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When Cedric Charlton, an unsuspecting tax inspector, arrives at the door of the Pop Larkin farm, he soon forgets the purpose of his visit: The fun-loving Ma and Pop Larkin distract him at every turn with strawberries, cream, alcohol, and their attractive young daughter, Mariette. Well known by the popular TV series starring David Jason and Catherine Zeta-Jones, The Darling Buds of May is the quintessential feel-good country romp. It will have you falling wholeheartedly in love with the Larkin family and their carefree way of life. So grab a bowl of ice cream, pull out a deck chair, and share in the "perficktion" of country life.

©1958 H. E. Bates (P)2015 Naxos AudioBooks

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  • 05-17-16

A darling of a book!

H.E.Bates at his very best , beautifully read by Philip Franks. The only possible verdict on this book is that it's 'Absolutely perfick' to quote the indefatigable Pop Larkin!

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  • John1962
  • 09-03-16

Absolutely wonderful!

If you could sum up The Darling Buds of May in three words, what would they be?

A 'perfick' joy

What did you like best about this story?

It captured my interest from the very first page, and the story got better the more I read.

Which character – as performed by Philip Franks – was your favourite?

O loved all of the characters, but my favourites were Ma and Pa Larkin.

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

There were several scenes in this book which made me laugh. Some of the funniest scenes for me are the ones between Pop and Cedric (Charlie).

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed listening to this audio book. The story is well written, entertaining and very uplifting. Philip Franks' excellent narration also added to my enjoyment of H.E. Bates classic novel.

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  • Celia
  • 05-18-16

Feel good, gentle, relaxing story

Watched the TV drama before listening to the book, pleased to say the TV retelling kept to the original story. Lovable characters, brilliant narration with a wonderful depiction of an English country summer. Warning, the food description will make you ravenous, I'm off to eat an apple tart...with ketchup.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-20-17

fabulous

Philip Franks does a brilliant job reading this, I have read the book , an of course seen the tv series, so you kind of expect a voice like David Jason, Pam Ferris, and Catherine Zeta Jones.
Philip Franks nails it and makes it his own, can't wait to get the next one !

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  • mrs g a bamford
  • 09-20-17

A very nice story book

Lovely story really enjoyed it loved to the tv series the book really relaxing to listen too

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-05-17

Darling Buds of May review

What did you like most about The Darling Buds of May?

It's a lovely, gentle show. I know it shows you a way of life that could never be - but you wish it could be.

What did you like best about this story?

The gentle pace of the show.

Which character – as performed by Philip Franks – was your favourite?

Mariette.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Want to forget the rat race for a while? A lovely escape to the comforting joy of endless summer awaits you with the Larkins. Enjoy!

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  • N. W. Williams
  • 02-20-17

Better than the Tv Show

A fantastic book, Franks narration only helped envision the characters even more, cant wait to read the others,