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I Capture the Castle Audiobook

I Capture the Castle

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Publisher's Summary

"I write this sitting at the kitchen sink" is the first line of a novel about love, sibling rivalry, and a bohemian existence in a crumbling castle in the middle of nowhere. Cassandra Mortmin's journal records her fadingly glamorous stepmother, her beautiful, wistful older sister, and the man to whom they owe both their isolation and poverty: Father. The author of one experimental novel, and a minor cause celebre, he has since suffered from writer's block and is determined to drag his family down with him. But if the iron has entered Father's soul, it hasn't penetrated Cassandra's.

©2000 Dodie Smith; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A good story, flourishing characters, and the most persuasive narrative voice." (Guardian [London])
"This book has one of the most charismatic narrators I've ever met." (J.K. Rowling)

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    Honey Bee 12-04-14
    Honey Bee 12-04-14
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    "I Couldn't Stop Listening!!!!!!"
    Any additional comments?

    This novel was so witty and innocent, seen from the eyes of a 17 year old girl entering womanhood, that it was too great to stop listening to. Seeing the world through Cassandra's eyes made me feel like I was part of a secret club, where all the pretenses of other characters were suddenly lifted away and their actions part of a comedy (sometimes dark). This is definitely a story I rushed to located the movie immediately after the audiobook ended just so I could relive it through a different type of sensory input.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Bain 12-04-14
    Ruth Bain 12-04-14

    RueRue

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    "Quite Wonderful"

    I loved this book ! Have you ever read a novel that was so enjoyable and so vivid that, even while wanting to find out what will happen, you try not to read it too fast because you don't want it to end ? That's how I felt about these characters and the story. It is a book to savor for its unique setting, quirky characters, and observations. Quite wonderful !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 11-22-14
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 11-22-14 Member Since 2008

    I am retired and I love having more time for audio books. I also enjoy hiking, birding, gardening, and genealogy.

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    "An Immensely Enjoyable Change of Pace!"

    This book was a daily deal and it was Matthew's review that clinched it for me to take a chance. I am so glad I did. It certainly is not a genre I usually would pick as a listen, but maybe I should rethink that.

    I really enjoyed this book--it was pure easy going fun for me. I didn't have a moment of boredom and I really liked the story line. Agutter is a very good narrator and captured the voice of the younger teen sister, Cassandra, perfectly. Cassandra is the speaker, the story taken from her journals which are ongoing and a constant in her life.

    In summary, Cassandra and her slightly older, very pretty sister, Rose, live on an estate in England. The family should be paying rent to the estate owner but are sinking into serious poverty having been arrears in rent for a long time. Their father, who had fabulous success with his first book, has taken to reading novels, doing puzzles, daydreaming, and hasn't worked or written a thing in years. The estate falls under ownership of two dashing and very pleasant young men, brothers, who were raised in separate households in the US. It seems the girls' romantic dreams may be answered. Or maybe not . . . ?

    If this sounds at all interesting, look at some of the other many positive reviews and dive in. Hopefully you will find it as fun as I did!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Erika AVON, IN, United States 02-11-14
    Erika AVON, IN, United States 02-11-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Fizzled out"
    Would you try another book from Dodie Smith and/or Jenny Agutter?

    I loved the reader but was disappointed in the book. It started slow but then picked up and just when I was excited it fizzled out. Not happy with the ending as I am not a fan of open ended books.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dodie Smith? Why or why not?

    Probably not, it got my hopes up and then didn't deliver.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Simon and Cassandra at his house listening to music.


    Could you see I Capture the Castle being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It has been made into a movie.


    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Randa 10-14-14
    Randa 10-14-14

    I get these moments where I can't go by without an audiobook! I am irrevocably in love with books!

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    "A Jane Austen Wannabe; Nothing New or Interesting"

    This screams Jane Austen and it's no secret; the narrator even tells us herself!

    Overall, the book has a peaceful tone to it, but isn't really exciting or unique.

    The story is narrated through the pages of an English girl's journal. It explores the different entries that describe how the girl and her family go by their daily routines in the boring monotonic life of poverty. Although, in fairness, the writer's description of poverty is interesting and allows the reader to understand the narrator's point of view.Nothing interesting seems to ever happen to the family until two rich boys come to town. That's where she and her sister (The entire household really) gets overexcited as these two young men become the centre of the family's drama (Pride & Prejudice Much?)

    Mildly entertaining if you have exhausted most of your other options.

    9 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Kim M Johnson San Juan Capistrano, CA, US 08-10-16
    Kim M Johnson San Juan Capistrano, CA, US 08-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Enchanting"

    The book and performance were both utterly delightful. I must now go out and buy the book as I want to reread it - it was such a pleasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn H. Grow sarasota, fl 06-20-16
    Lynn H. Grow sarasota, fl 06-20-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Very Disapointing!"

