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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (345 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edward St. Aubyn Narrator: Edward Hibbert Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN:
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One of England's brightest young literary stars, Edward St. Aubyn is compared to Evelyn Waugh and Graham Greene for his novels' wry observations and sharp dialogue. Some Hope traverses cultural and social landscapes that range from British manor houses to Bronx alleyways. A remarkable trilogy, it is the story of a wealthy young man who, after a horrific childhood, finds his life filled with both decadence and grace.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madkindle | 2/18/2014

    " Excellent - though a bit harrowing. Library book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abigail | 2/17/2014

    " Bleakly comic but ultimately moving set of novels that cover three periods in the life of wealthy Englishman Patrick Melrose. The first, Never Mind, takes place over two days or so at the Melrose house in Provence when Patrick is five. Set around a dinner party, Patrick and his mother endure abuse at the hands of David Melrose (Patrick's father and Eleanor's husband) and the guests deal with his extreme snobbery. Told from multiple points of view, the most serious, but not without its comic moments. [return]The next novel, Bad News, shows Patrick in his early twenties as a drug addict as he travels to New York to collect his father's ashes. Told solely from Patrick's point of view, it had some particularly funny moments as Patrick tries to purchase drugs in various NYC locations.[return]The third, my favorite, Some Hope, has Patrick (in his late twenties and miserably clean) and others as they get ready for and attend a country house party. Characters seen or heard of in the first two volumes make appearances. This part especially skewers the British upper class, but also has the most touching moments. A scene near the end nicely mirrors a scene at the beginning of Never Mind, but with a better outcome, and shows that while things may never be perfect, some mistakes don't have to be repeated and that people can be redeemable. I loved Mother's Milk in August and liked these very much too. Four and a half stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jolene | 2/10/2014

    " The three books in this trilogy focus on isolated events concerning one main character and his circle of upper crust associates. I was very entertained by the book because it gives a glimpse into the lives of British aristocrats, the stories are absurd, exotic and sometimes downright atrocious. I believe Edward St Aubyn wrote this as a semi-autobiographical tome and I shudder to think that some of the events written in this book are real. The writing style is engaging and restrained (very much like the way upper class people tend to be overly self-deprecating) and the stories told are compelling. I can't say which of the three books I liked best, but as a whole the trilogy is a good read. However, I cannot imagine one reading a single book by itself because the links between the three are quite pronounced. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzie Black | 1/7/2014

    " So, so, sooooo depressing....I can't believe I actually finished it... "

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

    " I am grateful to Edward St. Aubyn for writing this trilogy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jon | 12/17/2013

    " Nicely written, but the content was a little too intense and disheartening for this particular reader...especially the second book that focuses on the details of horrifically described drug addiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 12/16/2013

    " Can't wait to read the last book of the series. We listened to the first three as audio books and were hooked from first sentence notwithstanding a harrowing journey in the second book. Nothing like crazy posh English for a good read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darran Mclaughlin | 12/10/2013

    " Pretty dark but very well written. The characterisation of Princess Margaret is excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 11/26/2013

    " More of the wonderful Patrick Melrose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zach | 10/15/2013

    " If you hate snobby rich Americans just take a few hours to read this book to see how much worse the British were/are/can be. And man alive is this a great series of books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Vaughan | 9/27/2013

    " First two books are brilliant, and the squalor of addiction is nicely played out in book 2. The third book is less successful - too shallow. But I'm reading Mother's Milk now, and this is even better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 7/3/2013

    " funny and sharp and sometimes painful - the other reviewers have covered subject matter etc "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dominic | 5/25/2013

    " 2nd of the trilogy and just as good as the first "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 9/9/2012

    " My rating really stands for the second book in the trilogy - wickedly funny. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sadie | 6/12/2012

    " For the serious anglophile only. Bleak, ungenerous, but highly skillful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sybil | 3/8/2011

    " You really need to read the whole Patrick Melrose series from beginning to end to appreciate the final novel. I also recommend reading them as closely together as possible, so that echoes and layers resonate even more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Talluto | 10/13/2010

    " Brilliant books! The author explores dark themes of addiction, child abuse, and classism from the perspective of Patrick Melose, a young member of British society. The book tells his painful story of descent into misery and ultimate redemption with razor-sharp witted black humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Croft | 2/25/2010

    " Thank god for my family rather than the dysfunctional mess portrayed in this series of books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzie | 1/5/2010

    " So, so, sooooo depressing....I can't believe I actually finished it...
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sisimka | 3/28/2009

    " My rating really stands for the second book in the trilogy - wickedly funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 9/4/2008

    " funny and sharp and sometimes painful - the other reviewers have covered subject matter etc "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Florbela | 4/24/2008

    " This book has very good reviews on Amazon.co.uk and that's one of the reasons why I bought it. However, it's not my kind of book. The first part was really good but the other two disappointed me a lot. :( "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sadie | 4/22/2008

    " For the serious anglophile only. Bleak, ungenerous, but highly skillful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 8/3/2007

    " Brilliant books! The author explores dark themes of addiction, child abuse, and classism from the perspective of Patrick Melose, a young member of British society. The book tells his painful story of descent into misery and ultimate redemption with razor-sharp witted black humor. "

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About the Author
Author Edward St. Aubyn

Edward St Aubyn was born in London in 1960. He was educated at Westminster school and Keble college, Oxford University. He is the author of six novels, including Mother’s Milk, which was shortlisted for the 2006 Man Booker Prize, won the 2007 Prix Femina Etranger, and won the 2007 South Bank Show award on literature. His first novel, Never Mind, won the Betty Trask award. This novel, along with Bad News and Some Hope became a trilogy, now collectively published under the title Some Hope. His other fiction consists of On the Edge which was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize and A Clue to the Exit.