©1955 Margery Allingham; (P)2008 Hachette Digital
"Philip Franks sounds, marvellously, as if he's reading in a dinner-jacket....Fabulous." (Independent on Sunday)
Ditto about this being impossible to listen to or understand. The big problem may be that it is a hachet job abridged. Still don't get what is was supposed to be about.
Other Margery Allinghams. She is unique, and can't really be compared with other writers in my opinion,though she is more like other golden age writers than modern crime fiction.
I think Philip Franks is an excellent reader. I did not find that he spoke too fast to be understood, as some other reviews complain, in fact I found his reading speed and enunciation to be excellent and just to my taste. Additionally, I really enjoyed the fact that he actually gets Allingham, knows his material, and puts the proper emphasis and emotional content into the characters dialog. It is MOST unfortunate that he only reads the abridged versions of Allingham, because In general I am opposed to abridged books, and especially in the case of an author like Allingham who I listen to primarily for the beauty of her prose. It seems an absolute outrage to me to abridge these stories, and it's particularly annoying because the reader who reads the unabridged versions available here is not nearly as good. I wish an unabridged version of, "The Beckoning Lady" read by Phillip Franks was available!
Margery Allingham is not my favorite golden age author, however she is a very good writer, with a brilliant ear for description and mood, and she also creates characters one can become greatly fond of. I am particularly fond of Campions wife, Amanda, and his...well, I suppose technically he's Campions servant, Lugg. Some may find these books a bit too obscure and hard to follow for pleasure, however I enjoy the atmosphere they create and the idiosyncratic world they portray, and in this case the mystery and it's solution are really excellent. I did not see the solution coming at all, and found it most satisfying.....
I am a diehard Margery Allingham fan. I am very pleased to see these titles making their way into the Audible catalog. As another reviewer commented, I was able to listen to them in the past on cassette but have been disappointed that few have made their way into other formats. Please, please keep adding more titles, The Gyrth Chalice, Police at the Funeral and Tiger in the Smoke are at the top of my wishlist.
The Beckoning Lady is one of Allingham's more memorable stories. It has an English Country House setting, quirky characters--artists, clowns and businessmen in close proximity--in addition to the usuals of Campion, Amanda, Lugg and Inspector Luke, and an unexpected plot. The crew returns to Pontisbright and meets old friends there, as well as a corpse or two. It is also one of the few books that features Campion and Amanda's son, Rupert, and starts with the unexpected death of "Uncle William," one of the most interesting characters from Police at the Funeral. The whole story unfolds amongst the preparations for and celebration of a huge party, so you get lots of fun scenes of artistic debauchery.
Francis Matthews is my favorite reader of the Allingham novels, but Phillip Franks does a fine job with this one. It is wonderfully escapist, so sit back and enjoy!
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This book is unlistenable due to Phillip Franks' extremely fast reading. While I have enjoyed his acting, and thought I would like hearing him narrate, I cannot follow the story at all.
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