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Tara Road

Narrated by: Kate Binchy
Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
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Ria and Marilyn have never met - they live thousands of miles apart, separated by the Atlantic Ocean: one in a big, warm, Victorian house in Tara Road, Dublin, the other in a modern, open-plan house in New England.

Two more unlikely friends would be hard to find: Ria's life revolves around her family and friends, while Marilyn's reserve is born of grief. But when each needs a place to escape to, a house exchange seems the ideal solution.

Along with the borrowed houses come neighbours and friends, gossip and speculation as Ria and Marilyn swap lives for the summer....

©1999 Maeve Binchy (P)2010 Audible Ltd

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A story to warm the heart

I loved Tara Road when I was younger and was glad to see that Kate Binchy reads this audiobook. Having lived in Ireland but not being Irish, I was very interested in the accents she gives different characters — I felt it injected a lot more class implications into the story than I had been aware of reading the novel. However, this is a warm, engaging reading of one of Maeve Binchy’s best stories, with a varied cast of characters who are exactly like the real Dubliners. If you need a pick-me-up, some easy listening that will carry you along and make you see the good and the true in a world full of sorrow and injustice, you should listen to Tara Road. Enjoy!

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Great story but doesn't translate wel to narration

While I love this book I found that the narrated version wasn't as I expected.

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  • Pat
  • 28-08-2019

Gossip

Just about life in what feels like a small village. It is just full of gossip. It is enjoyable enough but not a page turner by any stretch of imagination. The characters are well developed and you feel as if you really meet and know them.

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  • Philip
  • 04-09-2013

quietly absorbing

I was after an aga-saga and came here guided by Maeve Binchy's sales figures- a writer who sells that many copies must be doing something right.

And she does... It's not the plot, which is interesting enough, not the characters, who are not very memorable- the charm lies in the narration- as it so often does with Antony Trollope (though in a different way) One has the feeling that here is a very sensible writer; that one can trust her to steer you through the novel and out again at the other end.... and, as with Trollope, you have to be prepared to take your time...

The publisher's notes on Audible give very little away- really house-swapping only occupies about the last 3rd of the book- and by that time the bulk of the plot is more-or-less all over, bar the shouting- It's basically a tale of middle-class Dublin life and love.

An extra 'edge' is given to the story in that a pall of nostalgia hangs over it- it's a very nineties tale of Dublin in the boom times.

It's beautifully narrated- I went on to have a bit of a craze for Kate Binchy reading Maeve Binchy.

Useful fact- 'Tara Road' was the first book to have a print run of a million copies prior to publication.

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  • Mum 5*
  • 28-09-2019

One of my favourite books

Have read at least 4 times - absolutely love the characters in this
Love the story
Brilliant

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  • Gaynor MM
  • 24-08-2019

Loved it!

Thoroughly enjoyed this audible book. I'm definitely a fan of Maeve Binchey and this was a good one.

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  • Claire White
  • 18-07-2019

Still not convinced...

I love the Irish accents and way with words and the narrator is excellent, but this is the second Maeve Binchy I've read and though the stories are easy and pleasant, I don't feel they really go anywhere. Maybe I've read too many crime thrillers!

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  • Sharon Wolf
  • 17-03-2019

Grew listen!

Wow just finished listening to this book and I am missing the characters already! Narrated beautifully with great voice and consistent changes for each person I still want to know what happens next.

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  • Claire D.
  • 07-10-2018

An easy listen

This was a really easy listen, a nice story that moved along on pace. I really enjoyed it and finished it in 3 days.
I wasn’t a fan of the narrator though. All the characters seemed to talk in a twee country Irish style, ( bar the American characters) despite them being from Dublin and the male characters just sounded gruff without any other discerning personality.

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  • Dee sa
  • 13-08-2018

What a wonderfully read, warm book.

I absolutely adored this audio book. Kate Binchy told the story so well that I didn't want it to end. I purchased it as my holiday read and looked forward to my sessions with Kate Binchy everyday on the beach. The story flows perfectly with warm lovable characters throughout and Kate Binchys story telling is magical, she really brings the characters to life. I believe that even a wonderful story can so easily be completely ruined by a terrible narrator, but the combination of a great book and a fantastic narrator in Tara Road made this the most enjoyable book I've listened to in a very long time. I am already searching for my next Maeve Binchy/Kate Binchy collaboration and look forward to sitting back and enjoying it.

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  • Katie
  • 07-08-2018

One to revisit time and time again.

Such a beautifully written story, made even more enjoyable with the narration from I believe the author's cousin.

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  • g
  • 15-09-2017

Poor performance

I found the story to be somewhat interesting but the performance of the voice actor was very poor.

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  • Familyvine
  • 07-05-2017

Love this story

Love the story. I've read the book twice. Not over keen on the accents. X