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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,767 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maeve Binchy Narrator: Sile Bermingham Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN: 9781415960288
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With the warmth, humor, and compassion we have come to expect, Maeve Binchy tells a story of  doctors and staff, patients, family, and friends at a heart clinic in a community caught between the old Ireland and the new. Dr. Clara Casey agrees to take on the seemingly thankless task of establishing a clinic with little funding—for a year. With her own plate full—two troublesome grown daughters and a needy ex-husband—she is still able to gather a wonderfully diverse and dedicated staff. And before long she has done the impossible, made the clinic a success and a aprt of the community. Now Clara must decide whether or not to stay.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A modern day women’s writer in the Jane Austen sense. Lauren Daley, The Standard-Times
  • Sweet indulgence...Heart and Soul is a delicious delight. Lindsey Losnedahl, Las Vegas Review-Journal
  • Heart and Soul is a pleasant escape into an entertaining fantasy world across the ocean...[Binchy] once again paints a delightful picture of Ireland that elevates the everyday joys and tragedies of her characters to ones of pure romance. Karin Greenberg, Woodbury Magazine
  • “A new Maeve Binchy novel is always welcome...Binchy has a true gift of creating characters we either know or wish we knew...Heart and Soul creates a perfect escape. Michele Ross, Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • At the end of a long week, a long winter, a long economic downturn, [Maeve Binchy’s Heart and Soul is] exactly what we need. Laurie Hertzel, Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Good-hearted [and] entertaining...[Heart and Soul] reflects a pervasive generosity of spirit [and] offers many honest pleasures. Bill Sheehan, The Washington Post

    "Another delightful Binchyesque amalgamation of intersecting lives...the collective, charming effect of these story lines suggests that individuals are more connected than they might think.
  • Interweaving the domestic narratives of a dissimilar collection of individuals is beloved Binchy's stock-in-trade, and once again, she does so with sublime ease, inventively engaging readers through a reassuring and persuasive combination of gracious warmth, gentle humor, and genuine affection. Carol Haggas, Booklist
  • Ambitious and intelligently conceived...A heart clinic is really the perfect metaphor for how this book feels. It's a warm and comfy world [and reading Heart and Soul is] not unlike getting a hug from your mother...Binchy's millions-strong readership...will not be disappointed. William Kowalski, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
  • Oh, the bliss...Maeve's back, on top form...The heart is the theme, literally and metaphorically, and this is heartwarming stuff–sweet but never cloying. The Times
  • [Maeve Binchy] knows how to fashion a minor drama into a crisis, and the book rattles along from one gripping story to another, leaving the reader with a satisfying glow...It does exactly what it says on the tin: gives heart and soul. Daily Mail
  • [Heart and Soul] brings together the secret hopes and dreams of a disparate group of characters...with [Binchy's] trademark warmth and empathy. Irish Sunday Independent
  • Maeve Binchy's latest novel is packed as usual with wonderful characters...Full of warmth, caring and commonsense. CHOICE

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 2/20/2014

    " Maeve Binchy's books are pretty much the same... calming and soothing. Characters from Dublin whose lives are interwoven lending, friendship, romance, mutual respect and genuine support. Many of the characters in this book are revisiting from many of her previous books, making it somewhat of a reunion combining old and new friends for not only the characters, but for the reader as well. I've not been to Ireland, but of course this book makes me want to pack up and head to the local pub, order my pint and hang out with these delightful Irish friends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elenio | 2/15/2014

    " The author develops a lovely story around families and what makes us special and different in our own ways. A interesting touch of how every family influences the lives of there children "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexandra | 2/14/2014

    " I almost always love Maeve Binchy books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Letitia | 2/13/2014

    " This was a sweet book. It didn't have a shattering plot and was more of a series of stories tied together, but it was an enjoyable read. This was my first Maeve Binchy novel and I believe I will read her again. I definitely recommend the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurel Voelker | 2/12/2014

    " Another Maeve book. Fun and uplifting, not earthshattering. Need to read several of her previous books to fully get it, but would be a fine first Maeve. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela Joyce | 1/30/2014

    " Sweet and lovely. It might seem a bit all-over-the-place without reading some of Ms. Binchy's other fiction of the past decade, because there are repeat characters who rather abruptly appear. I knew who they were and was glad to see them, but had I not read her other works, I think I'd have been confused. So... get reading those other books, folks, and then read this one! It's worth it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Treena | 1/27/2014

    " Maeve is always a nice, easy enjoyable read for me. This book was no different. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clara | 1/26/2014

    " If you liked The Shellseekers you'll like this Maeve Binchy book. I feel like I know her characters and I would recognize them if I met them on the street. Nice gentle read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betty | 1/23/2014

