Anthony Powell was born in London in 1905. The son of an Army officer, Powell was sent to boarding school at a young age, eventually attending Eton, where he befriended George Orwell, and Oxford, where he met Evelyn Waugh and Graham Greene, and where he roomed with Henry Yorke (who became the novelist Henry Green). Powell published several novels, also working in publishing and as a script writer, before enlisting in the British Army during World War II. After the war, he became a full-time novelist and critic.

Powell is best known for his acclaimed twelve-volume novel A Dance to the Music of Time. The novel comprises the volumes A Question of Upbringing (1951), A Buyer's Market (1952), The Acceptance World (1955), At Lady Molly's (1957), Casanova's Chinese Restaurant (1960), The Kindly Ones (1962), The Valley of Bones (1964), The Soldier's Art (1966), The Military Philosophers (1968), Books Do Furnish a Room (1971), Temporary Kings (1973) and Hearing Secret Harmonies (1975) ...Show More »

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Audible Modern Vanguard Productions of Anthony Powell's Work

A Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement

  • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 47 mins)
  • By Anthony Powell
  • Narrated By Simon Vance
Overall
(45)
Performance
(26)
Story
(25)

Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic encompasses a four-volume panorama of twentieth century London. Hailed by Time as "brilliant literary comedy as well as a brilliant sketch of the times," A Dance to the Music of Time opens just after World War I. Amid the fever of the 1920s and the first chill of the 1930s, Nick Jenkins and his friends confront sex, society, business, and art.

James says: "A Modern (but Subtle) Masterpiece."

A Dance to the Music of Time: Second Movement

  • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 14 mins)
  • By Anthony Powell
  • Narrated By Simon Vance
Overall
(11)
Performance
(7)
Story
(7)

Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic encompasses a four-volume panorama of twentieth century London. Hailed by Time as "brilliant literary comedy as well as a brilliant sketch of the times," A Dance to the Music of Time opens just after World War I. Amid the fever of the 1920s and the first chill of the 1930s, Nick Jenkins and his friends confront sex, society, business, and art.

connie says: "not just for nostalgic posh Brits!"

A Dance to the Music of Time: Third Movement

  • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 31 mins)
  • By Anthony Powell
  • Narrated By Simon Vance
Overall
(7)
Performance
(5)
Story
(5)

Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic encompasses a four-volume panorama of twentieth century London. Hailed by Time as "brilliant literary comedy as well as a brilliant sketch of the times," A Dance to the Music of Time opens just after World War I. Amid the fever of the 1920s and the first chill of the 1930s, Nick Jenkins and his friends confront sex, society, business, and art.

L. Allis says: "Every two years"

A Dance to the Music of Time: Fourth Movement

  • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 55 mins)
  • By Anthony Powell
  • Narrated By Simon Vance
Overall
(4)
Performance
(2)
Story
(2)

Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic encompasses a four-volume panorama of twentieth century London. Hailed by Time as "brilliant literary comedy as well as a brilliant sketch of the times," A Dance to the Music of Time opens just after World War I. Amid the fever of the 1920s and the first chill of the 1930s, Nick Jenkins and his friends confront sex, society, business, and art.

Marilyn says: "Desolate when it ended"