The Pursuit of Love : Radlett and Montdore

  • by Nancy Mitford
  • Narrated by Emilia Fox
  • Series: Radlett and Montdore
  • 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Pursuit of Love is one of the funniest and most biting novels about love and growing up ever written, by the author of Love in a Cold Climate.
Oh, the boredom of waiting to grow up! Longing for love, obsessed with weddings and sex, Linda and her sisters and cousin Fanny fantasise about the perfect lover. But finding Mr Right proves difficult, and Linda must bear marriage with both Tony the stuffy Tory MP and gorgeously handsome but humourless communist Christian before finding real passion in war-torn Paris with Fabrice.

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A good listen, a better read.

What did you like best about The Pursuit of Love? What did you like least?

Nancy Mitford's tale of the life of Linda, told through the ever-loving eyes of her cousin Fanny, is effortlessly enchanting and often gloriously funny. Each character possesses some mildly eccentric characteristics, perhaps only with the exception of Fanny herself. A modern listener may find certain passages quaint and dated, but the underlying themes are of perpetual interest today.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Pursuit of Love?

Their childhoods - who doesn't want a Hon's cupboard now?


Would you listen to another book narrated by Emilia Fox?

Yes; I Capture the Castle is brilliantly read, so much so that you fogey you are listening to an audiobook and are entirely swept up by the story. Here, however, she feels a little younger in terms of her narrative style, and sometimes you are left feeling that she hasn't quite got the sense of one or two phrases or passages.


Did The Pursuit of Love inspire you to do anything?

To pursue more Mitford.


Any additional comments?

A bucket list book if nothing else; you feel changed by it, which can only be the sign of good writing. Despite its feminine appearance, it tackles numerous subjects from politics, feminism, war, religion and that transitional period in English society that has now gone forever. A book that very eloquently defies a lot of misconceptions.

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- Shaun

A wonderful book very badly read.

The Pursuit of Love has been one of my favourite books since I first read it aeons ago. Unfortunately, here it is entirely spoiled by Emilia Fox's flat, anaemic narration. I have listened to a couple of audible books read by Ms Fox and she simply cannot act. She has one plaintive whiny tone which she uses for everything, except when she is playing a man, when she puts on a gruff, deep voice like a child impersonating an adult male. It makes me wonder if the producers of audio books actually listen to the recordings; in this case it sounds as if they just let the actor get on with it and trusted that it'd be fine.

Ms Fox is very pretty and performs adequately in on TV, in that she says her lines and doesn't bump into the furniture but those attributes do not necessarily make her the ideal choice to read a full length novel. I have no objection to her per se or to the use in audio books of starry young actors in general. Dan Stevens, for example, could pretty well read the telephone directory and make it a performance worth listening to. But Ms Fox is not of that calibre and never will be. PLEASE stop using her as a reader - she spoils books!

I highly recommend the brilliant sequel to this, Love in a Cold Climate, made even more brilliant by Patricia Hodge's narration.
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- Helga

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-05-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios