Don't get my title wrong. I actually enjoyed this book for the purpose for which I wound up using it - to go to sleep.
The narrator's voice is so soothing and the story is so boring that it worked like Ambien!
If you enjoy being read to sleep but you often find yourself getting too interested in a story to succumb to slumber, this book is the answer for you! The plot line (what there is of it) is so thoroughly uninteresting and slow to develop that I can't imagine anyone staying awake for very long when listening to this book.
It warrants a warning in all caps:
DON'T READ THIS WHILE DRIVING OR OPERATING HEAVY MACHINERY!
On the other hand, Edward Petherbridge has a voice that could melt butter.
In the final analysis, I will probably listen to this one again because the narration and the sleep I gained from the rambling plot line make the book worth what I spent.
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.
I have been using auduo books for a lot of years starting with the cassette and have collected nearly all the Lord Peter series, this is one of the best
The Dower Dutchess's letter to her friend in New York, at the ending
yes, and will continue to do so, this is a keeper
audio download is magic and one of the best of technology as far as I am concerned
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
No, thought I was getting a Dorothy Sayers, got a wanna-be instead.
Not this author.
Boston Book Lover
I love hearing the different characters. Gives much more of a feel for the story.
Bunter. Always ready.
Ability to do different convincing voices.
No. I was content to listen in stages.
The book was alright but the narration was lousy. The narrator speaks in a breathy tone and whispers all the time. I tried listening twice and gave up within five minutes. It was very frustrating trying to hear what was being read.
No. I have read most books of lord Peter Whimpsy but this is the first time that I got the audiobook.
He whispers a lot of the time or he speaks in a breathy way. Not good at all.
Yes, the narrator was wonderful and very soothing.
The main character was interesting and his wife was also very unique and well-drawn.
A little slow but give it a chance!
yes - because of the excellent narration by Edward Petherbridge - who was to me the most perfect Lord Peter Wimsey
it had as many strange, unexpected twists as the Dorothy L. Sayers originals
the scene by the pink marble sundial - I love it when people stay in love
It was just time well spent with characters I have loved since early adolescence
Please get "Gaudy Night" recorded - then the Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane series will be complete.