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Brat Farrar Audiobook

Brat Farrar

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Publisher's Summary

A stranger enters the inner sanctum of the Ashby family posing as Patrick Ashby, the heir to the family’s sizeable fortune. The stranger, Brat Farrar, has been carefully coached on Patrick’s mannerisms, appearance and every significant detail of Patrick’s early life, up to his 13th year when he disappeared and was thought to have drowned himself. It seems as if Brat is going to pull off this most incredible deception until old secrets emerge that threaten to jeopardise the imposter’s plan and his very life.

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    Catherine 10-23-11
    Catherine 10-23-11

    Avid reader, picky about narrators.

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    "Great all around"

    I'm a big Josephine Tey fan, and I'm picky about narrators. This was my first Carole Boyd listen, and now I'm hooked. She's just great. Enough variations in voicing to keep the characters identifiable, but no stagey acting to distract from Tey's precise and wonderful story. If you like British mysteries and good narrators, you can't go wrong here.

    74 of 76 people found this review helpful
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    Jane C. Harris 06-06-15

    I most enjoy reading spiritual books to nourish my soul; psychology books to enhance my profession; & psych thrillers for fun escapism.

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    "Probably the best mystery I've ever read."

    The narration: Carole Boyd read with such beauty in her voice. I listened to the story at .75 speed to be able to more fully take in the words. Carole's voice maintained its smoothness and nuance, as she captured the setting, its characters, and the subtle and sometimes sudden shifts that occur in this mystery set in the post-WW II English countryside.

    The author: This is my first book by Josephine Fey and, although I am sad to let go of its characters, I look forward to the other books she left for us to enjoy. I concur with others who have commented on the depth of her characters, the atypical storyline that differs from traditional mystery/crime novels of her day (and ours), and the lyrical beauty of her words. What also struck me strongly was the affinity with the characters I experienced and so enjoyed.

    47 of 48 people found this review helpful
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    Lucy 06-25-16
    Lucy 06-25-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Perfect Narration"
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    Josephine Tey is dated - this is a bucolic England of the imagination circa 1920s, 30s - but, she has a sharp edge, and is such an elegant writer - and excellent story teller. All of which explains why, even now, her books are a pleasure. This is exceptionally well narrated by Carole Boyd - an excellent match with the material. BRAT FARRAR is a classic of its kind from the Golden Age of British mysteries - Allingham, Christie, Sayers. If you like those, you'll be happy you spent the credit on this. It's very well done.

    31 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy 11-13-16
    Kathy 11-13-16
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    "Best book in years"

    Loved it. Fascinating plot. Engaging characters. I listen to dozens of books each year and this was by far the best in years. Looking forward to more by the same author.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy 11-21-11
    Kathy 11-21-11

    Always reading. Audiobooks in the car, in the kitchen, in the sewing room, and paper books in every room in the house.

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    "Another riveting story by Josephine Tey"

    As expected, Josephine Tey delivers a compelling, absorbing tale that draws one in and doesn't let go. After reading her "Daughter of Time," I knew to expect the highest quality of literate writing and at the same time a delicious, entertaining read. Once again, I was in her power for the whole time of listening to the book. The reader and the production were excellent.

    52 of 57 people found this review helpful
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    Mim A. Houk 11-22-11
    Mim A. Houk 11-22-11
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    "A dearly-loved, favorite to read and reread."

    This story takes the classic change-of-identity plot and turns it on its head. Set on a horse farm in the English Midlands, Brat Farrar takes full advantage of the beautiful scenery and a family of wonderfully individual characters, with a tragic mystery in its past and a warm and human faith in a future. Sounds sappy, but it carries the reader along, revealing the hidden facts and surprising us all in the process. Simply a lovely, lovely book which makes this reader, at least, wish I had been part of the Ashby family.

    53 of 59 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Bain 11-18-16
    Ruth Bain 11-18-16

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    "Very British, very entertaining"

    A perfect example of a British mystery. A bit more somber than an Agatha Christie, less of mystery than a character-driven narrative. There is a lot about horses, raising and riding, which was not interesting me but was the backdrop for the milieu in which the story takes place. The narrator was excellent.

