The Enchanted April

Elizabeth von Arnim

Wanda McCaddon (Narrator)

09-01-94

8hrs 14min

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09-01-94

8hrs 14min

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction

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“A pleasant…little story, with some neat phrasing and a genuine feeling for color and for beauty.” New York Times

A recipe for happiness: four women, one medieval Italian castle, plenty of wisteria, and solitude as needed

Four very diverse women, all seeking revitalization from the dreary February rains of 1920s London, rent the small medieval castle of San Salvatore, nestled high above the bay of Portofino, Italy. Arriving at San Salvatore, they find it awash with the scent of flowers, its olive groves terracing down to the sun-warmed sea.

Each has her reasons for desiring escape. Mrs. Wilkins and Mrs. Arbuthnot are glad to leave behind their insipid duties and unresponsive husbands. The elderly Mrs. Fisher wishes only to sit in the sun and replay her youthful memories, and the bewitchingly beautiful Lady Caroline Dester desires to have seclusion from all her adoring suitors. Amid the canopies of fragrant wisteria, in the sweet sunshine and melodious silence, fate has some surprises in store for all of them.

Praise

“A pleasant…little story, with some neat phrasing and a genuine feeling for color and for beauty.” New York Times

“At one level an escapist fantasy, at another a parable about the liberation of the spirit, this delicious confection will work magic on all.” Daily Telegraph (London)

“Nadia May’s narration is excellent, especially in differentiating the women’s voices and in reading their inner dialogues…This performance is easy to listen to, and this recording is well worth having.” AudioFile

“[A] book for anyone who feels stiff, unloved, or used up—a restful, funny, sumptuous, and invigorating vacation for the mind and soul…The effect is refreshing, charming, and romantic.” Erica Bauermeister, 500 Great Books by Women

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Language English
Release Day Aug 31, 1994
Release Date September 1, 1994
Release Date Machine 778377600
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Craig Black
Categories Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Classics, Literary Fiction, Romance, Historical
Author Bio
Elizabeth von Arnim

Elizabeth von Arnim (1866–1941) was an English novelist born Mary Annette Beauchamp. With many works to her name, she is best known for the novel The Enchanted April and her semi-autobiographical novel Elizabeth and Her German Garden.

Narrator Bio
Wanda McCaddon

Wanda McCaddon (d. 2023) narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, sometimes with the pseudonym Nadia May or Donada Peters. She earned the prestigious Audio Award for best narration and numerous Earphones Awards. She was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.

Overview

A recipe for happiness: four women, one medieval Italian castle, plenty of wisteria, and solitude as needed

Four very diverse women, all seeking revitalization from the dreary February rains of 1920s London, rent the small medieval castle of San Salvatore, nestled high above the bay of Portofino, Italy. Arriving at San Salvatore, they find it awash with the scent of flowers, its olive groves terracing down to the sun-warmed sea.

Each has her reasons for desiring escape. Mrs. Wilkins and Mrs. Arbuthnot are glad to leave behind their insipid duties and unresponsive husbands. The elderly Mrs. Fisher wishes only to sit in the sun and replay her youthful memories, and the bewitchingly beautiful Lady Caroline Dester desires to have seclusion from all her adoring suitors. Amid the canopies of fragrant wisteria, in the sweet sunshine and melodious silence, fate has some surprises in store for all of them.

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