High Rising

  • by Angela Thirkell, Alexander McCall Smith - introduction
  • Narrated by Jilly Bond
  • 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Successful lady novelist Laura Morland and her boisterous young son, Tony, set off to spend Christmas at her country home in the sleepy surrounds of High Rising. But Laura's wealthy friend and neighbour, George Knox, has taken on a scheming secretary whose designs on marriage to her employer threaten the delicate social fabric of the village.
Can clever, practical Laura rescue George from Miss Grey's clutches and, what's more, help his daughter, Miss Sibyl Knox, to secure her longed-for engagement?
Utterly charming and very funny, High Rising is irresistible comic entertainment.

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Beginning of a journey

High Rising is the first book in Angela Thirkell's revisiting of the land of Barsetshire in England, this area having been created by Anthony Trollope many years earlier. If you enjoy a mixture of clever use of language, insight into human relationships, the frustrations of daily life, satire and more this may be the series for you. And Jilly Bond does a very creditable job of telling this story, distinguishing characters and portraying the spirit of the book.

My one complaint of this recording is that the headline clearly states "Alexander McCall Smith - introduction", and that introduction is NOT included in the recording!!! The introduction is present in the Kindle and paper versions, but NOT in the audiobook. Audible should either get Jilly Bond to read the introduction and upgrade/update the offering or change the way this is listed/documented to make it clear that the introduction is NOT included in the reading.

In spite of this, I hope very much that more of Thirkell's works will be made available through Audible and also that more of them be made wispersync compatible.
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- Jerri C

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Would you listen to High Rising again? Why?

No but I loved it.


What did you like best about this story?

The setting and the amusing characters.


Have you listened to any of Jilly Bond’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I liked her narration and I'd look for her again.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Comforting escapism.


Any additional comments?

After this, I'm ready for more Angela Thirkell.

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- VE

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-03-2016
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK