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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

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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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    Captain Wafer 01-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Only for listening to in quiet places"
    Would you try another book from Jill Paton Walsh and/or Edward Petherbridge?

    This is definitely my favorite of Ms. Walsh's Wimsey mysteries. She's developed the characters - both Peter and Harriet - in interesting ways while still keeping them true to the "feeling" of the Sayers originals.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lord Peter. This is why I read and listen to the Lord Peter stories!


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

    His voice often fades away to a whisper. I usually listen to stories in my car or while working in the yard. The fact that his voice often fades away meant that I didn't hear a lot of this story. It's being done for dramatic effect, but it's not a dramatic effect if you can't hear it. This probably wouldn't be a problem if I was listening while sitting still on noise-cancelling headphones, but that's not how I listen to stories.


    Do you think The Attenbury Emeralds needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Ms. Walsh's Lord Peter stories have gotten stronger with each one. Keep up the good work, and let's see where the characters go from here!


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    Mary Harrisonburg, VA, United States 01-12-15
    Mary Harrisonburg, VA, United States 01-12-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Fantastic!"

    The author is a true heir to Dorothy Sayers. The marvelous actor Edward Petherbridge narrates. He was a great Peter Wimsey in the series and also does the rest of the voices beautifully. I was especially taken with his voices for two working class older London women.

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    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 09-10-14
    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 09-10-14 Member Since 2014
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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

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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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