    26 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Greg chesterton, in, United States 11-13-16
    Greg chesterton, in, United States 11-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the best audible books ever"

    Loved the story, loved the presentation. This is the first thing I've read by Tey and plan to listen/read the rest. After I finished the book I listened a second time- I've never done that before.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    "A Clever Classic"

    Lovely narration, but even in print this would have been an absolute pleasure to read. A cosy crime, that all of a sudden isn't all that "cosy" anymore. Wonderful character descriptions and a time and place you want to be transported to. Great!

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    Victoria 07-19-15
    Victoria 07-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book"

    Very good book! I would highly recommend it! story,writing,and reader are all fabulous. if you enjoy mystery books with a happy ending you will love this book. it is beautifully written with a hint of humor.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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  • Seagull
    Midlands, UK
    2/4/15
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    "Couldn't stop listening"

    At last! What a joy to find the real Josephine Tey books on Audible. And Bratt Farrar is one of her best. In theory, one ought to thoroughly dislike a young man who sets out to deceive, but Bratt is such a sympathetic character that the listener can't help but be drawn into his story, and that of the family who welcome him 'home'. Even though I had read the book and knew the outcome, it was a real pleasure to hear it read aloud, and Carole Boyd makes an excellent job of it. Please, Audible, do let's have all of Josephine Tey's books made available.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jill Besterman
    Jersey, Channel Islands United Kingdom
    11/14/16
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    "A favourite book, beautifully read"
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    I have loved this book since I first read it in my teens and that was a long time ago! I was delighted to find this audio version, read by the excellent Carole Boyd. My pleasure in following the ramifications in the Ashby family when their nephew/brother, thought to have killed himself when young, turns up again just before he is due to come into his inheritance was undimmed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Devaki Khanna
    India
    12/13/13
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    "Suspenseful family drama"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this audiobook to a friend, because it takes the 'missing heir' trope to yet another level. As a listener, you think the imposter is cheating the family of what belongs to it; however, it is because of his imposture that a crime is revealed and a criminal punished.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Aunt Evie--there was something very humane and loving about her.


    Have you listened to any of Carole Boyd’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, I don't think I have--but I will look out for them.


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

    When Evie and Charles discover/uncover Brat's identity.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Barbara
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    4/16/17
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    "The dishes will have to wait"
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    Do you remember the last summer you were a "kid", before you became supposedly a grown up, when you felt as though you were on the verge of your life really beginning? That's the feeling this book evokes. A young man, torn between undreamed-of opportunity and a moral awakening is at such a turning point in his life in this wonderful old-fashioned adventure story. It has everything such a story should contain and more besides: a morally ambiguous hero, painfully establishing his own values in extraordinary circumstances, a fearless heroine, a villain hiding in plain sight, a kindly family lawyer, little sisters providing comic relief, an angry killer, a kindly mother figure whose integrity discomforts the hero more than any threat or attack could. "How on earth" you find yourself asking, "is this possibly going to be sorted out?" And you find yourself really caring. Dishes are left unwashed, housework undone, you are late in to work because you have to sit in the car those few extra minutes just to get to the end of the chapter. Read this book and make your excuses.

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  • Trialia
    England
    2/26/15
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    "Mores of its time occasionally painful, but..."

    ...otherwise an excellent mystery. I just can't stand how often the author has characters who are meant to be sympathetic protagonists use the word "moron", frankly. I grit my teeth every time I hear it. I get that ableist language as insults were more or less the norm for her generation and unexamined as such, but that doesn't make it at all pleasant to hear in this century. The sub-plot involving Sheila Parslow & the characters' attitudes toward her comparative promiscuity also makes me cringe.

    Other than that, I enjoy re-reading this particular mystery in various forms. I don't think I shall ever be able to forget the solution, so I re-read with 20-20 hindsight every time, but the story is just as interesting and nuanced when you already know the ending as it is when you know nothing about it - and with such hindsight the author's subtle but clear foreshadowing is easy to discover and to enjoy. I can assure you of that much!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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