Pop Larkin
Books in series5
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(4.8 based on 82 ratings)
  • 1
    The Darling Buds of May: The Larkin Novels, Volume 1 | H. E. Bates

    The Darling Buds of May: The Larkin Novels, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By H. E. Bates
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    When Cedric Charlton, an unsuspecting tax inspector, arrives at the door of the Pop Larkin farm, he soon forgets the purpose of his visit: The fun-loving Ma and Pop Larkin distract him at every turn with strawberries, cream, alcohol, and their attractive young daughter, Mariette. Well known by the popular TV series starring David Jason and Catherine Zeta-Jones, The Darling Buds of May is the quintessential feel-good country romp.

    A darling of a book!

    H.E.Bates at his very best , beautifully read by Philip Franks. The only possible verdict on this book is that it's 'Absolutely perfick' to quote the..Show More »

    Reviewed on 17 May 2016 by M. Price (UK)
  • 2
    A Breath of French Air: The Larkin Novels, Volume 2 | H. E. Bates

    A Breath of French Air: The Larkin Novels, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By H. E. Bates
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In the second novel in the Pop Larkin series, the Larkin family descends upon Brittany in France. Like fish out of water, they find that things don't quite turn out their way: The weather is less than ideal, the food is awful, and the hotel is in a bad state of repair. But things slowly improve as Pop manages to sweet-talk Mlle Dupont, Angela Snow and her sister, Iris; and Charley and Mariette celebrate their first wedding anniversary. A Breath of French Air is a delightful book full of nostalgia, fun, and frivolity.

    A Great Listen

    Loved the books, loved the TV series. Now - loved listening to the books excellently read by Philip Franks.

    Reviewed on 06 May 2017 by Mrs Archdeacon ()
  • 3
    When the Green Woods Laugh | H. E. Bates

    When the Green Woods Laugh

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By H. E. Bates
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
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    A year has passed, and in this third novel of the Pop Larkin series, Pop Larkin is preparing to build the bungalow he promised Charley and Mariette upon their engagement. He buys a country home slated for demolition, intending to convert it for the two, but it is not long before a London couple persuade him to sell it. Pop, ever the trickster, sells it for an extortionate price, as the two social climbers know little about country life.

    fantastic

    the narration was wonderful, peaceful, fun, dramatic, loving, just like the
    story. I would recommend this to all those who enjoy a living family ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 01 September 2016 by Sharron ()
  • 4
    Oh! To Be in England: The Larkin Novels, Book 4 | H. E. Bates

    Oh! To Be in England: The Larkin Novels, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By H. E. Bates
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In the third sequel to The Darling Buds of May, Charley and Mariette decide to get baby Blenheim christened, leading to a wholesale christening of all seven of the Larkin children. Chaos abounds as the vicar, Mr Candy, is run ragged by the naughty twins, Zinnia and Petunia, and finds himself the object of desire for Pop's second eldest, Primrose. To top it all off, Pop buys a fairground on a whim, and Mlle Dupont arrives to discover that Pop is not a Lord, nor does he live in a mansion.

    Simply perfick!

    A classic....brilliantly read by Philip Franks.
    Re-live those fantastic Summer moments of sheer bliss with Ma and Pa Larkin.

    Reviewed on 06 January 2017 by M. A. Gillyon (Grimsby, UK)
  • 5
    A Little of What You Fancy: The Larkin Novels, Book 5 | H. E. Bates

    A Little of What You Fancy: The Larkin Novels, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By H. E. Bates
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In the final book of the series that began with The Darling Buds of May, the fun-loving Pop Larkin finds himself confined to a bed following a mild heart attack - caused by a little too much of what he fancied. Ma battles with the doctors as she attempts to find an adequate cure, but it turns out that a seductive nurse is all he needs. Pa's spirits truly recover themselves when he is forced to defend his home from the ministry's railway plans. This concludes the tales of H. E. Bates' Larkin family.

    Beautiful and a touch of true happiness

    Amusing as ever, the whole Larkin family thrill with their misdemeanours and wonderful acceptance of all life brings them and acceptance of all the pe..Show More »

    Reviewed on 10 February 2017 by Sharron ()