These full-cast dramatisations were created for Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4 and the CD audiobook has a running time of one hour, 15 minutes. No Nightingales, No Snakes features five short stories written by Irish bestselling novelist Maeve Binchy that is acted out with a full cast including Harry Towb, Niamh Cusack and Sam Dale. Binchy brings her wry, canny humour to the tales, and the cast brings these MP3 and CD audiobooks to vivid life.
All of the tales follow the lives of modern Irishwomen as they evolve from the comfort of conforming to an old fashioned society into new beginnings. The Night People Came in for Something that was No Trouble revels in envy and humour, as plans to host a dinner party go awry. The Stepson explores the excruciating frustration of a stepmother who craves the love of her stepson after his mother dies.
Decisions at Sea follows Tessa on a cruise as she makes the biggest decision of her life, while in The Answer Machine we learn about the humourous difficulties of giving an early Christmas present. By The Time We Get to Clifden invites us to see how Harry and Nessa have their lives turned upside down after a neighbour asks for help just before their annual holiday to Clifden.
“Ireland is neither cursed with snakes, nor blessed with nightingales”, and these audiobooks on CD and MP3 put new substance and meaning to that quotation in a way that only Maeve Binchy can achieve. A must-have introduction to Binchy’s storytelling talents and a great addition to any audiobook collection.