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It began in a women's club in London on a February afternoon. A discreet advertisement in The Times, addressed to "Those who Appreciate Wistaria and Sunshine..." lures four very different women away from the dismal British weather to San Salvatore, a castle high above a bay on the sunny Italian Riviera. There, the Mediterranean spirit stirs the souls of Mrs Arbuthnot, Mrs Wilkins, Lady Caroline Dester, and Mrs Fisher, and remarkable changes occur.

©1922 Elizabeth von Arnim (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Rosemary H. Knower
  • 03/02/2015

Perfect antidote to the doldrums

Where does The Enchanted April rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Chronic insomniacs, this is guaranteed to offer delight; top level

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Enchanted April?

The arrival in San Salvatore; the quadrille in the rose garden

What about Eleanor Bron’s performance did you like?

Low, resonant voice; definition of all characters, mastery of dialects

If you could rename The Enchanted April, what would you call it?

The Awakening, or Examining Life through the Eyes of Love

Any additional comments?

Vivid picture of entire cast attempting to achieve joy; hilarious results

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  • Gillian
  • 27/01/2014

Oh, Gosh! What a Delightful Surprise!

Would you listen to The Enchanted April again? Why?

I purchased this audiobook because it came cheap. I had low expectations. So imagine my surprise when I found fleshed-out characters, a not so easy journey for them, and twists in the plot. Even though I absolutely knew how it'd turn out in the end, it was so good (and so well narrated) I zipped through, chapter after chapter. And I look forward to doing that again someday because really: what a delight!

Who was your favorite character and why?

All the characters have complicated natures, complicated desires, and unexpected challenges to growth. Mrs. Wilkins, Lottie, however, is a natural favorite as she's the catalyst for change, the one who leaves her subservient self behind, and looks to the future with hope while enjoying every second of the present.

Which scene was your favorite?

This book really makes you look at the beauty around you, and it inspires you to fling off your shackles with joy. I particularly was impressed by how many little obstacles were thrown in the way of the characters. What should have been a predictable journey to growth was instead written with challenges for them. This had me biting my nails now and again.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I found nothing wrong with Eleanor Bron's performance but was instead really quite taken with it. There are different versions of this book, but I suggest this version as Bron has a knack for delivering the different tones of the characters' natures, their emotions. She doesn't make the annoying mistake of trying to warp her voice into different characters but uses subtle variations to distinguish them. She really captures their longings, their fears, their hopes.

Any additional comments?

Make no mistake, this is light reading/listening. If you're looking for deep plot dynamics, save this for later. But by all means, come back later if you'd like some refreshment. It's a little gem that I had no idea was out there.

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  • S. Harris
  • 27/06/2015

A perfect read for any season

If you've longed for an Italian holiday in a quiet old villa with charming friends, this is your ticket. It will be even better if you adore flowers and good, if short, conversations. A likening for the British will positively seal the deal. Can't get away right now? Read The Enchanted April.

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  • Leah Erickson
  • 22/12/2017

A Love Story set in an Italian Garden.

Enchanted April is one of my favorite books. I have read it yearly and thought Eleanor Bron read it the way it is supposed to be read.

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  • Ken J. Walker
  • 23/01/2019

Best Narrated version out there.

Best Narrated version out there. I could listen to this over and over. I imagine she read it just as the author intended.

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  • ClaireW
  • 18/10/2020

Love this story.

I first found this book in Librivox free audio book app, then finally bought it. Great story, love each character. I've lost count of how many times I've re-listened to it.

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  • Regina
  • 30/09/2020

Enchanting Indeed!

A sweet gem of a book. Like a warm cup of tea on a cold morning, providing comfort to the soul. I am so thrilled I stumbled upon this treasure. Perfectly narrated, charming and uplifting.

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  • danaraymond
  • 27/09/2020

Delicious and Delightful

Listening to this audiobook is like visiting a villa in Italy in April and experiencing the same magic that bewitched the women and their men friends. It was so perfect for a good moment in which I listened to it. The narration was a real treat.

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  • Steffenie
  • 23/09/2020

Love and Laughter

This is a lovely and amusing book about the interactions of four different women, initially strangers, on holiday together in Italy. I thoroughly enjoyed the misconceptions of the women about each other and their growing together as friends.

