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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (17,275 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maeve Binchy Narrator: Kate Binchy Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553750089
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Aidan Dunne, a Dublin Latin teacher, always meant to go back to the Italy he visited as a youth. But as the years passed, he concentrated instead on the usual struggles of daily life, like vying for the job of headmaster at his school, keeping memories of Italy in the back corners of his mind. At 48, emotionally distanced from his wife and baffled by his two grown daughters, Aidan Dunne might have given up entirely if it hadn't been for the evening class. His class. A class called Introduction to Italian. A class where people from every walk of life come together. A class where long-buried hopes come alive again. The teacher is Signora, a vivacious, eccentric woman with an irrepressible nature and a buried past. Her real name is Nora O'Donoghue, a Dublin native who abandoned Ireland decades before to follow her mysterious lover to Italy. Having defied her parents' Catholic conventions, she ended up in a village where tradition dictated everything -- including how a woman could love or grieve. Now, as she meets Aidan Dunne and the men and women who come together each Tuesday and Thursday night, Signora begins to learn their secrets and their dreams. And slowly she transforms each of their lives. Suddenly Aidan Dunne's last chance, his evening class has become a place of intrigue and revelation.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie Schuch | 2/14/2014

    " Another sweet read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mhd | 2/3/2014

    " Thank you, LucyAnn! I don't think I would have ever tried this one without such a strong recommendation from you!! Italy, Ireland, romance, intricate character interactions. It reminded be a bit of J. Archer, but without all the politics and nastiness. All the main characters are nice people trying to do their best. As they meet, many unexpectedly end up helping others. It has a very, very nice feel-good way with it! It would make a lovely Masterpiece Theatre mini-series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa Ladd | 2/1/2014

    " Just kind of boring, and didn't really care what happened to the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Dickerson | 1/26/2014

    " Evening Class was my first Maeve Binchy book. I'd just returned from Italy and was very interested in all things Italian. I found this book, somewhat by accident, at the library. Wow, what exceptional character development. She has become one of my two favorite authors and I've read almost everything she's written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 1/25/2014

    " First book I've read by her. I enjoyed it and will read another by her. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maureen | 1/23/2014

    " This was fun in that it was about a group of people taking an evening Italian class, but otherwise the writing was pretty poor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara Scranton | 1/21/2014

    " I love Maeve Binchy and Ireland! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Coral | 1/19/2014

    " I plodded through this book, hoping I'd start liking the characters, but never did. I thought the idea of the book was great, but did not care for the people in it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam Chun | 1/1/2014

    " Love the intersection of so many stories of people so unlikely to become close friends. But isn't that the way life works! so many connections, so many surprises "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/14/2013

    " Written very simply and focused on each of the characters in turn, while not earthshaking, the plot is pleasantly intertwined and realistic enough. Good to help the brain relax. A really good example of the 'comfort read' genre. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pooch | 12/3/2013

    " OK story about an Irish lady living in a small Italian town and is the mistress to the man across the street. She returns to Ireland and teaches Italian having immeasurable impact on many lives. Strongly evokes a sense of place. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mieke | 11/29/2013

    " loved the first half of the book and then it became more or less ordinary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Q | 11/18/2013

    " A little bit of mystery and a little bit of suspense. Season it with love and every day lives and you have book to curl up with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tacey | 10/10/2013

    " My favorite Maeve so far... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 alisonwonderland | 6/22/2013

    " you can read my thoughts here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 4/14/2013

    " Just a great feel good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn | 3/26/2013

    " I liked this book by Maeve Binchy, which I read probably 15 years ago now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hope | 12/30/2012

    " it was a nice diversion.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 11/21/2012

    " I love anything by Maeve Binchy and although it wasn't as good as my favorites (4 star Copper Beech and Tara Road), it was still wonderful. Binchy has such a way with characters; they always just draw you into their lives, as if they were next-door neighbors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 10/10/2012

    " I've read this book about 3 times. Just finished it again this weekend - it was by inbetween books book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Newett1att.net | 9/24/2012

    " I liked this book as much as I liked her others. She has a way of writing that I can relate to. I think you can always find yourself in one of her characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kati | 9/18/2012

    " This is a quick read for entertainment. The author weaves the lives of several characters. Overall interesting but not unbelievable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dorothy | 9/5/2012

    " For some reason this book seemed dull, like boring "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 8/21/2012

    " Loved it. She one of my new favorite authors. I didn't think I would like how she switches from one character's story to another but within 2-3 pages of the new character I was hooked into their story. Also she is terrrific at intertwining stories soyou find out what happens to other characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 3/25/2012

    " My first Maeve Binchy book. I love the way she intertwined all the characters' stories. Can't wait to read more of her work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 10/1/2011

    " Maeve Binchy books are very readible. Always like little short stories that in the end meld together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 6/4/2011

    " My favorite Maeve Binchy novel so far. I loved the diverse characters in the story, a very fun book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dottie | 5/23/2011

    " Many people come together in an Italian class and how their lives are connected. I loved it! Thanks Karen "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 5/12/2011

    " I've read lots of Maeve Binchy books but this one is honestly my favorite. I cheered on nearly everyone in this book and fell in love with the sweetness of the story. I'd highly suggest this as a first read from this talented author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 5/12/2011

    " Possibly one of the best books I've ever read. Excellent! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 5/10/2011

    " A little bit of mystery and a little bit of suspense. Season it with love and every day lives and you have book to curl up with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marika | 4/30/2011

    " I read this book a long time ago but I remember becoming surprisingly engaged with the characters. It's the reason I want to read more Maeve Binchy books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 4/16/2011

    " This was an extremely good book. My mom gave it to me after i returned from studying in italy. The characters are entwined so well and bring the story together in a very poinant way "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 4/14/2011

    " Another great book by Maeve! I love that she connects all of her characters.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 3/19/2011

    " This was another hard to put down book for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anylie | 3/13/2011

    " This is the first Maeve Binchy book i have read and i fell in love with it.Its an amazing book and once you start you can't stop. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lacretia | 3/3/2011

    " Love how she intertwines the characters!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn (in SC) C234D | 2/20/2011

    " I enjoyed this very much. Read it back in 1999. Maeve Binchy is a favorite "comfort" writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela | 2/14/2011

    " True Maeve Binchy - easy to read, engaging characters, and it all comes together at the end! Good job! I want to take an Italian class now! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leanna | 2/2/2011

    " Very good book. I even managed to learn some Italian while reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gloria | 2/1/2011

    " I will read this one again. I loved all the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kilmiquix | 1/30/2011

    " What a lovely novel! I am thoroughly in love with each and every character; I got so wrapped up in the story that I even lost track of some of the connections. I can give no higher praise! "

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