Whitethorn Woods

  • by Maeve Binchy
  • Narrated by various
  • 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When a new highway threatens to bypass the town of Rossmore and cut through Whitethorn Woods, everyone has a passionate opinion about whether the town will benefit or suffer. But young Father Flynn is most concerned with the fate of St. Ann's Well, which is set at the edge of the woods and slated for destruction. People have been coming to St. Ann's for generations to share their dreams and fears, and speak their prayers. Some believe it to be a place of true spiritual power, demanding protection; others think it's a mere magnet for superstitions, easily sacrificed. Not knowing which faction to favor, Father Flynn listens to all those caught up in the conflict, and these are the voices we hear in the stories of Whitethorn Woods: men and women deciding between the traditions of the past and the promises of the future, ordinary people brought vividly to life by Maeve Binchy's generosity and empathy, and in the vivacity and surprise of her storytelling. Binchy is at the very top of her form in this irresistible tale.


What the Critics Say

"Binchy deliver[s] a panoply of richly drawn first-person characters....[She] takes it all in and orchestrates the whole masterfully." (Publishers Weekly)
"Binchy focuses her prodigious talent on a robust assemblage of characters....Inventively and intricately weaving a series of linked vignettes, [she] astounds with the versatility of the supplicants' voices....Binchy is at her best in this tender yet potent tale." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Not up to par for Binchy

Although Binchy delivers lots of engaging characters in this book, it's really more of a collection of short stories than a novel. Obviously, the well in Whitethorn woods is the thread that loosely binds the characters together. She presents the stories in a chain -- one character's story leads to the next character's story, but often, those characters are not brought together. We see the link between the characters because we saw it from each character's perspective, but we didn't see them together. (This is hard to explain!) An interesting way to develop characters, but I would have loved it had she integrated the characters at some point in the story.
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- Claire

Not typical Binchy

I didn't finish listening to this boring book, only about half. Characters and their backgrounds were still being introduced and they weren't very interesting or compelling. I'm a huge Binchy fan. Sadly this is no Tara Road or Circle of Friends. Maybe next time.
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- Cheryl

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-19-2007
  • Publisher: Books on Tape