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The Four Feathers Audiobook

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,367 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: A. E. W. Mason Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Just before his regiment sails off to war in the Sudan, British officer Harry Feversham resigns his commission, wanting desperately to be free of his family’s proud military heritage and terrified of risking his life. He is immediately given four white feathers as symbols of cowardice, one by each of his three best friends and one by his fiancée. To disprove this grave dishonor, Harry dons an Arabian disguise and leaves for the Sudan, where he anonymously comes to the aid of his three friends, saving each of their lives. Having proven his bravery, Harry returns to England, hoping to regain the love and respect of his fiancée. This suspenseful tale movingly depicts a distinctive code of honor that was deeply valued and strongly promoted by the British during the height of their imperial power. Harry’s heroic attempts at redemption offer listeners a glimpse into a vivid array of human emotions.

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  • “[A] rousing novel of redemption set during the height of British Imperialism.”

    Turner Classic Movies

  • “Action and introspection complement each other in The Four Feathers...Mason’s achievement in this novel is significant in that it not only offers a thrilling and entertaining romance of adventure that has withstood the test of time, but that it also provides us with a revealing portrait of the mind-set of a people and a time and a place that has otherwise drifted into the dusty pages of a history textbook.”

    Gary Hoppenstand, professor in the Department of English at Michigan State University

Listener Reviews

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Sam Reaves | 2/14/2014

    " For pure escapism I have a secret weakness for stirring yarns of British imperial adventure, stiff upper lip, pith helmets, restive tribesmen and all that. This hoary classic has spawned a couple of decent movie versions. A disgraced officer goes undercover in the Mahdi's Sudan (see Churchill's The River War) to redeem himself after accusations of cowardice. Jolly good stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Frank Shedd | 2/8/2014

    " ok the movies were much better "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Haley | 2/1/2014

    " I listened to this one while running, and I can't say it's the best novel to listen to simply because it's a classic and very slow. I loved the main story, but would find myself zoning in and out during some of the war talk. One of my favorite romance stories is the tragedy of two people being in love but who can't be together for whatever reasons, so I enjoyed that part of the novel. I loved Harry's response to the four feathers and how he let them shape his life in a positive way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Juliana | 2/1/2014

    " Good story. Rather different from the movie. "

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About the Author

A. E. W. Mason (1865–1948) was born at Dulwich, England. A graduate of Oxford, he was first a professional actor before becoming a playwright. When he turned to writing fiction, he proved to be a versatile and prolific author, excelling at historical fiction, adventure fiction, social melodrama, and crime fiction. A man of adventure himself, Mason served in the newly established British Secret Service during World War I. In 1943, he was made an Honorary Fellow at Trinity College, Oxford. He is perhaps best remembered today for his tales of adventure and detection, often set in exotic locales.

About the Narrator

Ralph Cosham (1936–2014), a.k.a. Geoffrey Howard, was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles, and several of his narrations were named “Audio Best of the Year” by Publishers Weekly. In 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for his narration of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.