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Tara Road

Narrated by: Kate Binchy
Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (127 ratings)

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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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  • Philip
  • Tonbridge, United Kingdom
  • 04-09-13

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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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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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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One to revisit time and time again.

Such a beautifully written story, made even more enjoyable with the narration from I believe the author's cousin.

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  • g
  • 15-09-17

Poor performance

I found the story to be somewhat interesting but the performance of the voice actor was very poor.

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Love this story

Love the story. I've read the book twice. Not over keen on the accents. X

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Superb Read!

Kate Binchy is a superb narrator. Welll drawn interesting characters around a solid plot. Fantastic!

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  • N. Fail
  • North East England
  • 02-08-16

Soothing

I immensely enjoy listening to Maeve Binchy books, the story's are great but what really makes it is the teller, Kate Binchy has an amazing ability to read a story and pull you into the world. I've read Maeve Binchy books for years but listening them is pure joy.

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just love Maeve Binchy books

I adore the characters. The often simple and at the same time deeply poignant story. All pulled together and anchored in the fabulous narration by Kate Binchy.
Another terrific aga saga ...