• Firefly Summer

  • By: Maeve Binchy
  • Narrated by: Kate Binchy
  • Length: 23 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-20-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (49 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Firefly Summer is warm, humorous, sad and happy. Reading it is a joy." (Irish Independent )
In the summer of 1962, an American millionaire arrives in a small, sleepy Irish town with far-reaching consequences.
For the children of the Ryan family, the long hot summers are usually spent playing in the ruins of a large, abandoned house. But when the American, Patrick O'Neill, buys the ruins, dreams are made and broken and secrets which should never be revealed are betrayed.
Firefly Summer tells interlocking stories of love lost and won during four fateful years in the life of a close-knit Irish community.
©1987 Maeve Binchy (P)2010 Audible Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"Totally engrossing.... Unforgettable.... An absolutely grand story.... A lyrical and compelling family drama.... Mountfern and its residents come vibrantly alive." (The Plain Dealer)
"The secrets hidden behind lace curtains, a young girl's first kiss, children's summer games, unexpected pregnancies, sudden deaths. She makes us feel as if we also know the place and the people.... One of those good, old-fashioned stories that are as comfortable and comforting as home itself." (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By Linda on 08-22-07

Inviting

Maeve Binchy pulled me right in from the opening paragraph. I couldn't help but feel that the characters were my own neighbours and friends. It was a delightful story and one which I would highly recommend.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Sue on 06-14-15

Outstanding

Would you consider the audio edition of Firefly Summer to be better than the print version?

Had not read print version

What other book might you compare Firefly Summer to and why?

Any Maeve story or Cathy Kelly or Erica James

Which character – as performed by Kate Binchy – was your favorite?

Eddy such a loveable character

Who was the most memorable character of Firefly Summer and why?

So many to choose from. They were all very intricate and each character had a great story to tell.

Any additional comments?

Loved the long story and feel very sad I've finished. I shall miss the whole of The Irish country town.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Elaine Calderwood on 11-04-07

Firefly Summer - A Must Read

What a great book a must read for Maeve Binchy fans. I loved the story and I loved the narrator as Kate Binchy narrates in the lovely Irish lilt which adds to the sheer enjoyment.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Mec on 12-01-13

Vintage Maeve Binchy

Would you consider the audio edition of Firefly Summer to be better than the print version?

I think the audio edition is a perfect way to enjoy this book which has many characters and spans four years.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favourite character in the book is Mrs Ryan who is a hard working republicans wife with four young children. As the story develops she has to deal with and overcome many problems.

What about Kate Binchy’s performance did you like?

Kate Binchy's narration is excellent. She has a broad Irish accent but is very easy to follow. She develops each individual character well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This is a long book so took me a while to finish but I always looked forward to getting back to it.

Any additional comments?

If you are a Maeve Binchy fan you won't be dissapointed, and if you have not read her books before give this one a try.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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

A comfortable listen, but not one of Maeve's best

Regrettably, Firefly Summer is not one of Maeve's better novels -- it's too long and poorly paced, often feeling slow. Having said that, it's a typical Maeve story of real, engaging people who are complex and interesting. The rural setting is unusual for Maeve's work, and the historical timeframe (covering the period 1962-65) offers interesting insights into Irish society of that generation, when the civil war was a living memory and the Church still ran the country. This novel also contains Maeve's only thoroughly 'bad' character (as far as I'm aware...) -- Kerry O'Neill is a true narcissist with no empathy and no redeeming features.

There are a few problems with the recording -- bits of text repeated without warning (1-2 minutes' worth), and some static interference , presumably from converting an old recording into digital format.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lynn Turton on 08-15-17

Pure joy

Fantastic and cleverly written with amazing dialogue and beautiful humour. Brilliantly narrated. Loved it all.

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