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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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  • Kate
  • Flinders, Australia
  • 13-02-11

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Ap
  • Swindon, United Kingdom
  • 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.

Any additional comments?

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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  • Maureen
  • Les PerquesFrance
  • 03-06-13

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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  • Janice
  • Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom
  • 03-08-10

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.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Sandra
  • Hanwell, United Kingdom
  • 09-07-10

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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  • Alison
  • Orpington, United Kingdom
  • 26-09-10

Circle of Friends

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

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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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I truly enjoyed this Book

Brilliant book to listen toand quite enjoyable. I listened to it for many times. Thanks

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  • Lizzie
  • Mansfield uk
  • 01-03-18

Not for me.

What disappointed you about Circle of Friends?

I couldn't bear the narrator's whiney voice and despite trying 3 times to start over, it put me off and I had give up on it.

What could Maeve Binchy have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

a different narrator

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her voice was whiney and high pitched and it got on my nerves. She sounded as if she was reading to a small child but also made it sound really sad

Any additional comments?

It was my first Maeve Binchy and sadly my last.

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  • Tamara
  • 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!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful