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Publisher's Summary

To Porterhouse College, Cambridge, famous for rowing, low academic standards. and a proud cuisine, comes a new Master, an ex-grammar-school boy, demanding Firsts, women students, a self-service canteen, and a slot-machine for contraceptives. There is considerable opposition to this challenge to the established order, in the form of Skullion, the intransigent porter at Porterhouse, who is determined that the hallowed traditions of the College will never change.
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enjoyable satire

Wonderfully narrated satire.Tom sharpe is a clever writer and the narrator did a fantastic job of bringing the work to life. Somehow he micked the whole British class system with all of it's arrogance and crusty ignorance.I was actually dissappointed when it ended.

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Laugh your a** off!

A masterfully brilliant reading of one of the funniest books ever penned in the English language. A delight throughout; as good as Amis's Lucky Jim, which would be a good addition, btw.

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  • Linda
  • FOUNTAIN HILLS, ARIZONA, United States
  • 01-22-13

Laugh out loud funny

Would you listen to Porterhouse Blue again? Why?

yes, to catch anything I might have missed the first time.

What other book might you compare Porterhouse Blue to and why?

other Tom Sharpe work

What does Griff Rhys Jones bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

character

Any additional comments?

I listened to this author for the first time traveling in tandem with other family members on the way to a funeral.. several hundred miles, through several states. They looked on in wonder trying to figure out why I was laughing so hard at such a sober, and sad event . Just another great piece of work by this man. All of his early work is a must have for me, in print as well as audible..

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why does it say optional if it is required

good stuff good stuff good stuff good stuff stuff hey dim diddly fun dum that was porterhouse

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  • Paul
  • 10-08-10

Excellent

A beautiful reading of a great story. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Edgar
  • 07-23-17

Wet annoying narrator.

I had to stop after 10 min. The exaggerated accent is very annoying and was a big distraction from the story which wasn't great if you have no connections with Cambridge.

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  • Paul Gawdan
  • 01-12-17

Classic British farce and a glimpse in time.

This book is a classic British farce and full of beautiful language that illustrates the very essence of British bigotry and pomp. Be prepared for a roller coaster of humour alongside an avalanche of discomfort. The language and prejudice of the time is perfectly summarised in this book. Just as Skullion somehow loves and loathes his position in life, this book both celebrates condems and what it means to be British.

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  • Perry
  • 02-22-15

Tom Sharpe at his Prime

Where does Porterhouse Blue rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a funny and enjoyable romp that has not dated. Tom Sharpe livened up my teens and it was great to revisit an old friend. Griff's reading is enjoyable and he reads with a relish for the extreme situations the story conjurs up. Just wish the S.African novels and the Thriwback were available.

What other book might you compare Porterhouse Blue to, and why?

Tom Sharpe is unique! It is just a shame his later books lost the mad excess of Wilt, The Throwback and the glorious S.African books.

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

There was a juicy relish to his reading. The Chaplin especially was excellent. He didn't tire and it worked well throughout. Many thanks. Tom would have loved the reading

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Only to tears of laughter. Inflated condoms up the chimney!!!

Any additional comments?

Buy, listen and enjoy!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Louise
  • 01-10-15

Hilarious


Superb story.
Mostly good but some of GRJs characters a bit grating. Was difficult to discern between them at some stages.

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  • Richard G.
  • 07-17-18

very witty

excellent story brought to life by Griff RysJones. took a bit of getting used to the speed of his voice though

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  • Ms NA Collins
  • 07-14-18

A classic!

Tom Sharpe at his irreverent best. A timeless spoof of Cambridge college life for all to enjoy.

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  • Cat
  • 12-01-14

Witty and sparkling

This made me giggle out loud, and had some excellent characters and bizarre situations. A must for any red-brick enthusiast, or someone who just wants to hear about condoms floating out of a chimney! Funny characters, clever skits and well worth a listen. Very well read as well, the voices were perfectly captured.

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  • Dominic
  • 08-14-13

Ironic

Would you listen to Porterhouse Blue again? Why?

The story is the ultimate irony in that the porter scullion becomes master of Porterhouse by accident and suffers the traditional masters fate of a Porterhouse Blue.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Scullion as he represents traditionalism.

Have you listened to any of Griff Rhys Jones’s other performances? How does this one compare?

havent listened to others but will look out for them now.

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

no but it lends itself to reading in parts

Any additional comments?

I liked the David Jason portrayal on tv and am glad I bothered to read the book.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Bill Gordon
  • 03-23-12

Porterhouse Blue

This is one of my all time most enjoyable books to read, but unfortunately in my own personal opinion Griff Rhys Jones does not read it too well which came as a great surprise to me because he is one of my favourite broadcasters. His delivery was far too fast which at times was almost a gabble.
Reading books is obviously a difficult art which certain people such as Timothy West is a master of but others struggle with.

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  • Rob Martin
  • 07-05-18

Big fan of Tom Sharpe

Loved the book and Griff Rhys Jones' reading of it - wasn't so keen on some of the character voices, but it's a minor thing and not an irritation.

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  • Graham Beddie
  • 05-28-18

Griff Rhys Jones is superb in reading this book

Griff Rhys Jones is superb in his reading of this hilarious story. His many voices expertly bring the characters to life. A most enjoyable experience.