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"Dorothy Sayers is 'in a class by herself.'"(Chicago Tribune)
I have been waiting for more unabridged audiobook versions of the Lord Peter novels by Dorothy Sayers, preferably read by Ian Carmichael ever since I joined Audible several years ago. I love Dorothy L. Sayers's prose, I love Lord Peter and I love how Ian Carmichael interprets him. I hope the rest of the series will be added soon. (Please, Audible, do the entire series, including Five Red Herrings read by Patrick Malahide.)
For those new to Sayers and Lord Peter, this book is in the middle of the series, but the first that introduces his love interest, Harriet Vane, who is on trial for murder. Since at that time and place a swift hanging was the result of a guilty verdict, Lord Peter, who has fallen in love with her during the trial feels great pressure to clear her name in time! This book also contains Miss Climpson, one of my favorite secondary characters of all time. She and Miss Silver and Miss Marple are all spinster detectives invented within a year of each other by English mystery writers.
So a fairly good place to jump into the series, but I hope more will be available soon from Audible US.
These are my all time favorite recorded books. I have them all on tape but now the world is digital and I have been begging the publishers to bring them out in digital format. Finally they have. I hope Strong Poison is only the first and the rest will be soon on the way. Ian Carmichael is the quintessential Lord Peter Wimsey and he does all the supporting voices to perfection from his perfect "Gentleman's gentleman" Bunter, to the barmaid at the pub with the Dowager Duchess along the way.
I would recommend these to anyone who wants an entertaining, well written story with clever references and perfect narration.
Audio recordings of Dorothy L Sayers "Lord Peter Wimsey" series have been unavailable for purchase in the US for years now (except used on CD or cassette if you can find them) especially the wonderful Ian Carmichael recordings. I believe this had something to do with some sort of tangle as to who owned the rights? The company that owned the rights went bankrupt, and it seemed that these wonderful recordings were going to be held hostage FOREVER. I have actually considered going to the UK or Canada personally to stock up on the entire series because it's easily available there and I love these recordings so much. I hope from the bottom of my heart that the fact that "Strong Poison" has finally appeared here at the US based Audible that soon we will have access to all these wonderful recordings here on this side of the pond. I can not wait (!!!!!!) to hear "Murder Must Advertise" read by Ian Carmichael again. I can't even find the CDs at the library anymore, these things have been tied up for so long!
I've made requests to Audible.com several times to add the books of Dorothy L. Sayers. I hope this is the first of the full canon. They should promote this more as there are a lot of Sayers fans out there. This may even bring in new subscribers to Audible.
Ian Carmichael reading Lord Peter Wimsey is a delight. He finds such joy in the iconic characters, and in Sayers's plots and canny voice -- and that joy is contagious. He recorded several books in the Wimsey series; so far, only this and Unnatural Death are available on Audible. Hoping to see the rest added soon!
I find that the combination of Dorothy Sayers and Ian Carmichael is impossible to resist. Sayers creates such strong and fascinating characters and Carmichael's ability to bring those characters to life is amazing.
Perfect hilarious narration
Please offer more books narrated by Ian Carmichael if possible - especially Lord Peter Wimsey
Love Sayers and Carmichael. Wish there were all the Carmichael readings available to Audible. Great books.
Never before have I been so captivated by a story nor awe inspiring narrator like this in all my life. Truly, this is the best pairing in vocals and of story. Although this began as an assigned reading, I must say that I have been moved to read and listen more to books. brilliantly paced as well as giving each character a life of its own, this narrator is an absolute genius and look forward to hearing more.
Audible should bring all of the Wimsey/Vane books online... love Lord Peter and the whole cast of characters. Gaudy Night, please!
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