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Edward St. Aubyn has penned one of the most acclaimed series of the decade with the Patrick Melrose Novels. Now you can listen to all five novels in one volume: Never Mind, Bad News, Mother's Milk, Some Hope, and At Last.
By turns harrowing and hilarious, this ambitious novel cycle dissects the English upper class. Edward St. Aubyn offers his listener the often darkly funny and self-loathing world of privilege as we follow Patrick Melrose's story of abuse, addiction, and recovery from the age of five into early middle age. The Patrick Melrose novels comprise a modern masterpiece by one of "the most brilliant English novelists of his generation" (Alan Hollinghurst).
The Patrick Melrose novels as read by Alex Jennings were nominated for a 2015 Audie Award in Literary Fiction.
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By Sharron Dishong on 12-12-17
Unforgettable Listening Experience!
What made the experience of listening to The Complete Patrick Melrose Novels the most enjoyable?
The reader was incredibly talented. How can one reader be so adept at believably
voicing such a diverse range of ages?
What did you like best about this story?
Patrick Melrose is a fascinating character, and we get to watch his journey from childhood
to middle age. The novels are full of humor and sadness, personal growth and personal
stagnation and destructiveness. Patrick Melrose is an unforgettable character surrounded
by a host of memorable characters of all ages. What a writer, and what a reader!
What about Alex Jennings’s performance did you like?
What's not to like and admire? Alex Jennings captures every nuance possible.
If you could take any character from The Complete Patrick Melrose Novels out to dinner, who would it be and why?
I would like to go out to dinner with NIcholas, because of his verbal gymnastics. He is a
Any additional comments?
I have recommended this book and this performance to many people, and will continue
to do so! I'm just so glad to have had this listening experience. I would not have
wanted to miss it.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
By Michi Belan on 12-12-15
beautifully, brilliantly wrought
I may have to write a much more lengthy and insightful review to capture the ways I love, admire and appreciate this book. But since there's no time for that right now, I would say this book is for anyone who loves language and wit, the thrill, empathy and occasional horror of interior monologues from diverse and well-drawn characters, the slow unfolding of a story from many perspectives, and a frequent urge to write down what feels like profound truths imparted along the way. The performance was perfect as well - Mr Jennings used distinct voices to bring each character to life. Highly recommended!
19 of 20 people found this review helpful