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The Late Breakfasters Audiobook

The Late Breakfasters

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Publisher's Summary

One of the preeminent writers of weird fiction, Robert Aickman is celebrated for his unsettling and often ambiguous "strange stories", but he once wrote that "those, if any, who wish to know more about me, should plunge beneath the frivolous surface of The Late Breakfasters," his only novel, originally published in 1964.

In The Late Breakfasters, young Griselda de Reptonville is invited by Mrs. Hatch to a house party at her country estate, Beams (which, incidentally, is haunted). There, amidst an array of eccentric characters and bizarre happenings, she will meet the love of her life, Louise. But when their short-lived relationship is cruelly cut short, Griselda must embark on a quest to recapture the happiness she has lost.

Never before published in the United States and long unobtainable, Aickman's odd and whimsical novel is now available for the first time as an audiobook, narrated by Matt Godfrey.

©1964, 2017 The Estate of Robert Aickman (P)2017 Valancourt Books

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  • Ad n' Audie
    USA
    10/01/18
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    "Matt Godfrey brings quirky Breakfasters to life!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Late Breakfasters to be better than the print version?

    Yes! Absolutely no question...Godfrey brings these quirky characters to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It takes you on a truly weird journey in which the journey itself is more interesting and perhaps more meaningful than the destination. It feels like a mixture of Jane Austin and Franz Kafka, in a good way :)


    What about Matt Godfrey’s performance did you like?

    I found it very interesting that the story was from a female character's point of view yet it was narrated by a man....and it worked out well. Godfrey is good at controlling emotional range which was important for this story in which many strange things occurred and the occurrences were routinely just accepted at face value. This version of Breakfasters contains one of the calmest violent fight scenes I've ever encountered in an audio book which is in perfect keeping with the overall quirkiness of this novel.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No crying but certainly laughter at parts. At the end I felt I needed to take a moment and think about the ending and how the strange journey ultimately led to that particular ending. There was nothing predictable about this novel.


    Any additional comments?

    I would certainly recommend Godfrey's audio version of Breakfasters to others, it's an enjoyable read. Thank you to Matt Godfrey and Audio Book Boom for the complimentary audio book in exchange for my fair and unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • latasha
    Nowhere Land
    27/09/17
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    "i'd be late too..."

    * I received this audiobook in exchange for a honest review.*

    I did not finish this book. I'm sorry but I tried. The narrator is excellent. I probably would've gave up sooner if he wasn't so lovely. I gave this book about 4 hrs but the story has not aged well at all. It's just a bunch of nonsense. They mention the house is haunted and they may get to that eventually but I couldn't suffer til then. I know there's humor everywhere but I must be a robot, it wasn't funny. The quality of the recording is great and no problems there but the story ...!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • J. Barnes
    Landover Hills, MD
    24/04/17
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    "Charming and Inscrutable"
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    This is a a charming, somewhat inscrutable, novel that never gives you what you expect but is satisfying nonetheless. The tone and prose are full of whimsy that sometimes turns dark, sometimes humorous. Weird and unsettling things lurk at the corners but they are not central.

    The reader will experience long tramps in the rain, the eccentricities of the upper class on display during a house party, a couple of unique picnics along with a lightning-strike romance and the aftermath of that encounter. There is an ephemeral quality to everything here as if the reader sort of floats through the novel. Aickman is expressing a lot while saying only a little. If you are a reader who prefers to make up their own mind about things and not be told explicitly what to think this book is perfect for you. There is much to discover here and most of it lies beneath the surface events.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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