The Semi-Detached House


Read by Elizabeth Klett

(4.5 stars; 345 reviews)

If you're a Jane Austen fan, you'll enjoy Emily Eden's comic novels of manners, The Semi-Detached House (1859) and The Semi-Attached Couple (1860). At the opening of The Semi-Detached House, the beautiful (but rather petulant) Lady Blanche Chester, newly married and pregnant, is being installed in a suburban house while her husband is away. Her encounters with her neighbors, and the intrigues of the neighborhood, soon come to absorb and annoy her. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett) (5 hr 26 min)

Chapters

Chapter 1 10:37 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 2 12:52 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 3 12:43 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 4 11:16 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 5 13:04 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 6 7:24 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 7 15:33 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 8 24:21 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 9 11:13 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 10 15:52 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 11 7:10 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 12 14:06 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 13 15:22 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 14 16:20 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 15 13:08 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 16 16:23 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 17 20:20 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 18 15:07 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 19 14:55 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 20 12:58 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 21 13:43 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 22 15:55 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 23 15:45 Read by Elizabeth Klett

Reviews

The Semi Detached House


(5 stars)

This is a lovely book, a great piece of escapism. I read it because of the narrator, Elizabeth Kletts. I adore her English accent and am currently listening to all of the books read by Elizabeth. This is a great book in a period in which we are bombarded by negativity and bad news. I highly recommend it. Thank you Elizabeth.

The Semi


(5 stars)

Pleasant novella of mid-Victorian manners very well read by Elizabeth Klett. Not great literature but an enjoyable and nicely paced story of how various characters (with notable exceptions) overcome their prejudices through the influence of unassuming Mrs. Hopkinson. [Spoiler alert!!] In this tale, the antithesis of the noble and generous English is a family of pretentious and manipulative Jews, complete with stereotypical names. The author seems to be telling us that even as Christian converts they cannot escape the inborn proclivities of their "race". This stuff is very distasteful, and the text is not at all saved - at least for me - by one sympathetic Jewish character. I suggest we learn from this novel by reading it as a sort of historical ethnography that shows how insidious anti-Semitism came to be taken for granted by entire classes. TheBookworm, who grew up in a semi, (Manchester, UK)


(5 stars)

Awesome story awesome reading. You did it justice Elizabeth Klett. Thank you for making it so enjoyable. Wish there were more semi detached stories by Emily Eden.

The antisemitism in this story is jarring.


(3 stars)

love Elizabeth Klett's reading.

Light and fun


(5 stars)

Another excellent reading by Elizabeth Klett. I agree with the earlier comment by TheBookworm - unfortunate that they had to cast the schemers as Jewish when schemers exist in all racial groups. Even with that, I found the book lighthearted and fun to listen to and would recommend it.

lost count on # of listens


(5 stars)

6/2020 this is just a delight to read because It is a great story/ series, and Elizabeth Klett lends us her talent once more. No movie could come close to making the characters seem more real and multidimensional than E. Klett!

light and charming...


(5 stars)

Except for the small matter of what was then a societally acceptable amount of antisemitism, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Honestly, it's a shame, making the antiheroes Jewish; think about how wonderfully dreadful Mrs Elton was, or Fanny Dashwood, or Mrs Norris...

Cute


(4.5 stars)

This was a sweet, enjoyable little story with hints of societal satire. Although not terribly great, it was tolerably amusing. As always, Elizabeth Klett is phenomenal. Both her style of narrating and the quality of her recordings are impeccable.