• The Darling Buds of May

  • The Larkin Novels, Volume 1
  • By: H. E. Bates
  • Narrated by: Philip Franks
  • Series: Pop Larkin, Book 1
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 12-07-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
  • 4.4 (16 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When Cedric Charlton, an unsuspecting tax inspector, arrives at the door of the Pop Larkin farm, he soon forgets the purpose of his visit: The fun-loving Ma and Pop Larkin distract him at every turn with strawberries, cream, alcohol, and their attractive young daughter, Mariette. Well known by the popular TV series starring David Jason and Catherine Zeta-Jones, The Darling Buds of May is the quintessential feel-good country romp. It will have you falling wholeheartedly in love with the Larkin family and their carefree way of life. So grab a bowl of ice cream, pull out a deck chair, and share in the "perficktion" of country life.
©1958 H. E. Bates (P)2015 Naxos AudioBooks
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By M. Price on 05-17-16

A darling of a book!

H.E.Bates at his very best , beautifully read by Philip Franks. The only possible verdict on this book is that it's 'Absolutely perfick' to quote the indefatigable Pop Larkin!

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By John1962 on 09-03-16

Absolutely wonderful!

If you could sum up The Darling Buds of May in three words, what would they be?

A 'perfick' joy

What did you like best about this story?

It captured my interest from the very first page, and the story got better the more I read.

Which character – as performed by Philip Franks – was your favourite?

O loved all of the characters, but my favourites were Ma and Pa Larkin.

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

There were several scenes in this book which made me laugh. Some of the funniest scenes for me are the ones between Pop and Cedric (Charlie).

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed listening to this audio book. The story is well written, entertaining and very uplifting. Philip Franks' excellent narration also added to my enjoyment of H.E. Bates classic novel.

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