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Cathy Scarlet and Tom Feather have decided to create the best catering company in Dublin. They have the perfect premises, heaps of talent, and even a few contacts - but not everyone seems as pleased by the idea of 'Scarlet Feather' as they are. Tom's parents are disappointed that he has turned his back on the family business.

Cathy's husband buries himself in work, becoming ever more distant, whilst his mother thinks Cathy should stay at home to look after him. And Tom's relationship with his beautiful, ambitious girlfriend becomes fraught as she struggles to realise her dream of becoming a model. As Cathy and Tom strive to maintain their emotional ties amidst catering triumphs and disasters they are supported - and undermined - by an enchanting cast of classic Binchy characters.

©2001 Maeve Binchy (P)2001 Audible Ltd

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Maeve Binchy never disappoints

Every time I read one of her books; I get a deep yearning to visit Ireland.
I loved the ending too 💛

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Another Great one!

I loved this book, it is so typical Maeve Binchy & Kate’s narration just makes it. Every book I fall in love with the children, the scenes she sets and I am always sad but feel so light at the end of each one.

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One of the best.

This is a great story full of interesting characters and Irish humour .
I often burst out laughing. The narration, however let this book down.
The Female characters sound absolutely ridiculous Cathy ,Marcella and especially Maude sound like eejit’s.
Whilst I have read all of Maeve’s books, I will not rush to hear them read by Kate.

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another great book

i love this author. book was interesting to listen to and narrator made it seem like there was a cast of thousands.

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Heartwrenching

An always brilliant performance by Kate as she always makes you feel like you are listening to a huge cast matches only by Maeve's talent at creating characters, settings and stories.

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Another Binchy masterpiece

What can you say? Maeve Binchy tells stories that draw you in and have you loving and hating the characters. I love her books.

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Quintessential Maeve Binchy

Scarlet Feather is one of my favourite Bunchy novels, and this reading does it full justice. Simon and Maud in particular tug at the heart strings, and this is a great story about how life doesn’t turn out the way you think it will, but sometimes for the best anyway. This book has some profound things to say about the nature of family, but in typical Maeve fashion it’s done with a lightness of touch that draws you in and makes you laugh even as you’re raging against the world’s injustice. Highly recommend for anyone who wants a great story full of true Irish characters... Muttie Scarlet is a particular favourite of mine!

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  • J. Edwards
  • 12-01-2019

Great listen, setting the story was slow

Throughly enjoyable heart warming story just a bit slow establishing the story line and characters

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  • Kathleen
  • 01-10-2012

Welcome to the world of Scarlet Feather

Would you consider the audio edition of Scarlet Feather to be better than the print version?

I've not read the hard copy of Scarlet Feather, however, I've listened to enough audio books and read enough hard copies to know sometimes you need to do both. I don't feel compelled to buy the book in this case. Kate Binchy does an exquisite job changing voices and scenes as if it were coming to life before your eyes. Maeve Binchy's smooth style of transition into the next scene makes you feel as though you were teleported from home to home & scene to scene. The emotions she evokes-fear, anger, joy, etc, makes you feel as if you are in each character's skin.

What other book might you compare Scarlet Feather to and why?

Tara Road is the only other book of her's that I've read. I'm on to Quentin's next.

Have you listened to any of Kate Binchy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely!

Any additional comments?

The world's that Maeve Binchy creates aren't perfect worlds, but they're worlds in which you want to escape. They offer you alternatives to situations within your own life.

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  • Lammey
  • 05-12-2015

Cosy escapism by Meave Binchy

Where does Scarlet Feather rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Like slipping into a warm bath, all the comfort of characters you have met before, a storey that touches on difficult times but you know all will be alright in the end

What did you like best about this story?

The book is a comforting book to go to sleep to, with the appearance of old friends. You soon know your way round Binchy's Dublin and the people who live there.

What about Kate Binchy’s performance did you like?

Kate Binchey's performance brings the characters to life and softly lulls you to sleep.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book is warm and cosy only mild drama here.

Any additional comments?

If you need something to lull you to sleep, a book that takes your mind off the troubles of the day, this is a good listen.

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  • Аmazon Customer
  • 05-10-2020

lovely and quite real

loved it. Especially at this climate and uncertainty. I just lost myself in all chapters

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  • Joan
  • 26-05-2021

Scarlet feather

An absorbing story about people who you come to care about. The children were so funny and Old in their ways.

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  • WIN POSTLETHWAITE
  • 09-04-2021

Excellent Maeve Binchy!

Wonderful story yet again by Maeve Binchy! Could not stop listening to it! Brilliant writer.

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  • Moga
  • 22-01-2021

perfect listen

loved every bit of this. Marvellous narration and great story. Didnt want it to end

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  • Nicky W
  • 29-06-2020

lovely

One of my favourite books and beautifully narrated. A lovely story as is all Maeve Binchy Books. Easy listening

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  • Michelle Dixon
  • 26-02-2020

STRUGGLING TO GET THROUGH!

I'm really struggling to get through this book. I keep leaving it and then listening to another one and listening to another, then trying again but still finding it hard to listen to.
Maybe if the narrator was a bit younger it might work but I can't tell you about the story because I haven't heard it all hence the 2 stars.

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  • Lorraine Hawkins
  • 12-02-2020

Another wonderful listen

This is the third of Maeve Binchy”s books I’ve listened to . Absolutely loved this as I have the others . I feel I know the characters and I really enjoyed the narration.
Off to get my next Maeve Binchy book from audible now .
Lovely listening.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-10-2019

Good book awful narration

Narrator doesn’t pause between paragraphs so gets very confusing! Good book though worth a listen

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  • MS Wheeler
  • 23-01-2019

Conflicted

I did enjoy the story, but sadly not the narration as all of the characters sounded as if they were 75 . This marred it somewhat and felt it could have been much better had there been more definition of the characters

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