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  • The Complete Mapp and Lucia, Volume 1

  • By: E. F. Benson
  • Narrated by: Georgina Sutton
  • Length: 26 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (123 ratings)

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Summary

Sharply observant and wickedly funny, E.F. Benson's six Mapp and Lucia novels satirize the upper-middle-class social climbers in 1920s and '30s rural England. Games of bridge and cups of tea fuel hilarious gossip and vindictive plots a-plenty. It is a masterfully sustained spotlight on the minutiae of village life - a clever and ultimately heart-warming series that seems tailor-made for audio. Volume 1 contains the first three books.

©1927 E.F. Benson (P)2021 Naxos Audiobooks

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Great stories, let down by pronunciation

It should be Rizzum NOT Rise-home! But that's a small complaint. It did have my inner Mapp cringing though!

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Great writing spoilt by vocal performance

These are my favourite books of all time. Unfortunately the reader is not good enough, mispronouncing Riseholme and providing a ridiculous voice for Captain Puffin. Overall the stories win through

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Wonderful, and with superb narration.

I love the Mapp and Lucia novels and have read them many, many times. They’re hilariously funny and brilliantly well-observed. I was a bit worried that the audio book would be a disappointment, but the narration of this version is so good that listening to it has been an absolute joy.

Each character has a totally credible, distinct and consistent voice, perfect suited to their individual character traits, but the narration isn’t overdone and doesn’t draw attention to itself by being too stagey.

Probably the best narration of any audio book I have ever listened to, so highly recommended.

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Brilliant.

Loved every minute of the stories. I think the narrator made a brilliant job of all the characters.

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an exquisite performance of gently satirical tales

I used to watch the adoptions of these stories as a child with my mum I'm here incredibly from memories all of them and I tried to listen to the books in several different versions over the years since while appreciating the writing the performances of Americans doing pseudo English accents or or a really old and slightly stilted recording always made me feel that perhaps a translation in the TV done the story the favour however this glorious performance his quite set the record straight

strangely enough I would say that the first in the trilogy is not actually my favourite and I was surprised that each book very much has its own tone and quality while still having overarching similarities the residents of Tilling are trying to be be on a par with the Residence of riseholme without quite the resources to do it making miss Maps Adventures quite sweet and less egotistical where is Lucia later adventures in London cast her in quite a different light my recommendation please don't be put off if the first story doesn't quite do it for you hold on and give you the this is truly a treasure and although I'd said the first one isn't my favourite these stories really are gold throughout just different grades of gold the one thing I would say is if anyone from audible.co.uk is reading these please can you chapter this first volume as you done the second with little dividers with the title of each book between the chapters so you can skip it easily

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Thank you Naxos - perfection.

What a joy to discover this unabridged version of Mapp and Lucia, read by the perfect narrator. I cannot get enough of M&L but have always been so disappointed by the abridged versions previously available - wonderful though the narrations are. When you read the books you realise what a lot of detail has been left out. I am sad enough to listen to these (and read them) constantly and repeatedly, and to have the whole whack in one go is just glorious. I cannot wait for the second part - please don't let us down Naxos! This narrator is fabulous - wonderful diction, perfect interpretation of the characters and a really mellifluous timbre - perfect night time listening.

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Thoroughly entertaining

Perfect audible book. Really enjoyed the Lucia stories. Very clever and witty writing and fabulous narration!

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Utter joy

An unabridged, beautifully narrated performance of an English Classic, long waited for. Sharply observant and divinely witty

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Thoroughly enjoyable,


Great narration. Wonderful characters all brought vividly to life but found myself saying 'Rizzom!' every time Riseholme was mentioned which was a lot. For that reason only four stars but still looking forward to listening to the next books in the series.

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great narration

in my opinion, this is the best narration. has Part Two been completed by the same narrator?

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