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2.77 out of 52.77 out of 52.77 out of 52.77 out of 52.77 out of 5 2.77 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Torday Narrator: Richard Mitchley Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN:
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From the best-selling author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen comes a story of inheritance, a great country house, and a way of life that is disappearing...Ed Hartlepool has been living in self-imposed exile for five years, but with a settlement regarding his inheritance looming, he must return to his ancestral seat, Hartlepool Hall.

On his return, he discovers that his father has left him, along with the house, a seven million pound tax bill, two massive overdrafts, an 80-year-old butler, and a vast country estate that is creaking at the seams. Not only that, but there is a strange woman in residence - Lady Alice - who seems to have made herself very much at home.

With the debts mounting, it seems that Ed's only recourse is to turn to his friend Annabel's new boyfriend, a property developer who plans to turn Hartlepool Hall into luxury flats and a golf course. But can Ed save his inheritance without such a drastic move? And is Lady Alice really the person she claims to be?

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beatrice | 1/30/2014

    " I thought the author made a valid point, about the essences of homes and their purpose in our lives, but the book left me feeling very dispirited. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Lou | 1/20/2014

    " A Lot of this book is quite dull, even when a weird twist is thrown in here and there. The characters, without exception, are annoying and deserving of their fate overall. The ending was equally irritating - no match for the excellent ending in Salmon Fishing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hillingdon Libraries | 1/15/2014

    " Find this book at Hillingdon Libraries "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Rogers | 1/15/2014

    " Not on his best form, a bit dull. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 12/29/2013

    " At this time in my life, Hartlepool Hall was just the story for me to read. It was a book of hope and love an easy and enjoyable read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deb | 12/18/2013

    " Disappinting. I read Salmon fishing a few years back and find none of the others have even come close.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shivanthi Sathanandan | 12/12/2013

    " A sunday afternoon book in the vein of Alexander McCall Smith; ridiculously weird and wonderful characters, celebrated for their foibles. It makes you want to throw on your wellies and find a crumbling mansion of your own! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 12/8/2013

    " Very enjoyable, good holiday read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pam | 12/7/2013

    " Weird. Odd story without anything to recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gill | 12/5/2013

    " A light, entertaining read but a too silly at times. I preferred Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Valerie | 11/10/2013

    " Interesting book though I felt like some parts seemed to drag on. I guess I find none of the characters relatable at all. The Annabel storyline took a dark and unexpected turn and I don't really like how it was resolved. It made for an interesting lunchtime conversation topic though! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Caroline Vaughan-reid | 10/28/2013

    " Disappointing - enjoyed all of his other books to date, however this has nothing to recommend... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kinny | 9/11/2013

    " Didn't like the ending to this book. As with Salmon Fishing In the Yemen, it felt like he was told the book was going to print the night before he finished it. I enjoyed the first three quarters of the book. The ending felt hurried and unrelated to the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 6/4/2013

    " An enjoyable story which aptly describes the life of an English country house and its inhabitants, with neat touches of black humour. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 5/25/2013

    " A very enjoyable read. Paul Torday tells a very original story about very interesting and individual characters. It was a sad tale but also comic, and developed in a very entertaining manner, written beautifully. It wasn't a happy ending, but a hopeful one. I liked it a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 4/12/2013

    " Somewhat unlikely that a marquess would be that bewildered and not have a university education, however I enjoyed the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 3/27/2013

    " I'm not really sure why I bought this book - not my usual thing at all, but it was an easy and enjoyable read, fun even. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 10/17/2012

    " Have been meaning to read Salmon Fishing in the Yemen for ages so when I saw this I thought I'd give it a go. It was a pleasant read with some predictable bits and some not so predicatable! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 julie | 9/19/2012

    " this was a strange book....the characters are all a bit off and tho' i read it through to the end (it's how i am with novels), it didn't move me and i didn't underline anything. i liked salmon fishing in the yemen but this wasn't it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lenah | 8/23/2012

    " Torday always writes unusual subject with ease. This one is certainly a page turner! Easy to ready, good narrative, an interesting plot! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neil | 7/19/2012

    " Quite enjoyable but once I reached the end I decided it hadn't really been worth the effort. I don't think I'll be bothering with anything else by Paul Torday. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 2/13/2012

    " This was a good read. I like Paul Torday - he creates engaging characters and a plot with twists but still an easy read. This was really enjoyable. "

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About the Narrator

Richard Mitchley is an actor and narrator who has appeared in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet…, The Black Adder, and Doctor Who