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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (301 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Vita Sackville-West Narrator: Carole Boyd Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2011 ISBN:
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At nineteen, Sebastian is a duke and heir to a vast country estate. A deep sense of tradition binds him to his inheritance, though he loathes the social circus he is a part of. Deception, infidelity and greed hide beneath the glittering surface of good manners.

Among the guests at a lavish party are two people who will change Sebastian's life: Lady Roehampton, who will initiate him in the art of love; and Leonard Anquetil, a polar explorer who will lead Sebastian and his free-spirited sister Viola to question their destiny....

A portrait of fashionable society at the height of the era, The Edwardians revealed all that was glamorous about the period - and all that was to lead to its downfall.

Carole Boyd reads Vita Sackville West's classic novel of elegance and decadence.

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Listener Opinions

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

    " An interesting read...a very different time written by the lover of Virginia Woolf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 2/14/2014

    " Shockingly good. I did not know who Vita Sackville-west was and learned she was a part of the bloomsbury set and the inspiration for Woolf's "Orlando", which I will read next. I loved that this wild woman decided to write a best sellar and then did it. Also, found the culture and mindset of the British aristocracy has only incrementally shifted over a century. Kept thinking of Diana and understanding just how radical her behavior was to divorce the Prince and peel back the facade from royal and aristocratic life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/13/2014

    " I was a little put off by this at the beginning, but then I was surprised at how good it was. Quite insightful. An insider's view of a segment of English society few could experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karin | 1/20/2014

    " Really enjoying it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gareth Evans | 1/12/2014

    " I bought this book because it is often referred to in social histories of the Edwardian period. It's representation of the leisured lifestyle of the upper classes is very well done. It also hangs together well as a novel, with well-drawn characters who develop (or not). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sam Boarder | 1/11/2014

    " Sorry had to end it short. Was not interesting enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten | 1/5/2014

    " I honestly loved this. Sections of it felt downright Austenian in their sly satire. It was a bit slow-moving in parts (which is why I subtracted one star). But yeah, there's a lot of really good stuff there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Whitney | 12/13/2013

    " I am drawn to the subject of manor houses, and this book has great literary associations! However, there are reasons why V. Sackville-West is mainly known for her gardening more than anything else... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chloe | 11/30/2013

    " The most fantastic depiction of a fascinating era. Wonderful writing, living characters, with just a pinch of sweet irony. For anyone who likes Forster, Fitzgerald or Woolf. Personally would have read 400 more pages with delight. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lydia | 11/25/2013

    " A Brideshead Revisted rip-off (even if it was written earlier.) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen Hogan | 11/15/2013

    " This novel depicts the life of a young Duke and his wealthy family in the late 1800's. This book provided an excellent glimpse into how the upper classes lived in England. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K. | 10/27/2013

    " I am now going to hunt down every book this woman put out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marta | 7/20/2013

    " I loved this book. I loved the language, the easy fluency of the sentences, the sharp observations, the detailed recreation of a world and a time. It is quite light reading, but in no way empty. I will read more of her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy England | 7/15/2013

    " The book was recommended in the book "To Marry an English Lord". Interesting view of the English upper class in the late 1800's/early 1900's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 7/1/2013

    " More elegiac writing about English country house life. Those louche Edwardians! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krisette Spangler | 3/4/2013

    " This was a great look at the upper classes during the Edwardian period. I was actually surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 1/7/2013

    " Entertaining portrait of Edwardian high society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 9/7/2012

    " This is a classic tale of Edwardian excess, in the shadows of the changes that shaped English society in the first decade of the twentieth century. A good read, even if I came away not really caring much for any of the characters! "

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