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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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    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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    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.


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    Bunty Burnaby, BC, Canada 01-30-13
    Bunty Burnaby, BC, Canada 01-30-13
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    "Very disappointing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The book was alright but the narration was lousy. The narrator speaks in a breathy tone and whispers all the time. I tried listening twice and gave up within five minutes. It was very frustrating trying to hear what was being read.


    Has The Attenbury Emeralds turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I have read most books of lord Peter Whimpsy but this is the first time that I got the audiobook.


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

    He whispers a lot of the time or he speaks in a breathy way. Not good at all.


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    Lindsey New York, New York, United States 01-23-13
    Lindsey New York, New York, United States 01-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Attenbury Emeralds to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the narrator was wonderful and very soothing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character was interesting and his wife was also very unique and well-drawn.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    A little slow but give it a chance!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    colette PASADENA, CA, United States 07-04-12
    colette PASADENA, CA, United States 07-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "As good as the originals"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Attenbury Emeralds to be better than the print version?

    yes - because of the excellent narration by Edward Petherbridge - who was to me the most perfect Lord Peter Wimsey


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

    it had as many strange, unexpected twists as the Dorothy L. Sayers originals


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the scene by the pink marble sundial - I love it when people stay in love


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was just time well spent with characters I have loved since early adolescence


    Any additional comments?

    Please get "Gaudy Night" recorded - then the Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane series will be complete.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jocelyn Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada 05-23-12
    Jocelyn Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada 05-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A great story!"

    I love Dorothy L Sayers! I really enjoy Jill Paton Walsh's story and Edward Petherbridge's narration. Is it D.L. Sayer's of course not but who cares it's just as much fun!!

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    Jane Tracys Landing, MD, United States 02-07-12
    Jane Tracys Landing, MD, United States 02-07-12
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    "A Return to the Golden Days of Mysteries"
    Would you listen to The Attenbury Emeralds again? Why?

    Jill Paton Walsh has adapted to the style of Dorothy Sayers wonderfully.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story draws you in and the many layers unfold gracefully, following the pattern of mystery stories from the 20s and 30s. I thoroughly enjoyed the characterization of an older Peter and Harriet, and the growth of Bunter is just as I would have imagined. There is room here for the development of further plots and I look forward to seeing what Walsh will come up with in the future.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes with Peter and Harriet discussing the events and deciding how to move forward in the investigation drew me into the plot and the discussion of the weight of the ducal duties was fascinating.


    Any additional comments?

    A thoroughly readable book that took me back to the days when I first read Sayers, Marsh, Christie, Allingham. A wonderful piece of work!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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