Long Summer Day

  • by R F Delderfield
  • Narrated by Jonathan Oliver
  • 27 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Paul Craddock is still young when he is invalided out of the army after the Boer War and he discovers the neglected estate of Shallowford in a secluded corner of Devon. It seems remote from the march of progress. But as storm clouds gather over Europe, Paul learns that no part of England, however remote, can escape the challenge of the times.


What the Critics Say

‘It is always a pleasure to read R. F. Delderfield, because he never seems to be ashamed of writing well’ (Books and Bookmen)


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Customer Reviews

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Wonderful, absorbing listen

Lose yourself in this evocation of a 'golden' era in the self-contained world of a Devon estate in the 1900s. Great writing, absorbing story-telling. 27 hours long, and at Hour 24, I can't bear to think of it ending. Lively narration with good character diffentiation. Please 'do' the other two books quickly - otherwise, I'll have to 'read' them!
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- Rosalind

A long holiday in Devon

Listening to this over the course of a stormy September week was a really lovely escape. I read this and other books by Delderfield when I was in my teens. Listening to it now some years later, perhaps I enjoyed the 'story' slightly less, but the ambience and feel for Devon and the era in which it is set, which the book conveys so well, very much more. I felt I had stayed there for a while - and I wanted to stay longer.

The reader has an old-fashioned style that is in keeping with the book itself. Slightly disconcerting lengthy pauses characterise his reading, but I soon got used to this. I *think* his Devon accents of c1900 sound like they might be accurate...? they are certainly broad!

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- Alison

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-03-2012
  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited