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Julian Fellowes's Belgravia Audiobook

Julian Fellowes's Belgravia

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Publisher's Summary

Julian Fellowes's Belgravia is the story of a secret. A secret that unravels behind the porticoed doors of London's grandest postcode.

Set in the 1840s, when the upper echelons of society began to rub shoulders with the emerging industrial nouveau riche, Belgravia is peopled by a rich cast of characters. But the story begins on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. At the Duchess of Richmond's now legendary ball, one family's life will change forever....

©2016 Orion Publishing Group (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group

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    Tamara 30/07/2016
    Tamara 30/07/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Another time another place. An escapist listen"

    Always enjoy a period piece, and this one is no exception. The unique format (episode rather than chapters) added to the uniqueness of this listen.


    No great revaluation of a storyline more the interaction of the characters and the changing of dynamics keeps you wanting to listen.

    You can't help but liken to Downtown Abbey. It won't dissappoint!

    Look forward to further Fellows installments.

    An enjoyable escapist listen. Highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny 12/07/2016
    Jenny 12/07/2016
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    "Great story Belgravia"

    I really enjoyed this story...loved the descriptive language as l felt I was part of the story. Terrific. Characters were really interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sue 24/11/2016
    Sue 24/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful read"

    Thoroughly enjoyed the story and the narration. Great choice. I will definitely be looking for more from same author.

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    Ozzie 07/10/2016
    Ozzie 07/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book."

    Absolutely loved the book and the narrator did a wonderful job. Some books take a while to get started, but not this one - I was drawn into the story from the very beginning. If you loved Downton Abbey, you're going to love Belgravia.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marie 03/10/2016
    Marie 03/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Narrator was excellent"

    Great story, but what I enjoyed most was listening to the narrator. She did all the different voices and was superb.

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    E. Bennett Australia 07/09/2016
    E. Bennett Australia 07/09/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Juliet Stevenson is amazing"

    Brilliant narration, it was so easy to forget all the characters were voiced by just one person. Ripping yarn too.

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    Moira esperance, Australia 18/08/2016
    Moira esperance, Australia 18/08/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "My first read of Julian Fellows"

    If you loved Downtown Abbey you will love this no great up heavals no killing no vice just a good yarn about day to day life in that period - very enjoyable

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    Annmarie 13/08/2016
    Annmarie 13/08/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "thoroughly enjoyable intrigue"

    thoroughly enjoyable intrigue. dreadful villains and manipulative 'heroes'... plot twists and surprises all the way. marvellous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James 11/08/2016
    James 11/08/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyable"

    It was an enjoyable, but perhaps somewhat predictable period piece. But then we keep reading them because we do enjoy them.

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  • K. P. Centofanti
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    29/10/16
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    "Riveting insightful story"

    Such a joy to listen to this regency period piece that not only conveys a wealth of topical detail but also keeps one enthralled as the story unfolds. The unvarnished yet forgiving description of human nature, then and now, is Julian Fellowes' forte.

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  • Laure
    France
    13/09/16
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    "J'adooooore!"

    So amazingly well read!
    I enjoyed it so much I could read it again right now!

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  • Samantha Clarke
    17/07/16
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    "Superb"

    A first class novel From Julian Fellowes with superb narration from Juliet Stevenson. Highly recommended!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria Long
    Cheltenham, Glos United Kingdom
    4/07/16
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    "Lovely story"

    Really looked forward to this and I wasn't disappointed.

    Juliet Stevenson read so well using different voices for each character. It felt like a dramatisation instead of a narration.

    26 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Lorna
    17/07/16
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    "Reminiscent of Georgette Heyer"

    And none the worse for that. Full of typical Fellowes anachronisms, but a jolly romp through middle and upper class London, with satisfyingly unpleasant villains, enough nuanced characters to keep the listener's interest, and a limited number of wholly 'good' saps. Beautifully read by Juliet Stevenson.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Stephanie Axon
    14/07/16
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    "Did not disappoint!"

    Julian Fellowes tells such a good yarn. Really enjoyed it, not least of all because s happy ending was assured!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • GMJ
    14/07/16
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    "Comforting and clever"

    Enjoyed every minute of this wonderful story. It painted a wonderful picture of 19th century society.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • CAROL KILLA
    23/07/16
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    "typical fellows"

    beautifully told story showing the prejudices of the class system in the early 19th century.
    you get lost in the story. characters become real and you will be sorry to leave at the end.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Caz
    Frinton-on-Sea
    24/07/16
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    "A superb multi-layered piece of historical fiction"

    This is a really enjoyable story with a very strong sense of place and time that takes a good look at the English class system in the Victorian era. It's beautifully written and developed and it’s full of acute social observation and comment delivered in a classically understated, English manner.

    The story opens on the eve of Waterloo at the now infamous Duchess of Richmond's Ball. Sophia Trenchard, the daughter of the man known as "Wellington's Vittler", James Trenchard, is in love with Edmund, Viscount Bellasis, heir to the Earl of Brockenhurst. But there is no future for a viscount and a tradesman's daughter, and Sophia's mother, Anne, is very sensible of that and tries to caution her daughter.

    Some months later, following Edmund's death in battle, Sophia realises she is pregnant and reveals to her mother that she had gone through a wedding ceremony with Edmund that she later discovered to be false. When Sophia dies in childbirth, Anne and James reluctantly decide to send him away to be brought up by a clergyman in order to protect Sophia's reputation.

    The bulk of the story takes place some twenty-five years later as the two families from very different social classes, and who, but for that one twist of fate would almost certainly never have come into each others' orbits, discover that they are inextricably linked, in a way that sees petty jealousies explode into something far more dangerous.

    The story is very well told and suits the episodic format employed. It's fairly slow paced, but that means there is ample time for character exploration and development, and the descriptions of the fashions and customs of the era are detailed and all contribute to that very strong sense of time and place I mentioned at the beginning.

    Juliet Stevenson's performance is simply outstanding. Her vocal characterisations are many and varied and there is never any confusion as to who is speaking.

    All in all, this is a thoroughly enjoyable listen and one I'd definitely recommend.

    25 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • Neil Chauhan
    7/07/16
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    "Perfect escapism"

    Soap disguised as historical novel. Addictive. I even enjoyed the slightly annoying didactic elements, v interesting insight into society, the arts, politics, architecture and social mores.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    11/07/16
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    "5 Stars"

    Excellent story line! well recommended daily to all Julian Fellowes fans. Good performance Juliet Stevenson

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Annie
    10/07/16
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    "What a treat!"

    Perhaps a little predictable but an excellent read nonetheless. Wonderfully read by Juliet Stevenson who brought all the characters to life and who is so easy to listen to. A must for lovers of Julian Fellowes and period drama. I hope there is more to come about all these characters in a second book.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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