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The Return Journey [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Maeve Binchy , Kate Binchy
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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3 July 2003

Stories about ordinary people going about ordinary lives will always be fascinating when told by a writer blessed with extraordinary talent, insight, and compassion. '- The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

In this extraordinary collection of stories, the world-wide bestselling author of Evening Class once again reveals her incomparable understanding of matters of the heart. In The Return Journey, Maeve Binchy creates powerful compelling stories of love, loss, revelation, and reconciliation.

A secretary's silent passion for her boss meets the acid test on a business trip; a man and a woman's mutual disdain at first sight shows how deceptive appearances can be; an insecure wife clings to the illusion of order, only to discover chaos at the hands of a house-sitter who opens the wrong doors; a pair of star-crossed travelers pick up each other's bags, and then learn when you unlock a stranger's suitcase, you enter a stranger's life. These and many more poignant, ironic, often humorous stories - unforgettable slices of life -make up The Return Journey, a spellbinding trip into the human heart.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Orion; Unabridged edition (3 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752857630
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752857633
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 12.9 x 14.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 864,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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The Return Journey is a collection of 14 short stories of life, love and learning that enables the most harried reader to enjoy a well-told tale in its entirety before checking on the kids or sorting the washing. In the tradition of Binchy's classic tales Circle of Friends and Tara Road, this consummate summer beach book introduces readers not to models of literary and romantic indefectibility, but to people just like us, who lose their car keys and have bad hair days. The title story paints a portrait of the embattled relationship between a mother who left her home in Dunglass, Ireland, and her daughter, who has travelled to Ireland to find her history and finds love, as well. Through weekly correspondence, mother and daughter repair the damage to their relationship, laying to rest ghosts of an earlier mother-daughter relationship gone irrevocably wrong. Binchy's Victor and St. Valentine renews faith that truly romantic men do exist and are often overlooked, their motives suspect in an increasingly self-reliant world. No one can accuse Binchy of overtelling a tale; she has perfected the art of leading her readers to the verge and then allowing them to loose their imaginations as they see fit. --Alison Trinkle --This text refers to the mass market paperback edition of this title --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will appeal mainly to women. 1 Nov 2007
Whenever I pick up a Maeve Binchy story, I feel I am visiting an old friend. Although The Return Journey is no exception, it is different from her other books as it contains ten short stories. These 10 little nuggets are enjoyable in an easy reading sort of way. Each story revolves around a trip and lessons people learn about others and themselves when travelling. It would be a good book to take to the beach or for someone who has time for only a little reading in one sitting.
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice journeys! 19 July 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Very sensable and common stories, each one of them unique and bitter-sweet. In a very plain, straightforward language she describes the deepest feelings of her characters. Firstly, I was sorry that these stories are short but then again, there is nothing missing from them. Buy this book, if you like quiet and lonely reading. For your holiday on the beach or just during your own journey.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Stories repeated from a previous book 16 Oct 2009
I am a huge Maeve Binchy fan I have ALL her books, which I have thoroughly enjoyed. This one is 10 shorts stories five of which have been published in a previous book, so for me it was very disappointing.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Enjoyable 4 July 1999
By A Customer
I purchased this book in Australia in October 1998 (in case you are wondering how I have managed to read it already). "Return Journey" is a highly enjoyable book continuing in the style of Maeve Binchey. It is a series of stories about people taking a trip or going on holiday. Each story has a moral that we can all learn from and each of us can relate to in some way. The book written in the easy and relaxing way in which we have come to expect from Maeve Binchey and i am sure will be another bestseller. If you have enjoyed other books by Maeve Binchey you will certainly enjoy this one and if you have not read anything by her before then this is a very good starting place. I hope everyone who reads it enjoyed it as much as I did.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, except for a few too abrupt endings 30 Sep 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As always, Maeve Binchy delights me. I have never as yet read one of her books and not just wanted it to go on and on.

However, to a writer of Binchy's standard there are always great expectations and as much as I enjoyed "The Return Journey", in my opinion it's not one of her best.

The stories in this collection are uneven. In all of them the characters are interesting and the settings certainly pique ones curiosity. But while some are leading to a fulfilling conclusion, others just go nowhere and leave - at least me - feeling somewhat cheated. Not that life is not full of odd incidents with no particular meaning, but in a book of fiction one expects a bit of fairytale, unusual developments, excitement and, hopefully, a happy ending.

The abrupt endings leading into simply nothing, is the only flaw of an otherwise lovely collection of stories. Warm and thoughtful with lots of tiny observations along the road in true Maeve Binchy style.

My favourites are firstly "A Villa for Four", taking place in Greece. So real and alive, it's a true gem, especially for lovers of this country. Then "The September Letters", a story full of surprises which has it all - people from different backgrounds whose paths are crossing, leading to unexpected events and directions in their lives.

Almost 5 stars since what's good is excellent - 4 due to a bit too many vague and/or "missing" completions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Return Journey 3 Feb 2013
By eileen
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It was an excellent book to read I am a great fan of Maeve Binchy and truly recommend this book
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Collection of stories 25 July 1999
By A Customer
Another collection of 14 stories from the author who captures the drama in everyday life so wonderfully.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not her finest 26 Sep 2009
I am a great fan of Maeve Binchy and I was eager to read this latest offering on holiday. I have to say it was a great let down, most of the stories seemed familiar and most also had a miserable ending. I didn't even plough on till the end.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
As usual this book takes you away to another time and place.
Published 1 day ago by Lynne
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 7 days ago by Julie Frost
2.0 out of 5 stars binchy not her best
disappointed really have read all her books but I lost interest in this one halfway thro,what a shame.was looking forward to this on my hols
Published 1 month ago by trudy donachie
3.0 out of 5 stars The Return Journey
I chose this rating as find it hard to get into due to each chapter about someone different . Didn't read blurb before I purchased it.
Published 3 months ago by Pat Quirk
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliannt
Wonderful as ever, Maeve Binchy is as wonderful as she ever was. Great interlinking plot, colourful realistic characters, she involves you and draws you into everyones story.
Published 3 months ago by aggi
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
As usual this was a very good read, love Maeve Binchy books. Have ordered a couple more that I read years ago to re-read
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. W. M. Couch
5.0 out of 5 stars terriific as ususal from Maeve Binchy
if you are a Maeve Binchy fan you will love this, a gripping read from start to finish. read and read again
Published 4 months ago by J. Simpson
4.0 out of 5 stars journey
unfortunately cannot give a true review on this book as it was given away as a present and have had no feedback
Published 5 months ago by Mr. Arthur E. J. Pocock
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
I didn't realise all separate stories till I got to the end , ! Was waiting for them all to join up ! My mistake .
Published 6 months ago by New kindle owner .
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
I enjoy all of this writers book and this one impresses once again? Binchy is a great story teller and has a great Irish sense of humour? Read more
Published 6 months ago by eamonn
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