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A year has passed, and in this third novel of the Pop Larkin series, Pop Larkin is preparing to build the bungalow he promised Charley and Mariette upon their engagement. He buys a country home slated for demolition, intending to convert it for the two, but it is not long before a London couple persuade him to sell it. Pop, ever the trickster, sells it for an extortionate price, as the two social climbers know little about country life. Party throwing and cocktail mixing abound until a rocky boat and a misplaced pair of hands have Pop before the local magistrate....

©1960 H. E. Bates (P)2016 Naxos AudioBooks

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Brilliant series

Best of the series, so far. Great use of metaphor! Character descriptions that even pale Dickens. I love the Larkins and so wish they really existed! I would seek them out. Such down to earth, life-loving folks they are. They truly know and hold love, happiness, contentment, and joy in their hearts.

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  • 02-25-21

I’ve always loved these stories but...

I’ve always loved these stories but in a post-“me too” world, Pop’s behaviour feels almost inexcusable. I have felt increasingly uncomfortable with casual misogyny of these novels as I have revisited them over lockdown. The author and Pop Larkin may think it is harmless to kiss women and pinch their thighs and behinds but it does strike a discordant note now. And the way that one character’s response to his taking liberties is dealt with definitely smacks of the victim blaming culture. If however I detach myself from my current time and culture the novel is funny and loveable. But be warned, it is not a novel of the 21st century and sits firmly in its time period, in its attitudes.

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  • 09-01-16

fantastic

the narration was wonderful, peaceful, fun, dramatic, loving, just like the
story. I would recommend this to all those who enjoy a living family story.

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  • Ms. Jenny M. Stone
  • 06-06-16

Amazing!

Would you consider the audio edition of When the Green Woods Laugh to be better than the print version?

More please!

Who was your favorite character and why?

too tough to pick

What about Philip Franks’s performance did you like?

brill, he was one of the originals from the tv series so perfect

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

bliss

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  • Mrs. Ann M. Mcmahon
  • 04-16-22

A Great Voice of Joy

The greenwoods laugh, sing, whoop and shout for joy in this third evocation of Pop Larkin's rural idyll - whatever the Jereboams think! Blissfully good reading, as ever, by the incomparable Philip Franks!

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  • Maurice Poyser
  • 11-14-20

The Larkin Family & Friends

Loved it, I have watched on the televison, & got the Series on DVD Set.

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  • JANEYBABY
  • 03-31-20

perfic!

Loved it! Made it very special having 'Charlie ' ...the wonderful Phillip Franks reading it! Great vocal characterisation for all of H.E Bates' adorable creations! Thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend!😊

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  • Nedelar
  • 09-30-19

Another Perfick Trip in Nostalgia

More fun and frolic with the usual naughtiness thrown in - just have to read/listen to them all!!

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  • 02-06-19

The Darling buds.

I don't often review and I'm new to listening to books and was very unsure but thoroughly enjoyed this series. well worth listening to. The narrator was a joy and just perfick.!!!

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  • H W Giddens
  • 09-04-17

When the Green Woods Laugh

I love a bit of nostalgia and this fitted the bill oh so comfortably. I have previously watched the television series, so have the people's faces brought vividly to mind and it was `perfick` to have it read by Philip Frank's (Charlie). Can`t recommend it highly enough.

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  • Jeremy
  • 03-08-17

Delightfully relaxing

H.E. Bates is the great rural storyteller. His Larkin novels evoke a countryside that is at once restful and nostalgic. Pop is a loveable rogue of a man who just wants everyone he loves to have fun. These stories are fun to listen to. Beautifully read. My only criticism is that they are far too short!

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  • 10-30-16

Very enjoyable

I am really enjoying this series. Lots of colour and quirk in the narration.