Best-selling Irish novelist Maeve Binchy is no stranger to the shorter forms of fiction. The Return Journey (4.5 hours), her latest collection of stories, presented in its entirety here, showcases her tale-telling talent. Set in Ireland and England, on shipboard in between the two and on longer voyages, they are peopled with characters she knows well. Here Binchy does what she does best, making the commonplace uncommon, finding poignance, irony, and humor in everyday situations. Fionnula Flanagan, who has recorded three of Maeve Binchy novels, performs here with and without brogue and with flawless flair.

Reviewed by Sukey Howard.

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