Excellent Women

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Barbara Pym

Narrated By: Jayne Entwistle

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: March 2016

Duration: 8 hours 42 minutes


Excellent Women is one of Barbara Pym's richest and most amusing high comedies. This is Barbara Pym's world at its funniest.

Mildred Lathbury is a clergyman's daughter and a mild-mannered spinster in 1950s England. She is one of those excellent women, the smart, supportive, repressed women whom men take for granted.

As Mildred gets embroiled in the lives of her new neighbors-anthropologist Helena Napier and her handsome, dashing husband, Rocky, and Julian Malory, the vicar next door-the novel presents a series of snapshots of human life as actually, and pluckily, lived in a vanishing world of manners and repressed desires.

"[One of] the finest examples of high comedy to have appeared in England during the past seventy-five years."-Lord David Cecil, New York Times bestselling author


  • Melinda G

    I was very disappointed in this book. The characters are rather flat and uninteresting, and no amount of good writing or immersion in the world of manners can make one care for them. I kept waiting for it to get better, but it never did.

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