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  • Minding Frankie

  • By: Maeve Binchy
  • Narrated by: Kate Binchy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (290 ratings)

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Summary

Baby Frankie is born into an unusual family. Her mother is desperate to find someone to take care of her child, and she doesn’t have much time. Noel doesn’t seem to be the most promising of fathers, but despite everything he could well be Frankie’s best hope. As for Lisa, she is prepared to give up everything for the man she loves; surely he’s going to love her back. And Moira is having none of it. She knows what’s right and has the power to change the course of Frankie’s life...but Moira is hiding secrets of her own.

Minding Frankie is a story about unconventional families, relationships which aren't quite what they seem, and the child at the heart of everyone's lives....

©2010 Maeve Binchy (P)2010 Audible Ltd

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Minding Frankie

This book make me laugh and want to cry. This book contains a variety of characters and brings them together brilliantly. I couldn't switch it off.

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bravo to the Binchy's

Bravo to both Maeve and Kate...maeve for a fabulous story..and kate to a fantastic narration .....one of the best books on audio ever....

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Minding Frankie

Thoroughly enjoyable. Well portrayed characters. Held my interest all the way through.Maeve Binchy at her best.

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  • Ap
  • 24-03-14

Easy Listen

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, It was a nice story and a easy listen.

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

no, it was easy to pick up and put down, easy to follow, not very gripping but you wanted to know how things worked out.

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A book that envelops you with comfort

Maeve Binchy is the absolute guru of this genre of writing. I love the way she weaves believable characters and tells stories of fairly ordinary folk. Having read a number of her books I also enjoy the glimpses we get of characters from previous novels. The lady from the social services rang so many bells. This is gentle entertainment that leaves the listener happier than at the beginning. Delightfully read by Kate Binchy who imparts real warmth and empathy.

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a story well told

I laughed, I cried, but most of all i enjoyed a well told tale.

Who will give us such heart warming stories now? it will take someone special to fill her shoes.

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Good if you like Maeve Binchy books

This is a fairly interesting story, although the social worker in the story is not very likeable. The only criticism I would give it is the narrating voice - makes the characters all sound quite old.
If you like Maeve Binchy stories, you will probably enjoy this.

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Another treat

Just love this storytelling. More adventures of people in Dublin that we’ve known from earlier novels. The narrator is excellent and the people and stories are just wonderful.

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lovely story

A bittersweet story and just as real life can be sometimes. Great characters and nicely read.

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Brilliant

I can't get enough of Maeve Binchy's books. But superb reading by Kate Binchy

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  • Anne Harris
  • 04-12-10

An OK Binchy

This review is spoiler free!
This book has a lot of the features that Binchy fans love: an extended group with "make your own family" types of bonds, characters that make you want to scream but eventually get their due, and lots of fun and drama on the way. It also has one of my favourite features of her latest books: a chance to catch up with many of your favourite Binchy characters from previous books! However, the last chapter is grossly miscalculated. It introduces a wrinkle that is treated far too briefly with a facile resolution that did not sit well with me and kind of wrecked the whole book. If you are a Binchy fan, you won't want to skip this because you can catch up with all those previous characters, but try it and see if you agree with me about the last chapter.

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  • Lia
  • 01-10-21

Light, entertaining and delightful

What makes this book work so well is Maeve Binchy's talent for creating credible characters and a plot that is simple, straightforward and in constant motion. The events that unfold mimic life, sometimes bittersweet, surprising and full of conflict other times wonderfully predictable. The focus of the book is Noel, who suddenly finds himself assuming responsibility for a newborn baby, Frankie. After some initial doubts, he rises to the challenge of single parenthood and strives to become a better person; vowing to overcome his drinking problem and improve his job opportunities by taking night classes. The network of friends and family that come together to help him are quirky, engaging and infused with warmth and optimism. One of my favorite characters was Noel's cousin Emily. She bubbles over with energy and efficiency, and has a take charge anything can be fixed approach to life's obstacles. This author really knows how to weave a tale and keep you turning pages. This is a delightful light read; sad, amusing, poignant and thoroughly entertaining from start to finish.

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  • Bellbird Park 60
  • 19-09-11

Minding Frankie

How could you not love the wonderful, wholesome, emotional, real joys that Mauve Binchy continues to share with her audience. Beautifully read by Kate who honoured the words by bringing us all together to share another lovely visit with these "family members" of the Mauve Binchy world she graciously shares with us all. So enjoyable - please make yourself "feel good". Make sure this book is on your list - become part of the love and inspiration her characters share and impart on its listeners.

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  • Diana
  • 17-12-10

Minding Frankie

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Kate Binchy is just wonderful and has a really beautiful voice which enhances the book