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Circle of Friends

Narrated by: Kate Binchy
Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
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In the small Irish town of Knockglen, best friends Bernadette ('Benny') and Eve are inseparable. Benny is an adored only child, and Eve, a poor, birdlike orphan brought up by nuns.

On their first day at University College, Dublin, a fatal road accident brings the pair together with fellow students Nan Mahon and Jack Foley, and new friendships are quickly struck. Jack and Nan introduce Eve and Benny to a life of excitement and sophistication. But beneath their carefree existence trouble is brewing for the circle of friends.

Warmth and laughter are interwoven with sadness in this compassionate and absorbing tale of friends whose lives, over a period of ten years, become entwined.

©1990 Maeve Binchy (P)1991 Audible Ltd

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A heart-warming tale for everyone

I love Maeve Binchy, but Circle of Friends is one of her loveliest novels. It harks back to the lost Ireland of the 1950s, where it's an amazing thing for a country girl to go to university and Dublin is regarded as the danger zone for moral purity! The cast of characters is varied, vivid and always interesting, from the quick-tempered orphan Eve to the self-doubting only child Benny, from Benny's loving but suffocating parents to the wise Mother Francis who is determined to get Eve the future she deserves. It's a story about self-acceptance as much as it is about friendship and love -- Benny struggles to find her place as both dutiful daughter and independent educated woman; Eve has to lay her unhappy past to rest in order to build herself a life. As with all Maeve's novels, there is tragedy and sorrow as well as laughter and fun. This is a great listen; please enjoy.

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Circle of Friends

Many years since I have read a Maeve Binchy book. As I was unwell an audio book was perfect for me. The style of the book was also perfect and I enjoyed it very much. I will certainly choose another title very soon. The story was convincing and the people in it also.

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Oldie but goodie

Loved the book, the film now the audible. This has been a favourite of mine for years. Excellent reading with distinquishable characters.

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A CLASSIC

Read the book, watched the movie & the audible is no exception.

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Good read/listen

I enjoyed the characters. although I found the transitions back and forth between them a bit irritating. I felt the story did go on a little long and could probably have finished a third earlier. The narrator was perfect, very easy to listen to and told the story well. This is my first Maeve Binchy book and probably won't be my last.

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  • Tamara
  • 19-02-2011

Up there with the classics

I love this story. It has to be my favourite Binchy novel. The narration is wonderful - totally engaging. I don't need to say anymore about it. It's brilliant!

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  • Albert Einstein
  • 09-08-2015

Lovely narration of classic tail of friendships

Lovely story easy to listen too about interplay of friends and just the right amount of intrigue with a pleasing ending!

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  • Kate
  • 13-02-2011

Brilliant!!!!

What a wonderful story! I loved it and have recommended it to several friends and members of the family. So funny, and warm, sad and touching. Benny is a brilliant.

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  • Ap
  • 08-01-2014

An easy listen

Would you listen to Circle of Friends again? Why?

Its a very easy book to listen too. not to complicated a storyline, easy to follow.

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I would have enjoyed the book to have ended differently, I felt like the ends of the stories didn't really tie up nicely, I was very surprised when I realised it was actually the end of the book and not just the end of a chapter.

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  • Maureen
  • 03-06-2013

A fabulous holiday listen

Kate Binchey's narration never fails she has a wonderful knack of bringing the characters to life and making them very believeable. Whilst the storyline is fairly light it manages to hold the listeners attention to the very end.

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  • Janice
  • 03-08-2010

Complete Circle - Binchy satisfies on all counts

Maeve Binchy has done it again, this is one of her better books and the audio version helps bring to life those characters who spring off the page - cosseted and somewhat suffocated Benny, in love with the faithless handsome Jack; Eve her best friend,ever staunch and reliable; naughty Nan - whose beauty captures the eye but not the heart. You can almost imagine the awful Sean, wringing his hands in 'Uriah Heep' fashion, such is Kate Binchy's excellent narration which brings this circle of friends (and foes) to life. A feelgood tale which yet portrays some of the trials and tribulations of young people growing up in less permissive times,with a satisfying and somewhat surprising conclusion.

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  • Minimee
  • 09-07-2010

A truly beautiful story

The story charts the early blossoms of life from youth to teenage trials and tribulations of Benny. It is truly a beautiful and heart wendering story that simply touches you and one that I would definitely recommend. The reader takes you on Benny's journey with Eve, her best friend and Jack, the love of her life! I can and have listened to this story over and over again, a great purchase.

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  • Alison
  • 26-09-2010

Circle of Friends

Lovely gentle listen of more innocent times. Was unable to put the iPod down!!!

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  • A. Blackwood
  • 31-01-2013

Wonderfull!

Have read this many years ago and been very disappointed by the film version. This audio was wonderfull. The narration was superb and I have revived my faith in Maeve Binchy's "yarn spinning" abilities!

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  • Аmazon Customer
  • 19-06-2020

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friendly story about friends all most like real life perfect I found it really comfy read

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  • Kate Hodges
  • 17-04-2020

A long time favourite

This has always been one of my favourite books and I thoroughly enjoyed listening a reading of it. highly recommended for fans of Maeve Binchy and anyone looking for a heartwarming, beautiful story about growing up, friendship and life