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The Gropes | [Tom Sharpe]

The Gropes

The Gropes are an old English family based in Northumberland, separated from the rest of society and as eccentric as they come. It is a line dominated by strong-willed and oversexed women, determined to produce more female heirs regardless of whether their desired partners are willing.... At the dawn of the new millennium, timid and gormless teenager Esmond is abducted and lured to Grope Hall by a descendant of the Gropes.
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The Gropes are an old English family based in Northumberland, separated from the rest of society and as eccentric as they come. It is a line dominated by strong-willed and oversexed women, determined to produce more female heirs regardless of whether their desired partners are willing....

At the dawn of the new millennium, timid and gormless teenager Esmond is abducted and lured to Grope Hall by a descendant of the Gropes. Young Esmond is powerless to escape, and his kidnap sets in motion a stream of farcical events.

©2009 Tom Sharpe; (P)2009 Isis Publishing

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    Judy Bowna via Albury, Australia 04-30-11
    Judy Bowna via Albury, Australia 04-30-11 Member Since 2011

    Photographer's Moll, Chicken breeder, school administrator and owned by four dogs. Busy life, Happy life!

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    "Great Fun"

    Tom Sharpe is still the 'laugh out loud' champion. Fun plot with all of the muddles and misunderstandings that he's famous for and a little twist at the end. GREAT

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Cape Town, South Africa 07-02-12
    Sue Cape Town, South Africa 07-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very entertaining, light comedy"
    What did you love best about The Gropes?

    This is a typical Tom Sharpe comedy, full of wonderful characters put into very improbable but amusing situations.


    What does Michael Tudor Barnes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The performance by Micheal Tudor Barnes was really engaging with a wide variety of voices for the the sometimes very eccentric characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh out loud.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    WOKING, United Kingdom
    12/8/13
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    "Amusing and easy listening"
    Would you try another book written by Tom Sharpe or narrated by Michael Tudor Barnes?

    Yes I would try another book by Tom Sharpe. His writing usually holds the attention and brings many smiles, it is gentle humour and does not seek to hurt or wound..


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The description of the central character and the worship that his mother bestows on him is really amusing. He is not the brightest star in the fermament but ends up in a situation that is totally to his liking, through no effort of his own.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Michael Tudor Barnes?

    Yes, excellent listening as the characters were all easy to identify through the differing types of speech.


    Do you think The Gropes needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It did end up on a note that suggested a further book could be written now that the main character is in different circumstances and there are several areas that could be explored.


    Any additional comments?

    Rather short and ended before I expected it.

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    Derby, UK
    11/15/13
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    "Not one of Sharpe's best"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I'd find it difficult to recommend this book. I like Sharpe's humour and this book begins with the usual farce and mayhem that you would expect but the story seemed to peter out about three-quarters of the way through.


    What was most disappointing about Tom Sharpe’s story?

    The ending seemed to be cobbled together as if Sharpe had run out of ideas but needed to hit a deadline. I did not think it matched the threads developed in earlier parts of the story.


    What about Michael Tudor Barnes’s performance did you like?

    I thought his characterisation and consistency in the voices were excellent.


    Was The Gropes worth the listening time?

    A difficult one. The first half is well up to the usual standards of a Sharpe novel but it fades afterwards and, I think, the last quarter falls off a cliff. Taken overall, I'd have to say no. The Gropes is not on a par with the Wilt series, Blott on the Landscape or Porterhouse Blue.


    Any additional comments?

    One to avoid unless you are a Sharpe aficionado and prepared to accept a lesser story on that basis.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christine
    Coromandel Valley, Australia
    11/29/11
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    "I just didn't get the joke"

    The subject matter of this story I guess some people would call 'dark humour', i just found it distasteful.

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