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Download This Year Will Be Different and Other Stories: A Christmas Treasury Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3.13 out of 53.13 out of 53.13 out of 53.13 out of 53.13 out of 5 3.13 (16 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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From the New York Times best-selling author of Circle of Friends and The Glass Lake comes a stunning new collection of 15 Christmas stories with all the magic and spirit of Christmas, and filled with Maeve Binchy's trademark wit, charm, and sheer storytelling genius. In all 15 stories, instead of nostalgia, Binchy evokes contemporary life; instead of Christmas homilies, she offers truth; and instead of sugarplums, she brings the nourishment of holidays that precipitate change, growth, and new beginnings.

The stories in this completely unabridged production powerfully portray many lives - step-families grappling with exes, long-married couples faced with in-law problems, a wandering husband choosing between the other women and his wife, a child caught in grown-up tugs-of-war - during the one holiday when feelings cannot be easily hidden. The time of year may be magical, but the situations she describes are universal. And Maeve Binchy's writing, combined with Fionnula Flanagan's storytelling ability, makes us care about each one in this extraordinary collection - on the night before Christmas, or anywhere, any time of the year. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

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

    " Lots of short stories... women wishing their lives were different & how they deal (or don't) with that at the holiday season. Not religious except that it acknowledges the existence of Christmas as part of the holidays with New Years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 3/25/2011

    " I read this book every Christmas
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 3/7/2011

    " A collection of Christmas Stories. I enjoy reading Maeve Binchy but this was something to read, some good and some not so good. Maybe it was the time of year I read it, maybe if it was closer to Christmas I would have enjoyed it more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 2/25/2011

    " I really enjoyed it. It was a very good read. Love her story lines. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Indu | 1/25/2011

    " A handful and heartful of stories of people and their lives centering around Christmas,told by one of the very best storyteller's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 1/11/2011

    " A very bleak collection of short stories. Only a few have uplifting endings. This is a good choice for someone who wants a change of pace from the standard heartwarming Christmas novels. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angeline | 1/5/2011

    " For a collection of Christmas stories, they were uninspiring, somber, almost depressing and...well, boring. I wouldn't recommend this one... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcia | 1/3/2011

    " I grabbed this from a display at the public library, thinking that some short Christmas stories would hit the spot. This collection is a little different--set in England and not all picture-perfect holiday-ish. It filled the bill. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alison | 12/11/2010

    " My first Maeve Binchy. And probably my last. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keri-Anne | 11/15/2010

    " Definitely on my re-read list for next year's holidays. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thart2002 | 11/7/2010

    " I really enjoyed the first Maeve Binchy book I read, Whitethorn Woods, but this one felt too similar to that one. I found myself getting bored with the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 11/1/2010

    " Good stories of people facing bleak or difficult Christmases, and how they changed things. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 8/7/2010

    " Book of short stories surrounding the theme of Christmas. In some way or another most of the characters are looking to change their lives in some way or start anew. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy | 7/23/2010

    " Fifteen short stories -very typical Maeve Binchy. Ok light quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 7/14/2010

    " I loved all these short stories based around christmas. Would highly recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rowena | 7/7/2010

    " After the mindbender that was Kafka on the Shore, I needed a much gentler book. Plus, it's been ass hot so I figured a series of short Christmas stories by Maeve Binchy would do the trick. They were sweet, simple and just what I needed. I am soothed. "

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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.