When Lord Petrefact hires Walden Yapp, Professor of Demotic Historiography at Kloone University, to write a scurrilous family history Yapp finds plenty of material in Buscott village, where Frederick Petrefact is running the Mill and adding new vices to the family collection. If Yapp can lay his hands on the Petrefact Papers in the Buscott Museum he may be able to expose the multi-national capitalism of the Petrefacts to the whole world. Unfortunately when he takes lodgings with the Coppetts of Rabbitry Road and encounters the peculiar charm of Rosie, a woman of large body and little mind, he sets in motion a train of events which are to lead to his undoing.
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"Rollicking good yarn"
I most certainly would listen to Ancestral Vices again and again. It is full of humour, good clear speech and several different voices. The narator is quite an expert at changing his voice to suit the characters which makes it all the more enjoyable to listen to.
I found the experience of the proffessor and the antique bath to be one of the most memorable experiences in the book. An event that was described very vividly by the author and brought to life by the narrator
The whole story as narrated by Griff Rhys Jones is an absolutely exciting and professional narration. He manages to bring to life each and every character alive and they were just how I imagined them to be like. His use of the author's description coupled with his accents and dialect was an entirely pleasurable experience.
I first read this book several years ago and found that once I had started to read it, I could not put it down. I read it several times and was never dissappointed and so, when I found it on the lists of Audible, I had to listen it. I have now listened to it a couple of times and, like reading the book, I have found that once started I could not switch it off. It is still just as funny as when I first read. The narrator was the perfect choice for this book.
I am going to purchase the rest of the books in the series. I have already listened to Porterhouse Blue by Tom Sharpe and cannot wait to hear his other yarns.
A very good story. Fun and disaster all the way, Class war at its best
"a great comic author"
Tom Sharpe is sorely missed, a witty, comic author who twists the normal into the ridiculous, this novel has it all the high minded academic with scrupulous socialist morality a ruthless capitalist oligarch , the dumb blond oh and a murdered dwarf, sorry porg wonderful
A fast-paced and hilarious farce...! Tom Sharpe is a master-craftsman who creates great characters, places them in seemingly unconnected and ridiculously funny situations - then pulls the threads to bring the whole thing together.... Brilliant...!
"Laugh out loud."
One of the funniest books I have listened to for ages. Made me laugh from start to finish.
One of the best bits is when Yapp it trying to take a bath and the mayhem that ensues afterwards.
I would like to see more of Tom Sharpe's work made into audio books so I can re-live the humour and joy of my youth when I read hsi early works.
The narrator has missed the single most important issue. That being to speak at a speed that makes it possible for the listener to understand. Of the first chapter I understood about half.
I didn't bother with the rest.
i have read that before n love tom sharpe. please get vintage stuff read by stephen fry.
"One of the best units I've spent"
If you have read other things by Tom Sharpe such as Wilt then you know what to expect. This is the same only better, and who better to read it than Griff Rhys Jones? He brings the characters flawlessly to life.
"Vintage Sharpe with great narration by GRJ"
Fabulous vintage Sharpe made all the better by GRJ's narration. Walden Yapp is brought to life by GRJ in the imbroglio that unravels.
"Good ride but not his best work"
Great narration and a "fantastical" tale but, if it is possible, too silly. Also it comes to an abrupt end!!
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