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Campion investigates once more, but this time he is on the run from the police - classic British crime writing at its best. Celebrated amateur detective Albert Campion awakes in hospital accused of attacking a police officer and suffering from acute amnesia. All he can remember is that he was on a mission of vital importance to His Majesty's government before his accident. On the run from the police and unable to recognise even his faithful servant Lugg or his own fiancée, Campion struggles desperately to put the pieces together while the very fate of England is at stake.

Margery Allingham was born in London in 1904. Her first novel was published when she was seventeen. In 1929 she published The Crime at Black Dudley and introduced the character who was to become the hallmark of her writing - Albert Campion.

©2013 Margery Allingham (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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One of Allingham's best

Traitor's Purse may be my favorite Campion novel. Campion himself is such a delightful character. But this is the only one in which he experiences true character development. The device of amnesia forces him to figure nearly everything out with no context and no background, just his wits. It's a very enjoyable read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Can't listen to this narrator..

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A different narrator. I can't even finish listening to the book because his voices are so annoying. I'm going to finish the story by reading the hard copy.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Traitor's Purse?

Campion's realization of how important Amanda is to him. And the way Albert muddles through with his loss of memory.

What didn’t you like about David Thorpe’s performance?

The various voices he uses. The one he gives to Campion is dreadful. But the others are annoying as well.

Any additional comments?

I'm going to return it for a refund. I won't be buying anymore Albert Campion books narrated by David Thorpe. That's too bad because I enjoy these stories.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Campion and Amanda triumph!

For some reason missed this one when listening to the series in order ... now things make a lot more sense! Great story and wonderful adventure as always for Campion and his usual band of characters - loved it!

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Won't download

This is the second Audible narration which will not coordinate
With the book. The first always narrated a different chapter than the one I was reading in the book. This one plays only the sample then stops. Not a good bargain.

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  • JOHN
  • COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA, United States
  • 09-16-16

NOTHING CATCHY HERE.

BORING, TO MANY SENARIO,S, AND CHARACTERS. TOOK 2 NIGHTS TO GET THROUGH IT. TRIED THIS BOOK BECAUSE I KINDA LIKED TIGER IN THE SMOKE. BUT ALAS, NOT THIS ONE. NARRATION WAS VERY STIFF AND BORING.

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  • Sybil
  • 07-07-13

Terrible voice

What would have made Traitor's Purse better?

I have loved this story and all the Albert Campion tales. Really pleased to see it unabridged as I had the Francis Matthews version on cassette and the Philip Franks on CD/audio. Both of these were excellent. This starts fine until David Thorpe speaks as Campion - what a terrible voice. Campion is meant to look an idiot but is actually sharp as a knife but he is well educated (scion of royalty) and not sound one even if he babbles at times. This has really ruined this to the extent that I can't listen to it and will go back to the Philip Franks version until hopefully the Francis Matthews is reissued on Audio CD . Please make that soon!<br/>I won't buy any of the other David Thorpe recordings and its such a pity.

What other book might you compare Traitor's Purse to, and why?

This is more like an spy story than Allingham's usual detectives but still quite gentle.

How could the performance have been better?

Used the FRancis Matthews recording or get David Thorpe to reinterpret Campion

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Yes, anger at David Thorpe and whoever let him get away with such rubbish, sad that one of my favourite stories has been spoilt and very very disappointed that I'd wasted the money.

Any additional comments?

No

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Miss Julie E. Ellis
  • 05-31-17

campion champion

loved it all campion series is so good .brilliantly penned. golden age authors are great

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  • DT
  • 02-01-17

Misjudged by author and then reader

What would have made Traitor's Purse better?

Allingham should have resisted the temptation to dig such a deep hole for her hero.

What was most disappointing about Margery Allingham’s story?

See above or below.

Would you be willing to try another one of David Thorpe’s performances?

Yes but not a reading of one of Allingham's Albert Campion stories.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Traitor's Purse?

It's the concept behind the novel that is so unfortunate.

Any additional comments?

I’m a fan of Margery Allingham’s Albert Campion detective novels but “Traitor’s Purse” (1941) is a misjudged novel. It is also a missed opportunity to write a state of Britain novel at a dangerous point in history. While it is a common, if not always smart, move to pitch the hero of a developing series into a personal crisis, having Campion lose his memory so disastrously, as well as incredibly, so reduces him to grubbing around that pulling him round in time to save the country verges on the laughable. The novel does pick up some tension near the end but Allingham fails to exploit the conjunction of a very local place with a world-significant time in history. It doesn’t help that, in the audio version, the reader accentuates the pathetic, almost farce-like, character that Albert Campion has become in this novel. In order, I would suggest “Cargo of Eagles”, “The Chinese Governess” and “Mystery Mile” to see how unusual a creation Albert Campion is and how intriguing geography, almost a psycho-geography, can be.

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  • 08-29-15

Awful in every part

A totally unrealistic plot. Hundreds of outrageous metaphors. Narrator well below audible usual standard. Very disappointing. I won't be choosing Allingfam again.

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  • Clive Mira-Smith
  • 06-08-15

Francis you should still be audible

Margery not at her best; there is too much memory-less introspection and not enough story. Thorpe as narrator is not a patch on Francis Matthew. Campion should not have a foppish voice.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful