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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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.
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.
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.
Can't say - different medium
Brat - Believable good guy
Bea - Loving; willing but careful
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