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The Attenbury Emeralds | [Jill Paton Walsh]

The Attenbury Emeralds

The recovery of the magnificent gem in Lord Attenbury's dazzling heirloom launched a shell-shocked young aristocrat on his career as a detective in 1921. Thirty years later, a happily married Lord Peter has just shared the secrets of that mystery with his wife, the detective novelist Harriet Vane. Suddenly, the new Lord Attenbury—grandson of Lord Peter’s first client—seeks his help to prove who owns the emeralds.
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Publisher's Summary

Based on the characters created by Dorothy L. Sayers.

The recovery of the magnificent gem in Lord Attenbury's dazzling heirloom launched a shell-shocked young aristocrat on his career as a detective in 1921. Thirty years later, a happily married Lord Peter has just shared the secrets of that mystery with his wife, the detective novelist Harriet Vane. Suddenly, the new Lord Attenbury—grandson of Lord Peter’s first client—seeks his help to prove who owns the emeralds. As Harriet and Peter contemplate the changes that the war has wrought on English society, Peter, who always cherished the liberties of a younger son, faces the unwanted prospect of ending up the Duke of Denver after all.

©2010 Jill Paton Walsh and the Trustees of Anthony Fleming, deceased. (P)2011 AudioGo

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    Ceanothus 06-22-13
    Ceanothus 06-22-13
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    "Faithful to Sayers style, if not to relationships"

    I found this story to follow the style of Sayers' writing very well, and the reader was superb. The characters did have different relationships to each other than in the old Wimsey stories, but it was believable that their relationships could have evolved this way over time. The reader was amazing, and made me clearly visualize this as a performance by my favorite Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane actors, Edward Petherbridge and Harriet Walter. I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook and highly recommend it for fans of the BBC series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Bates City, MO, United States 06-04-13
    Karen Bates City, MO, United States 06-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Lord Peter Wimsey Returns"
    What did you love best about The Attenbury Emeralds?

    Walsh gives the reader one more opportunity to follow Lord Peter Wimsey through a case of murder and mystery in the English aristocracy. The characters were flawlessly Sayers and flawlessly performed.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was less than satisfying, with no real surprises but also no "aha" moment. Some unexpected events and artifacts appear out of nowhere, with little connection to the rest of the story.


    Which character – as performed by Edward Petherbridge – was your favorite?

    Lord Peter was not only written with his original voice, but Petherbridge brought him to life with true accuracy. His subtle portrayal of this reluctant aristocrat was flawless.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I truly enjoyed spending time with the characters as written and read. So,
    I did listen essentially in one sitting, but not because it was a particular page-turner. It's not.


    Any additional comments?

    This novel, which imagines Lord Peter Wimsey's first case, Is for lovers of the work of Dorothy Sayers. Those unfamiliar with the characters may experience the story as a bit weak. But, the exceptional performance goes a long way toward masking the flaws.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    rhodeanie 05-30-13
    rhodeanie 05-30-13
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    "The definitive Lord Wimsey"
    Where does The Attenbury Emeralds rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Edward Petherbridge is on video, as well as audio, the quintessential Lord Peter!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Attenbury Emeralds?

    Description of the trial of Lady Diana--brilliant, simply brilliant.


    Which character – as performed by Edward Petherbridge – was your favorite?

    The Dowager Countess


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    NKBH Louisville, KY United States 01-28-12
    NKBH Louisville, KY United States 01-28-12 Member Since 2006

    NKBH

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    "The joy of Lord Peter"

    What joy one more Lord Peter story. If I could have one author added to audible it would be Dorothy Sayers. The Lord Peter novels were the first recorded books I checked out of the library and I was hooked. Please bring Dorothy Sayers and Lord Peter titles to Audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-05-12
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    "Great read - worst audio ever, Flawed sound?"
    Where does The Attenbury Emeralds rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Book is excellent ,,, but absolutely worst audio ever as others have mentioned. I believe that the recording/sound engineering is flawed on Part 1: even playing this with extra speakers on my PC, it was still too low to hear unless I held the speaker on my shoulder. The second half was better (does not drop off at the end of the words like the first half does) but still something seriously wrong with the producing or copying of this audiobook. Audible should get their money back and have this re-recorded, and offer a discount to those of us who tried to make sense out of the plot with missed indistinct words in the first half of the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Paton Walsh is very true to Sayers voice


    What didn’t you like about Edward Petherbridge’s performance?

    I will never listen to anything by this narrator again. First half of book, the last word in every phrase or sentence trailed off to a whisper and was indistinct. In both halves of book, the sound was not loud enough, even with an extra boosted speaker turned "full up"


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    A real shame this great book was ruined by the sound engineering. I would love to have all Sayers works in audio - but NOT with this narrator/sound quality

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    D. R. Johnson Chicago, IL USA 07-21-15
    D. R. Johnson Chicago, IL USA 07-21-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Good story, lousy recording"
    Would you try another book from Jill Paton Walsh and/or Edward Petherbridge?

    From the author, yes. From the reader? Not in this lifetime!


    What other book might you compare The Attenbury Emeralds to and why?

    It matches the quality of the original Dorothy Sayers books. If you haven't read them, lucky you to have the experience still ahead of you!


    What didn’t you like about Edward Petherbridge’s performance?

    Since I couldn't actually hear more than half the words, it's hard ....No, it isn't hard to say. His performance is miserable.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Possibly. It would depend on the director and cast. Movies so seldom match the author's version of the story.


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    Sharon Upchurch Canton, Missouri United States 07-08-15
    Sharon Upchurch Canton, Missouri United States 07-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Lovely book and so very British"

    I have always loved Edward Petherbridge's portrayal of Peter Whimsey. This is so correct and yet so pleasant and true to the legacy of Dorothy Sayers.

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    Katherine HOUSTON, TX, United States 06-09-15
    Katherine HOUSTON, TX, United States 06-09-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Full of intrigue"

    This novel is written in the style of Dorothy Sayers and features Lord Peter Wimsey solving a most fascinating group of thefts spanning two generations of families. Well worth reading/listening as the plot unfolds with fine chapter developments.

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    Charlotte HONOLULU, HI, United States 04-27-15
    Charlotte HONOLULU, HI, United States 04-27-15
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    "love this book"

    I have listened this book at least three times. the story is good and the narrator is wonderfully easy to listen to.

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    Susan Columbia, MO, United States 03-15-15
    Susan Columbia, MO, United States 03-15-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Tedious. Painful and repetitive."

    While the story of the emerald mystery was intriguing - I struggled to finish the book. The events repeated again and again and again, must have been 9 times for seemingly no reason. The narrator's accent was authentic British but added to the painful tedium of each repetitive chapter. I am sorry to be so negative but these are hours I will never get back. I have always heard of the Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries & wanted to try one -- think I will stick to DVDs. Cannot recommend.

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