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The Six Audiobook

The Six: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters

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Publisher's Summary

The eldest was a razor-sharp novelist of upper-class manners; the second was loved by John Betjeman; the third was a fascist who married Oswald Mosley; the fourth idolized Hitler and shot herself in the head when Britain declared war on Germany; the fifth was a member of the American Communist Party; the sixth became Duchess of Devonshire.

They were the Mitford sisters: Nancy, Pamela, Diana, Unity, Jessica, and Deborah. Born into country-house privilege in the early years of the 20th century, they became prominent as "bright young things" in the high society of interwar London. Then, as the shadows crept over 1930s Europe, the stark - and very public - differences in their outlooks came to symbolize the political polarities of a dangerous decade.

The intertwined stories of their stylish and scandalous lives - recounted in masterly fashion by Laura Thompson - hold up a revelatory mirror to upper-class English life before and after WWII.

The Six was previously published as Take Six Girls.

©2015 Laura Thompson (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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    Karen Vincent New Orleans, LA USA 01-21-17
    Karen Vincent New Orleans, LA USA 01-21-17 Member Since 2012

    Science gal, New Orleanian, Foodie, Bibliophile, Dog Mom

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    "Don't waste your time."
    What would have made The Six better?

    It was a badly organized book. I have read about the Mitfords extensively and this is by far the worst account of their lives.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Laura Thompson again?

    I had no objection to the narrator.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


    What character would you cut from The Six?

    It's nonfiction - you can't cut anyone.


    Any additional comments?

    I was so disappointed in this book. I listened to the end, but it was so badly done that it did nothing for me except make me mad that I had wasted time and a credit on it.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 10-16-16
    Susan 10-16-16 Member Since 2014
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    "what a family"

    you don't know whether to like them or not but you always find them interesting. initially the "story" was hard to follow but once you got the names straight it was smooth sailing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Claire L. Robinson 12-20-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Astonishing Narrator"

    I've always been interested in the Mitford story and quite enjoyed this book. The narrator, Maggie Mash, is absolutely fantastic and really made this book listenable. She is wonderful at conveying the distinct language and infle

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan M O'Connor 04-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Too hard to follow"

    I love biographies, especially about interesting women. However, this book is way too hard to follow. It jumps from one sister to another, back and forth in time, also referencing the characters and places in the books written by Nancy Mitford. So, the entire thing is thoroughly confusing. And boring to boot. I got through the third chapter and couldn't take it anymore. And the narrator's priggish sounding voice only added to the annoyance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joan 04-25-17
    Joan 04-25-17 Member Since 2005
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    "I couldn't get past the first chapter"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It needed to be better organized so as to give a more in depth view of the life of each of the sisters


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration


    Any additional comments?

    What was the 'forward' went on for about 1 1/4 hrs. This was a gauzy narrative that was more like a stream of consciousness. I didnt get a clear view of any of the characters or their lives as it flitted from one thing to another. As the first chapter started and seemed to be in the same vein, I just gave up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maggie the Aggie 03-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Lots of talking, little story or character develop"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If there had been a story line or character develpment. It just jumped around.


    What could Laura Thompson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Developed the characters individually instead of all 6 at once.


    What about Maggie Mash’s performance did you like?

    Well spoken and clear


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    irritation and disappointment


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ana 10-18-16
    Ana 10-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Boring"

    Didn't finish. Was so monotone that I was drifting in and out of the story. It jumps from character to character too much was hard to keep them straight. Don't recommend

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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