We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
The Brandons | [Angela Thirkell]

The Brandons

Like Barbara Pym, E.F. Benson, and, mother of them all, Jane Austen, Angela Thirkell has created a small world of her own in the English countryside. Calf-love, village affairs, and literary effort are her nominal subjects, while people at their imperfect best are her real subjects.
Regular Price:$20.97
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Like Barbara Pym, E.F. Benson, and, mother of them all, Jane Austen, Angela Thirkell has created a small world of her own in the English countryside. Calf-love, village affairs, and literary effort are her nominal subjects, while people at their imperfect best are her real subjects.

The Brandons is replete with youthful nonsense and middle-aged folly. People will fall in love with the wrong person, and all are determined to misunderstand each other. The Brandons and their friends and servants are irresistible. This is the gentlest of social satire.

©1939 Angela Thirkell; (P)2002 Blackstone Audiobooks

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.0 (47 )
5 star
 (19)
4 star
 (14)
3 star
 (9)
2 star
 (4)
1 star
 (1)
Overall
4.0 (21 )
5 star
 (9)
4 star
 (8)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (2)
Story
4.6 (22 )
5 star
 (16)
4 star
 (4)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Dorothea Chicago, Israel 05-17-07
    Dorothea Chicago, Israel 05-17-07 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    111
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    38
    21
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    0
    Overall
    "Charming!"

    If you enjoy this genre of novel, then you will quite like this one.

    It is sly, charming and earnest, and the characters are immensely likeable.

    It is very refreshing to enter this world and Nadia May's reading is superb, as always.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Joseph R Dry Prong, LA, USA 08-28-09
    Joseph R Dry Prong, LA, USA 08-28-09
    HELPFUL VOTES
    86
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    21
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "A Gloriously Playful Book"

    Nadia May as usual, performs this work as if she had wrote it and knows exactly how each character should sound. She enthusiastically joins in with Angela Thirkell's obviously Dickens and Trollope fun with the names of characters and places. The story is glowingly playful and absolutely takes a serious look at love affairs, mildly broken hearts and other general foolishness. Having only read (listened to) one previous Thirkell novel "Before Lunch", a delightful snack of a book, I have just begun to get an idea of the style of her writing. I only bought "Before Lunch" because Nadia May was the narrator; in the 30 or so books narrated by her that I have bought, I have yet to be lead wrong by her tastes to date. The author takes enjoyment in fingering an occasional Trollope character or place and plopping them down in the middle of her stories. It seems like a little joke she shares with the reader. Heck, I think she stole his entire imaginary county: a bold move for a bold woman and wonderful writer. A person who doesn't enjoy this book should look to the mirror for a reason.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    NK Turoff New York, NY United States 03-18-13
    NK Turoff New York, NY United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Charming--More Trollope than Benson."

    Having exhausted the Audible library of works by P.G. Wodehouse and E.F. Benson, I was in search of work of the same ilk--light and witty with an undercurrent of observation and some trenchant social commentary.

    In a search for works read by Nadia May--who captures so perfectly the tone of Benson and Saki in recordings already in my library--I came across Angela Thirkell, described thus by Audible:

    "Like Barbara Pym, E.F. Benson, and, mother of them all, Jane Austen, Angela Thirkell has created a small world of her own in the English countryside. Calf-love, village affairs, and literary effort are her nominal subjects, while people at their imperfect best are her real subjects."

    This seemed perfectly to capture the kind of work for which I was looking, and I eagerly downloaded 'The Brandons'.

    'The Brandons' proved to be a well-written and wryly funny novel, full of endearing characters and some amusing--even some laugh-out-loud--moments.

    True to form, Nadia May is a wonderful narrator, giving color and character to each of the characters, and reading with impeccable finesse.

    I look forward to exploring more of Thirkell's work. My only caveat to propspective listeners is that Thirkell's work lacks the bite of Benson, Wodehouse or Saki. Could it be that it takes an Edwardian gay man to add that bit of malice to the story that provides spice? Thirkell does not shy away from darker shadings, but the characters in 'The Brandons, largely, are sweetly good-natured, motivated by a desire to do good. Benson's Miss Mapp or Wodehouse's Aunt Agatha would make mincemeat of these country mice in short order.





    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Rachel United States 03-04-13
    Rachel United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2011

    Lifelong voracious reader/listener. British humor: Austen, EF Benson, Wodehouse, Gaiman, Holt, Pratchett. Courtroom crime and chick lit.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    21
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The Brandons have already made my year!"

    Hilarious, evocative, and delicious. I'd never read any Thirkell before and now I can't find her fast enough! Funnier than Dickens, as incisive as Austen. I wanted to take the Brandons and introduce them to all the characters of P.G. Wodehouse and E.F. Benson for a gorgeous literary mashup.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jerri United States 08-23-10
    Jerri United States 08-23-10 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    168
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    200
    31
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    12
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Gentle Sarcasim"

    Angela Thirkell is a prime writer of sarcasim with a gentle touch. Her Barsetshire series, which takes readers to England to meet the decendants of Anthony Trollope's characters are a joy to read, and Nadia May does a perfect job of transfoming Thirkell's words into sound. As I enjoy the entire series, I hope that Audible will make more titles by this author available, starting with those set pre-WWII, such as Wild Strawberries and Pomfret Towers, and continuing with the books set during WWII, like Growing Up and Northbridge Rectory.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-5 of 5 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.