Bryant & May - London's Glory

Narrated by: Tim Goodman
Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (115 ratings)

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In every detective's life there are cases that can't be discussed. Now Arthur Bryant has decided to open the files on 11 of these previously unseen investigations.

The first-ever collection of Bryant & May stories not only sheds light on 11 classic cases but also contains everything you need to know about the two octogenarian detectives and the Peculiar Crimes Unit.

©2015 Christopher Fowler (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd

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"One of our most unorthodox and entertaining writers." ( Sunday Telegraph)

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So Much Fun!

Tim Goodman did his usual stellar job. This is, of course, a collection of short "cases" from Bryant & May. Each is prefaced with comments from Christopher Fowler about what prompted the story and this just added to the overall enjoyment. Was sorry to get to the end. The author noted that this was a sort trial run for short stories and if this was well-received (it was), then we could see more in the future.

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Really enjoyed this collection!

I don't usually like short stories, but Fowler, as usual, doesn't disappoint. Loved it! Recommend!

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Not the best B&M

Picked up towards the end. As always
, Tim Goodman is the man.His performance is superb.

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BUSY, BUSY, BUSY

To many main characters, to much going on all the time. Very complicated plot lines.

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  • Phillip H
  • 09-16-16

Cant praise it enough

What did you like most about Bryant & May - London's Glory?

Two old detectives, straight out of a Dickens but in modern London. Excellent mysteries and great characterisation. Its not a re-hash of Sherlock Holmes or a modern police procedural - its a vehicle for its three stars - Bryant, May and the city of London.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bryant & May - London's Glory?

Arthur Bryant, irascable and slightly deaf septugenarian detective telling a store owner "take me to the crime scene, or else I'll bite you". Brilliant.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

The voice acting it totally riveting. Tim Goodman IS Bryant and May.

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  • paulcfc
  • 09-16-16

London's glory ,author's glory

one of the best collections of short stories since m r James .clever witty and sharp.

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  • Sue
  • 03-16-16

Loyal Fan

I love the Bryant and May series.
I think Christopher Fowler is a brilliant writer. His characters are fully formed, wonderful and maddening in equal parts, including London.
His plots give respectful waves to every variety of mystery tale and always deliver laughter and sadness. Arthur is a grumpy, selfish old git, even as a young man, and I adore him.
They are my favourite book series, in any genre.
This collection of short stories is a bag of gems. It hops about on their timeline and is a marvelous introduction to their world.
This was a reread while I await the second collection, due in a few days. Can't wait!

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  • Simon
  • 08-26-16

Awesome

The tales continue with that wonderful humour, great life observation by one of the best narrators who brings the story to life.

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  • Gumblina
  • 05-14-16

Bryant and May bite size! fantastic

read brilliantly and great short stories. love all the characters do not want it to end!

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  • Louise Harper
  • 02-23-20

A book to read rather than listen to

The stories in this book are great, however the narrator's choice of voice for Bryant is teeth grindingly irritating -although more generally the narration is very good. I recommend any potential purchasers listen to a sample of the book before purchasing

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  • polly lister
  • 07-23-18

Each short story a little gem

The characters from the series lend themselves perfectly to the short story genre and each one is a delight, quirky, funny and perfectly plotted.

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  • Simon. Kindall
  • 02-24-18

Great Listening

Would you listen to Bryant & May - London's Glory again? Why?

Yes I would but after a while I think I would listen to the whole series again but in enough time to hopefully forget who done it.

What did you like best about this story?

What I like about this book is hearing Christopher Fowler's thoughts on the characters and his liking for other authors and why and how he chose these characters

Any additional comments?

I have come to love the people in the PCU of course Bryant and May mostly but love Janice and the others and I don't think Crippin gets enough air time :) I really can't wait until the next book comes available on Audible I love the historic facts about London just wish my memory would store them. So I must listen again and try to remember some of the facts.
Tim Goodman is a fantastic narrator how he remembers all the characters and what they sound like I don't know.

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  • brummiedude
  • 01-10-18

Another cracker

Excellent short stories, unusual and inventive. Tim Goodman is an exceptional narrator, always a pleasure to listen to, I’m sure it helps to have such good material to work with,

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  • mrs
  • 06-22-16

My favourite crime writer, but narrator is awful

Would you consider the audio edition of Bryant & May - London's Glory to be better than the print version?

I don't know, as I like to listen to the audio books while I work.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Both the main characters, Bryant and May. Although they are both older, they are very different in character. May is quite modern in his outlook, whereas Bryant, to use a cliche, 'thinks outside the box'.

What didn’t you like about Tim Goodman’s performance?

His voice reminds me of the narrators on audio tapes my children use to listen to when they were young.
While he just barely gets away with the voices for Bryant and May, the rest of the characters are completely wrong. Christopher Fowler's fabulous books need a much meatier reader. Tim Goodman's voice is far too cosy, more suited to an Agatha Christie, than the gutsy language and grisly plots of these books.
If it wasn't for the superb storytelling of these books, I would have given up listening a long time ago because it is just so irritating.

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

Always, but I don't because I like to savour them. This one had the added advantage of being a collection of short stories.

Any additional comments?

Please, please find a more suitable narrator.