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Brideshead Revisited

Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
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The wellsprings of desire and the impediments to love come brilliantly into focus in Evelyn Waugh's masterpiece - a novel that immerses us in the glittering and seductive world of English aristocracy in the waning days of the empire.

Through the story of Charles Ryder's entanglement with the Flytes, a great Catholic family, Evelyn Waugh charts the passing of the privileged world he knew in his own youth and vividly recalls the sensuous pleasures denied him by wartime austerities.

At once romantic, sensuous, comic, and somber, Brideshead Revisited transcends Waugh's early satiric explorations and reveals him to be an elegiac, lyrical novelist of the utmost feeling and lucidity.

©1945 Evelyn Waugh (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Waugh's most deeply felt novel... Brideshead Revisited tells an absorbing story in imaginative terms...Mr. Waugh is very definitely an artist, with something like a genius for precision and clarity not surpassed by any novelist writing in English in his time." ( New York Times)

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a true classic read by a veteran performer

I just adored every second of this experience, a bit of a sad story in some ways but that just makes it more realistic - the characters and story make it a memorable and colourful experience which transforms one to another time!

I read this classic in my teens 35 years ago and it seemed beautiful and memorable then, and listening to this in my early 50s it is memorable and beautiful for totally different reasons - and the fact that it is read soo beautifully and masterfully by Jeremy Irons (whom I saw in the original BBC series) adds a further layer and beauty to this experience.

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Loved this book

Listening to Jeremy irons reading of this book was just wonderful his expression is just perfect

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A most charitable novel

The human condition. The tragedy of it and life found in submission. Sweet innocence and acceptance of one's responsibilities as Jesus was offered His vinegar on a rag. God bless Sabastian. God bless Charles and Julia too.

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Jeremy Iron’s masterful narration

Brideshead Revisited is in many respects a very atypical Waugh novel. An immediate bestseller on publication, it is an over ripe evocation of Oxford just after the first war and the story of two relationships- one gay, the other straight. I find it’s Catholicism overdone and a tad unbelievable. Waugh was a dreadful snob and some of the passages in the book are painful to read these days. It’s difficult to take to any of the characters as they are all overwhelmingly unlikeable. Nevertheless some of the prose is breathtaking and Jeremy Irons narration is magnificent. It is a child of its time.
It is interesting to read BR in comparison to the early volumes of Anthony Powell’s A Dance to the Music of Time. Powell A’s work uses similar material but is much more restrained in its technique. As a result I feel it’s a more powerful work. Nevertheless it’s hard not to fall under the spell of Waugh’s rich concoction.

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Wonderful narration

I've always loved this story. Read the book, watched the TV series, but I must say that I have enjoyed this most, Jeremy iIron's narration fits perfectly. I will be listening to it again in the not too distant future.

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A classic with homosexual overtones

Really interesting listen with some meaty concepts. Jeremy Iron's narration was disappointing. He pretty much just read it with only a feeble attempt at do different voices for the different characters.

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I could listen to Jeremy Irons read a car manual

Jeremy Irons delivers another masterful performance ( I previously listened to his narration of Lolita). It is a peculiar novel and certainly not my usual cup of tea (British pun intended), but is written in beautiful language and does a good job exploring things like class, love, religion, purpose, and a haunting meditation on the tradition and history fading away.

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  • Jennifer
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • 17-02-2018

Legendary narration

Having never watched the series on television of feel it has been worth the wait ... The imagery and truly fitting narration made this a joy to listen to. Highly recommend.

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Outstanding Jeremy Irons

This recording features this brilliantly soothing voice of J.I. Whose character voices are second to none.

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Brilliant

Jeremy Irons performance is wonderful. He plays all characters how I've always imagined them. Great listen.

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  • Jean
  • 07-08-2016

Absolutely brilliant!

I have seen the movie so many times and have always wanted to read the book, but could never find the time. The audio version was a real gift, and just couldn't wait to get opportunities for long periods of listening on the go.
The story is completly absorbing, the language so beautiful - like a priceless tapestry, but Jeremy Irons narration was totally GENIUS!

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  • Julian
  • 19-01-2018

My theme is memory

What a coup for the BBC to snare Jeremy Irons, star of the 1981 TV adaptation, to revisit his role as the protagonist and narrator of Waugh's wartime masterpiece. The scenes from that incomparable drama floated through my head as he read, bringing all the magical cast back to life (Olivier, Gielgud, Claire Bloom, Jane Asher, John LeMesurier et al, like some 70s thespian super-group), not to mention the music... I can't possibly be objective about the novel itself, it is inextricably bound up with my adolescence (I first read it when the TV version was being shown) and is one of the main reasons that drew my wife and me together (we named our third son Charles Sebastian). I'd forgotten how funny it was, though, Rex's failed Catholic conversion and Antony Blanche's appearances being the comic highlights. I gave Irons' narration only four stars though because a couple of the accents jarred a bit (mostly Rex's, I'm glad Waugh didn't make him Australian), but overall he handles the large cast with aplomb (he must have picked up a lot from all those knights and dames back in the 80s). It was a treat from first to last though, I look forward to listening again in a few more years, no doubt it will resonate even more with age.

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  • M. E. Donnelly
  • 21-08-2017

Wow!

Brideshead has been recommended to me for 37 years. Now I know what all the fuss is about.

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  • Jytte
  • 17-09-2016

A total delight

No one reads as beautifully as Jeremy Irons. His voice is mesmerising! You recall the splendour of the BBC production, so long ago!

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  • Benita
  • 24-10-2016

Brideshead revisited

I wish there were more read by Jeremy Irons. Such a relaxing voice. The story was a fabulous insight into the life of this family of the upper class during the decades between wars. I thoroughly enjoyed listening.

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  • liz
  • 30-08-2016

Wonderful listening

This is a superbly executed reading of a magnificent story . Jeremy Irons delivery is faultless in my opinion and the writing is rich and full of extraordinary insight and beautiful language . One to return to many times over ..it never fails to lift the spirits ..

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  • Dr P F Ridgway
  • 26-06-2018

Exquisite

Simply the definitive audiobook of Waugh’s finest work. Irons’ nuanced performance transports the reader to the time, place and drama of each chapter. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve read or listened to it, curl up on the couch with a warm red and settle down to hours of enjoyment.



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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-05-2018

One of the great 20th century novels

This is one of the great 20th century novels, written by one of the greatest writers in the English language, and narrated by one of the great actors of the period too. Just brilliant. it's high brow and intellectual.

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  • Mrs. H. L. Rider
  • 21-07-2016

Breathtaking

A gentle story of days longs past described with languid pace and charisma. The tale gently weaves around itself adding layers of colour. The perfect book for summer. Irons recaptures the atmosphere and grandeur of the Televised series with his performance of this work. Couldn't be more perfect!

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  • Hannah
  • 18-06-2016

This is outstanding.

Jeremy Irons is simply brilliant in how he brings life to all the characters.

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  • SGeraghty
  • 24-05-2016

Beautiful and moving novel, beautifully told

Jeremy Irons and his wonderful, elegant and gracefully modulated delivery gives sympathy, pathos and realism to this wonderful and important novel.

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  • Bad Teacher
  • 16-05-2018

Marvelous

Revisiting this myself (geddit) for the third or fourth time I loved this as an audio book. Jeremy Irons does a 'banging' job.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-2016

Wonderful story excellently read

A fantastic story of one man's relationship with the different individuals in a family, and how God's grace works through the most messy and complicated of situations. Wonderful dialogues. Jeremy Irons does a great job of acting out all the characters.

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