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The Attenbury Emeralds Audiobook

The Attenbury Emeralds

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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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    Norman Wendth 02-27-16

    I'm a retired college professor in love with books in all formats.

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    "Compares well with Sayers"

    I enjoy the rare occasion when an author successfully continues a famous series, but most attempts result in dull, pale imitations. Jill Paton Walsh continues Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey detective novels as well as it can be done. Not only do I believe most Sayers fans will love her, but if you DON'T like Sayers you probably won't like Walsh for the same reason!

    "The Attenbury Emeralds" adds an interesting twist by combining an early mystery with a contemporary (to the narrator) one. We find out a little more about Bunter's early days with Lord Peter, and more about the families that developed after their marriages. And oh, yes, the mystery is a good one too!

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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, but not for the car"

    I love the original Dorothy Sayers books. Jill Paton Walsh does as excellent job of continuing the series in most respects. The main difference is that Lord and Lady Peter no longer toss quotations back and forth as freely, which is a relatively minor thing.

    Others have commented adversely on the sound quality of this recording. When I first tried to listen to it while driving, it was unintelligible. When I gave it one last try, NOT in the car, it was totally clear. Maybe the speakers, maybe a cleaner download, whatever the cause, no longer a problem.

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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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    Charlotte HONOLULU, HI, United States 04-27-15
    Charlotte HONOLULU, HI, United States 04-27-15 Member Since 2016
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    "I'm no critic"

    There's nothing about this book that I don't like. The narrator is excellent, in fact I've used this book to low myself to sleep at night,his voice is that calming.
    The story has many twists and turns but manages to be a cohesive story. There are no real surprises but it still managed to hold my attention.
    I listen to these books purely for fun, my reviews are not meant to be scholarly or pretentious, I either like a book or I don't. I liked this book.

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    Susan 03-15-15
    Susan 03-15-15
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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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    Captain Wafer 01-15-15
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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!

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    Kathleen Freeland Saba Island, Netherlands Antilles 06-01-13
    Kathleen Freeland Saba Island, Netherlands Antilles 06-01-13

    rudbeckia

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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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