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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Suzie Black | 1/7/2014

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

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