Bracebridge Hall

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(4 stars; 6 reviews)

Famed American humorist and essayist Washington Irving published a series of short pieces entitled "The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gentleman" in 1815. Included in that collection were the chapters which later formed the standalone work "Old Christmas." This wonderful book introduced the world to Bracebridge Hall, the ancestral home of the Bracebridges, an old English family that lived according to the customs of those who were "unto the manor born." "Bracebridge Hall" is a follow-up to "Old Christmas" which looks at the lifestyle of the rich, country dwellers, their servants, friends and neighbors. The daily lives and adventures of this peculiar population of early 1800's England forms the foundation upon which the episodes explored in "Bracebridge Hall" is built. Washington Irving wrote the book based upon his own experiences visiting England and the very real Bracebridge Family with whom he spent much time. - Summary by Greg Giordano (5 hr 9 min)


Preface & The Hall 8:17 Read by Greg Giordano
The Busy Man 11:39 Read by Greg Giordano
Family Servants 13:52 Read by Maria Kasper
The Widow 8:07 Read by Maria Kasper
The Lovers 7:29 Read by Greg Giordano
Family Reliques 10:49 Read by Greg Giordano
An Old Soldier 7:54 Read by Maria Kasper
The Widow's Retinue 7:00 Read by Maria Kasper
Ready-Money Jack 12:38 Read by Greg Giordano
Bachelors 8:03 Read by Greg Giordano
A Literary Antiquary 11:37 Read by Maria Kasper
The Farm-House 8:34 Read by Maria Kasper
Horsemanship 10:01 Read by Greg Giordano
Love Symptoms 6:40 Read by Greg Giordano
Falconry 8:23 Read by Maria Kasper
Hawking 12:39 Read by Maria Kasper
Fortune-Telling 11:03 Read by Greg Giordano
Love-Charms 9:11 Read by Greg Giordano
A Bachelor's Confessions 8:22 Read by Maria Kasper
Gipsies 9:35 Read by Maria Kasper
Village Worthies 6:20 Read by Greg Giordano
The Schoolmaster 12:29 Read by Greg Giordano
The School 6:54 Read by Maria Kasper
A Village Politician 9:27 Read by Maria Kasper
The Rookery 15:16 Read by Greg Giordano
May-Day 22:12 Read by Greg Giordano
The Culprit 14:29 Read by Maria Kasper
Lovers' Troubles 10:45 Read by Maria Kasper
The Wedding 19:42 Read by Greg Giordano



(4.5 stars)

Irving has no superior as an incisive observer who is able to bring his reader to the point of persnally experiencing Irving's thoughts. A very interesting look at a dying, yet charming, era. It did not hurt that it was read by two of your finest readers.


(1 stars)

Thanks for the incredibly intrusive commercial. Yes, thank you for ruining what was the one nice thing in this disturbing modern world. wow a screening and jarring commercial interruption of what should be a relaxing experience. Shame!

did bracebridge hall ever exist?

(4 stars)

reader grew on me!

An interesting read about old England

(5 stars)