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Miss Buncle's Book

Written by: D. E. Stevenson
Narrated by: Patricia Gallimore
Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
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The scene of this entertaining story is laid in a charming English village. The plot centres round Miss Barbara Buncle, a maiden lady who was obliged to write a book because – as she naively explained – her dividends were so poor. Unfortunately, Miss Buncle had no imagination, so she wrote about her friends – quite kindly and truthfully, of course, for she was a benevolent and veracious soul.

The reactions of her friends to Miss Buncle’s book, however, were a little surprising, and the far-reaching and unexpected results of its publication caused quite a stir.

©1934 D. E. Stevenson (P)2010 Soundings

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  • Cornish Jan
  • 11-06-10

A very English book

A wonderful book - gentle, humourous, kind and old fashioned in the very best sense. It shows a picture of village life before the war, the alliances and petty rivalries and what happens when one of the villagers writes a book exposing their hidden secrets (good and bad). It's the sort of book to relax into, to listen to on a sunny summer afternoon with a glass of Pimms. It is as quintessentially English as cricket and home made scones. A lovely listen beautifully read.

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  • Carol
  • 18-11-13

So funny, I could not stop laughing so good.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Never read this if you have a chest cold, you will laugh so much you will have a coughing fit.

I have downloaded 2 more titles by this author - hope they are as good.

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  • Philip
  • 08-03-12

Charming

E.F.Benson this isn't quite, but it does have a quiet and placid charm about it. It's great fun and with a heart of gold and (best of all) utterly, utterly stereotypical of the '1930s novel of English Village Life.' it's all there- the young vicar, the retired military man, the lone spinster, the pretty widow, the crashing snob... It really couldn't be more soothing.

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  • Julia
  • 07-04-13

What a great listen!

How I would have loved to have written 'Miss Buncle's Book' - what a joy it is! I found it a skilfully written, gentle and very funny book. The fantastical plot is rooted in the kind of English village life which I recognise from living in my English village today. D. E. Stevenson's characters are true to type; when they do unbelievable things,it doesn't jar or irritate but amuses.This audible version is well read by Patricia Gallimore.

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  • Eleanor
  • 29-06-18

One of my favourites

One of the best books I know and Patricia Gallimore really brings it to life. Really funny, highly recommended!

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  • McLeish
  • 03-03-17

Light but amusing

If you like characters then you're likely to enjoy this. There are a lot of characters so I wouldn't recommend this book if you get easily confused. It was gentle, pleasant, amusing and well read. It's a long time since I enjoyed a book quite as much as this one.

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  • Josephine
  • 15-02-16

Good story but ...

The story is amusing and very enjoyable. Unfortunately, the narrator tells the story well but her voices for characters are dire. Sorry but there it is.

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  • Cheryl
  • 05-09-18

Grabbed me

I was unsure of this story at first but as it got going for me I found I had to know what happened next, I liked that the villagers didn't like what they read when they realised it was about them and that some changed for the better. It's easy to see how one person can stir up enough hate and go on a 'witch' hunt when the truth hurts so much but refuse to see it. At the end I couldn't stop listening and just had to carry on to find out. I was undecided whether to get this book from recommendations that came up on the list but so glad I did :-)