This sequel to Tom Sharpe's classic comic novel Porterhouse Blue takes the listener back to the hilarious goings-on at Porterhouse College.
The instinct of the true Porterhouse man faced with a crisis is to reach for the bottle and then to fall back on the subtle tactical skills honed at Cambridge down the centuries: blackmail and kidnap. But will these be enough? Menaced on all sides - by the collapse of the Chapel, by the tentacles of organised crime, and by the hovering threat of the abominable Dog’s Nose Man - will Porterhouse be forced to unleash the most fearsome weapon in its armoury - the college food?
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A proper Thom Sharpe novel, rather than one that appears to have been written out of bits and tatters lying about.
Of course. I love his novels. I wish Audible carried more of them.
Entertaining. Witty. British.
This is not a proper sequel ot Porterhouse Blue. But it is properly named. Reading it really was...a Grind.
The only other Tom Sharpe audiobook I've listened to is Porterhouse Blue, the first book in this series. Although I enjoyed listening to both these books neither of them were as funny as the two books I read as paperbacks - Ancestral Vices and Wilt in Nowhere. I couldn't read either of those two books in public because I laughed so hard that people would edge away from me in alarm. I'm not completely sure whether those two felt so much funnier because the stories were in fact funnier, or whether it was because the narrator sounded funnier in my head than it did read out loud by a professional.
I feel terrible for saying this because Jonathan Cecil is a great reader too.... but there is a certain kind of story that makes me think wistfully of Martin Jarvis.
Continuously, outrageously, laugh-out-loud hilarious throughout. I embarrassed myself several times on a trip to the supermarket whilst listening to this. My uncontrolled outbursts of raucous belly laughter drew so many uncomfortable looks had to pause it.
I'd only ever seen one TV adaptation of a Tom Sharpe book previously and this was even better.
His caricatures of stuck up, cloistered, pompous Brits, the lower classes and unrefined Americans gangsters, who all end up colliding in the most unseemly ways thinkable are stylish, incredibly vulgar, and so, so funny, all at the same time.
I wondered if this is something that would only appeal to Brits who know something of the ''old order", but I suspect not. If you enjoy British caricatures along the lines of PG Wodehouse or Evelyn Waugh all from the viewpoint of someone with a preoccupation with repressed, absurd, sexual deviance you'll love it. Think very up market ''Carry On" films minus the corn.
Beautifully written - the story lines are wonderful and the dialogue is superb.
I couldn't stop listening to this once I'd started. I got through it in 3 sessions.
The narration is exquisite. Every character has his or her own believable voice. My only criticism is that the narrator's American accents aren't nearly as polished as the English ones. Even so, they are still unique and clearly identifiable. What the narrator lacks in the American accent department is easily made up for by Sharpe's wonderfully colourful dialogue.
Will definitely be listening to more Tom Sharpe.
A mailman in Iowa, I have hours and hours to listen as I walk along. History in the am, adventure in the pm, literature when the muse calls.
NOT a book for your mother or vicar. Machiavelli could learn a thing or two from the heads of this Cambridge college.
I have other Tom Sharpe audios and this DOES NOT measure up.
I couldn't even finish this book.
"Disjointed, unfunny, bulked out by expletives"
I bought this as I had a long journey coming up, and a vague memory that Tom Sharpe's Porterhouse Blue (of which this is a 'follow up') had been witty.
Grantchester Grind is not funny - it is just a series of disjointed endless descriptions of Cambridge college and dons seen in the context of a 'culture clash' with Americans . .
It manages to make both sides so ludicrously over exagerated as to be totally unbelievable even as satire (the book is not actually worthy of the description satire). The plot is so twisted and disjointed a to be indiscernable - and I can only imagine that Sharpe had to reach a certain 'word count' otherwise the number of f-words would be totally inexplicable.
Just dont even consider buying this - it was a total and utter waste of my money - made worse by the fact that I had used up my credits and faced with the long journey had actually paid good money for something which after 2 hours I just could not stand to listen to any more - and drove the next 4 hours in silence instead!!
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