    " Easy read. Little jumpy between characters. Certainly not a literary prize, but for a winter book it was just a fine book to curl up with. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Grandma | 1/18/2014

    " Fiona and Declan get marries. Clara opens a heart clinic. Love those quirky characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah Casarez | 1/7/2014

    " It was a little slow. I loved that characters from Nights of Rain and Stars were a part of this story as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gena | 12/28/2013

    " I just read this one and loved it! It's a continuation of Nights of moon and stars. Loved it, loved it, loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffiny | 12/25/2013

    " I really love how Binchy weaves her characters lives together so beautifully in all her books and how the books intertwine as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl Doran-girard | 12/13/2013

    " One of those "good story" books with characters from Binchey's prior novels. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and hated to see it end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marti | 12/9/2013

    " Vintage Binchy. Nothing too deep, just a good read (only I listened). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dorsey | 9/14/2013

    " Good hearted but nothing too thrilling or enlightening. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 7/13/2013

    " Listened to this on CD and loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Perkinson | 4/7/2013

    " It was a quick read in typical Binchy fashion. I love that she refers to characters from her other books but you do not need to have read them to realize their overlap. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Frances | 3/22/2013

    " This was a light read with too many characters and not much depth. The author rushed to the finished and tried to solve the characters dilemmas quickly. I was disappoint but stayed until the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 1/31/2013

    " Clara opens a heart Clinic and soon all the employees and patients are entertwined. Fiona from Nights of Rain and Stars and Signora from evening Class return. Fast good Read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwen the Librarian | 1/13/2013

    " This was not my favorite Binchy and was a bit too predictable, but I always enjoy her and this was certainly worth a read. Heart and Soul incorporates characters from other Binchy novels, so if you haven't read her earlier ones, it would help to do so to keep the characters straight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodi | 10/2/2012

    " I loved this book! I like how she includes characters from other books but some I felt like I knew they were in another book but couldn't remember the storyline. But I like that is done in a way that if you haven't read her other books it really doesn't matter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce Adams | 9/15/2012

    " Like a visit with old friends - plus a few new ones. A feel-good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lieve | 8/27/2012

    " een feelgood roman met niet te veel nadruk op de prins met het witte paard. Het verhaal springt wel nogal snel over van het een personage naar het ander en je leert heel wat personages kennen. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dawn | 8/15/2012

    " I felt this book was a little on the corny side where everything works out perfectly in the end. The characters were well done but just a little too mushy for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexis | 6/11/2012

    " All her books so far have been very enjoyable! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margali | 5/23/2012

    " Liked but didn't love this book. It's a nice, comfortable read, and it was fun to see some of my favorite characters again, but a lot of the recurring characters are from books I didn't care for as much (Whitethorn Woods and that one that took place in Greece.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eranderson23 | 1/28/2012

    " I normally LOVE Maeve Binchy, but I just couldn't get into this book. It was waaaaaay too slow. There were also too many characters for me to keep track of. I don't know that I could recommend this book to a friend as being a true representation of Binchy's writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lark | 10/17/2011

    " I enjoy Maeve Binchy. I don't think this is her best, but I always like her stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catstate | 9/4/2011

    " Fast, easy, delightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/2/2011

    " Quite possibly one of my new favorite authors?! I'm definitely going to try and read more of her books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jilly | 5/19/2011

    " I'll be a sucker for Maeve til the day she stops writing. "

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

    " Maeve Binchy never disappoints. A feel good story of likable people. References were made to characters in former books. I wish I had remembered them! This was a nice easy listen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/24/2011

    " I truly enjoy how Maeve Binchy connects so many lives into a wonderful story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/12/2011

    " Fast read with great, believable characters. As always, I love the Irish setting and culture and the way Binchy weaves the lives of her characters into a cohesive community. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 4/11/2011

    " This wasn't my favorite Maeve Binchy book, but as always, her writing is entertaining. I like being able to "catch up" with past characters (from previous books). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 3/30/2011

    " Like Whitethorn Woods, Heart and Soul is a heartwarming collection of interrelated stories centered around a heart clinic in Ireland. Told with the Irish gift of story telling, I fell in love with the characters and their real-life issues, passions, and dreams. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 3/27/2011

    " A very nice read. I got to catch up with some old friends while meeting new ones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 3/19/2011

    " I can't think of any book by Maeve Binchy I haven't enjoyed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 3/11/2011

    " I love Maeve Binchy. Her books are warm, friendly and thoroughly enjoyable. She has a way of introducing a myriad of characters without confusion, a trick most authors cannot accomplish . "

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