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Brought to you by Penguin.  

This Penguin Classic is performed by Pearl Mackie, best known for her role in Dr Who.

When sensible, sophisticated Flora Poste is orphaned at 19, she decides her only choice is to descend upon relatives in deepest Sussex. At the aptly named Cold Comfort Farm, she meets the doomed Starkadders: cousin Judith, heaving with remorse for unspoken wickedness; Amos, preaching fire and damnation; their sons, lustful Seth and despairing Reuben; child of nature Elfine; and crazed old Aunt Ada Doom, who has kept to her bedroom for the last 20 years. But Flora loves nothing better than to organise other people. Armed with common sense and a strong will, she resolves to take each of the family in hand. 

A hilarious and merciless parody of rural melodramas, Cold Comfort Farm (1932) is one of the best-loved comic novels of all time.

©2020 Stella Gibbons (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • Laura G. Marcantoni
  • 05-11-2020

Very, very amusing, a go to if one needs cheering

"Cold comfort farm" is ninety years old but still fresh , witty and irreverent. Ms. Gibson throws elegant and humorous barbs to Victorian novels to the Bloomsbury circle. The dialogue is sparkling at times and the whole novel is just a delightful rumpus.
The performance is very good too. I have read the book, seen the movie and now listened to "Cold comfort farm" and the Audio book version is as good as the other two.

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  • Mary B.
  • 27-06-2020

Wonderful!

So glad this book is finally available in full. They are all there - Flora, all the Starkadders at Cold Comfort Farm, Elfine, Seth &
Reuben, my favorite Mr Mybug with his absurd Bronte theories, Mrs Beetle, and Charles. Wonderfully written satire.

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  • A. Disney
  • 05-07-2020

Amazing narrator

The "purple prose" might be offputting if one didn't realize that it's a parody of some of the literature of the time. Once that's clear, it's hilarious. The narrator, Pearl Mackie, is *absolutely* amazing. She has, apparently, dozens of voices at her command and several different accents. I hope we see more titles from her soon.

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  • Renna Killian
  • 02-03-2021

This was so much fun!

I saw the movie and enjoyed it immensely. However, the book was ever so much more entertaining and... we will never know what that nasty thing was in the shed or what happened to the goat.
Definitely worth the read. Cold Comfort Farm was just delightful through and through.

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  • Elaine Stevens
  • 26-06-2020

Classic satire well done

I really enjoyed this reading of Stella Gibbons great book.It flows gracefully and the reading enhances that. So good to have it to listen to.

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  • memef
  • 18-01-2021

The movie’s great but the audio recording’s grand.

I’ve always enjoyed the movie version of this Stella Gibbons classic but Pearl Mackie’s audio interpretation (with her varied Starkadders personas) is fabulous.

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  • Sarah Christianson
  • 11-11-2020

Entertaining light reading :-)

I really enjoyed listening to this. The reader was very good, and the writing style was witty and humorous. The story got a bit silly towards the end, but it was really just fun. The kind of thing I need in 2020. I will definitely be seeking out more books by this author!

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  • joseph strickland
  • 05-10-2020

I don't know what to say about this story...

There were parts that I loved and parts that I almost quit on. The ending was the best part. I loved the narrator and credit her for getting me thru this painful story. There was 1% comedy and 99 % melodrama. Most of it was depressing. Save ur credit and try the Cabal Brothers series, or the Lies of Locke Lamora series. You'll thank me.

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  • Suzy Gebhardt Clarke
  • 13-09-2020

Great Escape

Well written, amusing & intriguing.
Unusual & fascinating characters. All is easily visualized. A great escape for all.

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  • Lark
  • 03-08-2020

Very enjoyable read

Growing up, the film adaptation of this story was a family favorite. Having now read the book, I can say the film is a well done adaptation and follows the book almost exactly. I'm glad I finally read the book that inspired a film I have long loved.

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  • Sophie
  • 01-11-2020

Enchanting

I am biased, this is possibly my favourite book in the whole world, but as such I was both delighted and anxious when the audio version (at last) became available.
I need not have worried, the reader was splendid, capably handling both Sussex rustic, county posh and east London accents, and giving a most empathetic reading.
A rich cast of characters, deliciously funny, delightfully spun with some fascinating “futuristic” elements ( remember this was written in 1931 ) I loved every minute.

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  • StuW
  • 01-07-2020

Excellent reading of one of my favourite books

Cold Comfort Farm has been one of my favourite books for over thirty years and I’ve longed for a full audio version of it for quite some time. This one has kept me smiling – and laughing aloud – for the past two days. I just couldn’t stop listening to it. Pearl Mackie’s reading of it is superb; her characterisations are spot on. A very, very happy customer.

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  • Cogito Ergo Sometimes
  • 15-06-2021

Lovely book, very well read.

Really good job on the reading. Not perfect, but close. Good characterisations. This was a joy to listen to.

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  • Jamie Barron
  • 18-03-2021

Delightful light-hearted fun

This is a charming story, very amusing and entertaining throughout. Gibbons writes beautifully and Pearl Mackie reads equally beautifully!

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  • Pinkfimble
  • 05-03-2021

Soothing

Beautiful descriptions and happy endings all round are the perfect accompaniment to your legally allowed daily walk in plague times. Stick this on like a sanity patch.

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  • Rozzi
  • 03-03-2021

The perfect lockdown read

I so enjoyed this. It's a great story, beautifully written, funny and engaging. I first read it many years ago and had forgotten it almost completely but it was well worth rereading. Although the romantic novels this satirises are mostly now forgotten, we can work out what they were like from Stella Gibbons's masterpiece.

Pearl Mackie read it faultlessly. She really brought the characters to life and made the most of the humour.

Just sit back and enjoy!

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  • C
  • 02-02-2021

Glorious

I thoroughly enjoyed this book - funny and sweet, Flora the main character is eminently likeable and the host of characters she encounters are varied and very well written. Readers of Nancy Mitford would love this book.

Pearl Mackie’s performance is superb. He voice is soothing and her characterisation is spot on.

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  • Mrs J W Oatley
  • 27-12-2020

Unusual but a good listen

Some parts rather slow, but very enjoyable. Quite an unusual story, it would have been nice to have known what was in the barn!

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  • Harry Jones
  • 22-12-2020

An easy entertaining listen!

I was recommended this book by my Mother. Both of us are from a Farming background and the story was so true to the country life. The characters are odd, intriguing and hilarious! The story line is subtle and brilliant and the narrator changes her pitch and tone keeping the story an easy listen! I would recommend this book to anyone, I’ve listened to it twice and the second time you pick up things you missed the first!
Overall a classic read that’s easy to listen too and will make you smile!

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  • boo65
  • 06-11-2020

Brilliant!

Beautifully read by Pearl mackie. Hilarious story - I loved it. Highly recommended feel good book.

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