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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,170 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julian Fellowes Narrator: Richard Morant Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Damian Baxter is hugely wealthy and dying. He lives alone in a big house in Surrey, England, looked after by a chauffeur, butler, cook, and housemaid. He has but one concern—his fortune in excess of five hundred million and who should inherit it on his death. Past Imperfect is the story of a quest. Damian Baxter wishes to know if he has a living heir. By the time he married in his late thirties he was sterile (the result of adult mumps), but what about before that unfortunate illness? Had he sired a child? He sets himself (and others) to the task of finding his heir.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It’s like a visit to an English country estate: breezy, beautiful, and charming.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “It’s not only the rich who are different, it’s the British upper classes too. This complicated truth, all the more palatable if delivered amusingly, has been successfully tackled by such insiders as P. G. Wodehouse, Evelyn Waugh, and Nancy Mitford, and is now resurrected by Julian Fellowes.”

    Miami Herald

  • “This is a book for a hot winter beach, an escape from life as we know it.”

    Independent (London)

  • “Deservedly compared to Tom Wolfe, Fellowes, with his ability to document the aristocracy with a sociologist’s eye, fashions intriguing narratives.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Leslie Angel | 2/7/2014

    " Interminable repetitions of his theme(of change and how it affected his "Society") almost smothers the story (which isn't a bad one). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Judith | 2/4/2014

    " I found the story line quite interesting and well told but Fellowe's tends to go on almost to the point of obsession with analysis of the British class system and that put me off. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nathalie S | 2/4/2014

    " This is the second book that I've read by Julian Fellowes, he of DOWNTON ABBEY fame. I've quite enjoyed his exploits into the rarefied air of the English nobility and aristocracy, particularly in these modern times, when some hang on to their titles, even though the fortune is gone, or has been greatly reduced. Most look down on the nouveau riches, but yet, they will sometimes tolerate them, because they DO have all that money. This is such a story with Damian Baxter setting out in life, to ingratiate himself into this rarefied atmosphere by getting a roommate, the narrator of this book but whose name we never catch, to help him crash the "mating" season of London's 1968 as it were. Damian becomes the darling of all the girls because of his good looks, even though, he claws his way up the social ladder by loving them and leaving them. He finally does really fall in love with one of them, the beautiful Serena, and she, in turn, is wildly in love with him too. He tries to ingratiates himself with her family but her parents irrevocably shut the doors to what they see would be a ghastly "mesalliance", a marriage to a person of inferior social position. Bitter, Damian turns his back on these people and becomes wildly successful, amassing a fortune of 500 million pounds. He has everything but a wife (he's divorced) and a child. He is now dying of cancer and seeks out the narrator, three decades later, to find out if he does have a child from that time period, to pass down his fortune. Thus begins a bittersweet journey for the narrator. The ending of this book brought tears to my eyes as it reminded me that we should carefully weigh our actions and our words so that we may not look with regrets one day and feel our lives could have gone better, had we but thought more about our actions before shutting down doors. I was touched because of personal matters and it reinforced my belief that sometimes, we just have to keep our mouths shut for the greater good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Roslyn Ross | 1/24/2014

    " Not as good as Snobs but still better than most of the fiction our there. "

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