The Semi - Attached Couple

  • by Emily Eden
  • Narrated by Peter Joyce
  • 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Emily Eden was the daughter of the 1st Baron Auckland, a close confidant of Pitt. She was thus well placed to observe the manners and mores of nineteenth century aristocracy. A huge admirer of Jane Austen, her works reflect this in their perception, tongue in cheek humour and benevolence toward the victims of her pen. 'The Semi Attached Couple' is a revealing insight of attitudes and customs within marriage. Miss Eden asks, among other questions, what happens to a man, immediately after marriage, who believes his wife dislikes him? This set in a context in which people 'may all hate, all envy, all rival each other; they may say everything that is ill-natured and do everything that is mischievous but the general effect, as painters would call it, must be harmony'.

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What the Critics Say

"Peter Joyce is the most remarkable one-man band in audiobook publishing. Joyce, an experienced actor, reads them all himself." (The Independent)
About Assembled Stories: Over the years the national press have reviewed Assembled Stories titles as "excellent", "remarkable", "entrancing", "superb", "magic for sure", "masterly", "wonderful", "a class act" and "a splendid example of audio at its best".

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An interesting and enjoyable 'find'

Emily Eden is a neglected 19th century writer. Although not of the standard of Jane Austen, this book is nevertheless worth listening to. It is a gentle story with some humour included. At times I found the reader irritating - but not so much as to spoil my enjoyment of the book. In proof of this, I have just purchased Peter Joyce's version of the 'sister' book - The Semi-Detached House.
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- Maureen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-01-2011
  • Publisher: Assembled Stories