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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,334 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maeve Binchy Narrator: Terry Donnelly Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2004 ISBN:
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In a small Greek island village, a group of travelers from around the world and the local residents they encounter are brought together in unexpected ways when sudden tragedy strikes. In her inimitable style, Maeve Binchy shares with readers the lives of these strangers, learning their hopes, dreams, and fears as they move forward, forever changed by their experience.

Here is the story of old Andreas, the gentle taverna owner who has spent many years regretting the argument that drove his only son to America; Elsa, the beautiful German reporter who gave up her television career and the man she loves once she learned the secret he hid from her; and Fiona, the Irish nurse and dutiful daughter, who's gone off to travel with the man everyone says is wrong for her, determined to show them all, even if everyone is right. This is also the story of David, the only son who loves his family but not the family business; Thomas, the Californian who is able to cope with his recent divorce but not with sharing his son with his wife's new husband; and Vonni, who rashly left behind her life in Ireland to follow her true love to this village 30 years ago, and who is wise for everyone but herself.

A story that only Maeve Binchy could tell, told with the authenticity, charm, and grace that are her trademark, Nights of Rain and Stars will be rightly cherished by her millions of fans around the world. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric | 2/14/2014

    " I probably wouldn't have read it if it had not been a book club assignment. That said, it did keep me enough interested to finish it. "

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

    " A very light read. I liked other Maeve Binchy that I have read better. This one didn't involve me very much. A group of tourists meet on a Greek island and get to know one another, and we see how their lives evolve and how everything ends up for them. One thing I like about Binchy is how her characters overlap all of her books. Fiona, and maybe others, is mentioned in other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Maas | 1/13/2014

    " The four stars is for writing an entrancing book in which I can lose myself and forget my worries. The definition of "great literature" depends on what the reader is needing from the literature? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie Raz | 1/9/2014

    " Ready to go to Greece! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phaedra221 | 1/9/2014

    " Great character development and amazing how unique each one seemed. First book of hers I read, and not the usual kind of book that I read, so was happily surprised that it was not the sappy romance novel I expected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dejah | 1/5/2014

    " I cheated and listened to this book on CD. It was so fantastic! I loved the narrator and the Greek, German, Irish, English and American accents. I recommend listening to it. Also, no swearing and a positive plot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda McCarty | 1/5/2014

    " Not my favorite. Reminds me of a Nicholas Sparks or Jodi Poulett "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Yunietinktink | 12/21/2013

    " this book is quite good though i might say her other book,the glass lake is probably her best work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb Bailey | 12/15/2013

    " I liked this book alot... I enjoy reading Binchey and have read almost all her books. The best two she wrote are The Copper Beech and Circle of Friends. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzy | 12/14/2013

    " sad and trite - hate to see a writer I admired become so predictable. Buy it for the beach or the plane and leave it where you finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brett | 10/17/2013

    " I loved it! Binchy is so descriptive - I want to go to this island now! I feel like the characters could be real people and I hope their lives continued happily after the end of this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elise | 10/17/2013

    " You don't feel driven by the plot in this book, but the characters are intriguing enough to make you want to keep reading. The setting is beautiful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patxi | 10/11/2013

    " Simple and good read for a weekend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 9/16/2013

    " On CD in the car. Nice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scubagirl | 9/14/2013

    " Read this in one day. Really enjoyed all the stories! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan Mcinnes | 7/3/2013

    " LOVED this book....felt like I was in Greece..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kacey | 5/6/2013

    " enjoyable ensemble of people thrown together during a tragedy. After reading this novel, by one of my favorite authors, I would love to visit Greece. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Callie | 1/11/2013

    " Many very different people all brought together by one single incident, a horrible boating accident that they all happen to witness. How their lives are changed and forever entwined. One of my very favorites from the wonderful author Maeve Binchy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Taitt | 9/6/2012

    " Liked it a lot! I cried. (lots). It was interesting to me, the details of the town and the people's lives. My only problem was it was predictable. The ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irene Slater | 6/21/2012

    " Light read, fun but predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 daysgoby | 3/3/2012

    " I read this quite awhile ago but just listened to it in the car again - a good story (although the woman doing the voices seemed to think all Americans sound like John Wayne) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Celia | 2/10/2012

    " 2.5 stars. If you're looking for a completely mindless, entertaining read, this is it. It won't win any awards for plot or writing skills, but it was exactly the distraction I was craving. I haven't read Binchy since high school but I enjoyed her almost as much as I did as a teenager. "

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

    " This was good, enjoyed all the people being friends with one another and helping each other. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dee | 5/16/2011

    " This was an okay read.
    Travelers with a lot of "baggage" meet unexpectedly at a small coastal Greek town and share their problems with locals, who in turn share their problems with the travelers.
    Relationships are formed and personal insights are gained. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 5/5/2011

    " Liked it a lot! I cried. (lots). It was interesting to me, the details of the town and the people's lives. My only problem was it was predictable. The ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 4/28/2011

    " One of my very favorites by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TaniaM | 4/25/2011

    " Uma história muito engraçada que tendo como pano de fundo a Grécia se torna ainda mais apelativa, com personagens aliciantes, uma amálgama de nacionalidades e histórias de amor complexas! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tristy | 4/17/2011

    " This book was so boring, it was painful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 4/9/2011

    " It's amazing what you'll read when you're in Italy and you've run out of English books to read and this is the only thing on the swap shelf in the hotel in Positano.
    Thank heavens we now have Kindles... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anylie | 3/26/2011

    " So far its really good.Ill update when i'm farther along. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 3/21/2011

    " Easy, fast read. I liked the characters. Not as good as I remember a couple of her others that I've read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dawn | 2/28/2011

    " Torture. Bad writing and a plot did not exist. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 The Reading Cove | 2/11/2011

    " 55th: NIGHTS OF RAIN AND STARS by Maeve Binchy
    Trivia Winner - Sally

    ~COVE OPINION: D, Poor story "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maryjo | 2/7/2011

    " Got to the end and was disappointed. I hate when that happens. "

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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

Terry Donnelly is a narrator and an actress who has appeared on television in Law & Order. She is the narrator of more than a dozen audiobooks, and her reading of Quentins by Maeve Binchy was a finalist in 2003 for the prestigious Audie Award in the category of Solo Narration – Female. She earned an AudioFile Earphones Award for her reading of The Gathering by Anne Enright in which she was praised for “capturing [the author’s] every subtlety.”