Habits of the House

Habits of the House

Audiobook CD - 2012
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From the award-winning novelist and writer of Upstairs Downstairs, the launch of a brilliant new trilogy about what life was really like for masters and servants before the world of Downton Abbey

As the Season of 1899 comes to an end, the world is poised on the brink of profound, irrevocable change. The Earl of Dilberne is facing serious financial concerns. The ripple effects spread to everyone in the household: Lord Robert, who has gambled unwisely on the stock market and seeks a place in the Cabinet; his unmarried children, Arthur, who keeps a courtesan, and Rosina, who keeps a parrot in her bedroom; Lord Robert's wife Isobel, who orders the affairs of the household in Belgrave Square; and Grace, the lady's maid who orders the life of her mistress.

Lord Robert can see no financial relief to an already mortgaged estate, and, though the Season is over, his thoughts turn to securing a suitable wife (and dowry) for his son. The arrival on the London scene of Minnie, a beautiful Chicago heiress with a reputation to mend, seems the answer to all their prayers.

As the writer of the pilot episode of the original Upstairs, Downstairs --Fay Weldon brings a deserved reputation for magnificent storytelling. With wit and sympathy--and no small measure of mischief-- Habits of the House  plots the interplay of restraint and desire, manners and morals, reason and instinct.

Publisher: [United States] : Macmillan Audio, p2012.
ISBN: 9781427228918
1427228914
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 7 sound discs (ca. 9 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Kellgren, Katherine

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lisastitch
Jan 13, 2015

I didn't care for the reader--her voice struck me as strident and grating. I may try reading the book instead of listening to it.

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maipenrai
Aug 25, 2014

** stars As the Season of 1899 comes to an end, the world is poised on the brink of profound, irrevocable change. The Earl of Dilberne is facing serious financial concerns. The ripple effects spread to everyone in the household: Lord Robert, who has gambled unwisely on the stock market and seeks a place in the Cabinet; his unmarried children, Arthur, who keeps a courtesan, and Rosina, who keeps a parrot in her bedroom; Lord Robert?s wife Isobel, who orders the affairs of the household in Belgrave Square; and Grace, the lady?s maid who orders the life of her mistress. Lord Robert can see no financial relief to an already mortgaged estate, and, though the Season is over, his thoughts turn to securing a suitable wife (and dowry) for his son. The arrival on the London scene of Minnie, a beautiful Chicago heiress with a reputation to mend, seems the answer to all their prayers. **** Fay Weldon was a writer of "Upstairs, Downstairs". I loved this old series and had high hopes for this book when it was compared to "Downton Abbey". Unfortunately this book is neither of these stories. The writing style is nice, but the tale has been told too many times. I wanted to like it more.

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IV27HUjg
Mar 01, 2014

For me, no comparison to Downton Abbey, which has held my interest because it covers so much of the changes in society worldwide. This bothered me with a lot of chitchat by one woman, whose voice I quickly tired of hearing. Sort of became interesting with info on P or Wales at the time. Might try reading Weldon instead.

Katherine Kellgren's performance in this audio version is stellar: she has the bored aristo tone down. If you like Downton Abbey be sure to listen to this!

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