• Circle of Friends

  • By: Maeve Binchy
  • Narrated by: Kate Binchy
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-27-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (37 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the small Irish town of Knockglen, best friends Bernadette ('Benny') and Eve are inseparable. Benny is an adored only child, and Eve a poor, birdlike orphan brought up by nuns.
On their first day at University College, Dublin, a fatal road accident brings the pair together with fellow students Nan Mahon and Jack Foley, and new friendships are quickly struck. Jack and Nan introduce Eve and Benny to a life of excitement and sophistication. But beneath their carefree existence, trouble is brewing for the circle of friends.
Warmth and laughter are interwoven with sadness in this compassionate and absorbing tale of friends whose lives, over a period of ten years, become entwined.
©1990 Maeve Binchy (P)1991 Audible Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Tamara on 02-19-11

Up there with the classics

I love this story. It has to be my favourite Binchy novel. The narration is wonderful - totally engaging. I don't need to say anymore about it. It's brilliant!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kate on 02-13-11

Brilliant!!!!

What a wonderful story! I loved it and have recommended it to several friends and members of the family. So funny, and warm, sad and touching. Benny is a brilliant.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Albert Einstein on 08-09-15

Lovely narration of classic tail of friendships

Lovely story easy to listen too about interplay of friends and just the right amount of intrigue with a pleasing ending!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Maxglen on 04-17-16

Circle of Friends

Many years since I have read a Maeve Binchy book. As I was unwell an audio book was perfect for me. The style of the book was also perfect and I enjoyed it very much. I will certainly choose another title very soon. The story was convincing and the people in it also.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 07-01-18

A heart-warming tale for everyone

I love Maeve Binchy, but Circle of Friends is one of her loveliest novels. It harks back to the lost Ireland of the 1950s, where it's an amazing thing for a country girl to go to university and Dublin is regarded as the danger zone for moral purity! The cast of characters is varied, vivid and always interesting, from the quick-tempered orphan Eve to the self-doubting only child Benny, from Benny's loving but suffocating parents to the wise Mother Francis who is determined to get Eve the future she deserves. It's a story about self-acceptance as much as it is about friendship and love -- Benny struggles to find her place as both dutiful daughter and independent educated woman; Eve has to lay her unhappy past to rest in order to build herself a life. As with all Maeve's novels, there is tragedy and sorrow as well as laughter and fun. This is a great listen; please enjoy.

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