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What a combination - Nancy Mitford and Patricia Hodge! The latter reads this book superbly, capturing the essence of the various characters perfectly. This is the only version 'one' need listen to - the UNABRIDGED one and read by a truly great actress.
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If you could sum up Love in a Cold Climate in three words, what would they be?
Brilliant, stylish, ironic
What other book might you compare Love in a Cold Climate to, and why?
Brideshead Revisited is also an account of aristocratic life in the 1930s. But whereas Waugh was besotted and romantic about it, Nancy Mitford knew it from inside and is mercilesslly ironic without ever being malicious. She can see the end of the lifestyle she describes so brillantly without any of Waugh's tragic regrets.
It's also nice to come a across a pre 1960 novel that accepts gays.
Have you listened to any of Patricia Hodge’s other performances? How does this one compare?
No, but she is perfect for this book. She also does not use an irritating convention of using a gruff voice for male characters.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I did laugh but found it deeply satisfying.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This book was so much fun! I loved the characters (apparently only slightly exaggerated portraits of real people in the author's life) and their aristocratic eccentricities. Nancy Mitford is a wonderful wordsmith, whose witty and elegant prose brings to life the interwar existence of England's upper classes.
Patricia Hodge's narration is utterly perfect for this material; her accent is suitably aristocratic and her style is very expressive but with a brisk, no-nonsense quality that brings out the book's satirical humour. The characters' voices are well defined and the story rattles along at a good pace.
This is one audiobook I will definitely listen to (and laugh at) again.
The first half had me in stitches, utterly wonderful. The second half had a change of pace that altogether detracted from the greatness of this novel.