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Sharply observant and wickedly funny, E.F. Benson's six Mapp and Lucia novels satirize the upper-middle-class social climbers in 1920s and '30s rural England. Games of bridge and cups of tea fuel hilarious gossip and vindictive plots a-plenty. It is a masterfully sustained spotlight on the minutiae of village life - a clever and ultimately heart-warming series that seems tailor-made for audio. Volume 1 contains the first three books.

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Binge-worthy and masterfully read

Such a surprise to suddenly find the M&L unabridged collections on Audible - volume 2 is also now available.

I have long loved the stories and the sly, clever writing. And I knew I would like them being read to me, in full. But the narration is absolutely faultless, and added so much to the enjoyment. I will have to ration myself when I start volume 2, because I know I will be sad when they are finished.

This really is a treat and great value, as they are very long, so you get completely immersed. Bliss. I would now probably buy a recording of Georgina Sutton reading IKEA assembly instructions or anything, faultless.

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great narration

in my opinion, this is the best narration. has Part Two been completed by the same narrator?

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glorious

I think if I had to choose a mastermind specialist subject it would be the Mapp and Lucia novels; that's how much I adore them, know them and cherish them. Fred Benson was an excellent observer and storyteller and his (in my mind) M&L novels (along with his ghost stories) are his crowning glory. you can imagine my joy to find these volumes unabridged and Georgina's narration is perfect: thank you. I'll enjoy these talking books for years to come x

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disappointed

brilliant stories completely ruined by awful joyless reading. Absolutely failed to deliver any of the energy or humour written by E F Benson.

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an exquisite performance of gently satirical tales

I used to watch the adoptions of these stories as a child with my mum I'm here incredibly from memories all of them and I tried to listen to the books in several different versions over the years since while appreciating the writing the performances of Americans doing pseudo English accents or or a really old and slightly stilted recording always made me feel that perhaps a translation in the TV done the story the favour however this glorious performance his quite set the record straight

strangely enough I would say that the first in the trilogy is not actually my favourite and I was surprised that each book very much has its own tone and quality while still having overarching similarities the residents of Tilling are trying to be be on a par with the Residence of riseholme without quite the resources to do it making miss Maps Adventures quite sweet and less egotistical where is Lucia later adventures in London cast her in quite a different light my recommendation please don't be put off if the first story doesn't quite do it for you hold on and give you the this is truly a treasure and although I'd said the first one isn't my favourite these stories really are gold throughout just different grades of gold the one thing I would say is if anyone from audible.co.uk is reading these please can you chapter this first volume as you done the second with little dividers with the title of each book between the chapters so you can skip it easily

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Thank you Naxos - perfection.

What a joy to discover this unabridged version of Mapp and Lucia, read by the perfect narrator. I cannot get enough of M&L but have always been so disappointed by the abridged versions previously available - wonderful though the narrations are. When you read the books you realise what a lot of detail has been left out. I am sad enough to listen to these (and read them) constantly and repeatedly, and to have the whole whack in one go is just glorious. I cannot wait for the second part - please don't let us down Naxos! This narrator is fabulous - wonderful diction, perfect interpretation of the characters and a really mellifluous timbre - perfect night time listening.

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Naxos Excellence

I have a great many Naxos audiobooks all are of great quality.
There can be no greater praise than once begun it is a wrench to switch them off.
This reading is a particular pleasure.

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Absolute Joy

Quite wonderful. The pretensions, petty rivalries, fads and fancies are put under a searing satirical spotlight by E F Benson. Although you can’t help becoming quite fond of these snobbish characters. Don’t miss this.

Please Audible do volume 2!

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  • ElsieEmcee
  • 23-02-21

PLEASE release the next volume!

PLEASE release the next volume! The reader is wonderful and the series is too. Just a little bit too acid to be twee, perfect lockdown listening. We've got to get to the next book, when Mapp and Lucia meet!

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  • Gee
  • 12-03-21

Vicious liars

There were times when I laughed out loud, but there were more times when I had to make myself finish it because those women are such vicious, self-absorbed, narcissistic, liars. Most of the people they squashed didn't deserve it.
Nope, they are too awful and I won't do the 2nd volume.