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3.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 5 3.93 (14 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dodie Smith Narrator: Emilia Fox Publisher: CSA Word Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2010 ISBN:
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The head of the Mortmain family is Cassandra Mortmain's father, a writer suffering from writer's block who has not published anything since his first book, a hit entitled Jacob Wresstling. Ten years before the story begins, he took out a 40-year lease on a dilapidated but beautiful castle, hoping to find either inspiration or isolation there; now, his family is selling off the furniture to buy food.

Mortmain's second wife, Topaz, is an exotically beautiful artist's model who enjoys communing with nature, sometimes wearing nothing but hip boots. Rose, the elder daughter, is a classic English beauty longing for a chance to meet some eligible (and preferably rich) young men. Cassandra, the younger daughter and the story's narrator, has literary ambitions and spends a lot of time developing her writing talent by capturing everything around her in her journal. Stephen, a handsome, loyal, live-in son of the Mortmain's late cook, and Thomas, the youngest Mortmain child, round off the cast of household characters.

Stephen, a noble soul, is in love with Cassandra, which she finds touching, but a bit awkward; Thomas, a schoolboy, is, like Cassandra, considered tolerably bright. Things begin to happen when the Cottons, a wealthy American family, inherit nearby Scoatney and become the Mortmains' new landlords. Cassandra and Rose soon become intrigued by the unmarried sons, Simon and Neil, and the inevitable relationships commence.

As the journal advances, the relationships Cassandra depicts become subtler and more problematic, and she concludes her narrative on a bittersweet note. Cassandra, despite being saddened by her first disappointment in love, can still reflect with satisfaction on the Mortmain family's improved fortunes, and looks forward to the future.

I Capture the Castle is a classic coming-of-age novel which stands the test of time and will endure for as long as boy-girl relationships endure.

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Listener Opinions

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

    " I read this several years ago. . . so I can't say I remember it especially well, but generally liked it. I should give it another go, perhaps? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennieblaser | 5/23/2011

    " Loved, loved, loved the style of writing and the vivacity of the main girl. Didn't care for the ending, but still, well worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 5/21/2011

    " 4 1/2 I adore this book -- especially the first few chapters, which are whimsical in the best possible way. It is a classic coming-of-age book for older adolescents, but I think that full-grown women probably love it more.

    Beautifully written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 5/19/2011

    " Fun book. I liked it a lot more than I thought I would "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 5/15/2011

    " One of my top faves. Cassandra was born a storyteller and I was captivated by her life in the castle. Beautiful book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elinor | 5/15/2011

    " My favourite book. I read it once a year without fail and always find something new in it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andrea | 5/12/2011

    " I don't even remember if I finished this book - it was so slow! I don't usually get that bored with a book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annie | 5/12/2011

    " I'm in between the "ok" and "like." Not a bad story but it was just ok. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 5/12/2011

    " I might edit this review after it has sunk in more but all in all I loved this book. From the smooth and easy way of narrating to the amazing setting and different plot twists and turns this is most definitely one of the most enjoyable novels I've read for some time.

    Highly recommended. "

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

    " Enough romance for a book full intrigues and trou­bles of all sorts. The story is told with humor and great spirit. If you like romance you should try this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 5/10/2011

    " I absolutely loved this book! I thought the writing was beautiful, the characters interesting, the romance captivating. If you haven't read it, you should!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 5/5/2011

    " There are some books that change the way you see the world. I love this book since I read it years ago. I reread it over and over again and it is still fresh, funny and amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noelle | 5/4/2011

    " I absolutely adore this book. This is quite possibly the best narrative I have ever read. It is definitely on the list of my favorite books of all time. It is witty, sharp, comical, tragic, and moving all in one. This book is certainly a treasure find and I really wish more people knew about it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 5/4/2011

    " This book is one of my all time favorites. Writing is superb; description of the English countryside and the castle make you believe for a time you are there. I gave this book to two friends for birthday gifts. Keeping my copy :)


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About the Author
Author Dodie SmithDodie Smith (1896 – 1990) was an English children's novelist and playwright, known best for the novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians (1956). Other works include I Capture the Castle (1948), and The Starlight Barking (1967). The Hundred and One Dalmatians was adapted into a 1961 Disney animated movie version. Her novel I Capture the Castle was adapted into a 2003 movie version. I Capture the Castle was voted number 82 as "one ofthe nation's 100 best-loved novels" by the British public as part of the BBC 's The Big Read (2003).
About the Narrator

Emilia Fox has won three AudioFile Earphones Awards for her narrations. She is an acclaimed and award-winning actress, most notably played the title role in the play Katherine Howard at the Chichester Festival Theatre, and Clara Copperfield in a television movie production of David Copperfield. In 2004 she began playing pathologist Nikki Alexander on the television series Silent Witness. In 2006 she garnered much praise for her role in the independent comedy-drama Cashback.