A stranger enters the inner sanctum of the Ashby family posing as Patrick Ashby, the heir to the family’s sizeable fortune. The stranger, Brat Farrar, has been carefully coached on Patrick’s mannerisms, appearance and every significant detail of Patrick’s early life, up to his 13th year when he disappeared and was thought to have drowned himself. It seems as if Brat is going to pull off this most incredible deception until old secrets emerge that threaten to jeopardise the imposter’s plan and his very life.
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Always reading. Audiobooks in the car, in the kitchen, in the sewing room, and paper books in every room in the house.
As expected, Josephine Tey delivers a compelling, absorbing tale that draws one in and doesn't let go. After reading her "Daughter of Time," I knew to expect the highest quality of literate writing and at the same time a delicious, entertaining read. Once again, I was in her power for the whole time of listening to the book. The reader and the production were excellent.
This story takes the classic change-of-identity plot and turns it on its head. Set on a horse farm in the English Midlands, Brat Farrar takes full advantage of the beautiful scenery and a family of wonderfully individual characters, with a tragic mystery in its past and a warm and human faith in a future. Sounds sappy, but it carries the reader along, revealing the hidden facts and surprising us all in the process. Simply a lovely, lovely book which makes this reader, at least, wish I had been part of the Ashby family.
Avid reader, picky about narrators.
I'm a big Josephine Tey fan, and I'm picky about narrators. This was my first Carole Boyd listen, and now I'm hooked. She's just great. Enough variations in voicing to keep the characters identifiable, but no stagey acting to distract from Tey's precise and wonderful story. If you like British mysteries and good narrators, you can't go wrong here.
This was a unique story line for a mystery, involving an impostor who finds he really does belong. I thought the characters were well developed, and were not just black and white good guys and bad guys.
In the beginning, I was reminded of The Return of Martin Guerre, but this story takes a more positive turn. Anglophiles will probably think of Perkin Warbeck, a famous and real impostor. I am also reminded of the work of Alexandre Dumas: yes, it might be a bit improbable in places, but the story kept me intrigued.
She did a good job of presenting and keeping each character unique.
I never have time to listen to one book all at once, but I enjoyed getting back to this story each time. I was impressed that Josephine Tey had interwoven this story intricately together.
Lovely narration, but even in print this would have been an absolute pleasure to read. A cosy crime, that all of a sudden isn't all that "cosy" anymore. Wonderful character descriptions and a time and place you want to be transported to. Great!
The narration of this book was particulary good.
I must admit I sort of knew the twist coming....but not exactly so. Still it was most enjoyable.
It's difficult to put into wors...just that she did all parts so well and I would forget she was reading and be in the book.
I don't often listen to a book more than once.
Josephine Tey is new to me. I simply enjoy the lifestyle and character descriptions
The narration seemed to fit perfectly with the writing style of the author.
I most enjoy reading spiritual books to nourish my soul; psychology books to enhance my profession; & psych thrillers for fun escapism.
The narration: Carole Boyd read with such beauty in her voice. I listened to the story at .75 speed to be able to more fully take in the words. Carole's voice maintained its smoothness and nuance, as she captured the setting, its characters, and the subtle and sometimes sudden shifts that occur in this mystery set in the post-WW II English countryside.
The author: This is my first book by Josephine Fey and, although I am sad to let go of its characters, I look forward to the other books she left for us to enjoy. I concur with others who have commented on the depth of her characters, the atypical storyline that differs from traditional mystery/crime novels of her day (and ours), and the lyrical beauty of her words. What also struck me strongly was the affinity with the characters I experienced and so enjoyed.
I loved this story wheni was younger, the fine narration in a clasic British accent made it even better.
"Suspenseful family drama"
Yes, I would recommend this audiobook to a friend, because it takes the 'missing heir' trope to yet another level. As a listener, you think the imposter is cheating the family of what belongs to it; however, it is because of his imposture that a crime is revealed and a criminal punished.
Aunt Evie--there was something very humane and loving about her.
No, I don't think I have--but I will look out for them.
When Evie and Charles discover/uncover Brat's identity.
"Couldn't stop listening"
At last! What a joy to find the real Josephine Tey books on Audible. And Bratt Farrar is one of her best. In theory, one ought to thoroughly dislike a young man who sets out to deceive, but Bratt is such a sympathetic character that the listener can't help but be drawn into his story, and that of the family who welcome him 'home'. Even though I had read the book and knew the outcome, it was a real pleasure to hear it read aloud, and Carole Boyd makes an excellent job of it. Please, Audible, do let's have all of Josephine Tey's books made available.
"Mores of its time occasionally painful, but..."
...otherwise an excellent mystery. I just can't stand how often the author has characters who are meant to be sympathetic protagonists use the word "moron", frankly. I grit my teeth every time I hear it. I get that ableist language as insults were more or less the norm for her generation and unexamined as such, but that doesn't make it at all pleasant to hear in this century. The sub-plot involving Sheila Parslow & the characters' attitudes toward her comparative promiscuity also makes me cringe.
Other than that, I enjoy re-reading this particular mystery in various forms. I don't think I shall ever be able to forget the solution, so I re-read with 20-20 hindsight every time, but the story is just as interesting and nuanced when you already know the ending as it is when you know nothing about it - and with such hindsight the author's subtle but clear foreshadowing is easy to discover and to enjoy. I can assure you of that much!
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