Written at the end of the World War II, this work mourns the passing of the aristocratic world which Waugh knew in his youth and recalls the sensuous pleasures denied him by the austerities of war.
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"chocolate for the ears!"
sit back and relax and enjoy reveling in Jeremy Irons' voice. The words wash over you with their beautiful destriptions, and Jeremy perfectly creates the voices of the characters, especially Charles'and Sebastian's fathers. Highly recommended.
It is, of course, the novel of a master. But, more than this, as other reviewers have already said, Jeremy Irons' reading is almost completely perfect. Obviously he knows the story intimately from acting in the television series but he adds so much in his interpretation of both the events and the main protagonists. His reading of the death of one of the main characters towards the end of the book is almost unbearably moving and poignant.
I can only say that, if you only ever buy one audio book, this should be the one, without a shadow of a doubt.
"A fabulous book beautifully read"
There is not much more to say. A social observation and a gripping story beautifully read by Jeremy Irons. My morning walks were not long enough.
"The Original and the best Charles Ryder"
Nearly 30 years after the TV series Jeremy revisits Brideshead. It's hard to imagine any else telling Charles's story, and Jeremy manages to capture the other characters well too. I love it. It's just a shame the audio book doesn't have the theme music to go with it.
This is the definitive audio version of a wonderful book. I've watched the magnificent TV version with Jeremy Irons, Anthony Andrews, Diana Quick, et al several times. It is perfect to have Jeremy Irons doing the narration for as I listened to Waugh's elegant prose I could see the filmed version in my minds eye. Unreservedly recommended.
Beautifully read by Jeremy Irons, this brought Brideshead Revisited to me for the first time since I failed to engage with it during my GCSEs about 20 years ago! The only fault with the reading is that his accents (particularly the American and Irish ones) are pretty poor, but his own accent is so perfect for the rest of the book that it is completely forgiveable. Highly recommended
"Well read but story needs more"
I came to this book on the back of listening to an "In Our Time" podcast on Evelyn Waugh, as well as the fact that as a teenager I recall the television serial. And certainly the television serial is a very faithful rendition of Waugh's book. However, this book, unlike some of his other pieces, is not thread through with humour but rather tragedy.
On one level it is the story of one particular family's demise and on the other it's about changes in society in the period between the first and second world war. Roman Catholicism, and the way that different characters interpret what it means to practise it, is also a key element. Indeed it is practically another character in its own right because of its affect on everyone in the book.
Jeremy Irons portrayal of each character is excellent - he is a true story teller. However, by the end of the book I was left uncertain of whether it was a good or bad book, whether it was semi-autobiographical or total fiction. My preferred listening/reading takes me from A to B, but this book seemed to take me from A to somewhere unknown.
As a commentary on the changes to the aristocracy in the interwar period I don't doubt its accuracy - based on 'factual' books I have read - but as a story I feel the lack of a 'satisfactory' destination means I can only give it 4/5.
"Classic narration, classic novel"
Jeremy Irons is the perfect reader for this book-- his cultured tones and measured pace seem to fit very well how one imagines the narrator would be, as if he really existed, recollecting. Somewhat melancholy, always considered, this story unfolds easily under Iron's masterful re-telling.
An English classic in fine audio form: you won't be disappointed.
Jeremy Irons does a fantastic job of narrating the story. He brings all the characters to life, making this the sort of audio book you can listen to over and over again.
"Not to be Missed"
If you are a fan of Brideshead Revisited, get this version of the audio book. Jeremy Irons gives an outstanding performance and I highly recommend it.
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