Paul Craddock is still young when he is invalided out of the army after the Boer War and he discovers the neglected estate of Shallowford in a secluded corner of Devon. It seems remote from the march of progress. But as storm clouds gather over Europe, Paul learns that no part of England, however remote, can escape the challenge of the times.
©2012 R. F. Delderfield (P)2012 Oakhill Publishing Limited
'It is always a pleasure to read R. F. Delderfield, because he never seems to be ashamed of writing well' (Books and Bookmen)
Lose yourself in this evocation of a 'golden' era in the self-contained world of a Devon estate in the 1900s. Great writing, absorbing story-telling. 27 hours long, and at Hour 24, I can't bear to think of it ending. Lively narration with good character diffentiation. Please 'do' the other two books quickly - otherwise, I'll have to 'read' them!
Listening to this over the course of a stormy September week was a really lovely escape. I read this and other books by Delderfield when I was in my teens. Listening to it now some years later, perhaps I enjoyed the 'story' slightly less, but the ambience and feel for Devon and the era in which it is set, which the book conveys so well, very much more. I felt I had stayed there for a while - and I wanted to stay longer.
The reader has an old-fashioned style that is in keeping with the book itself. Slightly disconcerting lengthy pauses characterise his reading, but I soon got used to this. I *think* his Devon accents of c1900 sound like they might be accurate...? they are certainly broad!
A long and sometimes rambling book extolling the virtues of country life at the beginning of the 20th Century. It is a pleasant and undemanding book to listen to and I look forward to any sequels in audiobook form.
An excellently-read story of life in the early part of the 20th Century, in rural Devon, which keeps you listening!
I came across this book in the early seventies and have read it about every second year since then. Hearing it now as an audio book brings a fresh perspective and new insights. I was doubtful about Jonathan Oliver's Devon accent at first but soon got carried away in the majestic sweep of the tale and a world I never seem to tire of. RF Delderfield is my favourite author. I admit it.
Why only the one book, Audible? Is the sequel soon to follow?
It had some of everything, aftermarth of war, a young man struggling to make a life for himself, some romance
don't really know
when Paul & Clare came together
I really liked this book, it had everything like in a book. A little romance, some historic moments of what life was at the turn of the 20th century
I'd class this as excellent listening to pass a journey or when relaxing. The tale is not a deeply complex one, but I find Delderfield a good writer. The narrator is first class. I enjoyed it, and I'll probably go for the sequel when it appears.
I listen to many types of books including biographies, comedy, science fiction, classics and modern fiction.
I first read this book over thirty years ago. Listening to the audiobook brings back. Memories of then and the 70's TV series based on it 'A Horseman Riding By'. It's well read and excellent value at over 27 hours long. I have also bought the DVD of the series to watch when I finish listening to the book.
I hope more of R F Delderfield's books are soon available from Audible.
An interesting story and insight into the history of the time BUT I did not like the style at all. It was so insipid, full of unecessary adjectives and cardboard characters and predictable that I could barely listen to it through to the end. Disappointing as I find the subject of people returning from war and trying to fit into 'normal' life very interesting.
I had hoped to enjoy it and then go on to the other two books in the trilogy but no.
"Brilliant story read with skill"
Rivetting narrative Absorbing entertaining
Eleanor's Codsell,s cart ride
Ikey.s taming of the horse in the ironmongers
Rescue of the German seamen
Par excellent His interpretation of the Devon brogue with all it's characters was believable
Not really - the duration enhanced the expectation
Delighted me from go to woe
"Delderfield a magical story teller"
I am biased as this the third time on this book. I have read all Delderfield's books and have been eagerly awaiting them to come to Audible.
Professionally read adds enjoyment to a great story
A bit long for that but never less hard to put down.
I only hope there will be more Delderfield in the pipeline.
"A lyrical English family saga but badly narrated."
A very long, but moderately entertaining, lyrical family saga of turn of the century England. RL Delderfield writes with passionate feeling for the English countryside but unfortunately Jonathan Oliver's performance, with long pauses between sentences is off-putting.
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