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Tara Road

Narrated by: Kate Binchy
Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
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Summary

Ria and Marilyn have never met - they live thousands of miles apart, separated by the Atlantic Ocean: one in a big, warm, Victorian house in Tara Road, Dublin, the other in a modern, open-plan house in New England.

Two more unlikely friends would be hard to find: Ria's life revolves around her family and friends while Marilyn's reserve is born of grief. But when each needs a place to escape to, a house exchange seems the ideal solution.

Along with the borrowed houses come neighbours and friends, gossip and speculation as Ria and Marilyn swap lives for the summer....

©1999 Maeve Binchy (P)2010 Audible Ltd
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quietly absorbing

I was after an aga-saga and came here guided by Maeve Binchy's sales figures- a writer who sells that many copies must be doing something right.

And she does... It's not the plot, which is interesting enough, not the characters, who are not very memorable- the charm lies in the narration- as it so often does with Antony Trollope (though in a different way) One has the feeling that here is a very sensible writer; that one can trust her to steer you through the novel and out again at the other end.... and, as with Trollope, you have to be prepared to take your time...

The publisher's notes on Audible give very little away- really house-swapping only occupies about the last 3rd of the book- and by that time the bulk of the plot is more-or-less all over, bar the shouting- It's basically a tale of middle-class Dublin life and love.

An extra 'edge' is given to the story in that a pall of nostalgia hangs over it- it's a very nineties tale of Dublin in the boom times.

It's beautifully narrated- I went on to have a bit of a craze for Kate Binchy reading Maeve Binchy.

Useful fact- 'Tara Road' was the first book to have a print run of a million copies prior to publication.

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What a wonderfully read, warm book.

I absolutely adored this audio book. Kate Binchy told the story so well that I didn't want it to end. I purchased it as my holiday read and looked forward to my sessions with Kate Binchy everyday on the beach. The story flows perfectly with warm lovable characters throughout and Kate Binchys story telling is magical, she really brings the characters to life. I believe that even a wonderful story can so easily be completely ruined by a terrible narrator, but the combination of a great book and a fantastic narrator in Tara Road made this the most enjoyable book I've listened to in a very long time. I am already searching for my next Maeve Binchy/Kate Binchy collaboration and look forward to sitting back and enjoying it.

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A very enjoyable story, well told by Kate Binchy

I have always loved reading this book and now I have loved listening to it here. The voices and accents and flow created by Kate Binchy invite the listener to sit down and thoroughly enjoy the telling of this heart-warming Maeve Binchy story, possibly my favourite. I can honestly say I enjoyed every minute of this audible book. I look forward to listening to it again.

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Lovely book

I enjoyed this book a lot . I really wanted to hear more of the eventual outcome and felt it ended with a lot of unanswered questions.

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Lovely flowing easy listening

Really enjoyed the story. Easy but moving and all the loose ends tied up. Will listen again.

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One of my favourite books

Have read at least 4 times - absolutely love the characters in this
Love the story
Brilliant

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Loved it!

Thoroughly enjoyed this audible book. I'm definitely a fan of Maeve Binchey and this was a good one.

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Still not convinced...

I love the Irish accents and way with words and the narrator is excellent, but this is the second Maeve Binchy I've read and though the stories are easy and pleasant, I don't feel they really go anywhere. Maybe I've read too many crime thrillers!

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Grew listen!

Wow just finished listening to this book and I am missing the characters already! Narrated beautifully with great voice and consistent changes for each person I still want to know what happens next.

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An easy listen

This was a really easy listen, a nice story that moved along on pace. I really enjoyed it and finished it in 3 days.
I wasn’t a fan of the narrator though. All the characters seemed to talk in a twee country Irish style, ( bar the American characters) despite them being from Dublin and the male characters just sounded gruff without any other discerning personality.

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  • 28-08-19

Gossip

Just about life in what feels like a small village. It is just full of gossip. It is enjoyable enough but not a page turner by any stretch of imagination. The characters are well developed and you feel as if you really meet and know them.