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Brat Farrar | [Josephine Tey]

Brat Farrar

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    Mim A. Houk 11-22-11
    Mim A. Houk 11-22-11
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    "A dearly-loved, favorite to read and reread."

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy 11-21-11
    Kathy 11-21-11

    Always reading. Audiobooks in the car, in the kitchen, in the sewing room, and paper books in every room in the house.

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    "Another riveting story by Josephine Tey"

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine 10-23-11
    Catherine 10-23-11
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    "Great all around"

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jill United States 08-15-12
    Jill United States 08-15-12
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    "The Impostor Mystery"
    What made the experience of listening to Brat Farrar the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Brat Farrar to and why?

    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.


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

    She did a good job of presenting and keeping each character unique.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rabid Reader 10-10-13
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    "A Clever Classic"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mum K 06-04-12
    Mum K 06-04-12

    books are friends

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    "Excellent narration!"
    What made the experience of listening to Brat Farrar the most enjoyable?

    The narration of this book was particulary good.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I must admit I sort of knew the twist coming....but not exactly so. Still it was most enjoyable.


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

    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.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Arlington, VA, United States 03-05-12
    Katherine Arlington, VA, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Engaging Read"
    Would you listen to Brat Farrar again? Why?

    I don't often listen to a book more than once.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Brat Farrar?

    Josephine Tey is new to me. I simply enjoy the lifestyle and character descriptions


    What about Carole Boyd’s performance did you like?

    The narration seemed to fit perfectly with the writing style of the author.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth 03-04-13
    Ruth 03-04-13
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    "Excellent characterization of all persona"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Brat Farrar to be better than the print version?

    Can't say - different medium


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Brat - Believable good guy
    Bea - Loving; willing but careful


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

    Animation


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Love it

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    "Suspenseful family drama"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Aunt Evie--there was something very humane and loving about her.


    Have you listened to any of Carole Boyd’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, I don't think I have--but I will look out for them.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Evie and Charles discover/uncover Brat's identity.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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