The Pursuit of Love is one of the funniest and most biting novels about love and growing up ever written, by the author of Love in a Cold Climate.
Oh, the boredom of waiting to grow up! Longing for love, obsessed with weddings and sex, Linda and her sisters and cousin Fanny fantasise about the perfect lover. But finding Mr Right proves difficult, and Linda must bear marriage with both Tony the stuffy Tory MP and gorgeously handsome but humourless communist Christian before finding real passion in war-torn Paris with Fabrice.
©1945 Nancy Mitford (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
The Pursuit of Love has been one of my favourite books since I first read it aeons ago. Unfortunately, here it is entirely spoiled by Emilia Fox's flat, anaemic narration. I have listened to a couple of audible books read by Ms Fox and she simply cannot act. She has one plaintive whiny tone which she uses for everything, except when she is playing a man, when she puts on a gruff, deep voice like a child impersonating an adult male. It makes me wonder if the producers of audio books actually listen to the recordings; in this case it sounds as if they just let the actor get on with it and trusted that it'd be fine.
Ms Fox is very pretty and performs adequately in on TV, in that she says her lines and doesn't bump into the furniture but those attributes do not necessarily make her the ideal choice to read a full length novel. I have no objection to her per se or to the use in audio books of starry young actors in general. Dan Stevens, for example, could pretty well read the telephone directory and make it a performance worth listening to. But Ms Fox is not of that calibre and never will be. PLEASE stop using her as a reader - she spoils books!
I highly recommend the brilliant sequel to this, Love in a Cold Climate, made even more brilliant by Patricia Hodge's narration.
Nancy Mitford's tale of the life of Linda, told through the ever-loving eyes of her cousin Fanny, is effortlessly enchanting and often gloriously funny. Each character possesses some mildly eccentric characteristics, perhaps only with the exception of Fanny herself. A modern listener may find certain passages quaint and dated, but the underlying themes are of perpetual interest today.
Their childhoods - who doesn't want a Hon's cupboard now?
Yes; I Capture the Castle is brilliantly read, so much so that you fogey you are listening to an audiobook and are entirely swept up by the story. Here, however, she feels a little younger in terms of her narrative style, and sometimes you are left feeling that she hasn't quite got the sense of one or two phrases or passages.
To pursue more Mitford.
A bucket list book if nothing else; you feel changed by it, which can only be the sign of good writing. Despite its feminine appearance, it tackles numerous subjects from politics, feminism, war, religion and that transitional period in English society that has now gone forever. A book that very eloquently defies a lot of misconceptions.
I enjoyed the audio edition I have not read the print version however the impression I gained was that the audio stayed true to the original text
None in my experience
I thought Emilia Fox's performance was pitched just right for the content
Not a chance given it is 7hrs long
Although the novel is set in the world of the upper middle class country set in between the wars the story is one that reveals the universal truths regarding the vagaries of the human heart. The writing is economical and a times touches greatness. My first book by this author I will seek out more.
I generally avoid novels read by Emilia Fox, but hoped the that the excellent of the writing here would override her shortcomings. Sadly not. From the varying pronunciation of 'Fabrice' to 'Febreze' (an air freshener, surely?) to her attempts at different characters all sounding as if she has put a peg on her nose... I don't understand why she is such a popular choice as a narrator as she mangles everything. Very disappointing.
It is the FIRST audio book I have listened to. The reader was great, as was her French.
I love the absurdity of Nancy Mitford's books.
Uncle Matthew, of course
I am sure there must have already been a film
I think Miss Mitford would certainly rotate if she heard this dreadful rendering of her wonderful book. You need a deadpan, upperclass delivery to show off the wit & humour. The awful over dramatisation & dreadful attempts at doing 'voices' almost ruined it for me. Fortunately the story shone through in spite of it. Why didn't you get Patricia Hodge to do it? She did 'Love in a Cold Climate' beautifully.
After a stressful day it was a pleasure to lister to such an amusing and well read story.
"Great book, so-so narration"
This is one of my favourite books and I have been desperate for its audiobook release. I think Emilia Fox's narration was very ordinary, sometimes bordering on annoying. Patricia Hodge reading its companion book, "Love in a Cold Climate" is much better.
"The Pursuit of Love"
This is a favourite book of mine: intelligent, witty and with what must be one of the saddest final lines in literature. Though I have read it countless times, I was thrilled to find it had been released as an audiobook, and very much enjoyed listening to it. Emilia Fox does an excellent job of the reading, and I hope very much that the companion novel, Love in a Cold Climate (which shares many of the settings and characters), also gets released for audio.
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