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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (32,337 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Evelyn Waugh Narrator: Jeremy Irons Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Waugh’s most deeply felt novel…Brideshead Revisited tells an absorbing story in imaginative terms…Mr. Waugh is very definitely an artist.” 

    New York Times

  • “A many-faceted book…Beautifully [written] by one of the most exhilarating stylists of our time.” 


  • “First and last an enchanting story…Brideshead Revisited has a magic that is rare in current literature. It is a world in itself, and the reader lives in it and is loath to leave it when the last page is turned.”

    Saturday Review

  • “One of Waugh’s finest accomplishments…A superb book.” 

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “[Irons’] subtle, complete characterizations highlight Waugh’s ear for the aristocratic mores of the time. Fervent Anglophiles will be thrilled by this excellent rendition of a favorite.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • “Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons demonstrates impressive skill in his performance of Brideshead Revisited. From the charming yet doomed Lord Sebastian Flyte to the absurd, stuttering Anthony Blanche, Irons manages to capture the many nuances and subtleties of each character.”

    Library Journal (audio review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • 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 by Steve Shilstone | 2/14/2014

    " Mr. Waugh is a most worthy practitioner of the art of writing fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kelly Smeeton | 2/9/2014

    " Great first half but got a little bored near the end, the lack of Sebastian was disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by V.j. | 2/8/2014

    " It was a little painful to read, as I often get lost in the flow of writing and conversational style. I often found myself yawning over the characters' discussions; darting from one point to the next and then all of a sudden, shifting to a different time frame from the narrator's recollections. However, the story is intriguing enough for me to keep on reading -- mostly because I wanted to know what happens to Sebastian, who gradually disappeared from the story. "Brideshead Revisited" is laden with spiritual tones drawn heavily from Catholicism. This didn't immediately occur to me as my impression of the book was that it was themed on a life of despondency from start to finish -- a description of a hellish life on earth. It turns out, the story's about 'redemption' in a really muddled sort of way. I'm now about to watch the TV adaptation of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Margot | 1/24/2014

    " The swan song of an ancient, aristocratic beauty "

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