A poignant story of forbidden love and the loss of innocence set in the glamorous upper-class world prior to the Second World War, Waugh’s most famous novel is partly autobiographical and is a gripping study of aristocratic life behind closed doors.
The story begins in 1925 at Oxford where Charles Ryder is befriended by the louche and flamboyant Sebastian Flyte, son of Lord and Lady Marchmain. Charles is quickly seduced by his friend’s opulent and glamorous world and thrilled by an invitation to ‘Brideshead’, the Marchmain’s magnificent ancestral home. Beguiled by his surroundings, Charles becomes infatuated with Sebastian’s beautiful sister Julia. As his emotional attachment grows, Charles finds himself increasingly at odds with the family’s strongest bond: a deep and abiding Catholic faith.
A CSA Word Classic Audiobook. Abridged. 4 CDs. 5hrs. ISBN 978-1906147266.
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What the reviews said:
“Elegantly structured…Jeremy Northam’s narration brilliantly creates Waugh’s self-parodying dialogue” - The Observer
“Intelligently filleted…the musical framing is particularly good” - The Times
“A wonderful reading (skillfully abridged)…so much better than any of the television or movie adaptations. A genuine classic” - audiobooksreview.co.uk
“I enjoyed listening…beautifully read by Jeremy Northam” – NewBooks magazine