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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,166 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Evelyn Waugh Narrator: Andrew Sachs Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781619693883
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After seven years of marriage, the beautiful Lady Brenda Last has grown bored with life at Hetton Abbey, the Gothic mansion that is the pride and joy of her husband, Tony. She drifts into an affair with the shallow socialite John Beaver and forsakes Tony for the Belgravia set.

In a novel that combines tragedy, comedy, and savage irony, Evelyn Waugh indelibly captures the irresponsible mood of the “crazy and sterile generation” between the wars.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With American life going on as it has been, I sometimes feel like holing up with the complete works of Evelyn Waugh.”

    New York Times

  • One of Modern Library's 100 Best English-Language Novels of the Twentieth Century
  • One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bradley | 2/18/2014

    " Waugh never disappoints. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 2/13/2014

    " weird ending!? not sure i understood it, but a strangely funny book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Raku | 2/7/2014

    " This one just seems bitter and angry "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sweetman Sweetman | 1/24/2014

    " A terrific and scathing look at the bored wealthy. We just don't learn from our mistakes, do we? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 1/19/2014

    " Entertaining and dramatic but the ending was very unsettling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eugene Kuporos | 12/26/2013

    " Captured Tony Last who was reading Charles Dickens' books aloud to his capturer... This episode can really blow everybody's mind! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 12/3/2013

    " Stupid Evelyn Waugh, creating characters that aren't 100% reprehensible, then causing them damage, one by one. This book just broke my heart, but it's my own fault for caring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Smith | 12/2/2013

    " yet more great writing from Waugh "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 11/16/2013

    " I'm depressed by the ending otherwise I'd probably give it four stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Drianne | 11/13/2013

    " Brideshead this wasn't, but they obviously do share common themes. I found the characters not memorable and the last third (Tony's fate) simply ridiculous. I simply cannot find the words for it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dini | 10/1/2013

    " a weird and wonderful satire.. ends..."a man trapped in the jungle, ends his days reading Dickens aloud." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie Christensen | 8/3/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, right up until the last few pages. The plot twist felt like a complete betrayal to the only redemable character in the book. For this, I give it a big thumbs down!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 7/26/2013

    " 4.5 stars. No one writes the end of empire, the end of British aristocracy, and the rise of a middle class aesthetic better than Waugh. This novel is flawlessly devastating. And the fact that you laugh along the way only allows the devastation to be felt more keenly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Traci | 7/9/2013

    " Less funny than I anticipated. Though I must admit, I think my and Mr. Waugh's ideas of "funny" are pretty different. No matter how you slice it, this is a well-crafted and nicely told story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe Partridge | 6/14/2013

    " Light and comic in tone - a brutal deconstruction of superficial lives, amoral and with a callous end. Tempting to write a couple of chapters of your own to get a happy ending "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 June | 5/7/2013

    " This book is so frustrating. I love it. I hate it. It's typically Waugh and a very good read, but not as enjoyable for me as other books by Evelyn that i have read (though this is only the third). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Priya | 3/5/2013

    " sardonic and depressing as fuck. the title is a reference to t.s. eliot's poem, the waste land. it just gets better from there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Readread | 2/25/2013

    " Acidic satire at its most venomous! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda J | 1/24/2013

    " This was my first foray into Waugh and I enjoyed it. His writing reminded me of Molly Keane's - full of characters you love to hate. I will definately pick up more of his books in the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zena | 12/30/2012

    " The scariest tale I've ever read. A true horror story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 maura | 12/8/2012

    " a satirical romp "

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About the Author
Author Evelyn WaughEvelyn Waugh (1903-1966), whom Time called "one of the century's great masters of English prose," wrote several widely acclaimed novels as well as volumes of biography, memoir, travel writing, and journalism. Three of his novels, A Handful of Dust, Scoop, and Brideshead Revisited, were selected by the Modern Library as among the 100 best novels of the twentieth century.
About the Narrator

Andrew Sachs may be best known as Manuel from the BBC show Fawlty Towers, starring John Cleese. His recent roles include guest appearances on Silent Witness, Doctors, and Holby City.