The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

  • by Muriel Spark
  • Narrated by Nadia May
  • 3 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the classic work that launched a play, a movie, and a song, Muriel Spark tells the darkly intriguing story of an eccentric Edinburgh teacher and the intense relationship she develops with six of her students. The scandalously outspoken Miss Brodie makes big waves in the conservative Scottish school, preaching the value of art, passion, and daring. While her bold values inspire an almost cult-like reverence in her young protégées, her politics, rivalries, and frank sensuality lead ultimately to her downfall.
Told from the unsympathetic perspective of one of Miss Brodie's students, the novel explores themes of innocence and betrayal and the tension between cold rationality and unchecked emotionalism.

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What the Critics Say

"A perfect book." (Chicago Tribune)
"A gloriously witty and polished vignette." (Times Literary Supplement)
"Admirably written, beautifully constructed, extremely amusing, and deeply serious." (Saturday Review)

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creme de la creme

Ms. May delivers this classic with her usual nuanced precision, moving between voices, young and old, male and female, high born and low, flawlessly. Though you may have read this book years ago, it has surprises on re-reading. It is a tale of complex characters that leaves you divided in your sympathies. This is a short novel that has stood the test of time and Ms. May's expert narration is theatre for the ear.
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- Kathleen

"There was a Miss Jean Brodie in her prime"

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I highly recommend this short novel. It is a very well written story about innocent impression, that evokes sympathies that change as the 'girls' grow up.
I kept reminding myself that the book was published in the early 60's, but i'm not sure it required such reminders, being so much ahead of its time.
unlike the initial impression, i found in the book, much beyond the 'growing up' aspect.

It was especially touching, to recognize the author in 'Sandy', and realise that Spark was inspired by her own 'Miss Brodie in her prime'.

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- Vered

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-22-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.