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Publisher's Summary

It began in a women's club in London on a February afternoon. A discreet advertisement in The Times, addressed to "Those who Appreciate Wistaria and Sunshine..." lures four very different women away from the dismal British weather to San Salvatore, a castle high above a bay on the sunny Italian Riviera. There, the Mediterranean spirit stirs the souls of Mrs Arbuthnot, Mrs Wilkins, Lady Caroline Dester, and Mrs Fisher, and remarkable changes occur.
©1922 Elizabeth von Arnim (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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By Gillian on 01-27-14

Oh, Gosh! What a Delightful Surprise!

Would you listen to The Enchanted April again? Why?

I purchased this audiobook because it came cheap. I had low expectations. So imagine my surprise when I found fleshed-out characters, a not so easy journey for them, and twists in the plot. Even though I absolutely knew how it'd turn out in the end, it was so good (and so well narrated) I zipped through, chapter after chapter. And I look forward to doing that again someday because really: what a delight!

Who was your favorite character and why?

All the characters have complicated natures, complicated desires, and unexpected challenges to growth. Mrs. Wilkins, Lottie, however, is a natural favorite as she's the catalyst for change, the one who leaves her subservient self behind, and looks to the future with hope while enjoying every second of the present.

Which scene was your favorite?

This book really makes you look at the beauty around you, and it inspires you to fling off your shackles with joy. I particularly was impressed by how many little obstacles were thrown in the way of the characters. What should have been a predictable journey to growth was instead written with challenges for them. This had me biting my nails now and again.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I found nothing wrong with Eleanor Bron's performance but was instead really quite taken with it. There are different versions of this book, but I suggest this version as Bron has a knack for delivering the different tones of the characters' natures, their emotions. She doesn't make the annoying mistake of trying to warp her voice into different characters but uses subtle variations to distinguish them. She really captures their longings, their fears, their hopes.

Any additional comments?

Make no mistake, this is light reading/listening. If you're looking for deep plot dynamics, save this for later. But by all means, come back later if you'd like some refreshment. It's a little gem that I had no idea was out there.

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By Rosemary H. Knower on 02-03-15

Perfect antidote to the doldrums

Where does The Enchanted April rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Chronic insomniacs, this is guaranteed to offer delight; top level

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Enchanted April?

The arrival in San Salvatore; the quadrille in the rose garden

What about Eleanor Bron’s performance did you like?

Low, resonant voice; definition of all characters, mastery of dialects

If you could rename The Enchanted April, what would you call it?

The Awakening, or Examining Life through the Eyes of Love

Any additional comments?

Vivid picture of entire cast attempting to achieve joy; hilarious results

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By Kaggy on 11-07-17

Not as good as 'Love' by the same author

The 'Love' I am referring to is another lesser known book by Elizabeth von Arnim and which is to my mind a far more interesting story. The Enchanted April is a pleasant enough book and it does have some biting wit, but on the whole it is all rather safe and lovely, like a cosy but slightly stifling Sunday afternoon BBC drama. This follows the story of 4 gentile but rather different ladies taking a holiday in Italy together. As is predictable, their rather frosty exteriors begin to melt in the glorious Italian sunshine and the causes of their various miseries are magically resolved. I must admit I found the deference paid to the Lady Caroline character extremely irritating and made the whole thing seem very bourgeois and dated, but then I suppose that's what this book is, and I shouldn't be too surprised. Once again Eleanor Bron does an excellent job but without any really dramatic scenes I don't think she really had to try too hard with this one.

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By Seagull on 03-12-15

A Lovely Listen

This is a real feel-good story. Eleanor Bron is an excellent reader who brings out the full humour of the dialogue, as well as doing full justice to the descriptions of Italy. Hearing it read aloud, as opposed to reading it from the page, totally enhances this classic book, and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who wants a mental escape to a perfect destination.

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By Janet on 01-07-17

It's an ok story

I liked Lotte's positive character. However it's not the location that created the 'love' everywhere it's the fact that people were away from their own home life distractions and were able to actually focus on their own loved ones without distraction. Lotte was the driving force in assisting people to alter their perceptions in a positive more loving direction. Frederick is a dishonest man and doesn't deserve Rose. I didn't like that Rose had been fooled by him. It seems that she will have to relinquish her beliefs about his books in order for them to remain together.

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