(P)2001 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Nadia May does a hilarious Miss Mapp, the small-minded small-town heiress of a certain age who leads an absolutely full life spying on and attempting to best her neighbors." (AudioFile)
"and escapist delight"
It would be difficult to say quite what it is about this audiobook that is so mesmerically wonderful. i've listened to it repeatedly. Familiarity just makes it more comforting- like a warm blanket.
It's a picture of a perfect world; a group of people living in a beautiful little town 'Tilling' (Rye really, as everyone knows, in Sussex) All the charecters have enough money to live comfortably, and servants to do the hard work so they have all day to plot against each other- living lives of constant point-scoring, petty meanness and one-up-manship.
We're still waiting for Blackstone Audio and Audible to bring us the sequels...
"Hillarious & an enjoyable read!"
This may have been published some 90 years ago but E.F. Benson's observation of people is still just a relevant for today. The story is s series of 'episodes' of Miss Mapp's life in Tilling [Rye] and the many interactions with fellow villagers. They are hilarious events such as decorating clothing with cut out flowers from curtains and consequential one-man-up-manship that takes place; The visit of the Prince of Wales and the schemes to meet him.
It is great descriptive writing that will have you chuckling out loud.
Nadia's reading is enjoyable with the various voices 'just right'. Read while on a 2 week cruise and has fond memories. I re-reading often enjoying going back to certain chapters for sheer escapism to Tilling.
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