Before Lunch

  • by Angela Thirkell
  • Narrated by Nadia May
  • 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Published in 1939, Before Lunch is a portrait of the charming English community of "Barsetshire." When the erection of a tea shop and garage threatens to spoil the bovine pastures of Pooker's Piece, Lady Bond and Lord Pomfret unite with the Middletons and the Stoners to stop it. In the meantime, the young and the not-so-young all fall in love - though not always with the right person - and sort out their affairs in a hilarious welter of cross-purposes.For those who have read and reread Austen, Trollope and Dickens, discovering a novel by Angela Thirkell is akin to finding gold in an abandoned mine. Long out of print, her novels are currently enjoying a minor renaissance.

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What the Critics Say

"Golden Voice Nadia May provides freshness and dimension to characters who could easily be clich├ęs. Her lighthearted touch invites nostalgia for a kinder, gentler time." (AudioFile)

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How Does a Body Get Into These Kinds of Scrapes?

Nadia May does a terrific job with this glorious little story, at its heart a humorous romance peppered with Austenesque comic characters and I agree with the writeup that there is a dash of Trollope. It is a fun book and requires little thought-- great for coming off those more demanding works such as Middlemarch or Rebecca. My favorite between book of all time is Northanger Abbey with The Enchanted April and Elizabeth's German Garden coming in for close seconds. LM Montgomery and LM Alcott books also provide the same release. Books which are so familiar that only a few lines brings an entire chapter to mind are restful.

The heroine (the youngest heroine) manages to make some really wrong assumptions about who is in love with whom and manages to say yes to the wrong man. The man who asked also belatedly realizes he had asked the wrong woman. How to untangle this mess? Well, Miss Jane Austen herself realized that she had said yes to the wrong man and had to gallop all the way to Bath to take back her yes so we lesser mortals can take comfort there are ways out of the most uncomfortable situations.
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- Joseph R

An engaging comedy of manners

I enjoyed this book, but did not rate it 5 stars because I save that for books I cannot stop listening to. If you enjoy Jane Austin type stories this is probably a five star for you. If not, then a three star. The narrator was excellent, handling many characters and a lot of dialouge. Initially I found this a little hard to get into because 90% of the story seemed to be dialouge between the characters, which can be hard to follow until you learn who they all are. But once I had the characters straight, the story engaged me and I thoroughly enjoyed listening. This was a borderline 5 star book for me.
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- cynthia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-18-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.