New York Times Bestseller
A story of patients and staff, family, and friends who are part of a heart clinic in a community caught between the old Ireland and the new.
Dr. Clara Casey has been offered the thankless job of establishing the underfunded clinic and agrees to take it on for a year. She has plenty on her plate already—two difficult adult daughters and the unwanted attentions of her ex-husband—but she assembles a wonderfully diverse staff devoted to helping their demanding, often difficult patients.
Before long the clinic is established as an essential part of the community, and Clara must decide whether or not to leave a place where lives are saved, courage is rewarded, and humor and optimism triumph over greed and self-pity.
"Good-hearted and entertaining.... Offers many honest pleasures." —The Washington Post
|Publisher:||Random House Audio Publishing Group|
|Edition description:||Abridged, 5 CDs|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Maeve Binchy is the author of numerous best-selling books, including her most recent novels, Heart and Soul, Whitethorn Woods, and Tara Road, which was an Oprah’s Book Club selection. She and her husband, Gordon Snell, live in Dalkey, Ireland.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
For many audio book aficionados Sile Bermingham may well have become the voice of Maeve Binchy and the endearing characters the author creates. I remember with great pleasure Bermingham's reading of Whitethorn Woods - concise, pure, perfectly enunciated with clarity to spare. Such is the case with her narration of Heart and Soul. Once again she embodies the characters, bringing a distinctiveness to each. A lifetime member of the Actor's Studio and no stranger to stage or screen she has given a multitude of laudable performances, such as the roles of Jody in 2.22 and Lilly in Griffin & Phoenix. She brings much of her professional training to her narrations, and we listeners are the beneficiaries. Fans of Maeve Binchy know that she has the gift of bringing both laughter and tears to readers/listeners. (I'm thinking especially of Scarlet Feather). Her characters are seldom the rich or the famous but quite ordinary folks which makes her stories all the more accessible and meaningful to most of us. Dr. Clara Casey is a good case in point. She has taken on the task of establishing a new heart clinic at St. Brigid's Hospital. Thus, we follow not only the staff but the lives of the patients who enter the clinic's doors. Add to this Clara's personal life - two grown daughters who bring worries and Clara's former husband is also on the scene. As in most hospitals there are a multitude of drama that occur each day - there is distress, fear, loss, love, the gamut of human experiences. However, all is in the capable, caring hands of Maeve Binchy. Enjoy! - Gail Cooke