I found this story to follow the style of Sayers' writing very well, and the reader was superb. The characters did have different relationships to each other than in the old Wimsey stories, but it was believable that their relationships could have evolved this way over time. The reader was amazing, and made me clearly visualize this as a performance by my favorite Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane actors, Edward Petherbridge and Harriet Walter. I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook and highly recommend it for fans of the BBC series.
Walsh gives the reader one more opportunity to follow Lord Peter Wimsey through a case of murder and mystery in the English aristocracy. The characters were flawlessly Sayers and flawlessly performed.
The ending was less than satisfying, with no real surprises but also no "aha" moment. Some unexpected events and artifacts appear out of nowhere, with little connection to the rest of the story.
Lord Peter was not only written with his original voice, but Petherbridge brought him to life with true accuracy. His subtle portrayal of this reluctant aristocrat was flawless.
I truly enjoyed spending time with the characters as written and read. So,
I did listen essentially in one sitting, but not because it was a particular page-turner. It's not.
This novel, which imagines Lord Peter Wimsey's first case, Is for lovers of the work of Dorothy Sayers. Those unfamiliar with the characters may experience the story as a bit weak. But, the exceptional performance goes a long way toward masking the flaws.
Edward Petherbridge is on video, as well as audio, the quintessential Lord Peter!!
Description of the trial of Lady Diana--brilliant, simply brilliant.
The Dowager Countess
What joy one more Lord Peter story. If I could have one author added to audible it would be Dorothy Sayers. The Lord Peter novels were the first recorded books I checked out of the library and I was hooked. Please bring Dorothy Sayers and Lord Peter titles to Audible.
Book is excellent ,,, but absolutely worst audio ever as others have mentioned. I believe that the recording/sound engineering is flawed on Part 1: even playing this with extra speakers on my PC, it was still too low to hear unless I held the speaker on my shoulder. The second half was better (does not drop off at the end of the words like the first half does) but still something seriously wrong with the producing or copying of this audiobook. Audible should get their money back and have this re-recorded, and offer a discount to those of us who tried to make sense out of the plot with missed indistinct words in the first half of the book.
Paton Walsh is very true to Sayers voice
I will never listen to anything by this narrator again. First half of book, the last word in every phrase or sentence trailed off to a whisper and was indistinct. In both halves of book, the sound was not loud enough, even with an extra boosted speaker turned "full up"
A real shame this great book was ruined by the sound engineering. I would love to have all Sayers works in audio - but NOT with this narrator/sound quality
From the author, yes. From the reader? Not in this lifetime!
It matches the quality of the original Dorothy Sayers books. If you haven't read them, lucky you to have the experience still ahead of you!
Since I couldn't actually hear more than half the words, it's hard ....No, it isn't hard to say. His performance is miserable.
Possibly. It would depend on the director and cast. Movies so seldom match the author's version of the story.
I have always loved Edward Petherbridge's portrayal of Peter Whimsey. This is so correct and yet so pleasant and true to the legacy of Dorothy Sayers.
This novel is written in the style of Dorothy Sayers and features Lord Peter Wimsey solving a most fascinating group of thefts spanning two generations of families. Well worth reading/listening as the plot unfolds with fine chapter developments.
I have listened this book at least three times. the story is good and the narrator is wonderfully easy to listen to.
While the story of the emerald mystery was intriguing - I struggled to finish the book. The events repeated again and again and again, must have been 9 times for seemingly no reason. The narrator's accent was authentic British but added to the painful tedium of each repetitive chapter. I am sorry to be so negative but these are hours I will never get back. I have always heard of the Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries & wanted to try one -- think I will stick to DVDs. Cannot recommend.