Brideshead is a powerful and sad story of the end of an aristocratic family in England just before World War II. Jeremy Irons is superb.
The presentation of this (i.e. reading by Jerey Irons) was spectacular. While he had a tidbit of trouble with American & Canadian accents, he captured a huge variety of British noble accents w/o missing a beat.
The story itself was a "quick read" - with just enough intrigue, scandal, romance to keep you eager for what comes next. Waugh is expert at this. Cultural clues of the time help transport the reader out of modern day.
Certainly not my favorite Waugh, but a very well produced nice little slice of modern wartime British lit.
Performance and story are a perfect match. However, this recording was bad. It sped up, slowed down, faded in and out and was like the problems that I sometimes have with CDs and never have had with Audible. I cannot imagine the issue. Anyway, back to the book. I saw the PBS Brideshead years ago with the gorgeous Jeremy Irons and his performance on this book is as good as it was then. His voice is like eating ice cream and having a massage at the same time. Great!
The Passionate Genealogist
Jeremy Iron's performance. Compelling story.
A masterful performance turning a book I don't think I would have ever read, into a drama and masterpiece that I now recommend to friends.
I discovered the joy of audiobooks several years ago when I got a job which is a 45 min drive one way. It continued to keep me mostly sane.
I first experienced Brideshead Revisited as the original PBS production and thought I had fallen in love. I was wrong. I read the elegant and voluptuous prose of Evelyn Waugh and THEN I fell in love.
To hear those beautiful words and passages read by the most mesmerizing voice in the world adds about a mile of icing on an already delicious cake. Jeremy Irons, who created the character of Charles Ryder for the PBS version, narrates and gives every character the nuances and shadings they deserve, including a few I did not expect! His narration of Charles's father is sly and hilarious!
But most of all .. listen, listen, listen. To Iron's perfect narration of a perfectly written book. I know I am gushing and I don't care!
Disappointed. It did not keep my interest
The story line is boring.
Jerrimy Irons is a very good reader however the story disappointed me.