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Tara Road: A Novel

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Maeve Binchy

Narrated By: Terry Donnelly

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: July 2000

Duration: 5 hours 57 minutes


Ria lived on Tara Road in Dublin with her dashing husband, Danny, and their two children. She fully believed she was happily married, right up until the day Danny told her he was leaving her to be with his young, pregnant girlfriend. By a chance phone call, Ria meets Marilyn, a woman from New England unable to come to terms with her only son's death and now separated from her husband. The two women exchange houses for the summer with extraordinary consequences, each learning that the other has a deep secret that can never be revealed.

Drawn into lifestyles vastly differing from their own, at first each resents the news of how well the other is getting on. Ria seems to have become quite a hostess, entertaining half the neighborhood, which at first irritates the reserved and withdrawn Marilyn, a woman who has always guarded her privacy. Marilyn seems to have become bosom friends with Ria's children, as well as with Colm, a handsome restaurateur, whom Ria has begun to miss terribly. At the end of the summer, the women at last meet face-to-face. Having learned a great deal, about themselves and about each other, they find that they have become, firmly and forever, good friends.

A moving story rendered with the deft touch of a master artisan, Tara Road is Maeve Binchy at her very best—utterly beautiful, hauntingly unforgettable, entirely original, and wholly enjoyable.


  • Alexis Solis

    Audiobook does not match the book. A revision is needed.

  • Anonymous

    This is the first title that I've returned without listening to the whole book. The story jumped from person to person too quickly, so there was never time to "care" what happened to each character. After 2 discs, I gave up.

  • Pam

    Another very good story about interesting people! Ms. Binchy's stories are wonderful character studies and I really liked this one.

  • Shane

    Well in movie parlance it is a chick flick. You know it is one. It is one. Complaining about it being one is not the point. The narrator is worth the listen to this one, if nothing else. GREAT accent!

  • Nadine Bouler

    Overall the book was the usual Maeve Binchy, an entertaining, soap opera in contemporary Ireland, but some of the gaps in the abridged book made me wonder if I missed a disk. Delete a star if you are a purist or looking for a substantial piece of literature.

  • Patricia Paradine

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. Most women can relate to this book and it ends on a good note.

  • Anonymous

    This was an engaging tale of human interactions! I didn't really know where it was all going to lead, and I like that it kept you engaged.

  • Donna

    Just couldn't get into this book. One of the very few books I returned without finishing.

  • Nanette

    Loved the story and characters. This is the novel I have read by this author and will look for more.

  • Molly

    Story was lukewarm, the villians much more interesting than the heroine/victim. Passable listen.

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