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Decline and Fall Audiobook

Decline and Fall

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Publisher's Summary

Subtitled "A Novel of Many Manners", Evelyn Waugh's notorious first novel lays waste the "heathen idol" of British sportsmanship, the cultured perfection of Oxford, and the inviolable honor codes of the English gentleman.

Sent down from Oxford after a wild, drunken party, Paul Pennyfeather is oddly surprised to find himself qualifying for the position of schoolmaster at a boys' private school in Wales. His colleagues are an assortment of misfits, rascals and fools, including Prendy (plagued by doubts) and Captain Grimes, who is always in the soup (or just plain drunk). Then Sports Day arrives, and with it the delectable Margot Beste-Chetwynde, floating on a scented breeze. As the farce unfolds in Evelyn Waugh's dazzling debut as a novelist, the young run riot and no one is safe, least of all Paul.

©1956 Evelyn Waugh (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    Azureblue USA 05-27-17
    Azureblue USA 05-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Best Narrator Yet"
    Would you listen to Decline and Fall again? Why?

    New to audible, and watched Decline and Fall as a miniseries, which was so-so. Had read only the most famous Waugh titles, so was new to this one. The story is wonderful, droll, funny and touching. Delightfully absurd and funny. And the narrator, Michael Maloney is with out a doubt the best I've heard. A PERFECT production of this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Waugh -- need I say more? One of the greats.


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    Glenn Lower Gwynedd, Panama 04-21-17
    Glenn Lower Gwynedd, Panama 04-21-17 Member Since 2004
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    What did you love best about Decline and Fall?

    Evelyn Waugh is a bit of an acquired taste. This was a great social farce along the lines of Scoop. It is not Brideshead Revisited but a good comic romp.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Entertaining


    What about Michael Maloney’s performance did you like?

    Great performance


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh


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    Christo 11-22-16
    Christo 11-22-16
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    "Brilliant satire"

    The more things change, the more they stay the same. Waugh's cast of characters may be from the 1920's but their behaviours and foibles are still recognisable in people today.

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