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Summary

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 heartwarming series that seems tailor-made for audio. This second volume contains the second three books.

Mapp and Lucia: When Lucia goes to stay in Tilling, Miss Mapp's social pedestal starts to wobble. Far from falling into line as Miss Mapp expects, Lucia soon maneuvers herself - via dinners, luncheons, and games of bridge - into a position of control. Behind a facade of exaggerated manners, the gloves are off!

Lucia's Progress: Lucia's 50th birthday is approaching, and she is determined to give her life more meaning. From rumors of pregnancy and Roman remains to Tilling's Town Council elections, renewed rivalry between Lucia and Elizabeth Mapp-Flint (who has married Major Benjy) ripples irresistibly through the novel with many a laugh-out-loud moment.

Trouble for Lucia: Lucia is now rich, happily married, and mayor of Tilling - but the village gossip is in full swing, and Lucia's arch-rival Elizabeth is out for revenge. Will Lucia fall at the final hurdle? 

Delightfully witty and shamelessly entertaining, this is a fitting finale to the series - E.F. Benson's au reservoir!

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Bloody amazing

Been wanting the full and unabridged M&L books for a while. I humbly awaited Miriam M to do them as I have her abridged performances. You can imagine my wonderment when I saw they were available for purchase and I can confirm Georgina performs them wonderfully and gets the nuances perfectly down to a ‘T’. One of the best audible purchases I’ve made.

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Beautifully read which reallly enhanced the story,An Engrossing and delightfully written areal pleasure .Comic and insightful.
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Spoiled by the narrator

E. F. Benson's Mapp and Lucia series is a minor masterpiece in its portrait of human folly. The books, especially these three, are superbly written, breathtaking in their observation and hilariously funny.

The narrator is great too, she is just entirely wrong for these books. She misunderstands the characters, portraying each in the same arch monotone, she mispronounces their names and deadens the exposition.

Somehow every vestige of compulsion, humer and joy is stripped from the narration and discarded.

The best audio versions are narrated by Miriam Margoles, get those instead.

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  • TX lilbit
  • 27-06-21

poor narration

I love E. F. Benson so I bought this collection. So sad about this narrator! Her blank chocolate-boxy delivery completely flattens the humor and slapstick comedy out of these stories. Sometimes it seems to me that audiobook publishers (and alot of readers) believe these older books have value just for their clicheed coziness, and don't even realize or care they were actually witty, funny, clever. I wish Audible had this collection being read by Jilly Bond, Nadia May or someone similar.

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  • randy tarlton
  • 24-06-21

Brilliance Eternal!

Benson never disappoints. Fresh, funny, an example of sarcasm that stings, but not too deeply.