Elders and Betters

  • by Ivy Compton-Burnett
  • Narrated by Teresa DeBerry
  • 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Donne family’s move to the country is inspired by a wish to be close to their cousins, who are to be their nearest neighbours. It proves too close for comfort, however. For a secret switching of wills causes the most genteel pursuit of self-interest to threaten good relations and even good manners....
Ivy Compton-Burnett employs her sharp ear for comedy and celebrated powers of dialogue to spectacular effect. She reveals a devastating microcosm of human society, in which the elders are by no means always the betters, in which no character is totally scrupulous, but none without their appeal.


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Horrifically bad performance destroys a very good

I don't know if Teresa DeBerry is English, but based on her performance reading this book I'm pretty sure she is a not particularly good American actress trying to do a posh English accent. In fact her accent is so bad and her reading so overdone and ridiculous it's impossible to get into the book. At one point I wondered whether she was either drunk or not a native English speaker--her delivery is so stilted and slow. Why oh why does she think she has to affect such an annoying, arch accent? I would like to return this if I could but not sure if I can. She has completely ruined what should have been a delightful book.
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- Victoria

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-10-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios