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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (254 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Gardam Narrator: June Barrie Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN:
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Set during the aftermath of World War Two, this warm, funny, intelligent audiobook will delight listeners. The Flight of the Maidens follows the lives of three maturing young women as they leave school and take up their scholarships at university.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eileen | 2/12/2014

    " Like all of Jane Gardam's novels, a delight. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Geneva | 2/6/2014

    " I felt that all in all this book turned out to be an essentially unengaging coming of age novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pushkin | 1/3/2014

    " It was difficult for me to relate to the characters in the way they were presented, so it was appropriately difficult to finish. I kept hoping it would get better. Not the worst read, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 1/2/2014

    " A flawless setup with beautifully precise writing to match. The plot begins to lose focus when Gardam's three protagonists hit the road, however, and many of the events that follow feel slightly random. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lanette | 12/28/2013

    " Usually I love WW II fiction, but this was a disappointment. Kind of reminded me of a Maeve Binchyin that each chapter was written from a different person's perspective and characters were intertwined... but not a book I'd recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ali | 12/22/2013

    " This was a lovely novel, I read it in a little over 24 hours and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was fascinated by the story of Lieselotte, a German Jew, who had come to yorkshire as a ten year old in 1939. All three girls however have a summer that in some way changes their lives. There are both poignat and hugely funny moments, and so much that rings true - after all we have all been 17. The writing is great, and the characterisation is brilliant - Hetty's mother is a truly awful - and at the same time wonderful character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susann | 12/7/2013

    " A coming-of-age novel, but not in a chick-lit way. 1946 Yorkshire - three girls have just won scholarships to University. Gardam continues to remind me of Penelope Fitzgerald; there's something about her economical style and how she doesn't spell everything out for you. Plus, there's a surreal quality to her work, in which it doesn't seem to matter that events are slightly implausible. I've read so much Anglo WWII stuff, but this one really gives a sense of what life was like for the young people who went through their adolescence during the War. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Treasure | 12/5/2013

    " I thought the ideas and emotions behind it all were lovely, and enjoyed the complex relationships and the complex time period, but I found the actual reading of the book to be slow going. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nan | 11/4/2013

    " I enjoyed this. Very much at the beginning...and stuck with it despite slow moments in the middle. I felt that the ending was rather a mad dash to tie all the ends together. Despite this, it was a fairly good read and I'll search out more of Jane Gardam's books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 10/10/2013

    " This book was interesting, but not as good as I hoped it would be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 9/29/2013

    " Loved it! But the cover is really stupid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 9/5/2013

    " This was *nice* but not amazing. Some great moments, rather slow-going. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suz | 7/21/2013

    " Better than average coming of age novel set in post-war England about 3 young women. Some elements of the effects of the war and the Holocaust. Well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brigid Mcdonough | 12/18/2012

    " Ijust learned about Jane Gardam this year and The Flight of the Maidens was the 5th book of hers that I have read this year. The Maidens' summer was amazing "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Colleen | 8/6/2012

    " She may be an award-winning author, but I did not like this book. Kind of dismal (described the events in the lives of 3 17-yr old British girls during the three months before they entered university in 1946). Sounded really promising, but I was disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 5/1/2012

    " Loved reading about the lives of 20 year olds women in Britain right after the WWII. Also interesting was learning about the plight of the Kindergarten Trains and the dissemination of young Jewish children who went sent away from the terror in Germany. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Orla Hegarty | 4/26/2012

    " This was my first foray into Ms. Gardam's work and I look forward to more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joy | 12/21/2011

    " I don't know what it was about this book, but I just didn't connect with it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne | 9/24/2011

    " A wonderful book. I didn't want it to end. I have never been disappointed by Jane Gardam. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie G. | 6/22/2011

    " Gardam is on my Top Ten list of best writers. She has a few YAs and children's books but this is an adult novel. I never get tired of rereading her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 2/7/2011

    " I really enjoyed the language in this book and the plot as well, although it took a little while for me to get into it. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys British fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Odoublegood | 1/4/2011

    " set in 1946; literate and funny "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ferris | 8/27/2010

    " Audiobook...............Audiobook.............a lovely British, post WWII coming of age story of three young women. Completely simple, yet full of life wisdom. I really enjoyed this story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 1/29/2010

    " This book is much more literary than you might expect. It's superbly written and was a great (and quick) read for a Brit Lit fan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 7/28/2009

    " I first read Gardam's Old Filth and loved it. I like this earlier work even better. Great development of the young women's characters and an interesting picture of England right after WWII. Some early feminist thoughts emerging in the minds and experiences of the college bound girls. "

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