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Summary

The Italian evening class at Mountainview School is like hundreds of others starting up all over the city. But this class has its own special quality - as the focus for the varied hopes and dreams of teacher and pupils alike.

Aidan Dunne needs his new evening class project to succeed almost as much as his pupils do. They too are looking for something more: Bill to find a way to keep spendthrift Lizzie at his side and Fran to make sure that young Kathy finds her way out from behind the kitchen sink.

The key to their success lies with the Signora. Her passion has drawn her from Ireland to Italy and back home again with a burning desire to share her love of all things Italian - and a secret hidden in her heart ....

©1997 Maeve Binchy (P)1997 Audible Ltd

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A great way to spend your evening(s)

This has to be my favourite of all Maeve Binchy's books, both the written and audio versions. A medley of characters, portrayed with generosity and sympathy, all embarking on the class for different reasons. I loved the way the back stories of the characters are melded together and how, the group moves forward together, to plan and then embark on their trip to Italy - which visit is the scene of some surprises for more than a few of them.

The marvellous 'Signora' - Nora - tugs at your heart with her heart warming simplicity and honesty and how good to have a love story where the key characters are not young, trendy, aspirational and career oriented 'thirty somethings' but instead are gently middle-aged with disappointments and disillusion behind them. Other individuals and couples in the story, similarly chime true and with the bonus of picking up some handy Italian phrases on the way, this novel is worth curling up with any evening, several times - it is always pleasant to revisit Mountain View - both in Italy and Ireland, to meet up again with these old friends. Hats off, again, to Kate Binchy, for her flawless and characterful narration.

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Loved it Loved it Loved it

What a wonderful book. It brought tears to my eyes and joy to my soul. Following the lives of what seems at first a mismatch of people who all embark on an Italian evening class for a wide variety of reasons takes you on a roller coaster of emotions and secrets. It also brings you into the world of Italy. For those of us who have been lucky to have visited it also is a trip down memory lane - I just with I had taken the class before I went. A fabulous listen!

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Entertaining Read

This was a lovely book with many characters. It was well narrated with the male and female Irish voices
My only problem with it was that I got a bit confused by so many characters but I remembered the key ones.

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Love Maeve Binchy's stories

Super for relaxing at bedtime made all the more wonderful read beautifully by her daughter.

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A Favourite Read

A summer read with a fee-good-factor. About my 10th time reading it but my first time listening. Very much enjoyed.

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"Delightful"

I really enjoyed this book.

I couldn't wait for all the stories within the book to unfold. Full of warmth and humour, all of which Maeve Binchy does so well.

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Feel good story

This is a lovely, gentle feel good story - the characters are very believable and easy to empathise with. A Maeve Binchy classic.

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lovely

I loved the narrator and all the character's different lives, a wonderful Binchy. A light story in the most, with lovable characters.

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Wonderful Binchy

Second time listening and still loved it. didn't want it to end as usual !

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Fabulous cast of characters

What a scope of stories and people! All the lives were woven together beautifully in an interesting tale. As usual, Kate Binchy voiced the characters and story flawlessly.

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  • 08-01-21

Lovely Mauve Binchy Book

A gentle feel good audio book. Really enjoyed it! love Kate Binchy's narration. Get it

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  • Eloise Boezak
  • 26-07-15

Vintage Maeve Binchy

Lyrical, interesting, packed with charming characters and unexpected story twists. If you enjoy a great story, this is a must

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  • Terry Ellen Raats
  • 22-06-15

Enchanting

Beautiful! Like listening to a friend. I'd read the book years ago but wanted to experience the book in an Irish accent - it fulfilled every expectation.

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  • Sharon
  • 18-03-13

Totally enthralling

Would you listen to Evening Class again? Why?

Wonderful story, lots of different lives all entwined

What did you like best about this story?

The different families and their stories with a good story line

Have you listened to any of Kate Binchy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes I have read several others but this was definitely my favourite

If you could rename Evening Class, what would you call it?

I think the title was perfect

Any additional comments?

With the back drop of Italy this made it perfect for me. It inspired me to get lessons in Italian