Elders and Betters

  • by Ivy Compton-Burnett
  • Narrated by Teresa DeBerry
  • 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Donne family's move to the country is inspired by a wish to be close to their cousins, who are to be their nearest neighbours. It proves too close for comfort, however. For a secret switching of wills causes the most genteel pursuit of self-interest to threaten good relations and even good manners....
Ivy Compton-Burnett employs her sharp ear for comedy and celebrated powers of dialogue to spectacular effect. She reveals a devastating microcosm of human society, in which the elders are by no means always the betters, in which no character is totally scrupulous, but none without their appeal.

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Dreadful reading

Would you try another book written by Ivy Compton-Burnett or narrated by Teresa DeBerry?

I would try another Compton-Burnett but I was driven demented by the dreadful reading. It was almost impossible to distinguish between the characters given the accents and characterisation.
I would definitely not listen to another narration by Teresa DeBerry. For a good example of how to do it, see Jill Balcon or Penelope Wilton.


Would you recommend Elders and Betters to your friends? Why or why not?

Not this narration.


Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Teresa DeBerry?

Penelope Wilton


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Elders and Betters?

Had to give up as I couldn't stand the narration


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- Laura

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-05-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios