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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (398 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Iris Murdoch Narrator: Juliet Mills Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN:
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Iris Murdoch's 26th novel is a romp as well as an homage to that master of convoluted comedy, Shakespeare. She has adopted a syncopated, slightly mocking tone, and many scenes have a distinctly theatrical air. She has also achieved a disarming sense of timelessness, due in part to the fact that her eccentric characters, a close-knit circle of friends, are extremely well-off and spend their days and nights dashing between their country estates and their London houses.

The tale begins on the eve of a wedding. Edward is to marry the lovely Marian. Benet, his rather fussy friend and neighbor, is in charge of the proceedings. Marian's note leaves everyone in a tizzy.

Who is Jackson? Where is Marian? The darkness of mystery mingles with the lightness of comedy for something completely different.

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heidi | 2/13/2014

    " Iris Murdoch already had alzheimer's when she wrote this, her last book, and you can tell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 2/10/2014

    " Very intentionally a take on Shakespearean comedy. Almost a bit too much for me, really. When I learned that the quiet boy from Scotland who works in a bookstore one day a week also just happens to be a millionaire running an international paper-making business, I almost quit reading...But Murdoch's characters are always so beautifully human and the language so achingly exact, I can't help but love it all anyway. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Megan | 1/31/2014

    " Way over my head and what I did understand was extremely boring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melanie | 1/18/2014

    " I've never read Iris Murdoch and thought that I should. But I found this book rather tedious: the characters were a little silly and flat. The "all's well that ends well" denoument was ridiculous, everyone at last in bed with THE ONE they were destined for. I found moments of grace in the writing, though, and after reading some of the other online reviews I think I now understand why I didn't care for it. Apparently this was her last book and doesn't represent her best work. I'll try again with one of her better-known novels. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dale | 1/17/2014

    " Sorry, but I could not finish this book, it is not my preferred style of writing. It is written with wonderful emotional detail of the time period of the story. Give the book a try, I am interested in your perspective. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/4/2014

    " Hated this book! The characters come from a strange tribe who sob often and for little reason. There are constant declarations of love for each other when I think the word like would be more appropriate. It's melodrama on steroids about nothing of great value. Icky!!! "

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

    " Funny and a little goofy, making fun of the fading aristocracy with a few nods to Jane Austen. But the ending was a bit glommed on and a tad too ensemble-cast romcom. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tia O'Connor | 11/17/2013

    " Finished reading: "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 11/11/2013

    " This book is mostly about regret. I loved all the different characters, their private motivations and trappings. I know very little about philosophy and I wish I either knew more or had a knowledgable friend to talk to, because there seems to be a lot going on that would be nice to understand fully. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 thegift | 5/11/2013

    " this is another book by a philosopher/writer... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nuala | 4/21/2013

    " I did like this but I didn't really get what his dilemma was all about in the end? Anyone want to explain this to me?! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cath Murphy | 12/27/2012

    " Even though this was written as Murdoch's light was fading, it's still better than most of today's author's writing under the heading literary fiction. Flawed, occasionally brilliant. Perhaps not a fitting epitaph, but deserves a place on the shelf. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 9/5/2012

    " This was not her best, but some say it reveals the effects of early Alzheimer's on Murdoch's writing. It was her last novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 julieta | 7/11/2012

    " Although I usually love all the frivolous Murdoch characters and their silly dramas, this time around I just wasn't really into them. They seemed so silly and ridiculous. I guess I just wasn't with the whole let's make a big drama out of our silly lives thing. Not very memorable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katrinka | 6/13/2012

    " An OK book overall, but really disappointing, coming from Iris Murdoch. "

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About the Narrator

Juliet Mills is a highly acclaimed actress. She won an Emmy Award for QB VII and a Tony nomination for her role in Five Finger Exercise. She is currently one of the stars of the daytime drama show Passions.