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Publisher's Summary

Paul Craddock is still young when he is invalided out of the army after the Boer War and he discovers the neglected estate of Shallowford in a secluded corner of Devon. It seems remote from the march of progress. But as storm clouds gather over Europe, Paul learns that no part of England, however remote, can escape the challenge of the times.

©2012 R. F. Delderfield (P)2012 Oakhill Publishing Limited

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‘It is always a pleasure to read R. F. Delderfield, because he never seems to be ashamed of writing well’ ( Books and Bookmen)

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  • kenneth
  • Bowral, Australia
  • 05-20-12

Brilliant story read with skill

If you could sum up Long Summer Day in three words, what would they be?

Rivetting narrative Absorbing entertaining

What was one of the most memorable moments of Long Summer Day?

Eleanor's Codsell,s cart ride
Ikey.s taming of the horse in the ironmongers
Rescue of the German seamen

What about Jonathan Oliver’s performance did you like?

Par excellent His interpretation of the Devon brogue with all it's characters was believable

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really - the duration enhanced the expectation

Any additional comments?

Delighted me from go to woe

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • NSW, Australia
  • 07-03-12

Delderfield a magical story teller

Where does Long Summer Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

First class

Who was your favorite character and why?

I am biased as this the third time on this book. I have read all Delderfield's books and have been eagerly awaiting them to come to Audible.

What about Jonathan Oliver’s performance did you like?

Professionally read adds enjoyment to a great story

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

A bit long for that but never less hard to put down.

Any additional comments?

I only hope there will be more Delderfield in the pipeline.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A lyrical English family saga but badly narrated.

A very long, but moderately entertaining, lyrical family saga of turn of the century England. RL Delderfield writes with passionate feeling for the English countryside but unfortunately Jonathan Oliver's performance, with long pauses between sentences is off-putting.

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Slow Start

John Oliver's narration was initially off putting, with long pauses between sentences. It improved later. Love the story.

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Another excellent book by Delderfield.

The narrator helped you feel the moods and feelings of all the people so you lived everything along with them and understood their motives and their acceptance of failure.

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  • Rosalind
  • 04-17-12

Wonderful, absorbing listen

Lose yourself in this evocation of a 'golden' era in the self-contained world of a Devon estate in the 1900s. Great writing, absorbing story-telling. 27 hours long, and at Hour 24, I can't bear to think of it ending. Lively narration with good character diffentiation. Please 'do' the other two books quickly - otherwise, I'll have to 'read' them!

23 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • Alison
  • 09-25-12

A long holiday in Devon

Listening to this over the course of a stormy September week was a really lovely escape. I read this and other books by Delderfield when I was in my teens. Listening to it now some years later, perhaps I enjoyed the 'story' slightly less, but the ambience and feel for Devon and the era in which it is set, which the book conveys so well, very much more. I felt I had stayed there for a while - and I wanted to stay longer.



The reader has an old-fashioned style that is in keeping with the book itself. Slightly disconcerting lengthy pauses characterise his reading, but I soon got used to this. I *think* his Devon accents of c1900 sound like they might be accurate...? they are certainly broad!



13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Amanda
  • 07-15-12

Easy listening

A long and sometimes rambling book extolling the virtues of country life at the beginning of the 20th Century. It is a pleasant and undemanding book to listen to and I look forward to any sequels in audiobook form.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Patrick
  • 12-23-12

Warmth of a Long Summer Day

I came across this book in the early seventies and have read it about every second year since then. Hearing it now as an audio book brings a fresh perspective and new insights. I was doubtful about Jonathan Oliver's Devon accent at first but soon got carried away in the majestic sweep of the tale and a world I never seem to tire of. RF Delderfield is my favourite author. I admit it.

Why only the one book, Audible? Is the sequel soon to follow?

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Alison
  • 06-24-12

Excellently read

An excellently-read story of life in the early part of the 20th Century, in rural Devon, which keeps you listening!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Mec
  • 04-13-13

Turning back time

I first read this book over thirty years ago. Listening to the audiobook brings back. Memories of then and the 70's TV series based on it 'A Horseman Riding By'. It's well read and excellent value at over 27 hours long. I have also bought the DVD of the series to watch when I finish listening to the book.

I hope more of R F Delderfield's books are soon available from Audible.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Kirstine
  • 02-10-18

Evocative stories of Edwardian life

The central character, Paul Craddock, invalided out of the army after being wounded in the Boer War, returns to England in search of a new life. An inheritance enables him to buy a Devon farming estate, Shawfields: a completely new venture for him. The rest of the book is a slowly evolving story of his life from 1902 to 1912. I found the early chapters in Devon a bit tedious as numerous farming families are introduced, however, I later realized that this was a necessary preliminary as they all figure in the stories that are interwoven in this long book.

Though published in the late 1960s the author successfully evokes the atmosphere and attitudes of the Edwardian period, including dismissive and discriminatory comments about women, Jews and Black people that offend modern sensibilities, but were common-place at the time.

I enjoyed the book more and more as I was drawn into the lives of the characters. An enjoyable book that reminded me of the Archers as the stories are a mix of day-to day domestic affairs with more pacy happenings interspersed. Real-life political and social events are included and add verisimilitude to the book.

I look forward to hearing the next two books in this series

The narrator is excellent. He creates a wide range of voices and accents. His renderings of some of the thick Devon accents are so good I had difficult understanding what he was saying.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • SEB
  • 05-17-15

Re-used an old tape?

Any additional comments?

In part 2, at about 2h 35 minutes in, there is a chunk of some other text being read by a a woman narrator! This is evidence of poor editding. Part 1 is OK, I haven't yet listened to parts 3 and 4

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs. Susan Gardner
  • 09-11-13

Delderfield tells the story as it is

What did you like most about Long Summer Day?

It had some of everything, aftermarth of war, a young man struggling to make a life for himself, some romance

What other book might you compare Long Summer Day to, and why?

don't really know

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

when Paul & Clare came together

Any additional comments?

I really liked this book, it had everything like in a book. A little romance, some historic moments of what life was at the turn of the 20th century

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • JWBlatchley
  • 05-06-13

Excellent easy listening

I'd class this as excellent listening to pass a journey or when relaxing. The tale is not a deeply complex one, but I find Delderfield a good writer. The narrator is first class. I enjoyed it, and I'll probably go for the sequel when it appears.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful