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Summary

Cathy Scarlet and Tom Feather have decided to create the best catering company in Dublin. They have the perfect premises, heaps of talent, and even a few contacts - but not everyone seems as pleased by the idea of Scarlet Feather as they are. Tom's parents are disappointed that he has turned his back on the family business. 

Cathy's husband buries himself in work, becoming ever more distant, whilst his mother thinks Cathy should stay at home to look after him. And Tom's relationship with his beautiful, ambitious girlfriend becomes fraught as she struggles to realise her dream of becoming a model. As Cathy and Tom strive to maintain their emotional ties amidst catering triumphs and disasters, they are supported - and undermined - by an enchanting cast of classic Binchy characters.

©2001 Maeve Binchy (P)2001 Audible Ltd

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Cosy escapism by Meave Binchy

Where does Scarlet Feather rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Like slipping into a warm bath, all the comfort of characters you have met before, a storey that touches on difficult times but you know all will be alright in the end

What did you like best about this story?

The book is a comforting book to go to sleep to, with the appearance of old friends. You soon know your way round Binchy's Dublin and the people who live there.

What about Kate Binchy’s performance did you like?

Kate Binchey's performance brings the characters to life and softly lulls you to sleep.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book is warm and cosy only mild drama here.

Any additional comments?

If you need something to lull you to sleep, a book that takes your mind off the troubles of the day, this is a good listen.

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lovely and quite real

loved it. Especially at this climate and uncertainty. I just lost myself in all chapters

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lovely

One of my favourite books and beautifully narrated. A lovely story as is all Maeve Binchy Books. Easy listening

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Another great book

So pleased I listened to this book, I had previously listened to Evening Class and Quentins and loved the characters so decided to see how there lives evolved. Doing to download Tara Road next as I can’t get enough of the characters and the narration. High praise for another great book.

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STRUGGLING TO GET THROUGH!

I'm really struggling to get through this book. I keep leaving it and then listening to another one and listening to another, then trying again but still finding it hard to listen to. Maybe if the narrator was a bit younger it might work but I can't tell you about the story because I haven't heard it all hence the 2 stars. It is now 21/920 ages after I bought this book and still have not been able to read it. I just keep buying and listening to better ones. Sorry Maeve Bunchy, it really is not personal. I really think if you used younger narrator's to match the characters, you would get better reviews. Not saying your old or anything, I'll stop digging now.

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Another wonderful listen

This is the third of Maeve Binchy”s books I’ve listened to . Absolutely loved this as I have the others . I feel I know the characters and I really enjoyed the narration. Off to get my next Maeve Binchy book from audible now . Lovely listening.

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Good book awful narration

Narrator doesn’t pause between paragraphs so gets very confusing! Good book though worth a listen

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Conflicted

I did enjoy the story, but sadly not the narration as all of the characters sounded as if they were 75 . This marred it somewhat and felt it could have been much better had there been more definition of the characters

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loved it

I loved this book. I was there. good to be taken home to Wire. thank you

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Another great Binchy treat!

Loved it. A good yarn brilliantly narrated. Starting to panic though, as will have heard them all soon x

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  • J. Edwards
  • 12-01-19

Great listen, setting the story was slow

Throughly enjoyable heart warming story just a bit slow establishing the story line and characters

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  • Kathleen
  • 01-10-12

Welcome to the world of Scarlet Feather

Would you consider the audio edition of Scarlet Feather to be better than the print version?

I've not read the hard copy of Scarlet Feather, however, I've listened to enough audio books and read enough hard copies to know sometimes you need to do both. I don't feel compelled to buy the book in this case. Kate Binchy does an exquisite job changing voices and scenes as if it were coming to life before your eyes. Maeve Binchy's smooth style of transition into the next scene makes you feel as though you were teleported from home to home & scene to scene. The emotions she evokes-fear, anger, joy, etc, makes you feel as if you are in each character's skin.

What other book might you compare Scarlet Feather to and why?

Tara Road is the only other book of her's that I've read. I'm on to Quentin's next.

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

No.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely!

Any additional comments?

The world's that Maeve Binchy creates aren't perfect worlds, but they're worlds in which you want to escape. They offer you alternatives to situations within your own life.