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Brought to you by Penguin.  

This Penguin Classic is performed by Pearl Mackie, best known for her role in Dr Who.

When sensible, sophisticated Flora Poste is orphaned at 19, she decides her only choice is to descend upon relatives in deepest Sussex. At the aptly named Cold Comfort Farm, she meets the doomed Starkadders: cousin Judith, heaving with remorse for unspoken wickedness; Amos, preaching fire and damnation; their sons, lustful Seth and despairing Reuben; child of nature Elfine; and crazed old Aunt Ada Doom, who has kept to her bedroom for the last 20 years. But Flora loves nothing better than to organise other people. Armed with common sense and a strong will, she resolves to take each of the family in hand. 

A hilarious and merciless parody of rural melodramas, Cold Comfort Farm (1932) is one of the best-loved comic novels of all time.

©2020 Stella Gibbons (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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I don't know what to say about this story...

There were parts that I loved and parts that I almost quit on. The ending was the best part. I loved the narrator and credit her for getting me thru this painful story. There was 1% comedy and 99 % melodrama. Most of it was depressing. Save ur credit and try the Cabal Brothers series, or the Lies of Locke Lamora series. You'll thank me.

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Very, very amusing, a go to if one needs cheering

"Cold comfort farm" is ninety years old but still fresh , witty and irreverent. Ms. Gibson throws elegant and humorous barbs to Victorian novels to the Bloomsbury circle. The dialogue is sparkling at times and the whole novel is just a delightful rumpus. The performance is very good too. I have read the book, seen the movie and now listened to "Cold comfort farm" and the Audio book version is as good as the other two.

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Amazing narrator

The "purple prose" might be offputting if one didn't realize that it's a parody of some of the literature of the time. Once that's clear, it's hilarious. The narrator, Pearl Mackie, is *absolutely* amazing. She has, apparently, dozens of voices at her command and several different accents. I hope we see more titles from her soon.

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Wonderful!

So glad this book is finally available in full. They are all there - Flora, all the Starkadders at Cold Comfort Farm, Elfine, Seth & Reuben, my favorite Mr Mybug with his absurd Bronte theories, Mrs Beetle, and Charles. Wonderfully written satire.

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Classic satire well done

I really enjoyed this reading of Stella Gibbons great book.It flows gracefully and the reading enhances that. So good to have it to listen to.

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Entertaining light reading :-)

I really enjoyed listening to this. The reader was very good, and the writing style was witty and humorous. The story got a bit silly towards the end, but it was really just fun. The kind of thing I need in 2020. I will definitely be seeking out more books by this author!

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Great Escape

Well written, amusing & intriguing. Unusual & fascinating characters. All is easily visualized. A great escape for all.

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Very enjoyable read

Growing up, the film adaptation of this story was a family favorite. Having now read the book, I can say the film is a well done adaptation and follows the book almost exactly. I'm glad I finally read the book that inspired a film I have long loved.

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Excellent reading of one of my favourite books

Cold Comfort Farm has been one of my favourite books for over thirty years and I’ve longed for a full audio version of it for quite some time. This one has kept me smiling – and laughing aloud – for the past two days. I just couldn’t stop listening to it. Pearl Mackie’s reading of it is superb; her characterisations are spot on. A very, very happy customer.

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  • 11-01-20

Enchanting

I am biased, this is possibly my favourite book in the whole world, but as such I was both delighted and anxious when the audio version (at last) became available. I need not have worried, the reader was splendid, capably handling both Sussex rustic, county posh and east London accents, and giving a most empathetic reading. A rich cast of characters, deliciously funny, delightfully spun with some fascinating “futuristic” elements ( remember this was written in 1931 ) I loved every minute.

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  • 11-06-20

Brilliant!

Beautifully read by Pearl mackie. Hilarious story - I loved it. Highly recommended feel good book.

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  • 10-26-20

An outstanding book

I so enjoyed this book: it has everything - humour, interest, quirkiness, romance etc. I saw it described as a very funny/comical book but it is so much more than that. One of the best books I've listened to, and so well read too. I fell for the heroine hook, line and sinker!

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  • 08-23-20

Struggled at first but well worth continuing

The first 8 chapters I found I didn't like any of the character and was going to stop listening. So glad I continued, what a great writer. So clever and funny. Really enjoyed it.

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  • 06-27-20

Just wonderful

An absolute delight from start to finish. I will listen to it again and again .