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    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.

    At once romantic, sensuous, comic, and somber, Brideshead Revisited transcends Waugh's early satiric explorations and reveals him to be an elegiac, lyrical novelist of the utmost feeling and lucidity.

    ©1945 Evelyn Waugh (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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    "Waugh's most deeply felt novel... Brideshead Revisited tells an absorbing story in imaginative terms...Mr. Waugh is very definitely an artist, with something like a genius for precision and clarity not surpassed by any novelist writing in English in his time." ( New York Times)

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    Wordy and Depressing!

    This long, slow moving novel tells of a bygone era not so much with nostalgia but with detached disillusionment. Written in the first person by the main character, it is joyless and disheartening. The characters’ selfishness is striking and interaction between them seems to flow essentially from necessity and social convention and to produce no lasting satisfaction. Servants, mentioned often, are nameless and faceless nonentities.

    In the audio version, Jeremy Iron’s narration does contribute to make the work more palatable. Some listeners however may find that his character with a “Canadian” accent sounds uncannily like … Barak Obama. They may also be surprised that he pronounces Chiogga “Shiogga” as if he had never heard of chianti.

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    • Jean
    • 07/08/2016

    Absolutely brilliant!

    I have seen the movie so many times and have always wanted to read the book, but could never find the time. The audio version was a real gift, and just couldn't wait to get opportunities for long periods of listening on the go.
    The story is completly absorbing, the language so beautiful - like a priceless tapestry, but Jeremy Irons narration was totally GENIUS!

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    • Glen Turner
    • 03/03/2021

    A beautiful story beautifully read

    This story left me breathless on more than one occasion with its beauty of language, its richness of metaphor, its sharpness of insight into character.
    Jeremy Irons reading was sonorous and he characterised each person so well.
    I also enjoyed listening to the corresponding episodes of The Circe Institute's podcast Close Reads for discussions that have me now insight and stimulated my thinking on the book.
    I'm so glad I read this.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 23/12/2020

    Outstanding Performance of One of the Great Novels

    Brideshead Revisited is Evelyn Waugh's masterpiece, and Jeremy Irons - who made his name as Charles Ryder in a British TV adaptation of the book in the early 1980s - is a superb narrator. The book has been described variously as a lament for a lost civilization and a exploration of the operation of Divine Grace in the world. It's both of those things, and more. What it is most, though, is one of the greatest of writers in English at the very top of his form, and that writing given full justice by one of the great voices of his generation.

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    • Julian
    • 19/01/2018

    My theme is memory

    What a coup for the BBC to snare Jeremy Irons, star of the 1981 TV adaptation, to revisit his role as the protagonist and narrator of Waugh's wartime masterpiece. The scenes from that incomparable drama floated through my head as he read, bringing all the magical cast back to life (Olivier, Gielgud, Claire Bloom, Jane Asher, John LeMesurier et al, like some 70s thespian super-group), not to mention the music... I can't possibly be objective about the novel itself, it is inextricably bound up with my adolescence (I first read it when the TV version was being shown) and is one of the main reasons that drew my wife and me together (we named our third son Charles Sebastian). I'd forgotten how funny it was, though, Rex's failed Catholic conversion and Antony Blanche's appearances being the comic highlights. I gave Irons' narration only four stars though because a couple of the accents jarred a bit (mostly Rex's, I'm glad Waugh didn't make him Australian), but overall he handles the large cast with aplomb (he must have picked up a lot from all those knights and dames back in the 80s). It was a treat from first to last though, I look forward to listening again in a few more years, no doubt it will resonate even more with age.

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    • M. E. Donnelly
    • 21/08/2017

    Wow!

    Brideshead has been recommended to me for 37 years. Now I know what all the fuss is about.

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    • Marc A
    • 06/07/2017

    Wow, Jeremy Irons is formidable & the story great!

    The story at the end is breath taking and the voice of Jeremy Irons just fitting. Seldomly was so impressed by a speaker and narration. Looking forward to getting to know Waugh even better now.

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    • Marcus Speh
    • 03/05/2018

    Exceptional

    A classic interpreted (again) by a master. Thoroughly enjoyed from afar both in space and time.

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    • jhi
    • 19/05/2019

    phantastisch gelesen

    Jeremy Irons liest dieses Werk so phantasievoll, dass eine Gesellschaft zum Leben erweckt wird. Die Charaktere bleiben im Gedächtnis da ihnen eine eigene Stimme gegeben wird.