Miss Mapp

  • by E. F. Benson
  • Narrated by Nadia May
  • 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Miss Elizabeth Mapp, magnificent grande dame and heiress, is always on the lookout lest her neighbors fall outside the bounds of perfect, exemplary manners. But her tightly controlled world is soon beset on all sides by interlopers, first in the disturbingly masculine form of two very different retired army officers, both of whom are anything but retiring in their conflicting aims upon her heart. Second, there appears the elegant, insidiously evil Contessa possessed of dazzling charm and diabolical designs.

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What the Critics Say

"Nadia May does a hilarious Miss Mapp, the small-minded small-town heiress of a certain age who leads an absolutely full life spying on and attempting to best her neighbors." (AudioFile)

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and escapist delight

It would be difficult to say quite what it is about this audiobook that is so mesmerically wonderful. i've listened to it repeatedly. Familiarity just makes it more comforting- like a warm blanket.

It's a picture of a perfect world; a group of people living in a beautiful little town 'Tilling' (Rye really, as everyone knows, in Sussex) All the charecters have enough money to live comfortably, and servants to do the hard work so they have all day to plot against each other- living lives of constant point-scoring, petty meanness and one-up-manship.

We're still waiting for Blackstone Audio and Audible to bring us the sequels...
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- Philip

Sublime!

If you haven't read, or listened, to these before, you're in for a treat. There was an excellent TV adaptation at Christmas, 2014, but the great pleasure of these books, as with PG Wodehouse is not what happens (not much does), but the fantastically witty descriptions and dialogue. A TV adaptation can capture the dialogue, but not the language used for the descriptions.This particular reading (and Queen Lucia, another in the series) is performed by Nadia May, sometimes known by her real name of Wanda McCaddon, who captures it brilliantly. I would urge (a) you to listen to this, and to Queen Lucia, and (b) the publishers to commission, forthwith, unabridged versions of the rest of the Mapp & Lucia series
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- David

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-02-2005
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.