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    From the New York Times best-selling author of Circle of Friends and The Glass Lake comes This Year It Will Be Different, a stunning work that brings us the magic and spirit of Christmas in 15 stories filled with Maeve Binchy's trademark wit, charm, and sheer storytelling genius. Instead of nostalgia, Binchy evokes contemporary life; instead of Christmas homilies, she offers truth; and instead of sugarplums, she brings us the nourishment of holidays that precipitate change, growth, and new beginnings. 

    In "A Typical Irish Christmas", a grieving New York widower heads for a holiday in Ireland and finds an unexpected destination not just for himself, but for a father and daughter at odds. 

    The title story "This Year It Will Be Different" also delves into the emotions of a person at mid-life - a woman with a complacent husband and grown children who are entering a season that can forever alter her life, and theirs. 

    In "Pulling Together", a teacher not yet out of her 20s sees her affair with a married man at a turning point as Christmas Eve approaches - and she may be off on a new direction with some unusual friends. 

    And in the delightful tale "The Hard Core", the four most recalcitrant residents of a nursing home are left alone at Christmas with the owner's daughter in charge: the result is sure to be disaster - or the kind of life-affirming renewal that only the spirit of the season can bring. 

    The stories in This Year It Will Be Different powerfully evoke many lives - step-families grappling with ex's, long-married couples faced with in-law problems, a wandering husband choosing between "the other woman" and his wife, a child caught in grown-up tugs-of-war - during the one holiday when feelings cannot be easily hidden. The time of year may be magical, imbued with meaning. But the situations are universal. And Maeve Binchy makes us care about them all. As the Philadelphia Inquirer noted, "Maeve Binchy's people come to life fully. They make you laugh and cry and disturb your sleep." They do precisely that in this extraordinary collection, on the night before Christmas when we are snug in our beds, or anywhere, any time of the year.  

    Please note: This is an historical recording. The audio quality represents the technology of the time when it was produced.

    ©1996 Maeve Binchy (P)1996 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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    • Andrea
    • 03/12/2006

    Easy Christmas Entertainment

    Each of the short stories have a bit of a lesson to them, and you'll find the same charming kind of characters that appear in so many of Maeve Binchy's books. Not everything is perfectly heartwarming, but that makes it more realistic.

    I just wish this one were available with higher audio quality - it's only available in audio formats 1 and 2, and thus a little scratchy-sounding for those of us who use format 4. I burned cds of this to listen to in my car on a long roadtrip and it sounded horrid.

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    • Heather Burwell
    • 04/02/2011

    Great Stories and Narrator Lost in Bad Recording

    I absolutely adore the stories and bought this so I could listen while I baked or traveled. Fionnula is a great narrator that brings life to the story but the recording sound/engineering itself is quite horrible. It sounds like it was recorded using tin cans. It is hollow, fuzzy, and muffled. I am very disappointed in the recording.

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    • Sharon
    • 30/10/2011

    Quality of Sound

    was disappointed in the quality of sound, it was scratchy and noisy which took away from the stories...

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    • Tiffany
    • 03/01/2014

    Kind of depressing but insightful

    This is also a Christmas book for those of you who may not have noticed.

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    • Hettie
    • 02/02/2012

    VERY POOR QUALITY!!!

    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Usually, I love Maeve Binchy, especially the lovely, lilting, Irish accents! This one is recorded with terrible sound quality, though. I couldn't even listen to it! I could barely understand it! It might have been a 4 or 5 star experience if it had been a tolerable recording!

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    • tdh
    • 25/08/2020

    Audio was terrible

    Love the stories. Love the narrator. The sound was terrible.

    Since the author has passed away, I hoped for more unabridged books to become available.

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    • Flossiesmommy
    • 11/09/2019

    5 stars except the audio is horrendous

    As always, I love Maeve Binchy, & especially her short stories (I wish “The Lilac Bus” was on audio!); they always give you something to think about, & are either heartwarming or make you smile with a bit of an impish grin thrown in.

    HOWEVER! The audio throughout this book is horrrrrrendous. It sounds as if someone used an old-style cassette player (w/the built-in microphone), held it up to a radio, & taped this book off that radio - a radio station that wasn’t tuned correctly & was crackling & hissing. Very muffled & noisy; I’m surprised Audible would charge us for such a poor recording as this.

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    • mmm
    • 08/01/2018

    sounds like it was recorded in a phone booth

    through a tin can but otherwise I love this author's works just wish the recordings were a bit better

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    • Clare Caron
    • 16/12/2015

    Don't waste your money!

    Going ask for a refund. The audio is terrible quality and there is no excuse for that these days.

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    • Katharine Hansen
    • 04/12/2015

    Poor Audio Quality

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    This is the first Audible book I've encountered with inferior audio quality. The narrator's voice is muffled, as though she's recording with a blanket over hear head. "S" sounds are especially sibilant and hissy. When music plays between stories, static can be heard. Voiceovers on top of the music cannot be understood. Really hard to listen to . Glad it's short.