• The Musgraves

  • By: D.E. Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 26-07-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Soundings
  • 5 out of 5 stars 5.0 (2 ratings)


The tangled destinies of an unusual family are played out against the backdrop of the English countryside where two pretty sisters and a beautiful widow take centre stage in a drama of dangerous flirtation and backstairs gossip. Esther Musgrave, an attractive widow, has her hands full trying to keep her energetic family together – and on speaking terms! Her three daughters, prickly Delia, sensible Meg and carefree Rose, mean everything to her, especially since the death of her husband, Charles.
The story of the Musgraves in their Cotswold home, their loves and hates, hopes and disappointments, is vividly recounted in this charming chronicle of family life.
©1960 D. E. Stevenson (P)2011 Soundings
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jerri C on 01-08-11

Sibling rivaly

I love the novels of D. E. Stevenson. Rather than focus on one "hero" and "heroine", this book is the story of a family, and we follow quite a number of characters, hightlighting the widowed Mrs. Musgrave and her three daughters, but also covering their mysterious new neighbor, the secretary of the local golf club, some of the domestic staff, and others. Anne Dover does an excellent job of distingushing the various characters and also of demonstrating their moods and emotions. I loved to listen to her voice, and would love to hear her narrate other English based novels by D. E. Stevenson, such as The Four Graces or Vittoria Cottage. This is a reading to listen to over and over again.

Many of Stevenson's novels are set in Scotland or have some connection to Scotland, as Stevenson was born and lived there most of her life. However, The Musgraves is set completely in England, with mention of South Africa.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Constance on 16-03-12

Old Fashioned Charm

If you like a gentle old fashioned story that is as refreshing and satisfying as a well made cup of tea, you will enjoy The Musgraves. Like other works by this author, the setting is a country village and the characters are close knit family members and neighbors. In this story, a glamorous newcomer turns a few heads and inflames a bit of envy. The dislocation of settled relationships provokes growth and ultimately happy new chapters in the lives of all concerned. The narrator is perfect for this story, capturing a wide range of characters each with his or her own distinctive tone and vocal stance.

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