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  • Steve M
  • 18/09/2020

Charming Novel, Beautifully Performed

This is a charming novel-- witty, thoroughly entertaining, with just enough depth and insight to make it memorable and touching. The dialogue sparkles, and every character has her "moment." Small wonder it's been adapted so many times for screen and stage. Eleanor Bron's performance is flawless. She delineates each character in a subtle and specific way and puts across both the inherent comedy and the characters' longings. It was a wonderful book to listen to while driving this summer.

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  • Seagull
  • 12/03/2015

A Lovely Listen

This is a real feel-good story. Eleanor Bron is an excellent reader who brings out the full humour of the dialogue, as well as doing full justice to the descriptions of Italy. Hearing it read aloud, as opposed to reading it from the page, totally enhances this classic book, and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who wants a mental escape to a perfect destination.

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  • Kaggy
  • 07/11/2017

Not as good as 'Love' by the same author


The 'Love' I am referring to is another lesser known book by Elizabeth von Arnim and which is to my mind a far more interesting story. The Enchanted April is a pleasant enough book and it does have some biting wit, but on the whole it is all rather safe and lovely, like a cosy but slightly stifling Sunday afternoon BBC drama. This follows the story of 4 gentile but rather different ladies taking a holiday in Italy together. As is predictable, their rather frosty exteriors begin to melt in the glorious Italian sunshine and the causes of their various miseries are magically resolved. I must admit I found the deference paid to the Lady Caroline character extremely irritating and made the whole thing seem very bourgeois and dated, but then I suppose that's what this book is, and I shouldn't be too surprised. Once again Eleanor Bron does an excellent job but without any really dramatic scenes I don't think she really had to try too hard with this one.

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  • Julie
  • 07/07/2014

Well written improbable escape

What did you like most about The Enchanted April?

Well written, beautifully read. Charming escape.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Most interesting content: characters of different women of the time and insights into their lives. Beauty of Italy; different sorts of marriages.

What about Eleanor Bron’s performance did you like?

Eleanor Bron reads superbly. She is one of my go to narrators.

Any additional comments?

Well worth a listen if you like character and relationship based fiction that doesn't move too fast.

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  • H
  • 18/07/2014

A Glimpse into a Bygone Age

What did you like most about The Enchanted April?

I loved the uniqueness of the characters and their interaction with each other; how they developed and matured during the story

What did you like best about this story?

The depiction of Italy, its gardens, its food, its people and the contrast between the stiff Anglo Saxons and the passionate and volatile Italians

What does Eleanor Bron bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She made the characters come alive - such a fabulous voice - so well-read.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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  • GORIMACALE
  • 02/06/2017

beautiful

A very well written, totally plausible tale of self discovery and love. Beautifully interpreted by E.Bron...and then there is Italy in her splendor and glorious scents!

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  • Granny June
  • 25/04/2016

Magical

A delightful read, describing times we have perhaps forgotten, when women were not free to make their own choices. Written nearly 100 years ago, this book will delight, appall and enrage you until the magic of Italy pulls you in and enchants you.

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  • Christine
  • 16/09/2014

Neutral...

I cannot say I disliked this book but it was a bit dull, not much going on except for the last half an hour of listening. The narrator does not add enough "spice" to the story. The description of the landscapes and the characters of the book is very poetic and pleasant, though.

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  • Mrs L.
  • 23/04/2020

A vintage escape into romance

Reminiscent of A Villa in Italy, this is a 'sorting out' kind of a story, beginning with disenchantment and ending with a gigantic smile. I read it years ago and, discovering it on Audible read by Eleanor Bron, I bought it for a dose if nostalgia. The reading is beautiful, if perhaps a little too melancholy in general tone - but one gets used to that. There's much relaxation of privilege insensitively asserted, self-discovery and the rekindling of old feelings. Despite the urge to mutter, 'You can't do that, ' or 'Get a grip!' at the phone, this really is a sweet story, a good listen for a drowsy afternoon or two in the garden.

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  • L'il Squirrel
  • 29/04/2019

lovely

I really enjoyed this book and was swept in by the surroundings which were so beautifully described and an unexpected revelation at the end.

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  • S.A.M
  • 05/05/2018

Enchanting

Just listen to it. Made perfect by Eleanor Bron’s voice and story telling. Loved it.