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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (13,559 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stella Gibbons Narrator: Unspecified Publisher: AudioGO Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN:
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Strong of will and slender of ankle, 20-year-old orphan Flora Poste is blessed with every virtue save that of being able to earn her own living. Casting around for suitable relatives with whom she can make her home, Flora alights on the mysterious Starkadders and, ignoring the horrified shrieks of her friends, heads down to darkest Sussex.

There she is confronted by an exceptionally odd cast of characters: grief-stricken Judith, fervently religious Amos, the lusty smouldering Seth, wild and mysterious Elfine and, of course, the invisible tyrant Great Aunt Ada Doom who saw something nasty in the woodshed. Many would be overcome by the simmering passions of the Starkadder family, but not Flora. All they need is a little organising.

Stella Gibbons' deliciously witty parody has been delighting readers since 1932 and retains its original sunny charm in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leonie | 2/9/2014

    " It was a struggle to finish this book, and probably wouldn't have bothered if I wasn't doing this reading challenge thing. While the writing was okay and the style quite unique, I found it dated and not suiting my sense of humour. Maybe 80 years ago I would have found it hilarious, but for me, time has moved on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 2/8/2014

    " loved it. appeals to my tidy natural. improving ones surrounding. was great to listen to while cleaning and organizing the barn! Charming British humor, charactors and, of course, language! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shamaree | 2/7/2014

    " Such a sweet fun story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zan | 2/6/2014

    " I laughed out loud several times throughout this novel. I admit candidly that I saw the film before I knew it was a book, but I adore them both. Flora Poste is a bit more grounded in the novel. The classic lines "I saw something nasty in the woodshed" and "there have always been Starkadders at Cold Comfort Farm" were delightful, but Gibbons occasional commentary made me just grin like an idiot. I loved this satire of the Hardy/Lawrence Sussex "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry Schroeder | 2/5/2014

    " A good fun, easy read. A bit like Jane Austen's tone but set in the 1930's. I want to see the movie now (and to know what the nasty thing was in the woodshed). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marzie | 1/23/2014

    " This was really a fun read with such well done satire of the rural novel that was popular at the time. ( and some not so veiled jabs at the highbrow writers also ) And it seems that Flora Poste may be indeed the very first, original, 'life coach'. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paulette | 1/14/2014

    " Absolutely delightful and surprizingly atune to family life today! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 1/3/2014

    " The story was good, but sometimes the language was hard to interpret in my head. It's probably because I often read when I'm in bed trying to go to sleep. I can see why it's a classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 1/2/2014

    " Funny to the point of ludicrous, short, Austen touches. Fun. I recommend. There are no particular surprises but that's the only thing that may be a drawback. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sunil Jawahir | 12/27/2013

    " Loved this as a miniseries but really wasn't very impressed with the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Xavier Shay | 12/25/2013

    " Started strong, somewhat entertaining, but was kind of bored by the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ronald Lett | 12/20/2013

    " If you have enjoyed/endured classic Victorian literature, you will love this book. There is comedic brilliance on nearly every page. Even through this, the author makes some rather interesting characters out of caricatures. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bookworm1976 | 12/11/2013

    " An absolute favourite, you can't help falling for Flora and the whole Starkadder clan. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stacy Millon | 12/11/2013

    " It was really kinda painful. I understand why it was a good satire, but it really didn't pull me in at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindi | 7/17/2013

    " Delightfully witty with unforgettably quixotic characters. I will definitely revisit this engaging tale of how Flora interferes at Cold Comfort and drives away dysfunction, leaving order and happiness in her wake. Gibbons' humor is priceless! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara Sheehy | 5/14/2013

    " I wish I could have given this a 3.5 stars. The story was cheerful and fun, but I couldn't bring myself to give a full 4 stars (I take the ratings to heart!). A nice read with an endearing heroine. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alhana | 10/21/2012

    " Too absurd to be fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George | 10/19/2012

    " Written in the 1930's, it's mostly a satire of English-country-life novels like those of Jane Austen. The first 2/3 is the best, laugh-out loud funny at times. The ending becomes a more conventional novel but still holds interest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirsten Hobbs | 5/7/2012

    " What an absolute delight! Gibbons writes with such descriptive flourish that I would have to normally cringe a little, but somehow she pulls it off without appearing to be trying too hard. This story is strange, gorgeously written, and refreshingly funny! A gem. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Libby Pearson | 3/22/2012

    " Probably my favourite book of all time - it's coming with me to my desert island "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 12/14/2011

    " Not for everyone, but certainly for me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keri | 10/11/2011

    " An enjoyable read, some of the British humor went over my head.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 5/17/2011

    " The funniest pastiche novel ever written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 5/17/2011

    " I don't know if I would have actually picked it up and read it if my copy had had this cover! Sad to say, but thank goodness it didn't because I thoroughly enjoyed it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 5/3/2011

    " really enjoyed it,easy quick read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige | 4/25/2011

    " Definitely the most entertaining book I have ever read! If you need a good laugh, pick up this book! Stella Gibbons is a master of the satirical novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 4/16/2011

    " Not a huge fan. I didn't think she made it that funny, and honestly my favorite part of the book was her introduction about the difference between literary writing and journalism. It's worth picking the book up just to read that. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emma | 4/15/2011

    " I must have missed a trick with this book. I don't see what is so fabulous about it....! I did enjoy some of Flora's humour which to me was very tongue in cheek, but I'm still not sure what 'the talkies' are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 4/11/2011

    " There may have been "something nasty in the woodshed" but the book is hilarious. Whether you recognize the parody of the "loam and lovechild" books of its era or not, it is funny and worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirstin | 3/24/2011

    " This was great British humor about randomness, a weird family, and about Flora Poste who is an interesting young girl. I really liked the preacher dad and all of his "yer gonna burn" talking. That was hilarious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alise | 3/23/2011

    " Looking forward to watching the movie. Had some funny parts, the main character is quite the schemer! "

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