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Like Barbara Pym, E.F. Benson, and, mother of them all, Jane Austen, Angela Thirkell has created a small world of her own in the English countryside. Calf-love, village affairs, and literary effort are her nominal subjects, while people at their imperfect best are her real subjects.

The Brandons is replete with youthful nonsense and middle-aged folly. People will fall in love with the wrong person, and all are determined to misunderstand each other. The Brandons and their friends and servants are irresistible. This is the gentlest of social satire.

©1939 Angela Thirkell; (P)2002 Blackstone Audiobooks

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Charming!

If you enjoy this genre of novel, then you will quite like this one.

It is sly, charming and earnest, and the characters are immensely likeable.

It is very refreshing to enter this world and Nadia May's reading is superb, as always.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Gentle Sarcasim

Angela Thirkell is a prime writer of sarcasim with a gentle touch. Her Barsetshire series, which takes readers to England to meet the decendants of Anthony Trollope's characters are a joy to read, and Nadia May does a perfect job of transfoming Thirkell's words into sound. As I enjoy the entire series, I hope that Audible will make more titles by this author available, starting with those set pre-WWII, such as Wild Strawberries and Pomfret Towers, and continuing with the books set during WWII, like Growing Up and Northbridge Rectory.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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A Gloriously Playful Book

Nadia May as usual, performs this work as if she had wrote it and knows exactly how each character should sound. She enthusiastically joins in with Angela Thirkell's obviously Dickens and Trollope fun with the names of characters and places. The story is glowingly playful and absolutely takes a serious look at love affairs, mildly broken hearts and other general foolishness. Having only read (listened to) one previous Thirkell novel "Before Lunch", a delightful snack of a book, I have just begun to get an idea of the style of her writing. I only bought "Before Lunch" because Nadia May was the narrator; in the 30 or so books narrated by her that I have bought, I have yet to be lead wrong by her tastes to date. The author takes enjoyment in fingering an occasional Trollope character or place and plopping them down in the middle of her stories. It seems like a little joke she shares with the reader. Heck, I think she stole his entire imaginary county: a bold move for a bold woman and wonderful writer. A person who doesn't enjoy this book should look to the mirror for a reason.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Thirkell Is Like...

P.G. Wodehouse and Jane Austen had a baby--which will have to be thought of figuratively, given that Austen was an old maid and Wodehouse was very likely gay. But you get the point. Delightful romances with all manner of delightful twists that always leave one smiling, and often outright laughing, in the end. And The Brandons is one of Thirkell's best in this vein.





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The Brandons have already made my year!

Hilarious, evocative, and delicious. I'd never read any Thirkell before and now I can't find her fast enough! Funnier than Dickens, as incisive as Austen. I wanted to take the Brandons and introduce them to all the characters of P.G. Wodehouse and E.F. Benson for a gorgeous literary mashup.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Charming

Mrs. Brandon is charming. This is a small love story. You will want to be part of her life.

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Wonderfully Charming

Angela Thirkell does not disappoint. Her humor is simultaneously sweet and laugh-out-loud sharp. Nadia May's narration is very nearly perfect. She is spot on with all but the youngest 2 characters, Lydia and Tony.

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Funny

Would you consider the audio edition of The Brandons to be better than the print version?

I liked it better.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Brandons?

The part when the Vicar reads or tries to read his book to Mrs. Brandon.

What about Nadia May’s performance did you like?

She was able to give all the characters a credible voice. Mrs. Grant was not over done.

If you could rename The Brandons, what would you call it?

I would not rename it.

Any additional comments?

This is good provided one likes the type of novel.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Boring, boring, boring

I do read books of and about this period. I generally find them to be charming, and often quirky. This book, however, is just awful. The characters are insipid, and the plot could have been wrapped up in chapter 1. Please .... Don't waste a credit on this book.

0 of 6 people found this review helpful