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Topper | [Thorne Smith]

Topper

Topper is a hilarious, ribald comedy about a mild-mannered bank manager and two capricious ghosts, George and Marion Kerby, who make it their mission to rescue Topper from the drab "summer of suburban Sundays" that is his life.
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Publisher's Summary

Topper is a hilarious, ribald comedy about a mild-mannered bank manager and two capricious ghosts, George and Marion Kerby, who make it their mission to rescue Topper from the drab "summer of suburban Sundays" that is his life.

(P)2001 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Barrett Whitener successfully brings the varied characters to life....This is a delightful, thought-provoking read." (AudioFile)
"[Thorne Smith] created the modern American ghost. A ghost with style and wit. A ghost that haunts us still." (The New York Times)

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    Gary Sun City, AZ 02-12-05
    Gary Sun City, AZ 02-12-05
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    "Delighful ride in a haunted car"

    When I started Topper it seemed a bit slow, but as soon as the ghosts of Toppers new car arrive it was a blast. Topper was written in the 1920's and is a delightful trip back in time. Thorne's character Cosmo Topper is hillarious.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Shirley DurbanSouth Africa 08-20-09
    Shirley DurbanSouth Africa 08-20-09
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    "It's a mistake to revisit the past"

    When I read this book forty-odd years ago I thought it was the funniest thing ever written. Revisiting it as an audiobook was a huge disappointment. The humour seems so puerile and downright cringe-making. Not the fault of the author - it was hilarious in its time, but it hasn't survived the test of time like the great classics.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Mason, OH, United States 06-23-12
    Katherine Mason, OH, United States 06-23-12 Member Since 2010

    I love to read mysteries, histories, biographies, humor, and Jane Austen.

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    "Surprisingly racy"

    I enjoyed this story and the performance very much. The story was a bit racier than I would have expected, though. There is fair amount of drunkeness and even a suggestion of adultery! Nothing surprising today, perhaps, but this was written in the 1920's, and made into a movie as well. It's not that I'm a prude, it was just unexpected. The story is charming, though, and the characters well drawn.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Kolding, Denmark 09-20-12
    Maria Kolding, Denmark 09-20-12
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    "not for me"
    What would have made Topper better?

    a better storyline. too disconnected, even for me. just really not a book for me.


    What was most disappointing about Thorne Smith’s story?

    the bad storyline


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    the performance was fine


    What character would you cut from Topper?

    it's not about the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    just not a book for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy AMARILLO, TX, United States 06-29-12
    Kathy AMARILLO, TX, United States 06-29-12 Member Since 2011

    I really like thrillers. My favorite type of movie or book is one that has a unique perspective instead of a different version of the same story repeated by many different writers throughout the years. Many books are fine for a one-time listen, but to find one that's good enough to listen to again and again is a rare find indeed!!

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    "Good Reader, Poor Story"

    Remembering the "Topper" movies from years ago, I looked forward to listening to this book. I was disappointed. Barrett Whitener narrated the story well, it was just a poor script he had to read. If you think it's funny for a middle-aged man to leave his wife and stay drunk all the time, you might like this story. I found nothing humorous about this book, unlike the movies. Don't waste your money or your time!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Midlothian, VA, United States 06-04-12
    Lisa Midlothian, VA, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I couldn't get through it."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The story line was slow and did not interest me, I listened for a couple of hours and then stopped, because it was so boring.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beverly ORANGE, TEXAS, United States 05-30-12
    Beverly ORANGE, TEXAS, United States 05-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good comedy."

    Unlike other reviewers, I am glad I did not read the description in great detail before purchasing this book. It was a surprisingly good comedy. I did not realize that the whole story was a dream until the end of the book. It was very funny and I laughed out loud several times. My husband asked me what I was laughing about? I told him I was listening to a book about a man who buys a haunted car and can't get rid of 2 prankster ghosts, so he goes on an adventure with them. I liked the narrator of this book. He had a very pleasant voice and I think he did a good job. I usually read mystery/thriller books so this was a nice change.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan A Bugg 05-28-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Loved the movie, bored by the book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Dont know. I guess I was expecting a story closer to the movies storyline. That's something not under Audible's control.


    What could Thorne Smith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing.


    What character would you cut from Topper?

    All the extra ghosts.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    05-21-12
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    "Not for the uninitiated"

    I found, despite the relatively slow start that I enjoyed the book, the pace never got hectic, but went along at an entertaining pace. I believe I had a head start in understanding the characters because of the TV series Topper that I watched when I was young(er).
    The decade in which this story is set is characterised by the politeness of the characters towards one another. A tad excessive by todays standards.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Madison, Alabama, United States 05-21-12
    Linda Madison, Alabama, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A lighthearted and fun listen"

    Very enjoyable story! It holds up well considering it was written during the early days of the automobile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Rosemary
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    1/31/12
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    "Quietly amusing."

    Listening to this book was a lot like watching a 1950s comedy with the flavour of say "The Canterville Ghost" and "The Fast Lady", yes we're talking old fashioned. If you enjoy the "Jeeves" stories, I think you'll enjoy this too. The style is quaint and unpretentious with a naive predictability, I could easily picture Leslie Phillips and Joan Simms with Kenneth Connor as the mildly rebellious Topper. I have to say I drifted off a couple of times while I was listening and honestly I didn't bother to back-track and didn't feel I missed anything. This story won't shake any trees and I probably won't listen to this harmless little book again. Hilarious it is not, easy listening it certainly is. If you want a gentle entertainment, this will probably fit the bill.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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