Groomed from a young age for marriage by her mother, the fearsome Lady Montdore, Polly causes a scandal when she declares her love for her uncle, the lecherous lecturer, and runs off to France.
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What a combination - Nancy Mitford and Patricia Hodge! The latter reads this book superbly, capturing the essence of the various characters perfectly. This is the only version 'one' need listen to - the UNABRIDGED one and read by a truly great actress.
This book was brilliant and extremely well read.
"Cold Climate - Hot Stuff"
Brilliant, stylish, ironic
Brideshead Revisited is also an account of aristocratic life in the 1930s. But whereas Waugh was besotted and romantic about it, Nancy Mitford knew it from inside and is mercilesslly ironic without ever being malicious. She can see the end of the lifestyle she describes so brillantly without any of Waugh's tragic regrets.
It's also nice to come a across a pre 1960 novel that accepts gays.
No, but she is perfect for this book. She also does not use an irritating convention of using a gruff voice for male characters.
I did laugh but found it deeply satisfying.
"Excellent performance, enjoyable listen"
The comical timing of the performance
Yes to my family, we are almost as ridiculous as the people in this book and I know they would love it.
I laughed out loud several times while listening to this book. It is very funny and Patricia Hodge's performance is wonderful. I have recommended it to lots of people and will definitely listen again.
"Lovely period novel"
This is a delightful read, at times cruelly funny, much darker than the satire of Wodehouse but with the same sense that the write loves the characters they mock. A great reading by Patricia Hodge that draws out the humour and gives life to the characters.
"Brilliant book perfectly narrated"
Nancy Mitford captures the era and the characters to perfection. She draws you into the world of the faded aristocracy with a perceptive but kind wit. This is the sort of book you don't want to end. Patricia Hodge is an excellent narrator who brings each character to life effortlessly.
VERY MUCH SO. PATRICIA HODGE READS THIS BOOK SO WONDERFULLY
CHARACTERS ARE VIVID; ALMOST AS THOUGH ONE KNOWS THEM.
Fabulous book, beautifully read. Enjoyed every minute of it! Patricia Hodge has exactly the right voice for this novel and her characterisation is great, not too OTT, unlike many other readers! The novel itself is a riot and a great period piece.
"BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN A LONG LONG TIME"
The unexpected humour of the upper classes sometimes without knowing they are either naturally funny or just odd.
The unexpected kept happening, but it also through light on what the upper classes really think of the "plebs", sometimes rather rather nasty but I have a feeling they probably still do only now they just think it without coming out with it for fear of not being pc!
From the title I expected maybe a sloppy love story but was I surprised, yes. I shall be reading more from Nancy Mitford
The novel is one of the great between wars comic works from the pen of one of the gifted Mitford sisters. Patricia Hodge reads it with the accent and cadence appropriate to the period and subject. Not Tolstoy, nor P G Wodehouse, but certainly worth the money and time spent to enjoy it.
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