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Publisher's Summary

When Lord Petrefact hires Walden Yapp, Professor of Demotic Historiography at Kloone University, to write a scurrilous family history Yapp finds plenty of material in Buscott village, where Frederick Petrefact is running the Mill and adding new vices to the family collection. If Yapp can lay his hands on the Petrefact Papers in the Buscott Museum he may be able to expose the multi-national capitalism of the Petrefacts to the whole world. Unfortunately when he takes lodgings with the Coppetts of Rabbitry Road and encounters the peculiar charm of Rosie, a woman of large body and little mind, he sets in motion a train of events which are to lead to his undoing.

©1980 Tom Sharpe (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Hans
  • Australia
  • 08-20-18

be aware: You will not be able to stop laughing

I am a huge fan of Tom Sharpe and to me this is his absolute best. It is true that the story has a quick ending (maybe Tom ran out of time) but none of his books gives complete closure. Also Griff Rhys Jones is just fantastic.

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  • Clive
  • 12-01-13

Rollicking good yarn

Would you listen to Ancestral Vices again? Why?

I most certainly would listen to Ancestral Vices again and again. It is full of humour, good clear speech and several different voices. The narator is quite an expert at changing his voice to suit the characters which makes it all the more enjoyable to listen to.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ancestral Vices?

I found the experience of the proffessor and the antique bath to be one of the most memorable experiences in the book. An event that was described very vividly by the author and brought to life by the narrator

What about Griff Rhys Jones’s performance did you like?

The whole story as narrated by Griff Rhys Jones is an absolutely exciting and professional narration. He manages to bring to life each and every character alive and they were just how I imagined them to be like. His use of the author's description coupled with his accents and dialect was an entirely pleasurable experience.

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

I first read this book several years ago and found that once I had started to read it, I could not put it down. I read it several times and was never dissappointed and so, when I found it on the lists of Audible, I had to listen it. I have now listened to it a couple of times and, like reading the book, I have found that once started I could not switch it off. It is still just as funny as when I first read. The narrator was the perfect choice for this book.

Any additional comments?

I am going to purchase the rest of the books in the series. I have already listened to Porterhouse Blue by Tom Sharpe and cannot wait to hear his other yarns.

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  • gemma
  • 05-25-15

fantastic

i have read that before n love tom sharpe. please get vintage stuff read by stephen fry.

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  • Bulldog
  • 12-01-15

Shame about the bad diction.

What disappointed you about Ancestral Vices?

Griff Rhys Jones's terrible diction. I realise how famous the gentleman is and what a wonderful career. However this book deserves a command of the English language and while Mr Jones has an enthusiasm for the characters the way it is conveyed sounds as if he is in a rush.to finish, which is a great shame.His narration skills has worked very well in television programs such as "Three Men In A Boat" but he seemed more relaxed and composed.I assume the book must be read in particular time frame which unfortunately has gone against Mr Jones. A great book ruined for me.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ancestral Vices?

Accident turned into implicated murder.

Would you be willing to try another one of Griff Rhys Jones’s performances?

If the performance is more relaxed .

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I do love this book when I have read it. like I said it is just the translation of the prose.

Any additional comments?

A shame there has not been a revival in Tom Sharpe books in audible form.

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  • Neil Parker
  • 07-20-15

Laugh out loud.

Would you listen to Ancestral Vices again? Why?

One of the funniest books I have listened to for ages. Made me laugh from start to finish.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

One of the best bits is when Yapp it trying to take a bath and the mayhem that ensues afterwards.

Any additional comments?

I would like to see more of Tom Sharpe's work made into audio books so I can re-live the humour and joy of my youth when I read hsi early works.

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  • Peter Evans
  • 07-05-12

typical Sharp

A very good story. Fun and disaster all the way, Class war at its best

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-15-18

very wierd

I listened to this book whilst decorating. much the same as Blot on the landscape. Good choice of narrator.

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  • Martyn. R. Winters
  • 06-10-18

Immensely disappointed

I read a lot of Tom Sharpe when I was a teenager and I approached this with a keen sense of anticipation. Sadly, I feel very let down. The story is shallow and the humour is one dimensional. Moreover, Jones's narration is awful. He lacks the acting ability to inject any more than the most rudimentary character in the book's inhabitants and seems hell bent on substituting speed of delivery for a crafted portrayal. Very poor.

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  • Richard Pickett
  • 05-06-18

Very good book

This book I found very compelling, I just didn't want to stop listening. Griff Rhys Jones's performance of reading the book is excellent.

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  • rob y
  • 12-01-17

V good

A very funny book and very good narration. Wish there were more Tom Sharpe on Audible

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  • HC
  • 05-08-16

Plods through

Not the best of work but well worth a read /listen. There are classic rip roaring moments of absolute brilliance that are classic Sharpe

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  • Chris Pedder
  • 10-15-16

Excellent Narration

What made the experience of listening to Ancestral Vices the most enjoyable?

Griff Rhys Jones played each character to perfection, resulting in a narration that, in my opinion, reflected what Tom Sharpe had in mind when writing the book. There were more that a few times that I had to pause the story on my iPod as my laughter was alarming innocent members of the public.

What about Griff Rhys Jones’s performance did you like?

He brings each character to life.