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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,195 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: E. F. Benson Narrator: Miriam Margolyes Publisher: Hachette Audio UK Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN:
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England between the wars was a paradise of calm and leisure for the very, very rich. Into this enclave is born Mrs. Emmeline Lucas - La Lucia, as she is known - a woman determined to lead a life quite different from the subdued formality of her class.

With her cohort, Georgie Pillson, and her husband, Peppino, Lucia upends the greats of high society: the imperious Lady Ambermere and her equally imperious dog, Pug; the odious Piggy and Goosie Antrobus; the Christian Scientist Daisy Quantrock, with her penchant for the foreign; and all the rest of the small English town that the British rich call their country home.

Beset on all sides by pretenders to her social throne, Lucia brings culture, fine arts, excitement, and intrigue into this cloistered realm.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mara | 2/10/2014

    " 4.5 stars. Funny, sweet, charming. The story made me want to live in a little village and join in the garden parties and dinners with tableaux. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith | 2/3/2014

    " A light, frivolous and extremely clever read. bookxray.blogspot.com "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 2/1/2014

    " Very funny book about a woman whose sole aim is to social arbiter of her tiny village where everyone follows her lead. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 1/31/2014

    " This was about a woman and her husband in a small town of Rhishome and I believe it to be somewhere in England. Lucia is known of this town and all the people of the village are summoned to her house for the arts as she is known to know everything to hear about the arts. It was funny and I enjoyed it, but the ending was a bit off. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gina | 1/28/2014

    " I downloaded the Miss Mapp and Lucia series from Amazon because I tend to enjoy British writing about the upper-middle-class of the 1920s and 1930s. There were some wonderful moments, however, I found the title character (Lucia) to be utterly unlikable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 1/18/2014

    " Gawd, these things are hilarious. They could be tedious, but the characterizations and the inventiveness of the plots sell the bitchy, small-mindedness and elevate it to high camp/art. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gemma Williams | 1/8/2014

    " Top escapist fun. This installment of the Lucia books is well supplied with fraudulent gurus and psychics,plotting and intrigue. Very funny indeed.coming close to Wodehouse in my affections. I especially liked Lucia coming unstuck on meeting someone who actually does speak Italian. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 April | 12/12/2013

    " I did not like any of these people. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deelia | 11/19/2013

    " Read this for my book club. Some parts were entertaining, however, I felt it was mostly a waste of my time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana Duncan | 10/4/2013

    " Quite amusing tale of life in a small English village. I especially enjoyed all of the adventures of Mrs. Quantock. I'm looking forward to reading the other six books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty | 8/13/2013

    " Quircky, smart, and very funny. Just starting the next book in "The Make Way for Lucia" series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 reed | 3/13/2013

    " I really didn't read this. It's a comedy of vapid, self-absorbed english women around the turn of the century. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonia | 2/6/2013

    " Part 1 - Make Way for Lucia "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn McCowan | 10/14/2012

    " Wicked, satirical view of pretensions and delusions of middle class society matron and her reign of terror in her small British village. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki | 3/23/2012

    " This book and the others in the series were so much fun that I'm tempted to hunt it up and read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin Hall | 1/3/2012

    " The Lucia series, beginng with "Queen..." is a brilliant evocation of post WW1 upper middle class England, as well as a painfully right- on character study of Lucia and her court. Not to mention that it is an instant mood changer. It's very hard to stay unhappy when you are laughing out loud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 11/29/2011

    " A old favourite, but my first time listening to it as an audiobook. The amusement of watching Lucia's pretensions and Riseholm's social maneuvers are comforting and timeless. "

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About the Author

Edward Frederic Benson (1867–1940) was born in Berkshire, England, and educated at Cambridge. He worked in Athens for the British School of Archaeology and later in Egypt for the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies. Benson wrote fiction, reminiscences, and biographies, but is best remembered for his arch satirical novels and his urbane autobiographical studies of Edwardian and Georgian society.

About the Narrator

Miriam Margolyes received the BAFTA Best Supporting Actress award in 1993 for The Age of Innocence. She was the voice of Fly the dog in Babe and appeared in Ladies in Lavender with Dames Maggie Smith and Judi Dench. In 2002 she played the role of Professor Sprout in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.