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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (120 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Emily Eden Narrator: Peter Joyce Publisher: Assembled Stories Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2010 ISBN:
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The house is called Pleasance and is rented by two sisters, Blanche and Aileen. The story revolves around the fortunes of two neighbouring families of varied social standing. The sisters' semi-detachment is to the Hopkinsons. Whilst Blanche's husband, Arthur, is abroad on a mission, the neighbours soon prove themselves invaluable as friends and Blanche and Mrs Hopkinson discover that their husbands are already acquainted! Emily Eden said of this work at the time of writing, that it was a 'tolerably faithful representation of modern society' but when it was published 30 years later, she saw it as 'a strange chronicle of the Olden Time'. It remains, however, a sharp and witty cameo of polite society in nineteenth century England.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abigailann (Abigail) | 11/19/2013

    " A brilliant insight into the life of Griff Rhys Jones, as well as brief looks at other figures such as Tony Blair and Douglas Adams. Some interesting stories about 70s student life, as well as funny acacdotes, all delivered in a well-written package "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabriella | 11/8/2013

    " Light reading about romances and troubles in the English upper classes. A bit like Jane Austen (but not as wonderful, of course). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Virginia | 9/30/2013

    " These were fun books, and hey! Two books in one! She's no Austen or Gaskell, but I flew through both books and enjoyed them thoroughly. They aren't in print, though, that I could find, but widely available through online used booksellers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mellen | 1/25/2013

    " This was a really fun book. A bit in the vein of Jane Austen, but with a little more about servants and politics than dear Miss Austen would allow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 12/28/2012

    " This is what you read when you've finished every word Jane Austen ever wrote - letters, juvenalia, laundry lists. Too bad Eden didn't continue. These two books are a delight for the Austen-hungry. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 MaryBliss | 12/6/2012

    " A couple of pleasant mid-nineteenth century social satires. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 8/29/2012

    " If you need a vaguely Austenish book fix, these are both good reads. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Obisbooks | 2/16/2012

    " Has that Jane Austen tone and some of the charm, but not the depth. Both novels take place after the marriage and include the typical characters, the parties, the misunderstandings and eventual marriages of the other characters. Happiness wins in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/7/2012

    " I have no idea where i got this but i loved it -- a parody of jane austen written in the same time period. It's hilarious, but only if you are the type of soul who finds jane austen funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 10/28/2011

    " Loved the book~! Hilarious! Will write a review for this later! =D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 7/27/2011

    " Undemanding but very enjoyable comedies of manners & morals -- a sort of Trollope lite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 B | 6/26/2011

    " 19th century England stories of family, love, and social situations. Recommend to Jane Austen fans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 3/12/2011

    " thank you Noel Perrin for writing "A Readers Delight" and suggesting this book for all the Austen fans out there. My daughter read this and loved it and suggested it for my book club. All the ladies enjoyed the read. Fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyddie | 11/8/2010

    " As well written as The Semi-Attached Couple, but more enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carla | 7/8/2010

    " A nioce summery read. Thanks again, Renee! "

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