Cold Comfort Farm (Dramatised)

  • by Stella Gibbons
  • Narrated by uncredited
  • 3 hrs and 24 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

Strong of will and slender of ankle, 20-year-old orphan Flora Poste is blessed with every virtue save that of being able to earn her own living. Casting around for suitable relatives with whom she can make her home, Flora alights on the mysterious Starkadders and, ignoring the horrified shrieks of her friends, heads down to darkest Sussex.
There she is confronted by an exceptionally odd cast of characters: grief-stricken Judith, fervently religious Amos, the lusty smouldering Seth, wild and mysterious Elfine and, of course, the invisible tyrant Great Aunt Ada Doom who saw something nasty in the woodshed. Many would be overcome by the simmering passions of the Starkadder family, but not Flora. All they need is a little organising.
Stella Gibbons' deliciously witty parody has been delighting readers since 1932 and retains its original sunny charm in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation.


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"There is NO BUTTER in Hell......."

....thunders Amos Starkadder, hell fire preacher at the Church of the Quivering Brethren. He has been describing the terrors of the afterlife and underlining the fact that there will be no butter to soothe the burns of the damned. This is just one of so many throw away lines that keep bringing back a smile.

Long ago as a teenager I devoured and enjoyed the emotion charged and dire tragedies of writers like Mary Webb, Thomas Hardy and George Eliot. Whilst not wishing to detract from great classic literature, they did tend to paint rural life of those times as full of doom, gloom, and poverty and peopled by sad.slightly deranged and pathetic characters down trodden by domineering, manipulative elders.

This glorious light hearted spoof on so many of those Victorian plot lines had me in stitches and I loved every moment. I usually steer clear of dramatisations, as for me the background sounds etc can be distracting. This one was clear as a bell and the narrators a delight.

If you listen to the sound sample above make sure you hear it all through as the start is NOT how the recording really sounds - just another teaser. Sit back and enjoy - this is fun.
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- Hilary

Superb Dramatisation of Classic Comedy

Audible does it again making this excellent dramatisation of a classic comedy available to the digital age. Cold Comfort Farm is a wonderful parody of rural novels with a mad aunt in the attic, lusty cousins and religious fervour all mixed together. The production values result in a wonderful piece of audio entertainment.
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- lynn "Hi I am a geologist that now lives in South Australia I work in remote locations and find audiobooks essential for my sanity."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-03-2010
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited