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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (578 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: E. F. Benson Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Mapp and Lucia Series Release Date:
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Miss Elizabeth Mapp, magnificent grande dame and heiress, is always on the lookout lest her neighbors fall outside the bounds of perfect, exemplary manners. Opera glasses and notebook in hand, she gazes out her window, ever the vigilant sentinel. But her tightly controlled world is soon beset on all sides by interlopers, first in the disturbingly masculine form of two very different retired army officers—both of whom are anything but retiring in their conflicting aims upon her heart. Second, there appears the elegant, insidiously evil shape of a ravishing Contessa possessed of dazzling charm and diabolical designs. Can Mapp, super-strategist of the drawing room and experienced provocateur of amorous intrigue, overcome all obstacles and be united with the object of her matrimonial desires? Whom could she possibly choose: the solid, traditional Major Flint or the mysteriously attractive Captain Puffin?

This wonderfully humrous satire of British high society introduces one of E. F. Benson’s most beloved characters.

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  • “Without this reissue, I might have gone to my grave without ever knowing about Lucia or Miss Mapp. It is not a risk anyone should take lightly.”

    New York Times

  • “[Wanda McCaddon] does a hilarious Miss Mapp…When Miss Mapp addresses her most disliked rival as ‘Diva darling,’ you can hear the way her teeth are set and see the awful smile.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Scot | 2/18/2014

    " Miss Mapp is certainly formidable! Benson is a master at helping us see from the participants' perspective the every-woman-for-herself struggle for social standing among the comfortable in a quaint English village in the 1920s. Satirical, clever, and tightly constructed. I have been informed this is part of a larger series called "Mapp and Lucia" and apparently also was a program on British TV. I would expect the other books in the series offer more of the same review of adroit one-upmanship in an emphatically British fashion, if that is your cup of tea, drink up! (These people do entertain me, but they scare me a little too, which perhaps makes them so intriguing: I doubt I could survive a bridge night among them.) Still, as a testimony to just how compelling this writing is, I awoke at 4 am last night and since I couldn't sleep, I started reading more of it. Then when I got tired, and should have gladly returned to Morpehus's arms, I was so involved in the social life of Tilling I made myself stay awake to complete the book. I didn't get the ending that would have pleased me the most, and I've only been half awake all day as a result, but the tale was so well told I couldn't put it down, and I don't regret it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Vivianne | 1/27/2014

    " Miss Mapp is a horrid woman and the society at Tilling is narrow. But the book is utterly fascinating. Food-hoarding. Competitive clothing. It describes the constant struggles for position among the characters, especially Miss Mapp, and the negotiations that can allow bosom enemies to attend the same bridge parties. Wicked, witty, insightful, addictive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lorena | 1/22/2014

    " Introducing Miss Mapp, Lucia's counterpart and soon-to-be nemesis from another village. Lucia isn't in this one, but it sets up the rest of the series beautifully and is hilarious in its own right, of course. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by pjreads ♫ | 1/22/2014

    " Not funny to me. Wish I could find a book that would make me laugh. "

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