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Publisher's Summary

'Fellowes doesn't try to hide his love of the funny, sealed, above-stairs world of dukes, duchesses, marquesses, nursery maids, herbaceous borders and breakfast kedgeree, all of which makes Snobs such a good, fresh read.' (Daily Telegraph)
Edith Lavery is a woman on the make. The attractive only child of a middle-class accountant, she leaves behind her dull job in a Chelsea estate agents and manages to bag one of the most eligible bachelors of the day: Charles Broughton, heir to the Marquess of Uckfield. But is life amongst the upper echelons of 'good' society all that it seems? Edith soon discovers there's much more to the aristocracy than dancing in Anabel's, shooting small birds and understanding which fork to use at dinner. And then there is Charles's mother, the indomitable Lady Uckfield, or 'Googie' to her friends, who is none too pleased with her son's choice of breeding partner.
With twists and turns aplenty, this is a comical tale worthy of a contemporary Jane Austen.
©2004 Julian Fellowes (P)2005 AudioGo Ltd
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By Moonglotexas on 07-12-13

Fabulous writing and interesting perspective

What did you love best about Snobs?

The writing, Julian's style is a joy and so enjoyable. Captivating and transporting!

What other book might you compare Snobs to and why?

Much like the script of Downton Abbey, the writing style remains. The more contemporary setting though allows for a different and interesting read

What does Richard Morant bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I found his voice and phrasing whipped my mind away into the book, transporting me from my own life and making me feel empathetic to characters whose behaviour may not have naturally encouraged that from me.

Who was the most memorable character of Snobs and why?

This novel works because of its broad cast, to remove those whose behaviour you liked less would dissemble the plot

Any additional comments?

Thoroughly enjoyable, I will continue to listen to his books in the future

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By Stella on 06-11-12

Interesting perspective but ........a little dull

I bought this based on the reviews that I read. I was expecting more of a story but it seemed like a fairly repetitive description of upper class Britain, with a few characters thrown into a very predictable plot to fill out all the observations, Informative but not really my cup of (English Breakfast) tea.

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By Maureen on 06-29-17

loved it

Started off a bit slow, but once the story kicked in I loved it. Great characters.

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By Veracal on 05-10-17

Well narrated froth

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The narrator (a middle class actor who marries an upper class girl) spends a great deal of time giving the reader a social commentary on the manners, morals and general belief system of the English upper classes. This seems to be the focus of the novel, and may explain why the plot and characters are pretty thin.

Characters: Edith, the heroine, is a shallow, vacillating social climber, as bland and uninteresting as a paper bag. The narrator gives away too little of himself to engage the reader in any particular interest in his welfare. Some of the more minor characters are interesting, though, including Caroline, Adler and Lady Uckfield (Julian Fellowes does seem to have a particular genius for drawing dragon-like dames who prove to have more to them than meets the eye!)

Plot: the plot promises more than it delivers. The story has lots of potential. Modern day social climber catches earl then regrets her choice (but will she whistle him down the wind or not, in the end?). Fine, as far as it goes, but it never went further. Fans of Downton Abbey or Belgravia, used to interesting (not to say improbable!) twists of fate, may well be disappointed by the thinness of the plot.

It's easy to pick holes in Snobs. Yet, I finished listening to it and would even say that I enjoyed it. At the end of the day, what saves Snobs from being a dead bore is that Julian Fellowes is an elegant and entertaining writer. He can make his plot thin, and his characters cardboard, and somehow his book is still entertaining. Maybe that is an art in itself.

Richard Mourant narrates beautifully, so if you have already read the book and liked it, then go for it! If you haven't read it, and this review doesn't put you off, then go for it too!

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By Julie V. Purdey on 08-27-17

Thoroughly Entertaining

I loved this story and the authenticity of the narrative was underlined by the author.
Terrific yarn.

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By Amazon Customer on 06-13-17

Brilliant

I have listened to this book twice now and it will always be a favourite.

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