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3.15 out of 53.15 out of 53.15 out of 53.15 out of 53.15 out of 5 3.15 (39 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maeve Binchy Narrator: Fionnula Flanagan Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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A secretary's silent passion for her boss meets the acid test on a business trip...A man and a woman's mutual disdain at first sight shows how deceptive appearances can be...An insecure wife clings to the illusion of order, only to discover chaos at the hands of a house sitter who opens the wrong doors...A pair of star-crossed travelers take each other's bags, and then learn that when you unlock a stranger's suitcase, you enter a stranger's life. In their company are many more whose poignant, ironic, often humorous stories and unforgettable slices of life make up The Return Journey, a spellbinding trip into the human heart. 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 Penny | 2/20/2014

    " Quit reading, too boring. Short short stories, not my thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gibson1203 | 2/18/2014

    " Was having trouble staying awake long enough to do justice to a novel so, these short stories were recommended to me. Thanks, Georgia! They did the trick! They kick-started my reading again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cissy | 2/13/2014

    " A collection of short stories is often a mixture of good and mediocre, and this is just that. I had higher hopes because I love Binchy's "Circle of Friends" (the book only--the movie was hideous, except for always delightful MInnie Driver). Most of the characters, no matter what the story, were cynical and/or shallow. And, after reading so many stories in a row, a definite pattern was evident--disappointment for the characters, most often. Binchy has a fabulous way with words and that makes it still passably enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 2/6/2014

    " Not one of her best, but well written all the same in her masterful storytelling style. This book is a collection of short vignettes whose endings sometimes leave a bit too much speculation on the part of the reader. Good entertainment, however, as all of Binchy's tales are wonderful webs of poignancy against an Irish landscape. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise Annette Marshall | 2/5/2014

    " A really good collection of short stories by Maeve Binchy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherri | 1/18/2014

    " ONE OF THE BEST COLLECTIONS OF SHORTS I HAVE COME ACORSS. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/17/2014

    " Charming short stories set in Ireland by Maeve Binchy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 1/12/2014

    " series of short stories with a sort of an upbeat O'Henry-type flavor to them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 12/31/2013

    " First book I have read by this author and to be honest I found it quite boring just not my cup of tea and a author that I don't think I will try again "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hillary | 12/8/2013

    " If you are a Maeve Binchy fan this is a great collection of essays....its different from her usual novel but it's a great "in-between" book to pick up and just read any of the essays you like! I'm obssesssed! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andi St. | 11/15/2013

    " This is a collection of short stories. I read most of them but always felt unfulfilled when each story was over. I thought the stories were more of an outline for a novel rather than short stories that could stand alone. I would read these when i was searching for something to read in between books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eniko | 10/23/2013

    " I really liked this book. It takes special talent to be able to write a short story, and all of the stories were well written. They didn't always have the wonderful off into the sunset ending, but they all seemed very real. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lanette | 9/19/2013

    " This was not one of Binchy's finest. I was so hoping that the individual stories would all come together at some point, but they never did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shirley Brown | 5/27/2013

    " These were great short love stories. Not the usual plot, but very very enticing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nell | 3/18/2013

    " Enjoyable collection that was nice to dip in and out of but I wish there was more variety in the characters names "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 11/11/2012

    " I really enjoyed some of the stories; some of them not as much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie Martin | 9/21/2012

    " Good read as usual. I love Maeve Binchy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kari | 9/6/2012

    " This is an easy-to-read collection of short stories. If you like Maeve Binchy you will probably like this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rjchaussee | 8/22/2012

    " Maeve Bincht always writes a good story and this collection is no exception. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cameron | 8/12/2012

    " A great collection of short stories, all about traveling. The author is very insightful about the changes and attitudes and surprises that can happen when you travel. I really enjoyed this! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lbaker | 7/17/2012

    " Light and exactly what I want to read while ill. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 5/30/2012

    " Short Story Collection. Didn't want any of them to end, wish many were full novels. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Charity | 4/22/2012

    " I'm not generally a fan of short story collections and this was no exception. I could not get into the author's style and I'm not sure I'll be picking up anything else by Binchy for a while. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 4/1/2012

    " Cute short stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 10/27/2011

    " Nice collection of short stories. Fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beckie Shotwell | 9/26/2011

    " I liked this for light reading "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolynne | 6/24/2011

    " Short vignettes about people who are leaving or returning to Ireland. Entertaining book but it is difficult to get involved with the characters as the stories are not long. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 5/25/2011

    " i normally do not like short stories but i do like this author. each story was good ...some poignant and some funny but a worthwhile read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 5/12/2011

    " Maeve Binchy's books are always a joy, old friends, new friends, it all ties together. One of those authors you can come back to, again and again, reread books and setting in to enjoy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dilys | 5/11/2011

    " Short stories. I,m not really keen so really didn,t give it a fair try. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 4/25/2011

    " Quick read .A collection of short stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aileen | 4/20/2011

    " This is the second book I have read by this Author this book is made up
    of a series of short stories I really enjoyed this book. I would
    definitely recommend.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 4/20/2011

    " A nice collection of short shories. They run the gamut of happy, meloncholy, pensive, unexpected. Perfect for the flight home. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marna | 4/19/2011

    " I have read several of Binchy's novels. I love her settings, and the Irish characters. Visiting Ireland is on my bucket list.

    I don't remember this one too well, which means, to me, that it must not have been a great plot. But as I said, I enjoy the characters and settings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolynne | 4/1/2011

    " Short vignettes about people who are leaving or returning to Ireland. Entertaining book but it is difficult to get involved with the characters as the stories are not long. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl in CC NV | 3/14/2011

    " Read for a challenge ("Irish author"). Sweet short stories, ranging from horehound to fudge to cotton candy, so to speak. The best ones were the ones that had a little bit of the bitter, or the not-quite-happy ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 3/5/2011

    " There were some interesting short stories but I really prefer to read one story all the way through as I hardly got time to know the characters before we were on to the next story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Indu | 2/28/2011

    " The journeys, more mental than physical, were all very interesting.Love her story telling. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ellemiek | 2/26/2011

    " I never like to read short stories and picked up this copy by mistake. I thought the stories were insipid at best. I like her novels usually, they are a good holiday read. These stories seemed almost written by amateur authors. I would not recommend this book. "

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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.