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I was after an aga-saga and came here guided by Maeve Binchy's sales figures- a writer who sells that many copies must be doing something right.
And she does... It's not the plot, which is interesting enough, not the characters, who are not very memorable- the charm lies in the narration- as it so often does with Antony Trollope (though in a different way) One has the feeling that here is a very sensible writer; that one can trust her to steer you through the novel and out again at the other end.... and, as with Trollope, you have to be prepared to take your time...
The publisher's notes on Audible give very little away- really house-swapping only occupies about the last 3rd of the book- and by that time the bulk of the plot is more-or-less all over, bar the shouting- It's basically a tale of middle-class Dublin life and love.
An extra 'edge' is given to the story in that a pall of nostalgia hangs over it- it's a very nineties tale of Dublin in the boom times.
It's beautifully narrated- I went on to have a bit of a craze for Kate Binchy reading Maeve Binchy.
Useful fact- 'Tara Road' was the first book to have a print run of a million copies prior to publication.
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I found the story to be somewhat interesting but the performance of the voice actor was very poor.
I loved Tara Road when I was younger and was glad to see that Kate Binchy reads this audiobook. Having lived in Ireland but not being Irish, I was very interested in the accents she gives different characters — I felt it injected a lot more class implications into the story than I had been aware of reading the novel. However, this is a warm, engaging reading of one of Maeve Binchy’s best stories, with a varied cast of characters who are exactly like the real Dubliners. If you need a pick-me-up, some easy listening that will carry you along and make you see the good and the true in a world full of sorrow and injustice, you should listen to Tara Road. Enjoy!