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  • Paul Temple and the Harkdale Robbery

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Francis Durbridge
    • Narrated By Toby Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    The bank robbers were caught straight away, but in the bag there was a Concise Oxford Dictionary instead of money. Moreover, in Paul Temple's garage was the body of one of the robbers. So commences one of the strangest cases of Paul Temple's career. Before it is done he comes face to face with deeply hidden underworld figures, including the 'Master Mind'.

    Graham says: "So much more detail than in the dramatised version"
    "See if You Can Figure Out "Who Dun It!""
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    If you could sum up Paul Temple and the Harkdale Robbery in three words, what would they be?

    entertaining, sophisticated, British


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Paul Temple and the Harkdale Robbery?

    One of the most memorable moments is when Paul encounters and questions a possible witness to a murder. The witness Butch Bendix is a very recognizable "type", very amusingly performed by Toby Stephens. Butch can't quite contain his lust for Paul Temple, who is completely straight, and tries to get on with the investigation. Butch's comments are very funny.


    Which character – as performed by Toby Stephens – was your favorite?

    Well, it was either Butch Bendix or Mrs. O'Hanrahan. I guess I'll go with Butch.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but no real opportunity to. After about 12 days worth of driving I finished it.


    Any additional comments?

    Toby Stephens transitions between characters and many many accents seamlessly and flawlessly. You're not paying attention to the "acting" per se, you're just drawn into the story.
    Naturally Stephens is able to do the many variations of a British accent, but he also performs an American with a New York, specifically Bronx accent....and I know what those sound like!
    Bravo!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paul Temple and the Tyler Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Francis Durbridge
    • Narrated By Toby Stephens
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    While on patrol outside Oxford, two policemen notice a stolen car parked in a layby. On further investigation, they discover the dead body of a young woman huddled in the boot, strangled with a headscarf. Planning a trip to Paris, Paul and Steve Temple have no intention of becoming involved in the case, dubbed the Tyler Mystery. But when Sir Graham Forbes discloses that the main suspect is Harry Shelford, a man Paul put away for fraud four years previously, the Temples feel compelled to investigate.

    Mrs. says: "Lose Yourself in another Time and Place."
    "Lose Yourself in another Time and Place."
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    Would you listen to Paul Temple and the Tyler Mystery again? Why?

    Toby Stephens breathes life into the characters and the story of Paul Temple and the Tyler Mystery. I'm not sure I would have cared to read this in book form, but in audio form it's brilliant. The performance draws you into another time and place, and, what could seem "dated" in the story is actually made charming.Stephens flows effortlessly between accents and characters, so that you actually forget you are listening to one performer, and are simply drawn into the mystery.I intend to listen again, because a good book with a great performance always warrants another listen!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoy the eccentric villagers Steve and Paul always seem to encounter in their investigations. I always get a laugh from them.


    Have you listened to any of Toby Stephens’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. I've never heard an audio performance of Toby Stephens that was any less than brilliant, and this is no exception.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but I wish I had the time!


    Any additional comments?

    More books narrated by Toby Stephens, please!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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