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4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5 4.50 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julian Fellowes Narrator: Julian Fellowes Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2005 ISBN:
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Edith Lavery, the pretty daughter of an accountant, meets gossip-column favorite Charles Broughton (Earl of Broughton and heir to the Marquess of Uckfield) at Ascot. When he proposes and she accepts, does she really love him, or is she merely dazzled by his title and money?

In a tale that mixes contemporary Jane Austen with the brilliant social commentary of Gosford Park, Julian Fellowes chronicles Edith's rise and fall with twists and turns aplenty. Through the eyes of his narrator, a journeyman actor who manages to negotiate the choppy waters of snobbery and excess as he moves between the upper and middle classes, in Snobs Fellowes gives us a delicious comedy of manners to rival Oscar Wilde at his wittiest.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pooch | 2/14/2014

    " Satire of British society . Perhaps third or forth strata of self-important people and their country life in estates & manors. Edith, common but pretty, weds the passive, dim son of a very haughty mother, Lady Uckfield. Not an impressive book, but it did become more interesting as I read on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Blair | 2/12/2014

    " Snobs was initially a pleasurably satirical and snippy read, but after numerous chapters of the seemingly endless and very tedious ins-and-outs of aristocratic society, it started to become - to employ a word used frequently in the book - dreary, and by the end I didn't care what happened. It was well-written, but suffered from the same problem as Fellowes' (superior) second novel Past Imperfect; too many digressions into intricate details of the upper echelons of the class system. Reading this, you'd be forgiven for thinking that upper middle class is the lowest of the low and not being on friendly terms with an aristocratic family is the worst thing imaginable - it's as if no life beyond this highly privileged world even exists. I know it's likely this attitude is part of the satire, but it still annoyed me. Plus the narrator is virtually invisible (we never even learn his name) and Edith isn't a sympathetic or likeable character, so it's hard to feel an attachment to anyone in the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 2/7/2014

    " I wasn't sure what to expect of this novel from the creator of Downton Abbey. Set in modern-day, it didn't immediately promise the glamour and historical intrigue of his famous Edwardian series. But I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Snobs. Like Downton, its storyline is about the British upper class, this time focusing on a "commoner" marrying into a blue-blooded family. But the book is not really driven by plot as much as it is by its finely-tuned characters. What I found myself enjoying most was the author's adept way of observing and articulating the nuances of how people talk and perform for each other. His insights on British society, class structure, and etiquette were enlightening, too. All in all, a fun insider's look at the "job" of being an English aristocrat, and the misguided hopes of those aspiring to high society. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia T. | 2/6/2014

    " The New York Times says, "When you read a book, you're lost in time. All the more reason to read Snobs. It will distract you pleasantly. It's like a visit to an English country estate: breezy, beautiful and charming." Although it got mixed reviews, I look at it as a high class British romance, with an undertone of social commentary. I loved the audio version. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johanna | 1/24/2014

    " I greatly enjoyed this glimpse inside modern day artistocracy. I love all things British and this was a modern Gosford Park. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cloie | 1/23/2014

    " These never get old. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cecily | 1/18/2014

    " Reads like an essay or etiquette book about the upper classes, disguised as a novel. Self consciously clever and witty insights, but very unoriginal plot. First person narrator knows more of Edith's inner thoughts than makes sense. Only "enlivened" by an implausible ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rose | 1/17/2014

    " It's not exactly a substitute for Downton, but it's pretty entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 12/27/2013

    " Hilarious. Never dull or dry, the writing was crisp, clean and hit the spot. This American was very entertained. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianna | 12/23/2013

    " It was a fun cottage read, but I wouldn't say I learned anything! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 12/20/2013

    " So disappointed... I was really looking forward to reading this book, but it just kept stalling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rita | 12/8/2013

    " A lovely insightful novel. Has humour and feeling for the characters. Even Lady Uckfield had readeeming features as the mother trying to help her son. I highly recommend it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beverlyannsvoice | 10/16/2013

    " I am not British so I'm not familiar with the British jargon, this made it a little hard going from tome to time for me. I also didn't find it funny, but a little sad, and for me it was a tedious read overall. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dolanite | 3/10/2013

    " It was no P.G. Wodehouse. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandi | 1/30/2013

    " A light, quick comedic take on the British upper classes in the 1990s by the screenwriter of Gosford Park "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gasuski Suski | 11/15/2012

    " Read this book since Julian Fellowes wrote Downton Abbey. It is about the different classes in the UK set in modern times. Girl meets an aristrocat and it goes from there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne | 9/12/2012

    " Like candy for dinner. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liene | 8/12/2012

    " Wanted to like this since it's the same writer as Downton Abbey, but just didn't. The story picks up towards the end, and I enjoyed the narrator's sharp wit in places, but overall I was able to put this book down far too often and was never really excited when I picked it back up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zoe Smith | 8/3/2012

    " As a Downton Abbey fan, I was excited to read this. It was okay. There was a bit of insight into the class and society that exists to this day among "estate owners" and I could find things relevant to the characters of my fav show! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becky | 5/1/2012

    " Writing style was easy to read, but I found the characters to have no redeaming qualities. it is very hard to like a book if you can not relate or like a character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leigh | 3/24/2012

    " Delightful, nicely detailed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 2/29/2012

    " I enjoyed this book as a peeping-tom enjoys...well...peeping. Having the rare opportunity to see how high society really works - quite relieved really to be an outsider. Quite eye-opening at times and realising that our class system is a strong as ever even in these modern times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sze | 1/11/2012

    " i read this at home in budapest to accompany meal times and have reread it a dozen times, with my favourite sections being descriptions of snubbing and being snubbed. fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sylvia | 5/14/2011

    " A very enjoyable read, I recommend it to fans of Downton Abby, and Pride and Prejudice. Fellowes eye for detail and ear for language is very sharp, but he's more than just style. I think Jane Austin would be please. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johanna | 3/13/2011

    " I greatly enjoyed this glimpse inside modern day artistocracy. I love all things British and this was a modern Gosford Park. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michelle | 2/24/2011

    " Not nearly as funny or as interesting as it was made out to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 2/20/2011

    " I'm torn between 4 and 5 stars--I loved this book! Clearly the guy knows how to write about class differences and structure past and present! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Qing | 1/14/2011

    " Interesting view into Britain's society hierarchy in modern times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 1/3/2011

    " I did like this and am a bit sad I have finished it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 11/18/2010

    " Very funny and interesting book about the peculiarities of high society life in modern Britain. "

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