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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: March 2011 ISBN: 9780307713681
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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!

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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 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 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 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 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. "

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

    " It's been a while since I read one of her books. It felt nicely familiar. I cried when one of her characters died. I felt like knew him from prior novels. I was devastated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Hendricks | 1/24/2014

    " This is one of the books that you will love as long as you don't think too much. It's unrealistic, but a cute story about love, redemption, saints, sinners and what happens when babies find a good home. It's adorable but with a really tidy ending that left me unfulfilled. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margalee DuBois Becker | 1/24/2014

    " As many others have at least inferred, 'Minding Frankie' is another great, happy-ending, story from Maeve Binchy. The story, once again, intertwines a variety of interesting characters and unfolds a compelling story. Great literature, no, but something that holds your attention and interest, yes. I should add that I audiobooked this novel and enjoyed hearing the Irish vs. American accents... but I think it didn't make that big a difference in my assessment of the book. "

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

    " It has been a while since I have read a Maeve Binchy novel - so a while since her community of family and friends have been on my radar. As always, a very easy read - a heart-warming book where everyone tries to do their best for each other. As always meant to be a feel-good read and she always delivers. I have no doubt that there is more to this story so it will be in a another book where the story continues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Norwood | 1/20/2014

    " Lovely story with great characters as is usual for Maeve Binchy. Is a bit predictable but she truely takes you into a lovely place with people you wish you knew. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mayde | 1/19/2014

    " I really liked this book. I've never read anything by Maeve Binchy before, but this was a great, human interest story. The characters were very believable and very human. The book did a good job of holding my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharron | 1/16/2014

    " Charming story of a community in Dublin. The story could take place anywhere, but the bits of Ireland give it a nice touch. More and more characters get added in as the story goes, but it doesn't get unruly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan Mcclure | 12/19/2013

    " so far it's really cute story, you like most of the characters right from the start....sometimes I struggle with really getting into Binchy's books but not this one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doti | 12/8/2013

    " Another very fine Binchey story. Good reading about people who weave interesting fabrics of their experiences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara Evans | 12/5/2013

    " any one out there....is this book any good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee Yahnker | 8/16/2013

    " As usual Maeve Binchy had a cast of characters that lead interesting lives and solve all their problems. A good wholesome story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynette Gerber | 5/19/2013

    " Sweet simply reading to relax. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 8/30/2012

    " Always like Maeve Binchy's books. She has great characters and everything always works out in the end. This one is a bit too convenient - problems too easily solved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 8/12/2012

    " Another nice book by Maeve Binchy. It was fun to see characters from her earlier books reappear in this one in supporting roles. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Felicity Green | 7/3/2012

    " Mind numbing saccharine crap. I used to like her, too, but this one? Pretty ick. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathi | 7/1/2012

    " This was a sweet book. It was a light, easy read, although at 400+ pages, it wasn't short. There's a lot of charm in this non-traditional Irish family, and that was exactly what I was looking for when I chose this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet Temby | 6/10/2012

    " A lovely story to listen to in the car. I'll be looking for another Maeve Binchy book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 4/28/2012

    " Really good cast of characters. Several twists in the plot kept my attention. Revisited characters from Scarlet Feather and Quentins. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie Conrad | 1/1/2012

    " Wonderful read, like Maeve's books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 5/23/2011

    " This book brings back so many characters from earlier books so I am loving that! I am listening to this book in my car. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 5/22/2011

    " One of the better books she has written lately. Was a great weekend read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 5/22/2011

    " Typical Maeve Binchey. Like a cup of creamy cocoa - warm and soothing, but not much substance. That's not meant as a put down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 5/18/2011

    " Love that Irish language. Relaxing read. I read one of Binchy's books every year just to get my Irish fix. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dia | 5/17/2011

    " Not her best work but still a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valovich | 5/17/2011

    " Another heartwarming story of love and unique families .Binchy knows hiw to develop characters that are not perfect but through family and friends have the love and support to turn their life around. Many of her characters have connections to previous books so it's like coming home again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 5/16/2011

    " Typical Maeve Binchy; a pleasant read with some familiar characters and some new ones, all going about their lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy | 5/15/2011

    " this is a nice book, sweet story, but kind of slow (think At Home in Mitford). Has a lot of the same characters as a few of Binchy's other books, but not really a sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 5/14/2011

    " Binchy scores again with a complex, engrossing tale of friends and family in Ireland. She is always enjoyable and entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobbi | 5/13/2011

    " I can always depend on Maeve Binchy to deliver an enjoyable read. In each book, she creates several characters I care about, and worry about. This book is no exception. "

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

    " I enjoyed this book which has a good plot. I always want that.
    The characters are too good to be true but very likeable. I will read more of her books. Sometime happy endings are just what I need. "

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About the Author
Author Maeve BinchyMaeve Binchy is the author of numerous best-selling books, including her most recent novels, Heart and Soul, Whitethorn Woods, and Tara Road, which was an Oprah’s Book Club selection. She and her husband, Gordon Snell, live in Dalkey, Ireland.
About the Narrator

Sile Bermingham began her acting career in theater in her native Dublin before moving to New York to attend HB Studios. Theater credits include Loot, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolfe, Remembrance, A Touch of the Poet, A Woman of No Importance, and Crimes and Crimes, among many others. An avid reader and lover of stories, Sile has read the works of Maeve Binchy, Cecilia Ahern, and Joanne Harris.