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Groomed from a young age for marriage by her mother, the fearsome Lady Montdore, Polly causes a scandal when she declares her love for her uncle, the lecherous lecturer, and runs off to France.
©1981 The Estate of Nancy Mitford (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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By Mr. B. Martin on 03-22-11

Brilliantly read!

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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6 of 6 people found this review helpful


By Jackson on 03-02-14

Cold Climate - Hot Stuff

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.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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By Dana on 12-01-16

Worth listening to.

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.

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By Vanessa Young on 12-27-15

Witty tale of England between the wars

What did you like most about Love in a Cold Climate?

I have enjoyed this book since I was a teenager and read it every year.

What other book might you compare Love in a Cold Climate to, and why?

Nancy Mitford is the queen of this type of story because it is a thinly veiled description of her life. No one really compares to her.

What does Patricia Hodge bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Patricia Hodge is brilliant, I only wish she could be persuaded to read the other Mitford books.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Some of the characters are wicked and self absorbed, the characters are a lot of fun.

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