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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,536 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Evelyn Waugh Narrator: Emilia Fox, Tobias Menzies, Nathaniel Parker Publisher: CSA Word Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN:
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A unique three-person reading. Vile Bodies is both a celebration of the hedonism of the young and a warning to those who believe that their licence to indulge is infinite and unquestionable.

A whole host of characters are introduced throughout Waugh's thought-provoking and often highly satirical story, which follows protagonist Adam through the perils and pitfalls of securing his marriage to Nina Blount, his fiancée.

Roll on an eccentric (verging on senile) father-in-law-to-be; parties at 10 Downing Street; a soiree in a Zeppelin; high times at Shepheard's hotel, where wine is always flowing; and the shocking and brilliant misbehaviour of Miss Agatha Runcible, who eventually finds drag racing a little too, too, sick-making!

Not without pathos and serious undertones, Waugh works a winning formula to produce an accomplished and mature funny novel. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 2/15/2014

    " The finest Waugh. The funniest 20th century novel, in my opinion. Too many people buy Brideshead and fall asleep in it. Skip that and read this. Read Decline and Fall first though. Waugh at his brisk, bright, unsentimental best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 2/15/2014

    " I got a kick out of the Bright Young People's language. Apparently there was fashion for adding -making on to everything. Embarrassing was "shy-making" or alternatively, "How shaming!" And they used "bogus" as a pejorative long before surfer dudes picked up. And there was lots of "You think this party is boring, don't you, or don't you?" Shallow, scathing, fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby Davis | 2/4/2014

    " This book is hilarious. Every single word of dialogue is so understated and sarcastic and ridiculous. They made a movie from the book, and it wasn't funny at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott Mcintosh | 2/3/2014

    " Doesn't live up to Brideshead for me but you can see the foundation of Waugh casting a critical eye on British society of the day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 1/26/2014

    " matter of fact style in describing bizarre events, pretentious people with shallow aims, flitting from party to party, a hilarious read, and at the end, makes you see how life seems so empty for all of them. although that is when you place adam as the central character... but maybe i would think differently of it with a second read? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacky | 1/17/2014

    " One of the first books I've read to reveal the utter fallenness of modern day materialism, which is only repeated through the 20th to 21st century, despite its setting in the inter-world war periods. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miriam | 1/13/2014

    " If British madcap is your thing then this is the novel for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K | 1/6/2014

    " Very funny. The end is like a drop into an abyss of depression and a strange way to end such a humorous book, but the mood of it was largely due to Mr. Waugh's divorce from his first wife, She-Evelyn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan | 12/18/2013

    " I have very little to say about this but I did enjoy it. It is sort of hard to relate to since it deals with a society that I know little about and didn't know firsthand, and never really can since it's extinct. Still, it's an entertaining yarn with plenty of saucy British wit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 10/11/2013

    " Very fun roaring flappers. Good quote: "There are a few good times left in the capital of the Empire." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurel | 8/26/2013

    " With character names like Lady Fanny Throbbing, Mrs. Ape, and Prime Minister Outrage, how can you go wrong? Too funny-making. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taz | 7/14/2013

    " one of my fave books i re-read it recently -- it only takes a few hours -- and chuckled all over again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Jongbloed | 3/5/2013

    " I'd seen Brideshead Revisited on tv, and it was great. It was about time I started reading Waugh's books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maureen | 12/15/2012

    " Nancy Mitford did it better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becky | 8/13/2012

    " Better than Decline and Fall, but still not so worthy of the astonishing praise he received, and continues to receive for his satirical works. At least now I can turn my attention to the meta works, and hope that the people who provided the inspiration for his characters were more interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 7/8/2012

    " So wicked and witty. I laughed out loud many a time with this one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Seasweetie | 7/5/2012

    " This was my second Evelyn Waugh book, and likely my last. I appreciate cynicism as much as the next person, but I had had enough of Waugh's after only two books. Disappointing, as I like some of his contemporaries, and was expecting to like him as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darran Mclaughlin | 3/28/2012

    " Funny, enjoyable read with a tender heart beneath the nihilism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 1/8/2012

    " Very funny. An even better depiction of the Bright Young Things than, dare I say it, "Brideshead Revisited." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rozanne | 11/9/2011

    " More excellent satire from Waugh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Cruce | 8/21/2011

    " Even the author admitted that it goes off the rails about half way through, but the Bright Young Things are trippy and Waugh, even in comedy, does an uncanny job of capturing a fascinating era. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 5/16/2011

    " Love Love Love. Especially the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 4/26/2011

    " Entertaining, one of Waugh's comedies with a twist.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Drew | 4/13/2011

    " Seriously, I've already begun adapting this to modern-day Brooklyn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aeisele | 4/1/2011

    " I think I liked Decline and Fall better, but this story about the "Bright Young Ones" of London, is quite brilliant. Waugh's narrative voice, which is to basically announce action through conversation of the characters, really worked well here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 3/18/2011

    " Some very funny bits and others that weren't. I think the author's assessment of this book is the most accurate: "It was finished in a very different mood from that in which it was begun. The reader may, perhaps, notice the transition from gaiety to bitterness." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 3/2/2011

    " An interesting and revealing snapshot of a time of social upheaval in post WWI England. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 2/27/2011

    " The master of nasty satire. An early work about the foibles of the "Bright Young Things" of the 1920's. The movie by Stephen Fry, while worth watching, is but a loose adaptation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carl | 2/21/2011

    " A very fun glimpse into the life of the rich twenty-something's during the early 1900's in England. Waugh has a gift for capturing moments of painful truth against a decadent life style. And there are some great little twists in the plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Afrothunder | 2/12/2011

    " I thought it odd at first but after the first chapter I became quite engrossed in the quirkiness of it all. Very comical at times, a great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 The Master | 1/9/2011

    " Mad as a bag of muskrats, and almost as much fun! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pj | 11/9/2010

    " It took me a little while to get into it, but in the end I liked it pretty well. (Thanks Paul.) "

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About the Author
Author Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh (1903–1966) was born October 28, 1903 in London, England. After short periods as an art student and schoolmaster, he devoted himself to travel and to the writing of novels. His novels are unusually highly wrought and precisely written. Those written before 1939 may be described as satirical. During World War II his writing took a more serious and ambitious turn. Waugh also wrote travel books.