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A stranger enters the inner sanctum of the Ashby family posing as Patrick Ashby, the heir to the family’s sizeable fortune. The stranger, Brat Farrar, has been carefully coached on Patrick’s mannerisms, appearance and every significant detail of Patrick’s early life, up to his 13th year when he disappeared and was thought to have drowned himself. It seems as if Brat is going to pull off this most incredible deception until old secrets emerge that threaten to jeopardise the imposter’s plan and his very life.
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By Catherine on 10-23-11

Great all around

I'm a big Josephine Tey fan, and I'm picky about narrators. This was my first Carole Boyd listen, and now I'm hooked. She's just great. Enough variations in voicing to keep the characters identifiable, but no stagey acting to distract from Tey's precise and wonderful story. If you like British mysteries and good narrators, you can't go wrong here.

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By Lucy on 06-25-16

Perfect Narration

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Josephine Tey is dated - this is a bucolic England of the imagination circa 1920s, 30s - but, she has a sharp edge, and is such an elegant writer - and excellent story teller. All of which explains why, even now, her books are a pleasure. This is exceptionally well narrated by Carole Boyd - an excellent match with the material. BRAT FARRAR is a classic of its kind from the Golden Age of British mysteries - Allingham, Christie, Sayers. If you like those, you'll be happy you spent the credit on this. It's very well done.

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By Seagull on 02-04-15

Couldn't stop listening

At last! What a joy to find the real Josephine Tey books on Audible. And Bratt Farrar is one of her best. In theory, one ought to thoroughly dislike a young man who sets out to deceive, but Bratt is such a sympathetic character that the listener can't help but be drawn into his story, and that of the family who welcome him 'home'. Even though I had read the book and knew the outcome, it was a real pleasure to hear it read aloud, and Carole Boyd makes an excellent job of it. Please, Audible, do let's have all of Josephine Tey's books made available.

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By Barbara on 04-16-17

The dishes will have to wait

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Do you remember the last summer you were a "kid", before you became supposedly a grown up, when you felt as though you were on the verge of your life really beginning? That's the feeling this book evokes. A young man, torn between undreamed-of opportunity and a moral awakening is at such a turning point in his life in this wonderful old-fashioned adventure story. It has everything such a story should contain and more besides: a morally ambiguous hero, painfully establishing his own values in extraordinary circumstances, a fearless heroine, a villain hiding in plain sight, a kindly family lawyer, little sisters providing comic relief, an angry killer, a kindly mother figure whose integrity discomforts the hero more than any threat or attack could. "How on earth" you find yourself asking, "is this possibly going to be sorted out?" And you find yourself really caring. Dishes are left unwashed, housework undone, you are late in to work because you have to sit in the car those few extra minutes just to get to the end of the chapter. Read this book and make your excuses.

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By Gabrielle Pointer on 07-24-17

An interesting story with a twist at the end.

Where does Brat Farrar rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very high

Who was your favorite character and why?

Brat Farrar

What about Carole Boyd’s performance did you like?

Great narrative

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

The ending

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This is a book I remember from my childhood and I still have the hard cover copy. I loved the story and loved hearing it again after all these years. It was beautifully narrated.

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By oceanjasper on 05-05-17

An intriguing story with heart and insight

Brat Farrar does not follow a conventional mystery format; instead it makes the impostor the hero in a wonderfully nuanced character portrayal. The members of the Ashby family, in particular the warm-hearted Aunt Bee and Brat's mercurial 'twin' Simon are beautifully drawn, and the reader becomes immersed in the comfortable rural England of a bygone era. As the book nears its climax an increasing air of tension makes it a compelling experience.

Carole Boyd's narration is fabulous, with her calm English voice dispensing Josephine Tey's elegant language with ease. The characters are well differentiated and their emotions clearly shine through.

There are sad events in this book but also a sense of hope, and its effect lingered with me in a way that is rare for any Golden Age mystery. It's a lovely story.

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