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Love in a Cold Climate Audiobook

Love in a Cold Climate

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Publisher's Summary

Groomed from a young age for marriage by her mother, the fearsome Lady Montdore, Polly causes a scandal when she declares her love for her uncle, the lecherous lecturer, and runs off to France.

©1981 The Estate of Nancy Mitford (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    lily salisbury, United Kingdom 09/07/2013
    lily salisbury, United Kingdom 09/07/2013 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent performance, enjoyable listen"
    What did you like most about Love in a Cold Climate?

    The comical timing of the performance


    Would you recommend Love in a Cold Climate to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes to my family, we are almost as ridiculous as the people in this book and I know they would love it.


    Any additional comments?

    I laughed out loud several times while listening to this book. It is very funny and Patricia Hodge's performance is wonderful. I have recommended it to lots of people and will definitely listen again.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn 20/05/2015
    Lynn 20/05/2015 Member Since 2011
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    "Brilliant book perfectly narrated"

    Nancy Mitford captures the era and the characters to perfection. She draws you into the world of the faded aristocracy with a perceptive but kind wit. This is the sort of book you don't want to end. Patricia Hodge is an excellent narrator who brings each character to life effortlessly.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. B. Martin 22/03/2011
    Mr. B. Martin 22/03/2011 Listener Since 2011
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    "Brilliantly read!"

    What a combination - Nancy Mitford and Patricia Hodge! The latter reads this book superbly, capturing the essence of the various characters perfectly. This is the only version 'one' need listen to - the UNABRIDGED one and read by a truly great actress.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom 19/09/2010
    Paul Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom 19/09/2010
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    "Superb"

    This book was brilliant and extremely well read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    DartmoorDiva Dartmoor 20/08/2016
    DartmoorDiva Dartmoor 20/08/2016

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    "Excellent"

    Fabulous book, beautifully read. Enjoyed every minute of it! Patricia Hodge has exactly the right voice for this novel and her characterisation is great, not too OTT, unlike many other readers! The novel itself is a riot and a great period piece.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jackson 02/03/2014
    Jackson 02/03/2014
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    "Cold Climate - Hot Stuff"
    If you could sum up Love in a Cold Climate in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant, stylish, ironic


    What other book might you compare Love in a Cold Climate to, and why?

    Brideshead Revisited is also an account of aristocratic life in the 1930s. But whereas Waugh was besotted and romantic about it, Nancy Mitford knew it from inside and is mercilesslly ironic without ever being malicious. She can see the end of the lifestyle she describes so brillantly without any of Waugh's tragic regrets.

    It's also nice to come a across a pre 1960 novel that accepts gays.


    Have you listened to any of Patricia Hodge’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, but she is perfect for this book. She also does not use an irritating convention of using a gruff voice for male characters.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did laugh but found it deeply satisfying.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gruffalo 03/07/2015
    Gruffalo 03/07/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Lovely period novel"

    This is a delightful read, at times cruelly funny, much darker than the satire of Wodehouse but with the same sense that the write loves the characters they mock. A great reading by Patricia Hodge that draws out the humour and gives life to the characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Fatiha Birchington, United Kingdom 25/01/2015
    Fatiha Birchington, United Kingdom 25/01/2015 Member Since 2008
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    "BRILLIANT! SUPERB!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Love in a Cold Climate to be better than the print version?

    VERY MUCH SO. PATRICIA HODGE READS THIS BOOK SO WONDERFULLY


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    NANCY


    What does Patricia Hodge bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    CHARACTERS ARE VIVID; ALMOST AS THOUGH ONE KNOWS THEM.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    PATRICIA ROSE FAULKNER 21/04/2016
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    "BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN A LONG LONG TIME"
    What did you like most about Love in a Cold Climate?

    The unexpected humour of the upper classes sometimes without knowing they are either naturally funny or just odd.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unexpected kept happening, but it also through light on what the upper classes really think of the "plebs", sometimes rather rather nasty but I have a feeling they probably still do only now they just think it without coming out with it for fear of not being pc!


    Which character – as performed by Patricia Hodge – was your favourite?

    Definately Fanny


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh


    Any additional comments?

    From the title I expected maybe a sloppy love story but was I surprised, yes. I shall be reading more from Nancy Mitford

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. Bramley, United Kingdom 11/02/2016
    Dr. Bramley, United Kingdom 11/02/2016 Member Since 2012

    Retired GP. Rather old fashioned but keen on both history and modern science and technology.

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    "Great fun."

    The novel is one of the great between wars comic works from the pen of one of the gifted Mitford sisters. Patricia Hodge reads it with the accent and cadence appropriate to the period and subject. Not Tolstoy, nor P G Wodehouse, but certainly worth the money and time spent to enjoy it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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