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Publisher's Summary

Paul Craddock is still young when he is invalided out of the army after the Boer War and he discovers the neglected estate of Shallowford in a secluded corner of Devon. It seems remote from the march of progress. But as storm clouds gather over Europe, Paul learns that no part of England, however remote, can escape the challenge of the times.
©2012 R. F. Delderfield (P)2012 Oakhill Publishing Limited
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‘It is always a pleasure to read R. F. Delderfield, because he never seems to be ashamed of writing well’ (Books and Bookmen)
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By kenneth on 05-20-12

Brilliant story read with skill

If you could sum up Long Summer Day in three words, what would they be?

Rivetting narrative Absorbing entertaining

What was one of the most memorable moments of Long Summer Day?

Eleanor's Codsell,s cart ride<br/>Ikey.s taming of the horse in the ironmongers<br/>Rescue of the German seamen

What about Jonathan Oliver’s performance did you like?

Par excellent His interpretation of the Devon brogue with all it's characters was believable

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really - the duration enhanced the expectation

Any additional comments?

Delighted me from go to woe

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By Mark on 07-03-12

Delderfield a magical story teller

Where does Long Summer Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

First class

Who was your favorite character and why?

I am biased as this the third time on this book. I have read all Delderfield's books and have been eagerly awaiting them to come to Audible.

What about Jonathan Oliver’s performance did you like?

Professionally read adds enjoyment to a great story

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

A bit long for that but never less hard to put down.<br/>

Any additional comments?

I only hope there will be more Delderfield in the pipeline.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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By Rosalind on 04-17-12

Wonderful, absorbing listen

Lose yourself in this evocation of a 'golden' era in the self-contained world of a Devon estate in the 1900s. Great writing, absorbing story-telling. 27 hours long, and at Hour 24, I can't bear to think of it ending. Lively narration with good character diffentiation. Please 'do' the other two books quickly - otherwise, I'll have to 'read' them!

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By Alison on 09-25-12

A long holiday in Devon

Listening to this over the course of a stormy September week was a really lovely escape. I read this and other books by Delderfield when I was in my teens. Listening to it now some years later, perhaps I enjoyed the 'story' slightly less, but the ambience and feel for Devon and the era in which it is set, which the book conveys so well, very much more. I felt I had stayed there for a while - and I wanted to stay longer.



The reader has an old-fashioned style that is in keeping with the book itself. Slightly disconcerting lengthy pauses characterise his reading, but I soon got used to this. I *think* his Devon accents of c1900 sound like they might be accurate...? they are certainly broad!



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