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Past Imperfect Audiobook
Past Imperfect
Written by: 
Julian Fellowes
Narrated by: 
Richard Morant
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Past Imperfect Audiobook

Past Imperfect

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Damian Baxter is hugely wealthy and dying. He lives alone in a big house in Surrey, England, looked after by a chauffeur, butler, cook and housemaid. He has but one concern--his fortune in excess of 500 million and who should inherit it on his death. Past Imperfect is the story of a quest. Damian Baxter wishes to know if he has a living heir. By the time he married in his late 30s he was sterile (the result of adult mumps), but what about before that unfortunate illness? Had he sired a child? He sets himself (and others) to the task of finding his heir.

©2008 Julian Fellowes; (P)2009 BBC Audio

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    Bllsth 06-06-16
    Bllsth 06-06-16 Member Since 2013
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    "I almost didn't read this book because of the reviews, which would have been such a loss."

    After reading Snobs, which was delightful, I almost didn't read this book because of the reviews. Am I so glad that I still decided to tried it.

    The book was emotionally moving - not that that recommends it - as it deftly portrays the nuanced and misunderstood history of a pivotal event. Even though it made me cry at the end, I loved this book.

    What an amazing person the writer must be to understand and elucidate such subtle complexities of the past with the misunderstandings and poor outcomes they can create. It is a book that reinforces old proverbs about not judging people because you probably don't know what they've been through and about kindness trumping social backgrounds. With all of the overbearing and false didactical themes that clog and rob enjoyment of today's novels, it is refreshing to read a compelling work of fiction with honest motifs. This is a book not to be missed!

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    Pam Sbisa 07-10-15
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    "Review of Past Imperfect"

    The story line made me reflect on how things have changed since college. It is a great reminder that things are not always as they seem. I would love to read other books by this author.

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    Carol M 05-20-15
    Carol M 05-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent in every way. Thought provoking."
    Would you listen to Past Imperfect again? Why?

    The observations and emotional reactions in this book were so unusually perceptive I found myself thinking about them for a long time afterwards. In very few words Julian Fellowes was able to create fully-realized personalities so clearly in my mind's eye. His insights about women were especially striking, I'm surprised that a man could be capable of seeing so much. On a basic level, this book is about meeting up with friends again after many years. Each time the narrator began privately mused about the differences between the young friend he remembered and the old friend standing in front of him, I braced myself for cruelty. But instead the assessments were considerate and thought provoking. It actually made me feel better about getting older somehow.


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    ML DC Suburbs (MD) 11-07-13
    ML DC Suburbs (MD) 11-07-13 Member Since 2010

    Audio junkie, caffiene addict, anglophile & a bit of a wino.

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    "A Glittering Journey through Ballrooms & Decades"
    If you could sum up Past Imperfect in three words, what would they be?

    Glittering, Tempestuous, Sad


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    OH probably the main character. He was so hapless. He couldn't catch a break. Made my heart break for him a bit.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The dinner scene in Portugal - because you'd be hearing about it all book and it finally came out!


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    Mary Sweeley Castro Nothern California 09-14-13
    Mary Sweeley Castro Nothern California 09-14-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Calling all Angliophiles!"
    What did you love best about Past Imperfect?

    An insider's view of how the British upper class live and commune. Almost like spying - wonderful.


    What does Richard Morant bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    As with any wonderful audible book, I forget the narrator and become lost in the story.


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

    As a devotee to everything British, I appreciated the perspective and detailed views on just about everything (food, dress, etiquette).


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    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 09-08-13
    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 09-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "nostalgia/social commentary/meaning of life"

    I'd owned this book for more than a year before I finally listened and it was one of those books you could doze off while listening to and not really mind. Much of what other reviewers have said I agree with, that it can be a bit repetitive, sometimes snobbish, but I thought he wound up the story in a very satisfying way. As the title suggests, the narrator acknowledges his own limitations while exposing those of others, which is endearing (see Salman Rushdie's Joseph Anton for just the opposite). I'd say read over all the reviews and decide if it suits you, then don't expect too much and you may enjoy it!

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    Amazon Customer 06-15-13
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    Where does Past Imperfect rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rank Past Imperfect about midway. It had an interesting story and I loved the behind the scenes look at that period in Britain, but the subject matter is an anomalie for me since my current reading focus is Fantasy books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Past Imperfect?

    One of the most memorable scenes for me was when Damien Baxter passed away. The narrator had learned more of Damien's background story by then, which made his last words more poignant.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The same scene.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Villain or Victim - who is the real Damien Baxter?


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