their carefree existence trouble is brewing for the circle of friends.

Warmth and laughter are interwoven with sadness in this compassionate and absorbing tale of friends whose lives, over a period of ten years, become entwined.

©1990 Maeve Binchy (P)1991 Audible Ltd

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Lovely narration of classic tail of friendships

Lovely story easy to listen too about interplay of friends and just the right amount of intrigue with a pleasing ending!

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Brilliant!!!!

What a wonderful story! I loved it and have recommended it to several friends and members of the family. So funny, and warm, sad and touching. Benny is a brilliant.

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  • 08-01-14

An easy listen

Would you listen to Circle of Friends again? Why?

Its a very easy book to listen too. not to complicated a storyline, easy to follow.

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I would have enjoyed the book to have ended differently, I felt like the ends of the stories didn't really tie up nicely, I was very surprised when I realised it was actually the end of the book and not just the end of a chapter.

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A fabulous holiday listen

Kate Binchey's narration never fails she has a wonderful knack of bringing the characters to life and making them very believeable. Whilst the storyline is fairly light it manages to hold the listeners attention to the very end.

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Complete Circle - Binchy satisfies on all counts

Maeve Binchy has done it again, this is one of her better books and the audio version helps bring to life those characters who spring off the page - cosseted and somewhat suffocated Benny, in love with the faithless handsome Jack; Eve her best friend,ever staunch and reliable; naughty Nan - whose beauty captures the eye but not the heart. You can almost imagine the awful Sean, wringing his hands in 'Uriah Heep' fashion, such is Kate Binchy's excellent narration which brings this circle of friends (and foes) to life. A feelgood tale which yet portrays some of the trials and tribulations of young people growing up in less permissive times,with a satisfying and somewhat surprising conclusion.

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A truly beautiful story

The story charts the early blossoms of life from youth to teenage trials and tribulations of Benny. It is truly a beautiful and heart wendering story that simply touches you and one that I would definitely recommend. The reader takes you on Benny's journey with Eve, her best friend and Jack, the love of her life! I can and have listened to this story over and over again, a great purchase.

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Circle of Friends

Lovely gentle listen of more innocent times. Was unable to put the iPod down!!!

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Wonderfull!

Have read this many years ago and been very disappointed by the film version. This audio was wonderfull. The narration was superb and I have revived my faith in Maeve Binchy's "yarn spinning" abilities!

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Could not be better

The reader could not do a better job with this superb book, you feel as though the characters are your own dear friends.

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Fabulous

What a truly wonderful story. Didn't ever want it to end. One of the best.

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  • 19-02-11

Up there with the classics

I love this story. It has to be my favourite Binchy novel. The narration is wonderful - totally engaging. I don't need to say anymore about it. It's brilliant!

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