Cluny Brown

A Novel
Narrated by: Anna Parker-Naples
Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
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Cluny Brown refuses to know her place in society. Last week, she took herself to tea at the Ritz. Then she spent almost an entire day in bed eating oranges. So, to teach her discipline, her uncle, a plumber who has raised the orphaned girl since she was a baby, sends her into service as a parlor maid at one of England's stately manor houses.

At Friars Carmel in Devonshire, Cluny meets her employers: Sir Henry, the quintessential country squire, and Lady Carmel, who oversees the management of her home with unruffled calm. Their son, Andrew, newly returned from abroad with a Polish emigre writer friend, is certain the country is once again on the brink of war. Then there's Andrew's beautiful fiancee and the priggish town pharmacist.  

While everyone around her struggles to keep pace with a rapidly changing world, Cluny continues to be Cluny, transforming those around her with her infectious zest for life.

©1944 Margery Sharp (P)2018 Tantor

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I love this book. I have read it many many times, and, although the sample I heard wasn't as fine as I could have liked, I got the book anyway and thought, as with other audio books, that even with an iffy narrator, I could enjoy it. I was wrong. This narrator takes all the wit and charm right out of the book. Her choice of voices for the characters is truly unfortunate, and she seems so determined to maintain the accents, etc. of these various characters that she misses the point--certainly the humor--of the sentences they speak.

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Delightful upstairs/downstairs story

Don't miss this one. Cluny Brown is unique in British upstairs/downstairs fiction. Brilliant, surprising and fun. Loved getting to know her!

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Fun and Entertaining

This book made me laugh and made me happy. I have had such a stressful week and it pulled me right out of the dumps! The way the author uses her words is just so brilliant. I can’t wait to read another one of her books!