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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,428 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jessica Fellows Narrator: Elizabeth McGovern Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2007 ISBN: 9781427227027
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Millions of television viewers tuned in to their PBS stations to watch the first season of "Downton Abbey." The popularity and critical acclaim brought millions more to join in for successive seasons of the mini-series to follow the wealthy, aristocratic Crawley family as they went from the privileged world of Victorian high society through the turbulence of World War I and World War II.

Garnering a host of nominations and awards in everything from costume to acting to set design, viewers who can't get enough can turn to Jessica Fellows' "The World of Downton Abbey" to learn more about the people, places and history of both the upper crust and servant classes featured in the mini-series.

The audiobook is narrated by Elizabeth McGovern, the actress who plays Lady Grantham in the Downton Abbey series. She joins forces with the author to provide more information about the Edwardian era in Britain, including family life, upper class manor houses, society, lives of the servant classes, historical events such as World War I and World War II and the enormous changes brought about over the years.

For those who were captivated by the lavish, authentic costumes of the series, the audiobook describes the making of the costumes and accessories. While Anglophiles will find insights into Edwardian and WWI societies, those interested in the American-British dynamics won't be disappointed. Fellowes goes into depth about the marriages of convenience between wealthy American heiresses and titled, sometimes financially faltering British equivalents and the ramifications of antiquated inheritance and peerage laws.

Jessica Fellows is the best-selling writer of a number of books based on the "Downton Abbey" PBS series. Fellowes is the niece of Lord Julian Fellowes, the Emmy-winning and Oscar-winning author of the Downton Abbey series. She has done extensive research on the background, the history, and the characters of the period as well as the house and locale as well.

Downton Abbey has captured the imagination of the nation. Written by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes the show has become the benchmark for quality drama, and a commentary on all things British. Downton Abbey portrays a world of elegance and decadence, a world of duty and obedience and a world of romance and rivalry: this companion book, full of rich historical detail, takes fans deeper into that period than ever before. Step inside one of the most beautiful houses in Britain, past Carson the butler at the front door and into the grand hallway. Catch a glimpse of the family having drinks in the drawing room before dinner, dressed in their evening finery, whilst Lord Grantham finishes writing a letter in his study. Then climb the grand sweeping staircase to the maze of rooms upstairs and peak through Lady Mary’s open door to see Anna, her maid, tidying scent bottles and jewellery on the ornate dressing table. Follow Anna down the servants’ stairs and into the kitchens to watch Mrs Patmore frantically preparing dinner. Mrs Hughes keeps a watchful eye from her study and the world of Downton comes alive before you. Experience the inner workings of the downstairs life and be dazzled by the glamour of upstairs life with profiles of all the major characters, interviews with the actors, behind the scenes insights and in-depth information on costumes and props. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gretchen | 2/15/2014

    " This is a great look behind the scenes at the Downton Abby PBS series. They cover all the aspects of the period and how it was researched and recreated. For anyone who enjoys the series, this is a great companion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zelda | 2/13/2014

    " Not quite the breezy mind candy I had imagined. It was definitely historical in nature but not at all scholarly or difficult and loaded with great photos and stills from the sets. If you've been obsessed with the show the book is a fantastic companion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rene Daihl | 1/30/2014

    " If you Love Downton Abbey you will love this book!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracie | 1/26/2014

    " Yes, I am obsessed! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Grodsky | 1/24/2014

    " Beautiful photos and production. Didn't tell me as much as I wanted to know about the period, but it's not really history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 1/18/2014

    " This was an interesting behind the scenes book on this television series. I've just begun to watch it and the book shed light on many of the customs of the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 12/30/2013

    " Interesting history to go with my obession for this show. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa Pelusi | 12/10/2013

    " Great background information! Watch out for spoilers to Season 2. I stopped reading when I saw anyhting that mentioned war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gwen | 11/1/2013

    " If you like the tv program, this is a great companion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 10/31/2013

    " I don't usually read books about TV programs, but a friend recommended this one. It did have some interesting info about the time period and the filming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 10/4/2013

    " I enjoyed the series & read the history selections that were in the book along with some background information about how they were able to make the 1912 timeframe so realistic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meg Ulmes | 9/12/2013

    " I'm a "Downton Abbey" lover so this book was like a great dollop of whip cream on a decadent dessert. Great pictures are supplemented by historical and social information as well as interviews and quotes from the actors who portray the characters. Loved it! "

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

    " A really nicely-designed book for those who can't get enough of Downton Abbey. I got it for a gift, and I would give it for a gift. Pretty good background material on the period and the people that inspired the stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Cytowic | 7/24/2013

    " Lush, lavish, funny. An indulgence, just because. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan Michele | 1/25/2013

    " A beautiful look inside the show! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arlene | 1/19/2013

    " Great book about a great Masterpiece Series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gracie | 10/9/2012

    " I love everything about Downton Abbey !!! Great book!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debb24601 | 10/5/2012

    " I love this book! Behind the scenes goodies and historical info explaining the details of the show. Gorgeous pictures. A beautiful book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber Van Hazel Trukositz | 8/1/2012

    " I loved this companion to the series. Fascinating and fun to read. I highly recommend for any Downton hardcore fan. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimbra | 7/14/2012

    " This is was an interesting companion to the addictive PBS series and provided some background to the characters as well as historical information regarding the time period. The accompanying photographs were nice, but I would like to have seen the true life figures more accurately identified. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irene Corcoran | 4/28/2012

    " I am obsessed so I enjoyed going through this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 4/27/2012

    " If you love the show this really is a great companion and great photos too! "

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About the Narrator

Elizabeth McGovern is a musician and actress best known for her role as Cora in the BBC’s Downton Abbey. She studied at Juilliard and San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater. She has been nominated for many awards for her acting, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She has narrated numerous audiobooks and won two AudioFile Earphones Awards.