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The Complete Patrick Melrose Novels Audiobook

The Complete Patrick Melrose Novels: Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, Mother's Milk, and At Last

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Edward St. Aubyn has penned one of the most acclaimed series of the decade with the Patrick Melrose Novels. Now you can listen to all five novels in one volume: Never Mind, Bad News, Mother's Milk, Some Hope, and At Last.

By turns harrowing and hilarious, this ambitious novel cycle dissects the English upper class. Edward St. Aubyn offers his listener the often darkly funny and self-loathing world of privilege as we follow Patrick Melrose's story of abuse, addiction, and recovery from the age of five into early middle age. The Patrick Melrose novels comprise a modern masterpiece by one of "the most brilliant English novelists of his generation" (Alan Hollinghurst).

The Patrick Melrose Novels as read by Alex Jennings were nominated for a 2015 Audie Award in Literary Fiction.

©2015 Edward St. Aubyn (P)2013 Pan Macmillan, LTD

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    Michi Belan 12-12-15
    Michi Belan 12-12-15 Member Since 2016
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    "beautifully, brilliantly wrought"

    I may have to write a much more lengthy and insightful review to capture the ways I love, admire and appreciate this book. But since there's no time for that right now, I would say this book is for anyone who loves language and wit, the thrill, empathy and occasional horror of interior monologues from diverse and well-drawn characters, the slow unfolding of a story from many perspectives, and a frequent urge to write down what feels like profound truths imparted along the way. The performance was perfect as well - Mr Jennings used distinct voices to bring each character to life. Highly recommended!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    W Perry Hall 02-14-16
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    "A Moat Surrounding Both British Nobility and Abuse"

    I wasn't intrigued enough until I saw this series of novels had been collected in one volume. I'm glad I read this semi-autobiographical pentalogy, published between 1992 and 2011, which delighted me in its subtle shaming of modern-day British aristocracy (in a way only a defiant member can) as much as it troubled in its expert examination of the enduring destruction of child abuse (both physical and mental).

    Just to provide a short synopsis of each of the 5 novels herein (in order of publication):

    NEVER MIND: Set in a mountain village in southeast France at the summer home of the protagonist Patrick when he was 5 years old. His dreadfully cruel father and meek alcoholic mother host several guests at a dinner party. Includes an incident of the lewd abuse of Patrick.

    BAD NEWS: Patrick is now a 25-year-old heroin abuser in New York City to retrieve the ashes of his father over a 24-hour period. Includes probably the most accurate depiction of the mindset of a active drug addict I've ever read.

    SOME HOPE: Set back in England a few years later, prior to and at a society party, also takes place over a single day. Patrick is trying to stay clean and shares his secret with his best friend. A mordant observation of the haughty, shallow and cruel nature of the British upper crust. Queen Elizabeth's sister, Prince Margaret, plays a large and largely unflattering role.

    MOTHER'S MILK: This novel, unlike the first 3 and the last, all of which are set on a single day, occurs over several years. It's almost as long as the first 3 combined. Patrick's 2 sons are born. For most of it, he's a self-centered cad, drunk and on pain pills. His mother has given away most of Patrick's legacy to a spiritual guide (like Tolle').

    AT LAST: Patrick's mom's funeral. St. Aubyn really takes a sardonic whip to aristocracy concentrated in the form of a snot named Nicholas Pratt and his mother's sister. Example: Patrick's uncle comments on the charitable and warm nature of Patrick's mother, "Eleanor was always concerned about other people." "That can be a good thing," Nicholas admitted, "depending on who those other people are."


    I'm not sure that I'd give any of the 5 novels 5 stars, but as a collection they are definitely worth the price.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    susanne 07-24-15
    susanne 07-24-15
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    "Exellent."

    The melrose novels are simply everything,you can ask for. The story reminds one of Proust . They are humorous, deep,intelligent,amazingly interesting. Thanks to St. Aubyn.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Raleigh greensboro, NC, United States 07-31-17
    Raleigh greensboro, NC, United States 07-31-17 Member Since 2009
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    "do nothing for a long time in the same place"

    ? did you grow up around people with vast sums of inherited money
    ? have you rubbed elbows with medicated and bored plutocrats
    ? does it intrigue you to peel the veneer off the lives of the idle rich

    edward st. aubyn has written a great series of books to guide you
    he knows this life quite well from long, sad first hand experience
    several of the best sections have the feel of a well-written autobiography

    wealth, it turns out, is not as useful and reliable as we've been lead to believe
    beyond a certain basic level, money seems to generate hollow, feeble souls
    st. aubyn reveals all this with wit and humor and a delicious knowing insight

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    S. Atkins 12-17-16
    S. Atkins 12-17-16
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    "The Life Of Patrick Melrose"

    This audiobook is such a great deal because there are five books here instead of just the first of the series. The narrator is amazing and I've found his readings of some other books already. Each character has their own voice and talking style. These books play out like a series of dinner party conversations and observations that show the life of Patrick Melrose who grew up in a stuffy, phony upper class setting from his childhood and through the passing away of both his parents. He grows from drug addict delinquent to being a father himself and having to play through the roles of his culture and class. Edward St. Aubyn has a beautiful writing style which is in contrast tot he gritty, honest subjects. All of the character's inner and outer dialogue is clever, if not shallow and biting. It takes a great deal of empathy to get through this series and I think that's part of the deal. He is tackling a difficult subject, but follows absolutely no pre-set cliches in doing so. This is one of the best novels I have heard in my life and I would have never expected to appreciate it so much. Look past the basic premise and try to see what you can get out of reading a novel like this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    susan Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada 05-22-17
    susan Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada 05-22-17
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    "Never mind the story Alex Jennings is breathtaking"

    True Story which I would have given up on after the first page ( have no experience with drugs )had Alex not been reading it. His agility with voice and accent is like listening to Les Mis with a cast of one.

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    Todd Donohue 02-24-16
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    "more rich people complaining about there lives"
    What would have made The Complete Patrick Melrose Novels better?

    Another book about privileged white people who hate their jobs so they escape to heroine and stupidity.


    What was most disappointing about Edward St. Aubyn’s story?

    great if advocate drug use


    2 of 15 people found this review helpful

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