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  • Brideshead Revisited | Evelyn Waugh

    Brideshead Revisited

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    Vieux Carré Blonde says: "Extraordinary"
  • A Handful of Dust | Evelyn Waugh

    A Handful of Dust

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Andrew Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (110)

    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.

    Fog says: "Worth getting thru the first chapter..."
  • Decline and Fall | Evelyn Waugh

    Decline and Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
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    (98)
    Story
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    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.

    Azureblue says: "Best Narrator Yet"
  • Scoop | Evelyn Waugh

    Scoop

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Simon Cadell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
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    (96)
    Story
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    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.

    Michael says: "Well Written & Funny but Lacking"
  • The Loved One | Evelyn Waugh

    The Loved One

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
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    (35)
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    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.

    James Lucier says: "Hilarious funny."
  • Brideshead Revisited | Evelyn Waugh

    Brideshead Revisited

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    Overall
    (36)
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    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    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.

    M. E. Donnelly says: "Wow!"
  • The Complete Stories of Evelyn Waugh | Evelyn Waugh

    The Complete Stories of Evelyn Waugh

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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).

    Stephan says: "Chips from the Master's Bench"
  • Black Mischief | Evelyn Waugh

    Black Mischief

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    John says: "Raucous, Not Racist"
  • Decline and Fall | Evelyn Waugh

    Decline and Fall

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 56 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Rik Mayall
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    The king of farce strikes a royally hard slap to the face with this gloriously funny study of the life of Paul Pennyfeather, an Oxford expulsion who finds himself a job as a teacher, only to discover that his fellow educators are no better than a rag-tag bunch of oddballs, rascals, and even criminals! As an attractive and wealthy parent of one of the pupils is thrown into the mix, along with the chaos of the school sports day, no one is safe, least of all Paul Pennyfeather.

    alura says: "An Amazing Barrage of Characters"
  • Sword of Honor | Evelyn Waugh

    Sword of Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (92)
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    (84)
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    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.

    Sviatoslav says: "At least one chapter missing"
  • Mr. Loveday's Little Outing and Other sad Stories | Evelyn Waugh

    Mr. Loveday's Little Outing and Other sad Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Timothy West, Constantine Gregory, Prunella Scales
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    (10)
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    Lovely old Mr. Loveday, who looks after the feeble-minded patients, is so deserving of a day off, isn’t he? And then there's that lost traveller who's rescued in the Amazon and conscripted to read Dickens, a man who hates radios, Bella Fleace's party and a whole host of hilarious characters that Evelyn Waugh ruthlessly satirises with his elegant, malicious prose. If you've never read Waugh then this collection is an excellent introduction. If you know his novels then his short stories are a revelation.

    Ashton says: "mildly interesting"
  • Vile Bodies | Evelyn Waugh

    Vile Bodies

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Emilia Fox, Tobias Menzies, Nathaniel Parker
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    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.

    Nicola says: "oops"
  • Selected Shorts: The Man Who Liked Dickens | Evelyn Waugh

    Selected Shorts: The Man Who Liked Dickens

    • ORIGINAL (38 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Leonard Nimoy
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    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.

    Patricia L. Schwatka says: "Greetings and salutations"
  • Put Out More Flags | Evelyn Waugh

    Put Out More Flags

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

  • Vile Bodies | Evelyn Waugh

    Vile Bodies

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Robert Hardy
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    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    A satiric novel by Evelyn Waugh, published in 1930. Set in England between the wars, the novel examines the frenetic but empty lives of the Bright Young Things, young people who indulge in constant party-going, heavy drinking, and promiscuous sex. At the novel's end, the realities of the world intrude, with Adam Fenwick-Symes, the protagonist, serving on a battlefield at the onset of another world war.

  • Men at Arms | Evelyn Waugh

    Men at Arms

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

  • Helena | Evelyn Waugh

    Helena

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

  • Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold | Evelyn Waugh

    Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
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    (5)
    Story
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    Gilbert Pinfold is a reclusive Catholic novelist suffering from acute inertia. In an attempt to keep insomnia at bay he has been imbibing an unappetizing cocktail of bromide, chloral, and creme de menthe. He books a passage on the SS Caliban, and as it cruises towards Ceylon, he slips into madness. Almost as soon as the gangplank lifts, Pinfold hears sounds coming out of the ceiling of his cabin: wild jazz bands, barking dogs, and loud revival meetings. He is convinced that an erratic public-address system is letting him hear everything that goes on aboard ship....until instead of just sounds, he hears voices.

  • Decline and Fall | Evelyn Waugh

    Decline and Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    Overall
    (4)
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    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    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.

  • Put Out More Flags | Evelyn Waugh

    Put Out More Flags

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    What happened to the characters of Decline and Fall and Vile Bodies when the war broke out? Put Out More Flags shows them adjusting to the changing social pattern of the times. Some of them play valorous parts; others, like the scapegrace Basil Sea, disclose their incorrigible habit of self-preservation in all circumstances. Basil's contribution to the war effort involves the use of his peculiar talents in such spheres of opportunity as the Ministry of Information and an obscure section of Military Security.

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