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Circle of Friends Audiobook

Circle of Friends

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Publisher's 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 13/02/2011
    Kate Flinders, Australia 13/02/2011 Member Since 2012
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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Albert Einstein Skipton UK 09/08/2015
    Albert Einstein Skipton UK 09/08/2015 Member Since 2015
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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 08/01/2014
    Ap Swindon, United Kingdom 08/01/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Maureen Les PerquesFrance 03/06/2013
    Maureen Les PerquesFrance 03/06/2013
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom 03/08/2010
    Janice Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom 03/08/2010
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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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Hanwell, United Kingdom 09/07/2010
    Sandra Hanwell, United Kingdom 09/07/2010 Member Since 2012
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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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Alison Orpington, United Kingdom 26/09/2010
    Alison Orpington, United Kingdom 26/09/2010
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    "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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    A. Blackwood Northern Ireland 31/01/2013
    A. Blackwood Northern Ireland 31/01/2013 Member Since 2010

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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!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Miss 19/08/2017
    Miss 19/08/2017
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    "Just brilliant! Warm, witty and touching"

    I'd never read or listened to any of Maeve Binchy's books before, and within ten minutes of starting to listen I knew I would adore her writing, and was kicking myself for not giving her a try sooner!

    Circle of Friends was a fantastic book to start off with, a lovely warm story of friendships, small town life and teenage rights of passage. The friendship between characters Benny and Eve was so true to life and genuine, and the narrator is very talented at voicing the entire cast of characters vividly.

    I couldn't be more gushing with praise for Circle of Friends! If you're looking to immerse yourself in a warm friendly world with great characters you'll find yourself rooting for, and a story that doesn't skimp on drama and emotion, then look no further.

    Impossible not to love this book! I can't wait to start another Maeve Binchy.

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    Sophie Temple 23/02/2017
    Sophie Temple 23/02/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Extremely enjoyable"

    Wonderful story, beautifully woven together. Kate's narration adds a lovely dimension to her mother's story. I never wanted it to end.

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  • Tamara
    19/02/11
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    "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

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