The Enchanted April

  • by Elizabeth von Arnim
  • Narrated by Eleanor Bron
  • 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It began in a women's club in London on a February afternoon. A discreet advertisement in The Times, addressed to "Those who Appreciate Wistaria and Sunshine..." lures four very different women away from the dismal British weather to San Salvatore, a castle high above a bay on the sunny Italian Riviera. There, the Mediterranean spirit stirs the souls of Mrs Arbuthnot, Mrs Wilkins, Lady Caroline Dester, and Mrs Fisher, and remarkable changes occur.

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Not as good as 'Love' by the same author


The 'Love' I am referring to is another lesser known book by Elizabeth von Arnim and which is to my mind a far more interesting story. The Enchanted April is a pleasant enough book and it does have some biting wit, but on the whole it is all rather safe and lovely, like a cosy but slightly stifling Sunday afternoon BBC drama. This follows the story of 4 gentile but rather different ladies taking a holiday in Italy together. As is predictable, their rather frosty exteriors begin to melt in the glorious Italian sunshine and the causes of their various miseries are magically resolved. I must admit I found the deference paid to the Lady Caroline character extremely irritating and made the whole thing seem very bourgeois and dated, but then I suppose that's what this book is, and I shouldn't be too surprised. Once again Eleanor Bron does an excellent job but without any really dramatic scenes I don't think she really had to try too hard with this one.
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- Kaggy

A Lovely Listen

This is a real feel-good story. Eleanor Bron is an excellent reader who brings out the full humour of the dialogue, as well as doing full justice to the descriptions of Italy. Hearing it read aloud, as opposed to reading it from the page, totally enhances this classic book, and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who wants a mental escape to a perfect destination.
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- Seagull

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-02-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios