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    • Brideshead Revisited

    • By: Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
    • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,539
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,440
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,434

    Evelyn Waugh's most celebrated work is a memory drama about the intense entanglement of the narrator, Charles Ryder, with a great Anglo-Catholic family. Written during World War II, the story mourns the passing of the aristocratic world Waugh knew in his youth and vividly recalls the sensuous pleasures denied him by wartime austerities; in so doing it also provides a profound study of the conflict between the demands of religion and the desires of the flesh.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Extraordinary

    • By Vieux Carré Blonde on 12-12-12

    Regular price: $22.80

    • A Handful of Dust

    • By: Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated by: Andrew Sachs
    • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 176
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 160
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 161

    Evelyn Waugh's 1934 novel is a bitingly funny vision of aristocratic decadence in England between the wars. It tells the story of Tony Last, who, to the irritation of his wife, is inordinately obsessed with his Victorian Gothic country house and life. When Lady Brenda Last embarks on an affair with the worthless John Beaver out of boredom with her husband, she sets in motion a sequence of tragicomic disasters that reveal Waugh at his most scathing.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Slow Start then Subtle

    • By Michael on 05-16-15

    Regular price: $22.80

    • Brideshead Revisited

    • By: Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
    • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60

    The wellsprings of desire and the impediments to love come brilliantly into focus in Evelyn Waugh's masterpiece - a novel that immerses us in the glittering and seductive world of English aristocracy in the waning days of the empire. Through the story of Charles Ryder's entanglement with the Flytes, a great Catholic family, Evelyn Waugh charts the passing of the privileged world he knew in his own youth and vividly recalls the sensuous pleasures denied him by wartime austerities.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My theme is memory

    • By Julian on 01-19-18

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Sword of Honor

    • By: Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 24 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103

    This trilogy about World War II, largely based on his own experiences as an army officer, is the crowning achievement of Evelyn Waugh's career. Its central character is Guy Crouchback, head of an ancient but decayed Catholic family, who at first discovers new purpose in the challenge to defend Christian values against Nazi barbarism, but then gradually finds the complexities and cruelties of war too much for him.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • At least one chapter missing

    • By Sviatoslav on 08-17-15

    Regular price: $28.50

    • Vile Bodies

    • By: Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated by: Emilia Fox, Tobias Menzies, Nathaniel Parker
    • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 42

    A unique three-person reading. Vile Bodies is both a celebration of the hedonism of the young and a warning to those who believe that their licence to indulge is infinite and unquestionable.

    A whole host of characters are introduced throughout Waugh's thought-provoking and often highly satirical story, which follows protagonist Adam through the perils and pitfalls of securing his marriage to Nina Blount, his fiancée.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Vortex of Vapid Rubbish Devolves into Nothingness

    • By W Perry Hall on 05-29-18

    Regular price: $11.35

    • Scoop

    • By: Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated by: Simon Cadell
    • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 135
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 124

    In Scoop, surreptitiously dubbed "a newspaper adventure", Waugh flays Fleet Street and the social pastimes of its war correspondants as he tells how William Boot became the star of British super-journalism and how, leaving part of his shirt in the claws of the lovely Katchen, he returned from Ishmaelia to London as the "Daily's Beast's" more accoladed overseas reporter.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Delicious humor

    • By Bill on 05-30-15

    Regular price: $22.80

    • The Loved One

    • By: Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 42

    Following the death of a friend, the poet and pets' mortician Dennis Barlow finds himself entering the artificial Hollywood paradise of the Whispering Glades Memorial Park. Within its golden gates, death, American-style, is wrapped up and sold like a package holiday - and Dennis gets drawn into a bizarre love triangle with Aimée Thanatogenos, a naïve Californian corpse beautician, and Mr. Joyboy, a master of the embalmer's art.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hilarious funny.

    • By James Lucier on 05-29-16

    Regular price: $22.80

    • Black Mischief

    • By: Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
    • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    Black Mischief, Waugh's third novel, helped to establish his reputation as a master satirist. Set on the fictional African island of Azania, the novel chronicles the efforts of Emperor Seth, assisted by the Englishman Basil Seal, to modernize his kingdom. Profound hilarity ensues from the issuance of homemade currency, the staging of a "Birth Control Gala", the rightful ruler's demise at his own rather long and tiring coronation ceremonies and a good deal more mischief.

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Decline and Fall

    • By: Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
    • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 146
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 131
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 127

    Sent down from Oxford after a wild, drunken party, Paul Pennyfeather is oddly surprised to find himself qualifying for the position of schoolmaster at a boys' private school in Wales. His colleagues are an assortment of misfits, rascals and fools, including Prendy (plagued by doubts) and Captain Grimes, who is always in the soup (or just plain drunk). Then Sports Day arrives, and with it the delectable Margot Beste-Chetwynde, floating on a scented breeze.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Breathing life into Waugh's stylish comedy

    • By Christo on 11-22-16

    Regular price: $22.80

    • Helena

    • By: Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 33

    Helena is the intelligent, horse-mad daughter of a British chieftan who is suddenly betrothed to the warrior who becomes the Roman emperor Constantius. She spends her life seeking truth in the religions, mythologies, and philosophies of the declining ancient world. This she eventually finds in Christianity-and literally in the Cross of Christ.The Empress Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, made the historic pilgrimage to Palestine and built churches at Bethlehem and Olivet.

