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Porterhouse Blue | [Tom Sharpe]

Porterhouse Blue

To Porterhouse College, Cambridge, famous for rowing, low academic standards. and a proud cuisine, comes a new Master, an ex-grammar-school boy, demanding Firsts, women students, a self-service canteen, and a slot-machine for contraceptives. There is considerable opposition to this challenge to the established order, in the form of Skullion, the intransigent porter at Porterhouse, who is determined that the hallowed traditions of the College will never change.
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To Porterhouse College, Cambridge, famous for rowing, low academic standards. and a proud cuisine, comes a new Master, an ex-grammar-school boy, demanding Firsts, women students, a self-service canteen, and a slot-machine for contraceptives. There is considerable opposition to this challenge to the established order, in the form of Skullion, the intransigent porter at Porterhouse, who is determined that the hallowed traditions of the College will never change.

©1974 Tom Sharpe; (P)1987 Chivers Audio Books

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    maxwell katoomba, Australia 08-16-10
    maxwell katoomba, Australia 08-16-10 Member Since 2010

    Middle aged; long University course (science based), and long service as a professional. Cynical and very interested in the real world.

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    "enjoyable satire"

    Wonderfully narrated satire.Tom sharpe is a clever writer and the narrator did a fantastic job of bringing the work to life. Somehow he micked the whole British class system with all of it's arrogance and crusty ignorance.I was actually dissappointed when it ended.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Linda FOUNTAIN HILLS, ARIZONA, United States 01-22-13
    Linda FOUNTAIN HILLS, ARIZONA, United States 01-22-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Laugh out loud funny"
    Would you listen to Porterhouse Blue again? Why?

    yes, to catch anything I might have missed the first time.


    What other book might you compare Porterhouse Blue to and why?

    other Tom Sharpe work


    What does Griff Rhys Jones bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    character


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this author for the first time traveling in tandem with other family members on the way to a funeral.. several hundred miles, through several states. They looked on in wonder trying to figure out why I was laughing so hard at such a sober, and sad event . Just another great piece of work by this man. All of his early work is a must have for me, in print as well as audible..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Excellent"

    A beautiful reading of a great story. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dominic
    Polegate, United Kingdom
    8/14/13
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    "Ironic"
    Would you listen to Porterhouse Blue again? Why?

    The story is the ultimate irony in that the porter scullion becomes master of Porterhouse by accident and suffers the traditional masters fate of a Porterhouse Blue.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Scullion as he represents traditionalism.


    Have you listened to any of Griff Rhys Jones’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    havent listened to others but will look out for them now.


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

    no but it lends itself to reading in parts


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the David Jason portrayal on tv and am glad I bothered to read the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gordon
    Bedale, United Kingdom
    3/23/12
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    "Porterhouse Blue"

    This is one of my all time most enjoyable books to read, but unfortunately in my own personal opinion Griff Rhys Jones does not read it too well which came as a great surprise to me because he is one of my favourite broadcasters. His delivery was far too fast which at times was almost a gabble.
    Reading books is obviously a difficult art which certain people such as Timothy West is a master of but others struggle with.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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