• Evening Class

  • By: Maeve Binchy
  • Narrated by: Kate Binchy
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (229 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It was the quiet ones you had to watch. That's where the real passion was lurking. They came together at Mountainview College, a down-at-the-heels secondary school on the seamy side of Dublin, to take a course in Italian. 

It was Latin teacher Aidan Dunne's last chance to revive a failing marriage and a dead-end career. But Aidan's dream was headed for disaster until the mysterious Signora appeared, transforming a shared passion for Italy into a life-altering adventure for them all...bank clerk Bill and his dizzy fiance Lizzie: a couple headed for trouble...Kathy, a hardworking innocent propelled into adulthood in a shocking moment of truth...Connie, the gorgeous rich lady with a scandal ready to explode...glowering Lou, who joined the class as a cover for crime. And Signora, whose passionate past remained a secret as she changed all their lives forever....

From the New York Times best-selling author of This Year It Will Be Different, The Glass Lake, and Circle of Friends, comes a novel filled with Maeve Binchy's signature warmth, wit, and sheer storytelling genius - a spellbinding tale of men and women whose quiet lives hide the most unexpected things....

©1997 Maeve Binchy (P)1997 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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Why an abridgment?

The abridgment deprived the story of its richness. The pleasure of this author is the chance to spend time with and really get to know the characters. It's just this pleasure that the editors cut away. A book like this deserves better.

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Binchy's Best!

This was my first Binchy book, read in paperback, and loved just as much in audible. The lives of everyone touched by an evening adult ed class in Italian language and culture, from the students to the instructress to the school principal, are gently intertwined to make a story you won't want to end. I'll listen to this one again. After enjoying many more of her books, it's still my favorite Maeve Binchy book!

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This is Where I Want to Be!

This is my first audible Maeve Binchy and I was not disappointed. This is a book that makes you want to curl up in front of the fire place with your favorite hot drink and just relax. Wonderful. I'll be getting more of Maeve's books.

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One of her better books.

I have read quite a few of Ms Binchey's books and they all remind me of sitting comfortably by the fire with a warm blanket and a hot drink, cozy and comfy. This was a very enjoyable read/listen. I liked the diverse characters and the way they bonded during the Italian class. She weaves a fine story.

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Classic Maeve Binchy

Where does Evening Class rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

While The Scarlet Feather is my favorite (so far) , The Evening Class is a close second.

What did you like best about this story?

I can always find acommon ground with these stories.

Which character – as performed by Kate Binchy – was your favorite?

I think Senora was my favorite character, she is so easy and calm.

If you could rename Evening Class, what would you call it?

I wouldn't remane this novel Evening Class is perfect.

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A lot was left out

There was alot left out from the original book. I think it took away the depth of this book.

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Story great; narrator not so much

I couldn’t bear listening to the lisps, breathing sounds and overall performance of this narrator. I have to wonder if it’s just poor sound editing

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lovely!

olthis is one of my favorite Binchy novels! heard it several times. never gets old

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Feel Good Story

I loved this book. The background stories of all the characters culminating in their becoming friends, could not have been written better. Maeve Binchy’s books always make me happy. This one especially so.

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Love Maeve Binchy.

Perfect storytelling by the genius storyteller, Maeve Binchy. Plus enjoyed the lyrical narration of Kate Binchy.