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by Edward St. Aubyn | Read by Alex Jennings

This audio version of St. Aubyn’s darkly hilarious masterpiece is a masterwork in its own right. Patrick Melrose’s is a world of almost unbelievable privilege combined with harrowing cruelty and failure to love. Patrick is grievously, perhaps irretrievably, damaged and self-destructive, yet he is so bright and cynically funny about his plight and much else that you are as strongly engaged as you are horrified. Alex Jennings gives us Patrick’s inner life plus an amazing range of the people he shares it with across decades, from Provence to New York. If forced to quibble, one might say that Jennings’s Americans are slightly too broad. But in this great gallery of international voices, Jennings conveys class, age, wit, foolishness, snobbery, innocence, vanity, kindness, and vice with breathtaking nuance. B.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award, 2015 Audies Finalist © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine