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The Original and the best Charles Ryder

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-07-10

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.

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Classics read by a classic actor

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-10

Laurence Olivier shows his reading talents. From comedy and a sense of mystery in The Purse and Bartleby, to romantic tragedy in Zodomirsky's Duel, loneliness in The Outcasts of Poker Flat, and the disturbing narrators in Le Grand Breteche and Little Louise. The audio quality isn't perfect, but overall it's a great set of stories.

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Ian McKellen takes into the dark depths of romance

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-11-08

The story of Stella and Edgar's affair has shades of Wuthering Heights, Madame Bovary and others. Having starred in the film version in 2005 Ian McKellen seems comfortable in revisiting the role of Peter Cleave, but in this audio book he does not simply exude comfort but charisma, deceit, and above all keeps you hooked until his downfall and tragedy of the last lines. Seductive tones.