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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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    Robin 10-16-13
    Robin 10-16-13
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    "Reminded me how much I love Lord Peter!"

    I've read all the Lord Peter mysteries by Dorothy Sayers multiple times. This book is both a sequel and a prequel. In 1950, having survived 2 wars, Peter recounts to his beloved wife Harriet his first solved mystery. We get to see him, Bunter, Parker and others in their youth. Then this same mystery turns out to have repercussions in modern times. Walsh does a great job of using the style of Sayers and reassuring us that Peter and Harriet lose none of their sharpness or their affection over the years, come what may. The narration is good, could be a bit more forceful, but seems to match Lord Peter's personality.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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 2007
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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 2003

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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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    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 09-10-14
    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 09-10-14 Member Since 2007
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    "A Rambling Tale"

    It was not a very exciting mystery as the lead character, Lord Peter, looks back over 30 years in a complicated plot. It was an historical fiction mystery and I did enjoy reading about the post-World War II descriptions of England and the friends and relatives who were unable to return to their aristocratic lifestyles. I also liked discovering the relationship between Bunter, the man servant, and Lord Peter. That was very interesting.

    The mystery dragged, however, and this was my first book ever of the Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey novels. Perhaps if I was already a fan of the Lord Peter Wimsey series, I would have enjoyed it better.

    The narrator, Edward Petherbridge, was excellent.

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    JJ 08-27-14
    JJ 08-27-14
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    "Enjoyed having a new Lord Peter case to read!"
    Where does The Attenbury Emeralds rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to The Attenbury Emeralds. It has been one of my favorite audiobooks this year!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The story used the telling of an old mystery solved by Lord Peter to draw you in, then gave you some twists on the storyline bringing the mystery up to the current time in the Wimsey household. The plot was intriguing and kept my interest all the way through. I was glad to learn about the changes in the Wimsey family over time, and the author was able to seamlessly weave in Bunter's story as well as an update on the lives of Lord Peter's lineage, including the Duke of Denver.


    What about Edward Petherbridge’s performance did you like?

    To me, Edward Petherbridge is Lord Peter. I enjoyed his performance, but his tone was nearly a whisper at times making it difficult to hear.


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

    Having a previous knowledge of the main characters, I was intrigued by this new tale. It was hard to turn it off.


    Any additional comments?

    I am anxiously waiting for other Jill Paton Walsh's Lord Peter Wimsey stories to be available in audiobooks. More please!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Freeland Saba Island, Netherlands Antilles 06-01-13
    Kathleen Freeland Saba Island, Netherlands Antilles 06-01-13 Member Since 2013

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    "house of lords"
    Where does The Attenbury Emeralds rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have been using auduo books for a lot of years starting with the cassette and have collected nearly all the Lord Peter series, this is one of the best


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

    the fire


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Dower Dutchess's letter to her friend in New York, at the ending


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

    yes, and will continue to do so, this is a keeper


    Any additional comments?

    audio download is magic and one of the best of technology as far as I am concerned

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa 05-19-13
    Theresa 05-19-13
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    "Plodding"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, thought I was getting a Dorothy Sayers, got a wanna-be instead.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not this author.


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

    Nah


    Any additional comments?

    SOOOOOoooooo slow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Agee Dorchester MA 02-04-13
    Anne Agee Dorchester MA 02-04-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Character exploration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Attenbury Emeralds to be better than the print version?

    I love hearing the different characters. Gives much more of a feel for the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bunter. Always ready.


    What about Edward Petherbridge’s performance did you like?

    Ability to do different convincing voices.


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

    No. I was content to listen in stages.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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