Excellent Women

  • by Barbara Pym
  • Narrated by Jayne Entwistle
  • 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Excellent Women is one of Barbara Pym's richest and most amusing high comedies. This is Barbara Pym's world at its funniest.
Mildred Lathbury is a clergyman's daughter and a mild-mannered spinster in 1950s England. She is one of those excellent women - the smart, supportive, repressed women whom men take for granted. As Mildred gets embroiled in the lives of her new neighbors - anthropologist Helena Napier; Helen's handsome, dashing husband, Rocky; and Julian Malory, the vicar next door - the novel presents a series of snapshots of human life as actually, and pluckily, lived in a vanishing world of manners and repressed desires.

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Still Waters Run Deep

I love Barbara Pym's novels and have hoped for ages that they might show up here on Audible. Insightful, amusing and skillfully written. A complete treat. To me Entwistle's narration was perfectly timed. Pym's stories are so balanced and such well thought out slices of life that I find them comforting and stabilizing in an odd way. If your world has turned topsy-turvy there is nothing like curling up with one of her beautiful books to set everything right. I join other reviewers in their praise and hope that the rest of the Pym collection become available here soon. Wonderful. Hurry up Audible!
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- sara

A lovely story about nothing much....

A lovely story about nothing much except life. Initially it may seem a bit dull, because there are no big moments, but isn't life mostly like that ? And Jayne Entwistle is a divine narrator.
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- Ruth Bain

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-15-2016
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.