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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,654 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maeve Binchy Narrator: Fionnula Flanagan Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553528480
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In the Irish town of Schancarrig, the young people carve their initials--and those of their loves-into the copper beech tree in front of the schoolhouse. But not even Father Gunn, the parish priest, who knows most of what goes on behind Shancarrig's closed doors, or Dr. Jims, the village doctor, who knows all the rest, realizes that not everything in the placid village is what it seems.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zrinka | 2/18/2014

    " Moving. The stories form Shancarrig touch me every time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alaina Maxam | 2/17/2014

    " this book was ok it described the people of the town but i was left waiting for it to all come together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 2/12/2014

    " I'd read Maeve Binchy years ago, then read one by her that I didn't like. I got this one at a yard sale, so for 50 cents, thought I'd give her another chance. A fun, easy read. She's back on my list of authors again! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca Heneghan | 2/8/2014

    " This was a typical Maeve Binchy novel set in Ireland. Each chapter is a different character's point of view. Very easy light reading that was great poolside. It is about a little town in Ireland and the students lives after they all go to school together. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie Schuch | 2/4/2014

    " Not as good as her others, but as the rest impressed me, i will let it pass. Not for Maeve Binchy beginners, a little boring. "

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

    " I always enjoy Binchy's way of interweaving character's stories. This book tells tales of life in a small Irish village in the 1940's and 50's. Some are sad and some happy but they all feel true especially how hidden people's lives can be even in a small community. "

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

    " pleasant, some lives happy, some sad, nice end "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 1/3/2014

    " Good, solid, easy read with interesting story and characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louise | 12/23/2013

    " Typical Maeve Binchy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 12/18/2013

    " Loved this one. I so want to have a Copper Beech tree planted in my yard. Even though I am allergic to beech trees! LOL! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/18/2013

    " Enjoyed this very much, everything came together right at the end "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Meda | 12/7/2013

    " Nothing special, too provincial story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 11/29/2013

    " I do enjoy Maeve Binchy's characters; it's fun to get to know them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 11/25/2013

    " School days in a Catholic school can be frightening but many things happen in the lives of the students under the copper beech tree in the school yard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 11/22/2013

    " read tis a long time ago but enjoyed the story and the way she wrote of the Irish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lola | 5/25/2013

    " Binchy's books are always interesting reading; however, again I had trouble keeping the characters straight. Lots of action in this book about the "normal" lives of citizens of a small town in Ireland. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane Woodruff | 4/25/2013

    " This is a very comfortable book. The story centers around the school which has a large copper beech tree. You meet the students, and community members. The view of the small town is shown from each person's perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy Anthony | 3/8/2013

    " An easy read that kept my attention. Not quite as good as some of her other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 10/25/2012

    " Needed a light book after 1000 Splendid Suns and this hit the spot. She is my favorite consistent writer. No surprises, no bloodshed, no horror. Just a feel good sense of life after I'm done reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 10/2/2012

    " Great characters make this story move along although it's not my favorite of the author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Regina | 7/26/2012

    " Great writing, compelling characters. The book is like a quilt. Don't expect a climatic ending, just enjoy the journey. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanne | 2/1/2012

    " Just read her! All of her characters will become people you think about after you leave the pages! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 10/29/2011

    " I'm a big Binchy fan! have read every one of her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marysue | 10/16/2011

    " Good story, well told, about a little town in Ireland. Maeve Binchy hardly ever disappoints. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aldafan | 7/15/2011

    " I always enjoy her books although I will admit, they do develop a bit of "sameness." This Irish novel focuses on a group of students in a small town as they grow into adults. The characters are all very differnt from each other. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 3/14/2011

    " After finishing this, I want to go dig all of my Maeve Binchy books from under the bed and reread them. She is such an engrossing writer; one of the few that really takes you to another time and place effortlessly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 12/12/2010

    " I read about 100 pages in this book before I realized I have already read it, probably in the early 90's when it first came out. That was a few years ago, you know, and I'm not getting any younger - the memory is going! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet Randon | 12/3/2010

    " Started to read this book but got bored which is a shame as normally enjoy Binchys books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cherop | 11/16/2010

    " This was the first Maeve Binchy book read many years ago now. I remember liking it a lot and it set me on the course to read all the other books by the late and beloved Maeve Binchy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carla | 9/18/2010

    " This is a perfect book to take on a trip: likable characters, good plotting and an upbeat message. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tannya | 4/7/2008

    " This is a lovely book. I really like how she develops the characters. At first I was confused because I couldn't establish who the main character was supposed to be. However, that is the point it is a story about many different characters and how they make the whole of the community. "

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About the Author
Author Maeve Binchy

Maeve Binchy (1940–2012) was the author of numerous bestselling books, including Minding Frankie, Heart and SoulWhitethorn Woods, and Circle of Friends, as well as Tara Road, which was an Oprah’s Book Club selection. She contributed to GourmetO, The Oprah MagazineModern Maturity; and Good Housekeeping, among other publications. Married to Gordon Snell, she lived in Dalkey, Ireland, until her death in July 2012 at the age of seventy-two, shortly after finishing A Week in Winter.

About the Narrator

Fionnula Flanagan was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. From an early age she grew up speaking both English and Irish on a daily basis. Her parents weren’t native Irish speakers but wanted Fionnula and her four siblings to learn the language. Her mother used to say, “A nation without a language is a nation without a soul”. Fionnula has said she will be forever grateful to them for that. She was educated at the Abbey Theatre School in Dublin and in Switzerland. She moved to Los Angeles in 1968 and lives with her husband, psychiatrist Dr. Garrett O’Connor, in Beverly Hills. Of her enormous body of work, including stage, television and film, she might be most well-known for James Joyce’s Women, in which she plays six different women who had a profound influence on James Joyce‘s life. Besides giving an award-winning performance, she also wrote, adapted and produced the piece for the stage, and subsequently as a feature film. She believes Joyce is the most important writer in the English language, most notably for Ulysses, Finnegan’s Wake and The Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man.