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The Six

The Lives of the Mitford Sisters
Lu par : Maggie Mash
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The eldest was a razor-sharp novelist of upper-class manners; the second was loved by John Betjeman; the third was a fascist who married Oswald Mosley; the fourth idolized Hitler and shot herself in the head when Britain declared war on Germany; the fifth was a member of the American Communist Party; the sixth became Duchess of Devonshire.

They were the Mitford sisters: Nancy, Pamela, Diana, Unity, Jessica, and Deborah. Born into country-house privilege in the early years of the 20th century, they became prominent as "bright young things" in the high society of interwar London. Then, as the shadows crept over 1930s Europe, the stark - and very public - differences in their outlooks came to symbolize the political polarities of a dangerous decade.

The intertwined stories of their stylish and scandalous lives - recounted in masterly fashion by Laura Thompson - hold up a revelatory mirror to upper-class English life before and after WWII.

The Six was previously published as Take Six Girls.

©2015 Laura Thompson (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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  • Claire L. Robinson
  • 20/12/2016

Astonishing Narrator

I've always been interested in the Mitford story and quite enjoyed this book. The narrator, Maggie Mash, is absolutely fantastic and really made this book listenable. She is wonderful at conveying the distinct language and infle

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  • Karen Vincent
  • 21/01/2017

Don't waste your time.

What would have made The Six better?

It was a badly organized book. I have read about the Mitfords extensively and this is by far the worst account of their lives.

Would you ever listen to anything by Laura Thompson again?

I had no objection to the narrator.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes.

What character would you cut from The Six?

It's nonfiction - you can't cut anyone.

Any additional comments?

I was so disappointed in this book. I listened to the end, but it was so badly done that it did nothing for me except make me mad that I had wasted time and a credit on it.

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  • Belvedere
  • 22/06/2017

The True Story

The Mitford family has (in recent decades) fascinated those inclined to the mix of controversy, whimsy and Old English Aristocracy. But it's never been easy to know them in truth. They've had a way of writing and speaking what they want the public to think. This well researched book cuts through it all, and we enjoy and marvel at all the complexities of six very difference competing girls through to womanhood. A very interesting family, fun and furious at the same time.

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  • Susan M O'Connor
  • 26/04/2017

Too hard to follow

I love biographies, especially about interesting women. However, this book is way too hard to follow. It jumps from one sister to another, back and forth in time, also referencing the characters and places in the books written by Nancy Mitford. So, the entire thing is thoroughly confusing. And boring to boot. I got through the third chapter and couldn't take it anymore. And the narrator's priggish sounding voice only added to the annoyance.

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  • Susan
  • 16/10/2016

what a family

you don't know whether to like them or not but you always find them interesting. initially the "story" was hard to follow but once you got the names straight it was smooth sailing.

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  • Lisa B. Hamilton
  • 09/08/2018

Detailed

Too much detail for me. Written for British audience. Fascinating story, but I got lost in the minutia.

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  • windinthewillows
  • 12/04/2018

Brilliant

Very well written. I enjoyed listening to “The Six”. Ms. Thompson brings a fresh and detailed view of the lives and impact of each member of the Mitford’s.

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  • Jane Consumer
  • 19/10/2019

Surprise Ending

After a delightful read, it has the strangest ending in my 50+ years of reading. Just drops off.

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  • D. Bowlander
  • 16/06/2019

Sisters

I had four sisters and enjoyed reading that there were other poor parents out there who struggled with their daughters. We weren't the only crazy ones.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27/03/2018

The Six

Splendid....I loved this book....being of English heritage, I just dove in...I hope you enjoy this book as much as I have...

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  • helen
  • 30/09/2019

Excellent book with very original insights.

Sadly read by someone who thinks exaggeration and theatricality is a must. Also it would help to have at least a faint notion of foreign languages so one doesn't stumble over every non-English word.