Audio book review: Cavendon Hall

Available now: Cavendon Hall: A Novel

***3.5/5 stars

With Downton-Abbey appeal and a meandering story, Cavendon Hall was a perfect audio book for my short commutes.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like Downton Abbey and other Edwardian English dramas
  • If you enjoy a turn of the century, changing of times family drama

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 3/5 for plot
  • 2/5 for voice-audio
  • 3.5/5 overall
  • 2/5 steaminess (a disturbing scene in the early part of the book bumped this up from a very tame 1)


As an audio book, Cavendon Hall was a joy. Even with 15-minute stints in the car over a few month period, I enjoyed the rolling story in Barbara Taylor Bradford’s pre-World War I novel (my 8-year-old even got into it). Sometimes the voice inflections of the female reader’s voice when she spoke as a man were annoying, but overall her accent and delivery were good. I’m not a fan of the abrupt ending – but looks like there’s a reason for it, a Sequel: The Cavendon Women.

Here’s an excerpt to give you a taste for the voice-audio style:

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