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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (12,391 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Muriel Spark Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the classic work that launched a play, a movie, and a song, Muriel Spark tells the darkly intriguing story of an eccentric Edinburgh teacher and the intense relationship she develops with six of her students.

At the staid Marcia Blaine School for Girls, in Edinburgh, Scotland, teacher extraordinaire Miss Jean Brodie is unmistakably, and outspokenly, in her prime. She is passionate in the application of her unorthodox teaching methods, preaching the value of art, passion, and daring. She is also passionate in her attraction to the married art master, Teddy Lloyd, in her affair with the bachelor music master, Gordon Lowther, and—most important—in her dedication to “her girls,” the students she selects to be her crème de la crème. Fanatically devoted, each member of the Brodie set—Eunice, Jenny, Mary, Monica, Rose, and Sandy—is “famous for something,” and Miss Brodie strives to bring out the best in each one. Determined to instill in them independence, passion, and ambition, Miss Brodie advises her girls, “Safety does not come first. Goodness, Truth, and Beauty come first. Follow me.”

And they do. But one of them will betray her.

Told from the unsympathetic perspective of one of Miss Brodie’s students, this novel explores themes of innocence, betrayal, and the tension between cold rationality and unchecked emotionalism.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Muriel Spark is one of the few writers on either side of the Atlantic with enough resources, daring, and stamina to be altering, as well as feeding, the fiction machine.”

    New Yorker

  • “A perfect book.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Remarkable; Surprises are systematically reduced until there is only one left, and it is like the stab of a stiletto.”


  • “A gloriously witty and polished vignette.”

    Times Literary Supplement

  • “Admirably written, beautifully constructed, extremely amusing, and deeply serious.”

    Saturday Review

  • “Narrator [Wanda McCaddon’s] voices are an almost musical backdrop to the story; her accents dance gracefully with one another throughout all types of interaction. Miss Jean Brodie’s eccentricities and the author’s use of time shifts are not lost in [McCaddon’s] reading. [McCaddon] keeps the reader right by her side.”


  • One ofModern Library's 100 Best English-Language Novels of the Twentieth Century
  • One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Syd | 2/18/2014

    " This was my first time reading Spark, and I have to confess that I had no idea who she was or what she was about. Now...I am annoyed. I loved her. Now I have to read everything she's ever written, and she wrote a LOT. Annoying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Deirdre Flynn | 2/15/2014

    " Audiobook. Rich character but I really don't know why this novel has endured. I guess the success of the girls in getting away from such a monumental/manipulative character in their lives is interesting... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sarah | 2/4/2014

    " The story is engaging enough, although the roundabout and repetitive style can be a little tiresome if not in the right mood. Nevertheless, it's an easy read, and highly enjoyable in its own way. The relationships and development between the characters are very entertaining to watch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jennifer | 1/31/2014

    " Miss Brodie is really a fascinating, fleshed-out characters, at once magnetic and needy and charismatic and manipulative. This novella really gets at the heart of imitation, admiration, religious devotion, mentorship, and what it means to be female. "

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