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What made the experience of listening to The Pursuit of Love the most enjoyable?
After a stressful day it was a pleasure to lister to such an amusing and well read story.
What about Emilia Fox’s performance did you like?
This is one of my favourite books and I have been desperate for its audiobook release. I think Emilia Fox's narration was very ordinary, sometimes bordering on annoying. Patricia Hodge reading its companion book, "Love in a Cold Climate" is much better.
What did you like best about The Pursuit of Love? What did you like least?
Nancy Mitford's tale of the life of Linda, told through the ever-loving eyes of her cousin Fanny, is effortlessly enchanting and often gloriously funny. Each character possesses some mildly eccentric characteristics, perhaps only with the exception of Fanny herself. A modern listener may find certain passages quaint and dated, but the underlying themes are of perpetual interest today.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Pursuit of Love?
Their childhoods - who doesn't want a Hon's cupboard now?
Would you listen to another book narrated by Emilia Fox?
Yes; I Capture the Castle is brilliantly read, so much so that you fogey you are listening to an audiobook and are entirely swept up by the story. Here, however, she feels a little younger in terms of her narrative style, and sometimes you are left feeling that she hasn't quite got the sense of one or two phrases or passages.
Did The Pursuit of Love inspire you to do anything?
To pursue more Mitford.
Any additional comments?
A bucket list book if nothing else; you feel changed by it, which can only be the sign of good writing. Despite its feminine appearance, it tackles numerous subjects from politics, feminism, war, religion and that transitional period in English society that has now gone forever. A book that very eloquently defies a lot of misconceptions.
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The Pursuit of Love has been one of my favourite books since I first read it aeons ago. Unfortunately, here it is entirely spoiled by Emilia Fox's flat, anaemic narration. I have listened to a couple of audible books read by Ms Fox and she simply cannot act. She has one plaintive whiny tone which she uses for everything, except when she is playing a man, when she puts on a gruff, deep voice like a child impersonating an adult male. It makes me wonder if the producers of audio books actually listen to the recordings; in this case it sounds as if they just let the actor get on with it and trusted that it'd be fine.
Ms Fox is very pretty and performs adequately in on TV, in that she says her lines and doesn't bump into the furniture but those attributes do not necessarily make her the ideal choice to read a full length novel. I have no objection to her per se or to the use in audio books of starry young actors in general. Dan Stevens, for example, could pretty well read the telephone directory and make it a performance worth listening to. But Ms Fox is not of that calibre and never will be. PLEASE stop using her as a reader - she spoils books!
I highly recommend the brilliant sequel to this, Love in a Cold Climate, made even more brilliant by Patricia Hodge's narration.
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