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Heart and Soul [Abridged, Audiobook, CD] [Audio CD]

Maeve Binchy , Kate Binchy
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)

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2 Oct 2008

Clara Casey has more than enough on her plate. Her daughters are a handful and Clara, a senior cardiac specialist, has a new job to cope with...

For Ania, meeting Clara Casey is a miracle: she had never intended to leave her beloved Poland, but after the love of her life has turned sour, her world seems rather empty. Perhaps a new job in a new country will mend her broken heart?

Declan is looking forward to joining the clinic - but what should have been a straightforward six-month posting brings him far more than he expected. Then there's Father Brian Flynn, whose life is turned upside down when his reputation is threatened; and the beautiful, cheerful nurse, Fiona, who can't leave her troubled past behind...

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  • Audio CD: 6 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (2 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780752897523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752897523
  • ASIN: 0752897527
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 13.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 231,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maeve Binchy was born in County Dublin and educated at the Holy Child convent in Killiney and at University College, Dublin. After a spell as a teacher she joined the IRISH TIMES. Her first novel, LIGHT A PENNY CANDLE, was published in 1982 and she went on to write over twenty books, all of them bestsellers. Several have been adapted for cinema and television, including TARA ROAD. Maeve Binchy received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Book Awards in 1999 and the Irish PEN/A.T. Cross award in 2007. In 2010 she was presented with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards by the President of Ireland. She was married to the writer and broadcaster Gordon Snell for 35 years, and died in 2012.

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perfect easy-on-the ear listening.... drawing the listener into the community of spirit that Maeve Binchy handles with such delicacy. (Kati Nicholl DAILY EXPRESS)

Maeve Binchy's latest novel is a delight. (CHOICE)

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A novel full of warmth and magic from No.1 bestselling author Maeve Binchy. Abridged edition, read by Kate Binchy.

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87 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm and real 12 Oct 2008
By Sissel M. Østdahl TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It's something comforting about Maeve Binchy's books. The cliché about a book being like a good friend, is so very right in her case. Of course, one is interested in finding out what happens to the characters, but there is no hurry. In the case of this book, it is much more preferable to sit down with a cup of tea and read quietly a couple of hours before going to bed.

"Heart and Soul" is a book to be devoured and there are many actors on the stage in Dublin. First there is Clara Casey, senior cardiac specialist at a new heart clinic at St. Brigid's Hospital, Clara's two daughters Adi and Linda, who in their twenties are having trouble settling down and finally her ex-husband Alan, who is asking Clara for a divorce in order to marry a much younger woman.

Coming to work at the clinic is also Ania, a young girl who has travelled from Poland in order to mend a broken heart. Young Doctor Declan Carroll was originally meant to spend a six-month posting but meats beautiful nurse Fiona. And then there is Father Bryan Flynn, whose life is turned upside down when his reputation is threatened.

Extra spice is added when we also meet old friends from both Scarlet Feather, Evening Class, Nights of Rain and Stars and Whitethorn Woods. Nora who is still always called Signora & Aidan, and Brenda at Quentins, where Declan takes Fiona out to dinner for the first time.

"Heart and Soul" is a book about ordinary people with ordinary lives. Joy and sorrow, struggle and hopes. And as always, the author shows us the importance of the small things in life - which often do not prove so small after all.

Maeve Binchy is a wonderful storyteller, who has once again written a book which grows on the reader and is slowly creeping into our heart and soul.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A comforting, satisfying read! 21 Oct 2008
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I love Binchy's books and eagerly awaited this one. I wasn't disappointed - soon I was back in her world of quirky Irish characters. I didn't want this to end and felt the book stopped a little too soon. I loved the reference to characters from past books and the overlapping lives, making me remember the characters as friends I'd met long ago and were happy to be re-acquainted with. Binchy weaves a colourful, vivid tale that I most thoroughly enjoyed. If you like character driven novels, this one is for you!
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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A feast for the heart AND the soul 11 Oct 2008
By MrsT
When I picked this book up, I knew it would contain characters who would become important to me and situations I would think about. I was not disappointed. I found Clara Casey to be a thoroughly engaging central character and the focal point of a clinic was a good choice, with the dramas and lives of the staff and patients providing a great narrative.

However, the real joy was in picking up the threads of other characters from Scarlet Feather, Nights of Rain and Stars and also Whitethorn Woods.

I was hooked until the end and am now almost desperate to book a table at Quentins - Early Bird menu for me though! Thank you Maeve.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maeve at her best! 14 July 2009
I'm a huge Maeve Binchy fan as I know everytime I read one of her books, I'll be transported straight over to Dublin and feel as if I'm suddenly a part of the communities she creates. Heart & Soul is based around the trials and tribulations of the characters that visit a new Heart clinic in Dublin. The head doctor, Clara Casey is instantly likeable with her troubled daughters, annoying ex-husband and her no nonsense manner. She hires numerous people to help at the centre so you get to meet Frank Ennis and his old-fashioned ways, Ania, the Polish girl with a heart of gold but many secrets and I have to say that I was thrilled when the twins Simon and Maud from Jarleth Crescent appeared once more. There are ups and downs along the way and the multiple stories keep you hooked. Heart & Soul is a no brainer choice for a holiday read as you'll be entertained for hours.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart and soul 21 Oct 2008
By MrsB
I must admit that my favourite Maeve Binchy novel is Scarlet Feather so what joy to see how the twins are getting on. Still completing each others sentances. We meet new characters as well and they each have their own story. I like this format and I also like happy endings, so this book was a winner for me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maeve, I take it all back! 3 Sep 2009
I feel I owe Maeve an apology after slagging off her last few books as being flimsy and repetitive. I STILL couldn't resist buying this one and actuallly I really enjoyed it. Strong characters, warm storylines, very representative of modern Dublin with its urban backdrop and international cast. A return to form!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I absolutly love Maeve Binchy and this stared off great BUT everyone was SO 'goody goody' would have enjoyed a bit more 'intrigue', and I got the feeling all the staff at the heart clinic had way too much time on their hands as everyone was seen so prompt,and no one was ever tooo busy to spend time with patients or family of..-in a perfect world,eh? A more varied plot would be good, though can't say didn't enjoy it.. Clever how Maeve brings in her other novels..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Comforting and Satisfying Read 5 Aug 2009
Picking up a Maeve Binchy novel is similar to slipping your feet into your favourite slippers after a day of wearing tight shoes - comforting, familiar and very soothing.

I have been faintly disappointed by some of Maeve Binchy's more recent books, but felt that she is really back on form with Heart And Soul. Set in modern-day Dublin with a cast of colourful characters, it's really a story of everyday people living everyday lives. Each character is rounded and integral to the story line.

I particularly like the way that she included people and places from her earlier novels such as Quentins, Scarlet Feather and Whitethorn Woods and although this is a stand-alone novel, it's great to read more about favourite characters.

A very satisfying and easy read.
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