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Summary

Carved in the trunk of the mighty copper beech tree that embraces the schoolyard in Shancarrig are declarations of love, hope, and identity - the youthful dreams of the children who studied there. Now grown, yet shaped by their years in the schoolhouse, they lead different lives. The Copper Beech is about 8 of these dreamers.

From Ryan's Hotel to Barna Woods, where the gypsies came each year, from Nellie Dunn's sweet shop to Father Gunn's church, the tenor of life in Shancarrig is outwardly placid and uneventful. Some, like Nessa Ryan, in search of passion, would say deadly dull. But behind the calm exterior, serenity fades into unexpected drama: Maddy Ross has a secret love; Eddie Barton, a surprising friendship; the Darcy's, the glamorous newcomers, find a curious partner in poor Maura Brennan. The Dunnes, Kelly's, Leo Murphy, and Dr. Jim's all have their own extraordinary stories to tell...brought to life by Maeve Binchy's sure touch.

©1992 Maeve Binchy (P)1992 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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  • Brenda
  • 26-08-16

SLOW

What did you like best about The Copper Beech? What did you like least?

UNDERSTANDING

Has The Copper Beech turned you off from other books in this genre?

NO

What didn’t you like about Fionnula Flanagan’s performance?

SHE WAS GOOD

Do you think The Copper Beech needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

YES I DO, IT ENDED QUICKLY

Any additional comments?

I DID NOT CARE FOR THE BOOK AT ALL

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  • Ci A. Hawkins
  • 22-06-16

TOO MUCH

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Narrator speaks with such a heavy brog, I couldn't not understand her.

Would you ever listen to anything by Maeve Binchy again?

NO!

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Copper Beech?

The narrator made it too hard to follow the story line.

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  • Purple
  • 22-07-13

Gotta Love Maeve Binchy

I am still getting over the fact that we are never going to have a new Maeve Binchy book. I just love her writing. It's storytelling that's seems a bit old-fashioned at first, but yet draws you in. While the books that are set in Dublin are more contemporary than this one, I still like this one too. It's just too bad this one is abridged. I actually listened to the unabridged version several years ago and it was a great listen. Go for the whole book is my advice.