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When philandering Sir Giles Lynchwood decides it's time to wriggle free of his monumentally unattractive wife, Lady Maud, he knows divorce is out of the question. He can't leave her and keep her cash; a reversionary clause on her ancestral home, Handyman Hall, has taken care of that. Lady Maud, for her own special reasons, is also dying to see the back of Sir Giles. Sir Giles dreams of motorways ploughing through the front door of Handyman Hall, of compulsory purchase orders, of loot and no wife. Lady Maud bellows. Blott the gardener watches from his inner sanctum, the greenhouse, and listens...and waits.
©1975 Tom Sharpe;

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  • Linda
  • FOUNTAIN HILLS, ARIZONA, United States
  • 07-05-06

Sharpe at his best...

I can't stress enough, just how good Mr. Sharpe's writing is. It's classic Sharpe, can't hold back the laughter. He's wonderful, what a great read.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Riotously funny!

Sharpe has given us a hysterically funny romp through British politics and marital problems among the country gentry. I chortled the whole way through. Be advised: there are mature themes (sexuality, in particular), and the liberal dropping of the F-bomb by one character in particular.

I must say that David Suchet truly brought all the eccentric, stereotypic British "country house set" characters to life brilliantly. I've been looking at the other Sharpe books, but none of them are narrated by Suchet, so I can't decide if I want to get them, as well.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Stupendous Performance

The story is hilariously farcical. David Suchet is simply perfect for this book. HIs narration added so much to my enjoyment.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Arnold
  • toronto, ON, Canada
  • 07-01-15

So unrelentingly funny and creative

Tom Sharpe's masterpiece and one of the top ten all time funny novels. The narrator is great too.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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One of the best book I listened to

The book is just great, I was laughing from beginning to the end. The performance of the narrator is excellent.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Excellent reading of a very funny book.

Suchet's realisation of the characters of Sharpe's wittily satirical novel is masterful. His Lady Maude is perfect.

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Suchet is excellent!

Despite the fact that some of the humor is crass, I ended up laughing out loud many times during this audiobook.

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Love the story

Great performance by mr suchet
Funny!! love lady maud and blot
The characters were classic reminds me of living in shropshire

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Ian
  • 11-02-05

Driving hazard!

Danger, warning! Do not listen to this audiobook whilst driving as giggling leads to erratic driving and swerving all over the road and you do not want to become another blot on the landscape do you?

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Maggie
  • 08-01-14

Pure joy!

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If you read the book, you'll love this. If you remember the television series with Geraldine James, George Cole, Julia McKenzie and David Suchet himself, you'll love this. David Suchet brings everyone completely to life, and his Mrs Forthby's "yes, yes" should rate some sort of audio-reader Oscar in itself. Wonderfully funny story, brilliantly read, and perfect from start to finish.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Kathryn
  • 07-07-07

Excellent plot cunningly carried out

Bring on more Tom Sharpe.
This is a brilliant story well read by Suchet.
If you like a good, well laid out story with a dose of retribution thrown in, this is for you.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark Sanford-Wood
  • 08-24-15

A not-so-timeless classic

I love Tom Sharpe and came to this having read Porterhouse Blue. Blott On The Landscape features the same quirky style, but gets a little bogged down. This kind of humour requires careful handling and a light touch that is sometimes lacking.

David Suchet's performance is astonishingly good, and it is a shame there is not a six star category.

If you like Sharpe then this will be an enjoyable listen, particularly given the performance. If you have never come across his eccentric style of plot development then Porterhouse Blue would be a better entry into his madcap world.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Ieva
  • 12-04-13

English humor at its best

What did you like most about Blott on the Landscape?

As stated in the headline- English humor at its best, or the way we all imagine the English humor should be. Good entertaining story, which never loses ones attention. David Suchet's performance is splendid, great role play which easily and vividly builds the picture before one's eyes. Listening already for the second time.

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  • Keith
  • 12-01-13

Excellent writing & humour

Would you consider the audio edition of Blott on the Landscape to be better than the print version?

Better, no. Different and worth getting yes - excellent choice in David Suchet and will be looking for more Tom Sharpe for my collection

What about David Suchet’s performance did you like?

Excellent all round. Clear, easy to hear, the right tone and mood to match the story and characterisation. Can't recommend enough.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Livia G
  • 04-13-13

Well read and really funny

Read this book years ago - downloaded the audio because I was curious to see if it was as good as I remembered.

No - it's better. It's classic Tom Sharpe funny but David Suchet makes it so much more. He sounds like he's sitting with you, regaling you with the tale, rather than reading lines from a book. Clear diction, consistent character voices and name pronunciation, very easy on the ear.

Word of warning though - you may find yourself completely losing track of time listening to this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-16-17

Fabulous book!

Don't listen to this in public as you'll look a bit daft laughing out loud, you just can't help it!!
Brilliantly read with all the different voices. So sad I finished it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-24-17

very funny book

Happy to say this book made me laugh. I would lesson to it in the car going to work just to be in a happy mood.

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  • mr g hurley
  • 08-18-17

a good Sharpe book

a very British story. Tom shape at his best . Only in England could this happen