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Publisher's Summary

Mollie Moran is one of the few people alive today who can recall working "downstairs" in the early 1930s before the outbreak of World War II. In Minding the Manor, she provides a rare and fascinating insight into a world that has long since vanished.

Mollie left school at age fourteen and became a scullery maid for a wealthy gentleman with a mansion house in London's Knightsbridge and a Tudor manor in Norfolk. Even though her days were long and grueling and included such endless tasks as polishing doorknobs, scrubbing steps, and helping with all of the food prep in the kitchen, Mollie enjoyed her freedom and had a rich life. Like any bright-eyed teenager, Mollie also spent her days daydreaming about boys, dresses, and dances. She cherished her friendship with Flo, the kitchen maid, dated a sweet farmhand, and became secretly involved with a brooding and temperamental footman. Molly eventually rose to kitchen maid and then became cook for the Earl of Leicester's niece at the magnificent Wallington Hall.

©2014 Mollie Moran (P)2014 Tantor

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Delightful little tale

Would you consider the audio edition of Minding the Manor to be better than the print version?

I liked having it read to me - the narrator did a great job of convincing me she was Mollie!

What did you like best about this story?

I liked Mollie's spunk and her sense of adventure. I also enjoyed the ability to understand the daily routines of the downstairs staff in the 1930s.

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

She had an accent - I don't know British accents so I assume to be fairly authentic one - but nonetheless made the book entertaining and convincing.

Any additional comments?

I am so glad that Mollie wrote this memoir so as to not loose this this sort of history.

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Top Notch Narrator

This book was one of the best books I've listened to. Loved the story and Molly's adventures. The narrator was also top-notch. I will be listening to other books she's narrated.

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EXCELLENT

Narrator brought it all to life making me feel part of Ms. Moran's history. I could vividly picture the scenes in the scullery, kitchen, her mother's cottage but most of all smell the aroma of baked goods. I just loved it!!

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Refreshing and so likeable

Will Mollie's accounts of working for the gentry reveal any new information for those who have already read other books on the subject? No, probably not. But I got such a pleasure from listening to her own memories unique to her and the stories of a young woman from a different time. The narrator was excellent, as if you really stumbled upon old Mollie Moran while working at a nursing home and got to hear her gem of a tale.

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Absolutely loved the story of Mollie Brown

Excellent narration. Very enjoyable book. If you enjoyed Downtown Abbey, you'll love this.

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  • Nora
  • Pocatello, ID, United States
  • 12-29-14

Enjoyable Listen

Where does Minding the Manor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

More relaxing than many. A simple story told by a lady I would love to meet.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Molly, she captures from the start

Which scene was your favorite?

Molly riiding her bike in a ballgown

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

The moment in which her Dad died

Any additional comments?

A simple pleasant experience. It relaxed me and brought back many memories.

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Fantastic

I loved listening to this book
As if someone familiar, Like a relative, was telling me a story of her past. I couldn't stop listening:)

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Very Good

Very interesting. I loved the positive attitude from Mollie. This book was easy to listen to and went quickly.

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Wish there were more like it

Where does Minding the Manor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best, in my opinion.

What other book might you compare Minding the Manor to and why?

Similar to Upstairs at the White House in some ways, different in others.

Which character – as performed by Veida Dehmlow – was your favorite?

All of them, Vita did a grand job voicing all the characters.

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

It was.

Any additional comments?

A must-have for history buffs.

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A great listen.

If you could sum up Minding the Manor in three words, what would they be?

A great listen. High school aged kids should listen and write a reflection on this. It would be hard to imagine kids today entering domestic service.