When Harriet Vane attends her Oxford reunion, known as the "Gaudy", the prim academic setting is haunted by a rash of bizarre pranks: scrawled obscenities, burnt effigies, and poison-pen letters - including one that says, "Ask your boyfriend with the title if he likes arsenic in his soup."
Some of the notes threaten murder and one of them involves a long Latin quotation, which makes Harriet suspect that the perpetrator is probably a member of the Senior Common Room. But which of the apparently rational, respectable dons could be committing such crazed acts? When a desperate undergraduate, at her wits' end after receiving a series of particularly savage letters, attempts to drown herself, Harriet decides that it is time to ask Lord Peter Wimsey for help. And when the mystery is finally solved, she is faced with an agonising decision: Should she, after five years of rejecting his proposals, finally agree to marry Lord Peter?
©1987 Dorothy L. Sayers (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd
No, this version of Gaudy Night is disappointing. If this book were unabridged, the answer would be a resounding yes--but it's abridged, and a very distorted version of the real novel by Dorothy Sayers which is one of my favorites.
Dorothy Sayers always gives enough hints to keep me intrigued and guessing--her style and the revelation of the characters keeps me turning the pages.
Lord Peter of course--but Harriet is a close second
No, but Busman's Holiday is great!
I do not think I will buy any other books by AudioGO Ltd--if I do not trust a company, I do not support it.
This is a performance of the Gaudy Night story, which, while enjoyable, was not what I wanted. Surely you can be more vigilant. I expected a reading of the book as written and was quite disappointed.
I would like to return this. It is advertised as unabridged but is actually heavily abridged.
Only if it is unabridged.
This original adaptation of Gaudy Night is perfectly fine for a person whohas not read the book...but for anyone who has read it and loved it, this version isa sad disappointment. Unabridged versions of good books are ALWAYS a sorry experience...So much of the original story is not there, charactors are missing and their parts have been applied to other charactors. I would think the author would be quite angry.
Too much of the original story is missing in order to make the abridgement..
Probably, but I ususally am disappointed by movies made from books I love.
This is a great story and performed well and convincingly. Dorothy has a way of bringing the characters to life whilst keeping tongue in cheek to make the books entertaining as well as interesting.
I do like lord Peter Wimsey books and I think this is second best book in my list. This recording is a short version with multiple talents and in a few places I miss the book. I think it is a good production and I really enjoyed it. I think this kind of audio is more suited to listen at home and not so well during commuting.
By the way if you like to know what is the best lord Peter book in my list, it is "Busman's Honeymoon". Too bad that it is not available in Audible.com.
This dramatisation, specially recorded for BBC Audiobooks, is a wonderful finish to the BBC`s splendid Peter Wimsey series. Although in his eighties at the time,Ian Carmichael does an excellent job of bringing Wimsey to life, as he had done for 30 years or more on TV and radio. He is ably assisted by Joanna David as Harriet, following in the footsteps of Ann Beach, Maria Aitken and Sarah Badel. A fine supporting cast brings the story to life and I can recommend this heartily to fans of the previous Wimsey dramatisations.
Dramatisation of the story featuring Ian Carmichael, up to the standard of the other productions with him as Lord Peter Wimsey
"Good old fshioned detenctive fiction."
This is slightly different from many of the Lord Peter Wimsey books, as the detective does not appear until at least half way through the tale. The majority of the action is centered around Harriet Vane. Running through the detective story is the sub plot of the relationship between Harriet and Peter, which takes a more central role in this book. It is a good story, though not one of my favourites as I feel there is not as much detail in the mystery as usual in a Sayers novel.
The cast perform this very well, and it is a very enjoyable listen.
"lord peter wimsey rides again"
yes it is a good story, full of mayhem as expected by this author
the complicated story unwinds nicely with the love interest woven in
I find it easier to listen to books then read them, this is well read by a good reader who speaks clearly
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