The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

  • by Muriel Spark
  • Narrated by Miriam Margolyes
  • 4 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"You girls are my vocation... I am dedicated to you in my prime."
So says Miss Jean Brodie, a teacher unlike any other. She is proud and cultured. A romantic, with progressive, sometimes shocking ideas and aspirations for the girls in her charge. When she decides to transform a select group of pupils into the 'crème de la crème' at the Marcia Blaine School they become the Brodie set. In exchange for their undivided loyalty, the girls earn a special place of honour and privilege within the school. Yet they are also introduced to a startling new world of adult games and intrigues, and as boundaries are crossed so the difficulties start to unfold.
Miriam Margolyes, one of Britain's finest character actors, gives a highly accomplished performance; rediscover this classic on the 100th anniversary of Muriel Spark's birth.


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Not Jean Brodie at all

How did the narrator detract from the book?

This is an interesting book about a charismatic teacher who dominates and manipulates the girls who make up her "set". In the book, Miss Brodie is described as a contralto with a dark Roman face. She inspires passion in both her pupils and her male colleagues and they are almost obsessed by her. Unfortunately, the narrator makes her sound like a silly and ridiculous old lady with a falsetto voice. It's difficult to believe that anybody could be taken in by her.

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- gunnel

Sharp wit that doesn't date

Maggie Smith's representation of Miss Jean Brodie in the film from the fifties, made me want to read this text. It didn't disappoint. The language is crisp and dry and unforgiving and the reader moves through a series of responses towards the flawed protagonist. None of the girls is painted as a likeable character and therefore our sympathy for them at the hands of this fascist, misguided, arrogant educator is limited.
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- Adrienne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-01-2012
  • Publisher: Canongate Books