    Regular price: $22.80

    • Selected Shorts

    • Readers & Writers
    • By: Evelyn Waugh, Molly Giles, Ray Bradbury, and others
    • Narrated by: Tony Roberts, John Shea, Leonard Nimoy, and others
    • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    A boon for booklovers, this audio set features funny, fantastical and poignant stories about people with unique and passionate connections to the written word.

    Tony Roberts reads a hilarious Walter R. Brooks story about how Ed - a talking horse - became a voracious reader of adventure tales and mysteries. In a story by Italo Calvino, read by John Shea, a man tries to make the most of his beach holiday by reading and making love at the same time.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Truly Enjoyable!

    • By Mazz on 01-07-16

    Regular price: $19.60

    • The Complete Stories of Evelyn Waugh

    • By: Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 19 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 26

    A book of brilliant entertainments: 39 stories spanning the entire career of a great modern writer and an undisputed comic genius, "a satirist whose skill at sticking pens in people rates him a roomy cell in the murderers' row (Swift, Poe, Wilde, Shaw) of English letters" ( Time).

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Evelyn Waugh sampler, just short stories-

    • By Carla on 01-29-17

    Regular price: $26.22

    • Black Mischief

    • By: Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
    • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    Black Mischief, Waugh's third novel, helped to establish his reputation as a master satirist. Set on the fictional African island of Azania, the novel chronicles the efforts of Emperor Seth, assisted by the Englishman Basil Seal, to modernize his kingdom. Profound hilarity ensues from the issuance of homemade currency, the staging of a "Birth Control Gala", the rightful ruler's demise at his own rather long and tiring coronation ceremonies, and a good deal more mischief.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Raucous, Not Racist

    • By John on 10-01-16

    Regular price: $22.80

    • A Handful of Dust

    • By: Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated by: Andrew Sachs
    • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    After seven years of marriage, the beautiful Lady Brenda Last has grown bored with life at Hetton Abbey, the Gothic mansion that is the pride and joy of her husband, Tony. She drifts into an affair with the shallow socialite John Beaver and forsakes Tony for the Belgravia set. In a novel that combines tragedy, comedy, and savage irony, Evelyn Waugh indelibly captures the irresponsible mood of the "crazy and sterile generation" between the wars.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Scenes from a marriage

    • By Julian on 12-21-17

    Regular price: $20.65

    • Decline and Fall

    • By: Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
    • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Expelled from Oxford for indecent behaviour, Paul Pennyfeather is oddly unsurprised to find himself qualifying for the position of schoolmaster at Llanabba Castle. His colleagues are an assortment of misfits, including Prendy (plagued by doubts) and Captain Grimes, who is always in the soup (or just plain drunk). Then Sports Day arrives, and with it the delectable Margot Beste-Chetwynde, floating on a scented breeze. As the farce unfolds and the young run riot, no one is safe, least of all Paul.

    Regular price: $21.31

    • The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold

    • By: Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated by: Michael Cochrane
    • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 30

    The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold is a semi-autobiographical story, which tells of the mental breakdown of an ageing writer. Gilbert Pinfold takes a cruise to try to rebuild his shattered life, but what should his life be, and is he important to the world, anyway?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What a gem

    • By Erez on 07-05-08

    Regular price: $14.68

    • Put Out More Flags

    • By: Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
    • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    Upper-class scoundrel Basil Seal, mad, bad, and dangerous to know, creates havoc wherever he goes, much to the despair of the three women in his life - his sister, his mother, and his mistress. When Neville Chamberlain declares war on Germany, it seems the perfect opportunity for more action and adventure. So Basil follows the call to arms and sets forth to enjoy his finest hour - as a war hero. Basil's instincts for self-preservation come to the fore as he insinuates himself into the Ministry of Information and a little-known section of Military Security.

    Regular price: $22.80

    • Men at Arms

    • By: Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
    • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 28

    Guy Crouchback, determined to get into the war, takes a commission in the Royal Corps of Halberdiers. His spirits high, he sees all the trimmings but none of the action. And his first campaign, an abortive affair on the West African coastline, ends with an escapade that seriously blots his Halberdier copybook. Men at Arms is the first novel in Waugh's brilliant Sword of Honor trilogy recording the tumultuous wartime adventures of Guy Crouchback.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Supposedly Humorous

    • By InspiredFam on 11-13-18

    Regular price: $22.80

    • Men at Arms

    • By: Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
    • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Guy Crouchback, determined to get into the war, takes a commission in the Royal Corps of Halberdiers. His spirits high, he sees all the trimmings but none of the action. And his first campaign, an abortive affair on the West African coastline, ends with an escapade which seriously blots his Halberdier copybook. Men at Arms is the first book in Waugh’s brilliant trilogy, Sword of Honour, which chronicles the fortunes of Guy Crouchback.

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Selected Shorts: The Man Who Liked Dickens

    • By: Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated by: Leonard Nimoy
    • Length: 38 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37

    Selected Shorts is a weekly public radio show broadcast on over 130 stations to about 300,000 listeners. It is produced by Symphony Space and WNYC Radio and distributed by Public Radio International. The radio show is recorded live at the popular New York City stage show which began in 1985 and still enjoys sell-out audiences today at the Peter Sharp Theater at Symphony Space on Broadway and 95th Street in New York City. Selected Shorts is one of the premiere reading series in New York City.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The man who liked Dickens

    • By Patricia L. Schwatka on 04-23-17

    Regular price: $2.09

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