    Obviously written for a very young teenaged girl, this book cried out for an editor! Full of dreamy, romantic yearnings the narrator seemed hard pressed to find different voices and emotions for the various characters.It was recommended to me because I loved Nina Stibbe's Man at the Helm, exquistely narrated be the very talented Imogene Churchill. This book was genuinely hilarious, witty & poingnant. Capture the Castle, drearily narrated Jenny Agittur, was none of that. I have to wonder why Audible recommended it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bran Bran 02-18-16
    Bran Bran 02-18-16 Member Since 2012
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    "What a wonderful story..."

    I was not familiar with Dodie Smith's writing until this listen. I must say I was so pleased. Jenny Agutter did a fantastic job. I will want to listen to more books read by Her. Bravo!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    nursebettyknitting Boise, ID USA 01-09-16
    nursebettyknitting Boise, ID USA 01-09-16 Member Since 2016

    knitting fiend

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    "delightful"

    What an unexpected delight... I enjoyed every minute and did not want it it to end...Superb narration by Jenny Agutter. I never imagined I would like to read a journal of a 17 year old girl, but I was utterly "captured" by this literary gem. I am disappointed by only one thing - there are no more adult books written by Dodie Smith...

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    Madeline 01-05-16
    Madeline 01-05-16 Member Since 2011
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    "If only there were more books like this"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book has a gentle humor I find irresistible.


    What other book might you compare I Capture the Castle to and why?

    A Man at the Helm has the same sort of narrator - a young girl - and the same innocent but very funny commentary on social life.


    Have you listened to any of Jenny Agutter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    If you could take any character from I Capture the Castle out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The narrator. She could use a good meal.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Rattleby
    7/8/14
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    "A truly life-enhancing experience"
    Where does I Capture the Castle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I listened to this while I was walking, washing up, working. The voice of Cassandra got into me in unexpected ways, such that I felt more emotionally honest, more attuned to the detail of my surroundings, and utterly nostalgic for a period I've never known. This young girl is unwittingly a mindfulness practitioner - her experiencing of her inner and outer world is exquisitely attentive, as well as very funny. Jenny Agutter captures it so well. I can't recommend this book highly enough. I couldn't bear to leave it and began it again as soon as I had listened to the last, painful page; I missed Cassandra, I missed her vivid and unspoilt world! Her striking insights. It enriched my days.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vivien Lyle
    Ramsgate England
    7/26/16
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    "Beautifully read and written."

    I am a keen audible member and tend to stick to thrillers....this was such a welcome change to the norm. You actually felt cold and hungry imagining them in their fabulous draughty castle. A love story with a twist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ali
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    5/7/16
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    "very enjoyable listen"

    Really enjoyed this book. Lovely characters lovely setting. Great narrating. looked forward to knowing what happens with the two sisters, a nice escapist read and not predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emma Thomson
    4/24/16
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    "Always such an wonderful story"

    I have read this book over 20 times over the years but the audio version brought it alive in a way I have never experienced. Cassandra's voice us timeless and so moving truly a classic and beautifully read. loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    10/29/15
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    "Great story but not great narrator"

    Slightly irritated by Jenny Agutter rushing through dialogue, often twee diction. Pity because she's a good actress.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. Kelly
    London
    10/27/15
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    "Early 20th century drama at its best!"

    A mixture of existentialism and philosophy set against a background of the game in which the romance of second best!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L. H. Healy
    Cambridgeshire, UK
    10/19/15
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    "Brilliant audiobook"
    If you could sum up I Capture the Castle in three words, what would they be?

    Warm, compelling, lovely


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cassandra! But Stephen is a lovely character too.


    What does Jenny Agutter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    She is a brilliant narrator of this book, read it beautifully, full of meaning, tone and emphasis. Brought the characters to life for me. Would love to listen to more read by her.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me smile a lot and sometimes feel sad, a moving tale but with plenty of humour.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Giulia
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    5/28/14
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    "I love it!"

    I love this book, and the audio version is a delight - I've just finished listening to it for the second time. It is often described as a coming-of-age story, and Jenny Agutter captures perfectly Cassandra's transition from 'consciously naive' childhood to young womanhood. It's funny, it's poignant, and it's deeply evocative of a largely lost English countryside: all crumbling castles and rusty iron bedsteads with weeds growing out of them, 'motoring' to the seaside for a picnic and a cherry brandy from a country pub. Dodie Smith apparently wrote it in America hankering after England, and I think the book is coloured with a loving nostalgia. I would highly recommend this to young and old readers alike: if you like Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons or any of the Persephone books like Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day, I think you would like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
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    4/14/13
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    "very enjoyable"

    Beautifully read by jenny agutter. Really bought the era to life. A gentle story well worth a listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jan
    Crawley, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Interesting and insightful"

    This is a very class conscious story that really gives insight into the necessity of keeping up appearances - and not minding whether you are successful at it! Social attitudes are illustrated but it is not a history lesson - it is a charming story of a family brought to poverty because the father has writers' block all described by the developing diary of one of the daughters. Jenny Agutter is the perfect choice as narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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