Keep the Aspidistra Flying

  • by George Orwell
  • Narrated by Richard E. Grant
  • 9 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Gordon Comstock loathes dull, middle-class respectability and worship of money. He gives up a 'good job' in advertising to work part-time in a bookshop, giving him more time to write. But he slides instead into a self-induced poverty that destroys his creativity and his spirit. Only Rosemary, ever-faithful Rosemary, has the strength to challenge his commitment to his chosen way of life. Through the character of Gordon Comstock, Orwell reveals his own disaffection with the society he once himself renounced.

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Gordon's Grey World is Colored with Grant

Where does Keep the Aspidistra Flying rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

At times certain wonderful books, by towering authors and read by notable narrators often end up with a rather dull effect. For 'Keep the Aspidistra Flying', narrated by the immensely talented Richard E. Grant, this is not the case. The atmosphere of Orwell's terse satire is fully developed in this dramatic reading by Grant, who manages to deliver character after character without loosing any of the pacing allowing the social and political underscore of the book to be fully experienced by the listener.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Keep the Aspidistra Flying?

Of the many painfully satirical moments in the performance to look out for is the exchange between Gordon Comstock and the french waiter at the country pub.- enjoy.


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- Timothy

fantastically sarcastic performance

What a pleasure to listen to Richard Grant capture every nuance and drop of sarcasm in Orwell's great prose masterpiece, The book feels very modern in sensibility; the narrator is exceptionally brilliant and funny. It was really a delight.
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- laurel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-14-2011
  • Publisher: CSA Word