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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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