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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,077 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:
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When Noel learns that his terminally ill former flame is pregnant with his child, he agrees to take guardianship of the baby girl once she’s born. But as a single father battling demons of his own, Noel can’t do it alone. 

Fortunately, he has a competent, caring network of friends, family and neighbors: Lisa, his unlucky-in-love classmate, who moves in with him to help him care for little Frankie around the clock; his American cousin, Emily, always there with a pep talk; the newly retired Dr. Hat, with more time on his hands than he knows what to do with; Dr. Declan and Fiona and their baby son, Frankie’s first friend; and many eager babysitters, including old friends Signora and Aidan and Frankie’s doting grandparents, Josie and Charles. 

But not everyone is pleased with the unconventional arrangement, especially a nosy social worker, Moira, who is convinced that Frankie would be better off in a foster home. Now it’s up to Noel to persuade her that everyone in town has something special to offer when it comes to minding Frankie. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “When a baby's mother dies, A Dublin community bands together to care for the infant and keep her out of foster care. Joyful, quintessential Binchy.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine, “Ten Titles to Pick Up Now”

  • “One of Binchy’s best works. She harmoniously handles a diverse group of characters, the good deeds that characterize life in Ireland are believable, and the ending is sweet. One hopes to find Frankie in one of Binchy’s future novels. Susan Rogers, Newark Star-Ledger

  • Binchy’s world view is a large, benevolent one, and the reader is happier for it . . . bless her big Irish heart. Laurie Hertzel, Minneapolis Star-Tribune
  • Maeve Binchy has done it again [with] yet another warm tale of individual growth and human community, [in which] she assembles a large cast of characters and deploys them with her characteristic playfulness . . . Binchy specializes in exploring human foibles without spelling them out in tiresome detail . . . There’s a good chance that many readers, like this one, will consider Minding Frankie one of Binchy’s best novels yet. Maude McDaniel, BookPage
  • Joyful, quintessential Binchy. Karen Holt, O, The Oprah Magazine 
  • All across America, Maeve Binchy fans will be kicking off their shoes, making a nice cup of tea, and curling up on the couch as they re-enter Binchy’s cozy world. The Irish author returns here to a charming Dublin milieu of favorite characters from past novels, with some important new ones. Melinda Bargreen, The Seattle Times
  • Binchy is a national treasure in her homeland of Ireland, and her latest novel is a perfect illustration of why.…Your heart will have no trouble recognizing the landscape [of this] touching saga. Publishers Weekly
  • Reading a Maeve Binchy novel is like settling in for a cozy visit with an old friend.  In vintage Binchy style, a cast of colorfully eccentric characters living in a snug Dublin neighborhood seamlessly weave in and out of each other’s lives, united by family, faith, friendship and community....Readers will need a box of tissues handy as the good-hearted residents of St. Jarlath’s Crescent prove that it does indeed take a ‘village to raise a child.’ Margaret Flanagan, Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Linda Nichols | 2/16/2014

    " A continuation of the same characters from "Heart and Soul" with the addition of a few new ones. A young alcoholic learns that a girl he spent a weekend with is dying of cancer, and is pregnant with his child. She wants him to take the child and raise her. He denies at first that he could possibly be the child's father, but ultimately accepts it and deals with the baby, a misanthropic social worker, his alcoholism, his job, and classes at university. Many other people's stories are intertwined, and the whole makes for a wonderful read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sandra | 2/5/2014

    " Reminds me of Canterbury tales mixed with the poem "As I was going to St. Ives". As the reader you will be on a journey down a wacky road with a weird cast of characters. Fun read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alison Kenney | 2/3/2014

    " This isn't a deep book, but it's a really satisfying story and Maeve Binchy does a terrific job with each character and the very fast plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Betty | 2/1/2014

    " Once again Maeve Binchy transports the reader to Ireland and a group of friends and neighbors who are well worth knowing. Rarely have I been disappointed in one off her books. "

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