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  • Cold Comfort Farm

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  • By: Stella Gibbons
  • Narrated by: Pearl Mackie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (300 ratings)

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Cold Comfort Farm

By: Stella Gibbons
Narrated by: Pearl Mackie
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Summary

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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Delightful, funny and brilliantly performed.

It’s taken me several decades to finally become properly acquainted with this classic and what a superb way to do so. The stark contrast between the rural melodrama and the no-nonsense cheerfulness and determination of the wilful Flora comes across beautifully thanks to Pearl Mackie’s narration. I really enjoyed this and would highly recommend it.

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great book, excellently read

A hugely enjoyable plot, which was read with skillful comedic effect, and sensitivity by Pearl Mackie. Recommended

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An amuzing classic story. Beautifuly told and written.

A throughly enjoyable old fashioned tale. Funny and bright, with a great ending .Well worth a listen.

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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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Fabulous

One of my favourite books, beautifully narrated by Pearl Mackie. Her reading brings out all the humour of the book and certainly does it justice. Will return to listen to it again in future.

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Nearly a hundred years after publication this still works as a parody of so many books I know well. I am studying this for a WEA course so appreciated the audible along with the ebook. Pearl Mackie does a good job with the voices but I think Mrs Beetle could’ve been more Margolyes

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The perfect voice

A lovely classic very well read. I shall see now what else the narrator has turned her talent to.

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Great fun!

A beautifully written classic, fantastic narration, great humour and character observation - I enjoyed every minute!

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Light hearted and an easy listen...

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. No complicated plot and easy to guess the outcome, but well read and of its time.

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Delightful reading

Such a warm-hearted, funny and delightful reading. I loved the narration! Would highly recommend.

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