Nights Of Rain And Stars

Version: Unabridged
Author: Maeve Binchy
Narrator: Terry Donnelly
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
Published In: September 2004
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 9 hours, 30 minutes
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Nights of Rain and Stars is a story of sudden endings and new beginnings, of friendships forged in the face of tragedy, and of the nights of rain and stars that fall and shine over a beautiful island in a sparkling sea.
In a small Greek island village, a group of travelers from around the world and the local residents they encounter are brought together in unexpected ways when sudden tragedy strikes. In her inimitable style, Maeve Binchy shares with readers the lives of these strangers, learning their hopes, dreams, and fears as they move forward, forever changed by their experience.

Here is the story of old Andreas, the gentle taverna owner who has spent many years regretting the argument that drove his only son to America; Elsa, the beautiful German reporter who gave up her television career and the man she loves once she learned the secret he hid from her; and Fiona, the Irish nurse and dutiful daughter, who's gone off to travel with the man everyone says is wrong for her, determined to show them all—even if everyone is right. This is also the story of David, the only son who loves his family but not the family business; Thomas, the Californian who is able to cope with his recent divorce but not with sharing his son with his wife's new husband; and Vonni, who rashly left behind her life in Ireland to follow her true love to this village thirty years ago—and who is wise for everyone but herself.

A story that only Maeve Binchy could tell, told with the authenticity, charm, and grace that are her trademark, Nights of Rain and Stars will be rightly cherished by her millions of fans around the world.

Reviews (11)

Nights of Rain and Stars

Written by Pam from Long Beach, CA on August 11th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

If this story had 20 more discs, I would still be listening. What a great story. What great characters. Loved it, loved it!

Great book

Written by Anonymous on June 20th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent book. Like all of Maeve Binchy's books, it was a story of a group of people, and how they interacted with each other. All the various people and story arcs were great. The narrator was awesome -- Loved her voice. I would highly recommend this book.

Different but good

Written by Anonymous on October 23rd, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I really liked this book - it did take me a bit to get into it, but in the end - excellent.

Like they said

Written by Shane from Whitsett, NC on August 24th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

At least three folks, while reviewing this by my count, have made a remark about it taking a while to "get into." They are all correct. I was SO close to shipping it back. Glad I didn't. The narrator's accents . . . FABULOUS! Not sure how you do German, American south, Californian, Irsh, etc. and sound authentic (enough) with each. She does. Lots of characters, you have to listen close . . . luckily it rewards your effort . . . Good listen.

Nights of rain and stars

Written by Anonymous on March 14th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This was a charming story. with heart, family and character. A very enjoyable piece of work

nightds of rain and stars

Written by Regina Cestaro on July 30th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I've read, or listened to, all of Maeve Binchy's books but this one took two starts to get into. Seemed as if there were too many characters to remember in the begining of the book but I did continue and found that, as usual, her story was delightful and the plots intertwined nicely as the characters quickly became very memberable while the story progressed along many different lines. Also, the narrator did an excellant job of defining each character's voice, many were different nationalities and dialects, making the listening most enjoyable.

Nights of Rain and Stars

Written by Anonymous on November 24th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

It took a bit to get into this one, but I am glad I did. Seemingly a bit of a departure from the author, but then true to form, it is about relationships, tragedy, the strength of love and hope for the future. A sweet listen. Fabulous characters and narrator.


Written by Torey Yates on November 8th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This selection was absolutely wonderful. I found myself wanting to get back in the car to listen some more. The characters were well developed and the narrator really gave them life.

Nightsw of Rain and Stars

Written by Nanette on December 14th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved this book. The characters were wonderful. I was rooting for all to get what they wanted. It made me laugh and cry. Really worth my time. How about a sequel?!?!?

Night of Rain and Stars

Written by Alice Harsh from Clovis, CA on September 16th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

My husband and I enjoy Maeve Binchy's books so much and this one was no exception. The characters were so real, mostly very likeable, the ones you were meant not to like, very unlikeable. It made the time on the road just fly by.

Author Details

Author Details

Binchy, Maeve

"Maeve Binchy was born in a small village outside Dublin. She spent her childhood in Dalkey, an experience she draws on today when creating the rural villages usually at the heart of her novels. After receiving her B.A. from University College in Dublin, she began working as a teacher. The experiences she had while teaching at a Jewish school and on vacation in Israel compelled her to find work on a kibbutz. While abroad in Israel, she wrote weekly letters to her father describing life in a country constantly on the brink of war. When Binchy's father sent one of her letters to The Irish Times where it was published and earned her œ18, Binchy, who had been making œ16 working at the school, thought that she had truly ""arrived.""

Since these humble beginnings, Binchy's success has been astounding. She has written four volumes of short stories titled This Year It Will Be Different, The Return Journey, The Lilac Bus, and London Transports, two plays and a teleplay that won three awards at the Prague Film Festival, but she is perhaps most famous for her bestselling novels Evening Class, The Glass Lake, The Copper Beech, Circle of Friends, Silver Wedding, Firefly Summer, Echoes, and Light a Penny Candle, which have been celebrated on many continents. Movie audiences everywhere adored the film version of Circle of Friends, produced by Savoy Pictures and which starred Minnie Driver and Chris O'Donnell."