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Summary

The wellsprings of desire and the impediments to love come brilliantly into focus in Evelyn Waugh's masterpiece - a novel that immerses us in the glittering and seductive world of English aristocracy in the waning days of the empire.

Through the story of Charles Ryder's entanglement with the Flytes, a great Catholic family, Evelyn Waugh charts the passing of the privileged world he knew in his own youth and vividly recalls the sensuous pleasures denied him by wartime austerities.

At once romantic, sensuous, comic, and somber, Brideshead Revisited transcends Waugh's early satiric explorations and reveals him to be an elegiac, lyrical novelist of the utmost feeling and lucidity.

©1945 Evelyn Waugh (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

"Waugh's most deeply felt novel... Brideshead Revisited tells an absorbing story in imaginative terms...Mr. Waugh is very definitely an artist, with something like a genius for precision and clarity not surpassed by any novelist writing in English in his time." ( New York Times)

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  • Jytte
  • Gedved, Denmark
  • 17-09-16

A total delight

No one reads as beautifully as Jeremy Irons. His voice is mesmerising! You recall the splendour of the BBC production, so long ago!

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Brideshead revisited

I wish there were more read by Jeremy Irons. Such a relaxing voice. The story was a fabulous insight into the life of this family of the upper class during the decades between wars. I thoroughly enjoyed listening.

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Wonderful listening

This is a superbly executed reading of a magnificent story . Jeremy Irons delivery is faultless in my opinion and the writing is rich and full of extraordinary insight and beautiful language . One to return to many times over ..it never fails to lift the spirits ..

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Breathtaking

A gentle story of days longs past described with languid pace and charisma. The tale gently weaves around itself adding layers of colour. The perfect book for summer. Irons recaptures the atmosphere and grandeur of the Televised series with his performance of this work. Couldn't be more perfect!

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This is outstanding.

Jeremy Irons is simply brilliant in how he brings life to all the characters.

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  • mr
  • 24-05-16

Beautiful and moving novel, beautifully told

Jeremy Irons and his wonderful, elegant and gracefully modulated delivery gives sympathy, pathos and realism to this wonderful and important novel.

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Wonderful story excellently read

A fantastic story of one man's relationship with the different individuals in a family, and how God's grace works through the most messy and complicated of situations. Wonderful dialogues. Jeremy Irons does a great job of acting out all the characters.

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Brilliant classic, masterful voice

It is a pleasure to listen to such a great literary work read by Jeremy Irons. I was sad when it finished. Perfect.

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Brideshead revisited

I have always loved this book and have read it many times. Jeremy Irons' narration is absolutely flawless and beautiful. Can't recommend it enough

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Sublime

Grace moving in human lives, the masterpiece of the 20th century, the Catholic story of sin and redemption....Unrivalled literature.

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  • Julian
  • 19-01-18

My theme is memory

What a coup for the BBC to snare Jeremy Irons, star of the 1981 TV adaptation, to revisit his role as the protagonist and narrator of Waugh's wartime masterpiece. The scenes from that incomparable drama floated through my head as he read, bringing all the magical cast back to life (Olivier, Gielgud, Claire Bloom, Jane Asher, John LeMesurier et al, like some 70s thespian super-group), not to mention the music... I can't possibly be objective about the novel itself, it is inextricably bound up with my adolescence (I first read it when the TV version was being shown) and is one of the main reasons that drew my wife and me together (we named our third son Charles Sebastian). I'd forgotten how funny it was, though, Rex's failed Catholic conversion and Antony Blanche's appearances being the comic highlights. I gave Irons' narration only four stars though because a couple of the accents jarred a bit (mostly Rex's, I'm glad Waugh didn't make him Australian), but overall he handles the large cast with aplomb (he must have picked up a lot from all those knights and dames back in the 80s). It was a treat from first to last though, I look forward to listening again in a few more years, no doubt it will resonate even more with age.

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  • M. E. Donnelly
  • 21-08-17

Wow!

Brideshead has been recommended to me for 37 years. Now I know what all the fuss is about.

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  • Jean
  • 07-08-16

Absolutely brilliant!

I have seen the movie so many times and have always wanted to read the book, but could never find the time. The audio version was a real gift, and just couldn't wait to get opportunities for long periods of listening on the go.
The story is completly absorbing, the language so beautiful - like a priceless tapestry, but Jeremy Irons narration was totally GENIUS!