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The Garden Party and Other Stories (BBC Audio) Audio CD – Audiobook, 9 Oct 2008

4.3 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; Unabridged edition (9 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408400626
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408400623
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Maeve Binchy was born in Dalkey, Ireland, in 1940. She went to school at the Holy Child Convent, Killiney, then attended University College, Dublin where she gained a BA in History. After graduation, she taught at several girls' schools and wrote in the holidays. She started her writing career as a journalist on the "Irish Times," after her parents sent in the letters she had written while abroad travelling and the newspaper published them. At first a columnist, she later became Women's Editor, then turned to feature reporting and moved to London, where she met her husband Gordon Snell, a BBC presenter and author of children's books. Her first novel, " Light a Penny Candle" (1982) was an instant hit in the UK and abroad, much to her own surprise: 'When I wrote my first book... hand on my heart, I thought only Irish people would read it. I didn't think anyone else would be interested in the problems of people in dull, wet places'. But her trademark portraits of Irish contemporary society, combined with her warmth, wit and compassionate interest in people's lives, brought her a legion of devoted fans, and her books were translated into many languages. Her novels included "Tara Road," which was selected for Oprah Winfrey's Book Club, and "Circle of Friends" (1995), which was adapted by Andrew Davies into a highly successful film starring Minnie Driver and Chris O'Donnell. She also wrote short story collections, non-fiction books and several plays, but preferred to be described simply as a storyteller, claiming that 'people think that novelists have style... I don't have any style. I don't write like Margaret Atwood or Fay Weldon, I don't write like anybody. I write as if I was talking. That has been useful to me. If you just talk away, that's where you're nearest the truth, nearest yourself. I write as if I was telling a story to a friend.' Maeve Binchy was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Book Awards in 1999, and the President of Ireland presented her with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bord Gais Irish Book Awards in 2010. She died in 2012."


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This was a disappointing purchase.
The short stories are all read by lethargic narrators and lack any excitement, intrigue or mirth.
Not even worthy of 1 star - but the Amazon system dictates that at least 1 star be selected :-(
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Maeve Binchy is always a good read and her books are hard to put down once you have started them. I found this a very relaxing way to read or should I say listen to her books. The stories are of her usual high standard and keep your interest right to the end.
I would recommend this CD to anyone who wants to listen to a good story they leave you wanting to hear more this for me is the art of a great writer.
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I listened with great interest. could not stop listening to the ever riveting ability of this author. Will listen over again
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This was bought as a Christmas present for my mum who is partially sighted and finds it hard to read books these days. She enjoyed listening to it.
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The afternoon listening to this, whilst I was working, just flew by. I look forward to listening to the others.
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This was a gift for my mother, who had had a nasty fall which had caused her face to swell which stopped her reading, given that reading is her main relaxation, she was lost so I bought her these audio books which she had never tried before and she absolutely loved them, she loved the stories so much that I said I would buy her some more in future to help her when she struggles to sleep at night.
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i bought this to use in my car when driving to work. But it's not good at all as there's too much noise and the voices are difficult to hear.
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GREAT WAY TO ENJOY DRIVING.JUST POP CD INTO PLAYER IN THE CAR AND LISTEN AND RELAX. WELL READ AND VERY
ENJOYABLE.
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