• Light a Penny Candle

  • By: Maeve Binchy
  • Narrated by: Kate Binchy
  • Length: 19 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-01-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.7 (25 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

As a child Elizabeth is sent from her war-torn, rather loveless home in London to stay with a big, boisterous family in a small town in Ireland. There she meets Aisling and begins what becomes a long-lasting friendship.
Over the next 20 years, Aisling and Elizabeth's paths will cross and recross. As they face their loves, their marriages, and their disappointments, they realise that not all problems will be solved nor all wishes granted by lighting a penny candle.
©1982 Maeve Binchy (P)2000 Audible Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Denise on 08-22-10

Light a penny Candle

Wonderfully read with Kate Binchy bring the story to life. At times you feel like you are in the changing world of Elizabeth and Ashlenna. Elizabeth and Ashlenna friendship helps them through the trails of love, hate, saddness, happiness, marriage and breaks ups.
The story shows how two young girls who are brought together because of the war grow into strong women, cope with the beliefs and expectations of their parents, and learn how to live their lives in a world that is changing.

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5 out of 5 stars
By CantVal on 04-07-13

A wonderful heartwarming, life affirming book

This was, I believe the first of Maeve Binchy's books I read it many years ago and decided, on a whim, to download it as an audible book. I am so glad that I did so, Kate Binchy's gentle and loving narration does great justice to the book and is a joy to have spoken in your ears.



The story is about an enduring friendship between two women but it is also about life with its love, joys and disappointments and moments of real anguish. Maeve Binchy had the art and craft of the storyteller and her deceptively simple prose will carry you into the boisterous and loving arms of the O'Connor and then away again to the stifling constraints of life with Elizabeth's Father. It made me laugh and cry and want it not to end and I cannot think that there are many people who would not find their life enriched with an encounter with Maeve Binchy's folk and this is a good place to start. Although it is easy to 'read' it is not an easy read - a book with no depth, it deals with real issues but in a loving non judgemental way, perhaps it is not too much to say that it makes you feel a better person to have spent time with the characters in the book.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Trish on 07-17-16

incredibly frustrating

All good until chapter 19 when the recording wasn't in correct sequence. Terrible purchase.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Sharon on 04-11-16

Good but confusing

I enjoyed the book although it took a couple of chapters to get into it. The presenter was pleasant to listen to and her characters where we'll read.
Not sure why but a chapter or two were skipped in the middle and where then read out of context before the last chapter. The last chapter finished very abruptly and you were left hanging, I am not sure if it was the authors intent or another glitch, so this left me disappointed and wondering where Elizabeth and Ainsling lives ended up.

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