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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,932 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Evelyn Waugh Narrator: Rik Mayall Publisher: CSA Word Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2007 ISBN:
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The king of farce strikes a royally hard slap to the face with this gloriously funny study of the life of Paul Pennyfeather, an Oxford expulsion who finds himself a job as a teacher, only to discover that his fellow educators are no better than a rag-tag bunch of oddballs, rascals, and even criminals! As an attractive and wealthy parent of one of the pupils is thrown into the mix, along with the chaos of the school sports day, no one is safe, least of all Paul Pennyfeather. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adam | 2/17/2014

    " Uh, I guess this was a social novel? I didn't get it, though it was "amusing." Racism abounds in it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 2/12/2014

    " Suprisingly funny...and a stirring ending that, someday, I will reference in a homily. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monkeyboyzmum | 2/5/2014

    " this book was my introduction to Waugh's writing and life. Tom Bailey I am forever grateful "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Kornfeld | 2/2/2014

    " I think I got a bit stymied for a while near the end of the school sections but I blew through the last maybe fifty pages today and with some glancing back at the prologue developed an opinion; I liked it! there's humor broad and subtle and one of the reviews on the back described it as a "nonsense novel", which I think is fair. that is to say, the novel is of the opinion that pretty much every character and institution therein is full of nonsense. Mobute (the pseudonymous writer, not the dictator) recommended this to me and I thank him and apologize for this garbage mushmouth review also. im gay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 1/17/2014

    " Good although completely ridiculous. It's a farcical novel. It feels almost like an Oscar Wilde book. Distinctly British. Also hilarious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 karen | 1/6/2014

    " This was an odd satire! I had a little trouble keeping up with the characters and with what was going on since it got a little silly at times. Overall, it was enjoyable. I need to read Brideshead Revisited! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige | 1/6/2014

    " Inferior to its successor, but very sharp. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 12/27/2013

    " Ruthlessly snarky and laugh-out-loud funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bria | 11/30/2013

    " I feel like I don't laugh at the death of children enough anymore. Guess I'd better put more Waugh on the to-read list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 11/15/2013

    " Recently reread. As good as I remembered. I like this much more than Brideshead Revisited--same sense of despair and decay, less sketchy Catholicism, more humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 9/25/2013

    " Poor Paul Pennyfeather! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 9/11/2013

    " Definitely a plot in what my friends would call my wheelhouse: the middleclass man who semi-wittingly gets into a mess of trouble. A little too much dialogue to be a beyond-easy read, but enjoyable and comedic while still biting and relevant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruken Kardas | 8/26/2013

    " asd "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Razi | 8/24/2013

    " Waffles a bit at times but quite, quite hilarious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 5/13/2013

    " 4.5 stars. Deadpan and absurd, this reminded me of Lucky Jim, which I wasn't expecting at all. I like his comic novels much better than Brideshead, which is dour by comparison. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 1/1/2013

    " I don't think this has aged very well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betty | 12/29/2012

    " Late 20's humor. The tale of a student who is sent down from school for indecent behavior caused by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. So becomes a school master at a boys school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JBEG Hewitt | 12/4/2012

    " oh, this holds up so well over the decades... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Taz | 11/9/2012

    " waugh hadn't hit his stride yet.... i guess i learned that you get better at being a novelist with practice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rob | 8/27/2012

    " Somewhat more bleak and cynical than Wodehouse or K. Amis, it was quite readable, at least. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mandy Peoples | 8/2/2012

    " Wasn't in the right mood when I picked this up. Good satire of foppish British society. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diz White | 10/28/2011

    " Evelyn Waugh is without a doubt my favorite author. Decline and Fall is a hilarous satire on the young society types of his era. Its underlying theme of "What is life all about?" gives its gaspingly funny passages a bittersweet nuance. Really well written - it is timeless and unputdownable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 9/30/2011

    " It was a British version of Edith Wharton. Which is to say I enjoyed the class drama & the prison scenes were really wonderfully satirical in a way that reflects Kafka. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne | 7/24/2011

    " Waugh's first novel. Obviously not as good as his later works, but still a highly entertaining account of the adventures of a hapless young man to whom life happens in an unfortunate series of events. The satire of the upper British classes is as savage and witty as ever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sammy | 6/13/2011

    " All of the characteristics of Waugh's writing that I admire within this book, a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 5/3/2011

    " my first ever Waugh. Pretty enjoyable, kind of a cross between Hesse and Wodehouse "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aeisele | 4/1/2011

    " He is the best. This is very funny. Poor Paul Pennyfeather. It was inevitable, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 3/31/2011

    " I think the word "droll" was invented just for Evelyn Waugh. Who then shared it with Noel Coward... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trisha | 3/10/2011

    " For his descriptions of the scots--it's worth it. Laughed out loud. Entertaining. Not life altering but a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janie | 1/1/2011

    " Bizarrely humourous and enjoyable light read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 sam | 12/2/2010

    " This was my first ever Evelyn Waugh novel and having only seen Brideshead Revisited the film I was expecting something more suffused with sadness? But this had me giggling to myself on the bus. I can imagine it on Wes Anderson's shelf. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rozanne | 11/26/2010

    " Loved the first half; the second half was less compelling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 11/23/2010

    " Three stars only because I am a Victorianist used to 19th century density which makes British Modernism, though I enjoy reading it, sometimes feel a bit thin. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rob | 11/11/2010

    " Somewhat more bleak and cynical than Wodehouse or K. Amis, it was quite readable, at least. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina | 11/2/2010

    " Like an afternoon picnic with friends. Light, cheery and -- except for a bit of mild racism -- perfectly agreeable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 9/14/2010

    " I loved it, very funny "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 9/13/2010

    " Ruthlessly snarky and laugh-out-loud funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 9/12/2010

    " Amusing, but definitely Waugh as a more novice writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 9/5/2010

    " Good although completely ridiculous. It's a farcical novel. It feels almost like an Oscar Wilde book. Distinctly British. Also hilarious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brentney | 8/27/2010

    " I suspect this would have been a laugh-riot had I known anything at all about British aristocracy or Modernist slang of the UK. Still, even for someone as ignorant as myself, Waugh is a master. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matthew | 8/17/2010

    " sometimes hilarious, sometimes mean and nasty. probably much better than i'm willing to give it credit for right now, but i really don't like evelyn waugh. "

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About the Author
Author Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh (1903–1966) was born October 28, 1903 in London, England. After short periods as an art student and schoolmaster, he devoted himself to travel and to the writing of novels. His novels are unusually highly wrought and precisely written. Those written before 1939 may be described as satirical. During World War II his writing took a more serious and ambitious turn. Waugh also wrote travel books.