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Long Summer Day | [R F Delderfield]
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Long Summer Day

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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'It is always a pleasure to read R. F. Delderfield, because he never seems to be ashamed of writing well' (Books and Bookmen)

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    Rosalind London, United Kingdom 17/04/2012
    Rosalind London, United Kingdom 17/04/2012 Member Since 2006
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    "Wonderful, absorbing listen"

    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!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Alison Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom 25/09/2012
    Alison Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom 25/09/2012 Member Since 2011
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    "A long holiday in Devon"

    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!



    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Ringwood, United Kingdom 15/07/2012
    Amanda Ringwood, United Kingdom 15/07/2012 Member Since 2011
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    "Easy listening"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Alison Stanford-in-the-Vale, United Kingdom 24/06/2012
    Alison Stanford-in-the-Vale, United Kingdom 24/06/2012 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellently read"

    An excellently-read story of life in the early part of the 20th Century, in rural Devon, which keeps you listening!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Glasgow, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
    Patrick Glasgow, United Kingdom 23/12/2012 Member Since 2010
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    "Warmth of a Long Summer Day"

    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?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. Susan Gardner UK 11/09/2013
    Mrs. Susan Gardner UK 11/09/2013 Member Since 2013

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    "Delderfield tells the story as it is"
    What did you like most about Long Summer Day?

    It had some of everything, aftermarth of war, a young man struggling to make a life for himself, some romance


    What other book might you compare Long Summer Day to, and why?

    don't really know


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when Paul & Clare came together


    Any additional comments?

    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

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    JWBlatchley Aigina, Greece 06/05/2013
    JWBlatchley Aigina, Greece 06/05/2013 Member Since 2012

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    "Excellent easy listening"

    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.

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    Mrs Dunstable, United Kingdom 13/04/2013
    Mrs Dunstable, United Kingdom 13/04/2013 Member Since 2011

    I listen to many types of books including biographies, comedy, science fiction, classics and modern fiction.

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    "Turning back time"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alice Derby, United Kingdom 07/04/2013
    Alice Derby, United Kingdom 07/04/2013 Member Since 2008
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    "Too many adjectives"

    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.

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    "Brilliant story read with skill"
    If you could sum up Long Summer Day in three words, what would they be?

    Rivetting narrative Absorbing entertaining


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Long Summer Day?

    Eleanor's Codsell,s cart ride
    Ikey.s taming of the horse in the ironmongers
    Rescue of the German seamen


    What about Jonathan Oliver’s performance did you like?

    Par excellent His interpretation of the Devon brogue with all it's characters was believable


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really - the duration enhanced the expectation


    Any additional comments?

    Delighted me from go to woe

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    NSW, Australia
    03/07/12
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    "Delderfield a magical story teller"
    Where does Long Summer Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    First class


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What about Jonathan Oliver’s performance did you like?

    Professionally read adds enjoyment to a great story


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    A bit long for that but never less hard to put down.


    Any additional comments?

    I only hope there will be more Delderfield in the pipeline.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. Timothy C. Roach
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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