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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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    Amazon Customer Frisco, TX, United States 06-29-16
    Amazon Customer Frisco, TX, United States 06-29-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Not a Sayers novel"

    Story is ok but Walsh doesn't have anywhere near the writing chops of Sayers. Okay.

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    Pam B 03-10-16
    Pam B 03-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderfully Captures the Wimsey Spirit"

    Lord Peter & Harriet are long-time favorites. I really enjoyed Walsh's continuation of the story, which I had not read before in any format. For me it is the beloved characters more than the mystery that rated the 5-Stars. And the slowly unfolding mystery was a good read, if not up to Sayers very high standard of detective fiction. Hoping Audible will continue to fill in the missing stories by both Sayers and Walsh.

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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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    Amazon Customer 04-14-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Text and narrator delightful to Sayers fans"

    You know those paintings dubbed "from the studio of" because the critics are not quite sure they're daVincis? This writer rates the same comparison with the quality and style of Sayers, in plot, character and setting. A fun read, and Petherbridge, of course, is a treasured Wimsey interpreter. A keeper.

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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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