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Publisher's Summary

Anne and Edmund Cornhill have a happy marriage and a charming house. They are content, complete, absorbed in their private idyll. Arabella, who comes to stay one lazy summer, is rich, rootless and amoral - and, as they find out, beautiful and loving.

With her elegant prose the author traces the web of love and desire that entangles these three; but it is Arabella who finally loses out.

©1972 Elizabeth Jane Howard (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Tedious story, but worth it to hear Eleanor Bron .

Love to hear Eleanor Bron ' s beautiful voice. The story is tedious and predictable., but I could listen to her reading the telephone directory.

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  • linda
  • 08-25-14

Nothing much happens but unputdownable

Would you consider the audio edition of Odd Girl Out to be better than the print version?

Yes. There is a lot of minutiae in Elizabeth Howard books, which give great richness in an audiobook but might be tempted to skip in print.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Most interested in the husband

Which character – as performed by Eleanor Bron – was your favourite?

The odd girl out. I had expected to find her very irritating but the narrator brought empathy to her role

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

Not so much emotional as stimulating. Very interesting 'read'.

Any additional comments?

Eleanor Bron is a fantastic narrator. I often find women narrators have dreadful hissing or whistling 'S's which drives me up the wall. Eleanor Bron both knows how to talk properly and brings great depth to the characters and description.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Patricia
  • 03-10-17

Shallow and dated

I found all the characters in this book pretty shallow, selfish and mannered. I'm not sure when it was written but it's very dated without being classical. I've enjoyed other books by this author but this one is a turkey.

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  • Fiona
  • 11-27-16

Captivating Story!

Although not set in the modern day, this is a very contemporary and artful tale of loyalties challenged and relationships entangled in interesting ways. Eleanor Bron has the most delicious voice and, the combination of this with the great writing, makes for hours of enjoyment. I thoroughly recommend this audiobook.

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