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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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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.

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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.

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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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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

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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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.

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Great escapism!

The narrator was excellent and the story was so engrossing; did not want it to end. Yet to meet a Julian Fellowes book or movie I didn’t like! Can’t wait for Gilded Age!

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Downton Abbey Fan

I was already a fan of Downton Abbey, so it was easy for me to enjoy this book. The narration was excellent and the story very entertaining. Definitely recommend.

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Entertaining

Definitely helped to fill the Downton Abbey sized hole in my heart...if only for a little while. Juliet Stevenson is incredible. Sometimes I forgot she was the only one performing. wonderful listen!

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On-Par with Austen

Such a great read, intricately written, with characters to love and hate, characters who surprise you and characters who are ever predictable. It felt as though I was reading Jane Austen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-10-2017

Amazing!

I utterly enjoyed this audiobook and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys period dramas. The Narrator is amazing and the story fantastic!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-01-2017

Great Listen and Very Entertaining

It feels like a cross between Downton Abbey and Crazy Rich Asians. It's so much fun listening to. The narration performance was great! I loved how she can sound male, female, young, old which brings the characters to life. Highly highly recommended.

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  • Christina
  • 29-10-2016

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
  • 13-09-2016

J'adooooore!

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

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  • Lorna
  • 17-07-2016

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.

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  • Victoria Long
  • 04-07-2016

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.

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  • Samantha Clarke
  • 17-07-2016

Superb

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

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  • CAROL KILLA
  • 23-07-2016

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.

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  • Judith
  • 25-09-2016

Great narration, poor novel.

Juliet Stephenson did a fantastic job narrating this. But the story, set in early-to-mid 19th century, was full of 2-dimensional characters, a plot where the overall outcome could be predicted very early on and the quality of the prose made Jeffrey Archer look accomplished. I won't bother with any more of Fellowes' novels, though am sure this could be made into an excellent TV dramatisation, complete with wonderful costumes.

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  • Caz
  • 24-07-2016

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.

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  • Stephanie Axon
  • 14-07-2016

Did not disappoint!

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

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  • GMJ
  • 14-07-2016

Comforting and clever

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

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  • Annie
  • 10-07-2016

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.

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  • scan10
  • 02-10-2016

predictable in the extremel

a children's story would probably have a more interesting plot. really awful. we have had the prodigal son story done to death already without this rehash.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful