Scoop

Narrated by: Simon Cadell
Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
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In Scoop, surreptitiously dubbed "a newspaper adventure", Waugh flays Fleet Street and the social pastimes of its war correspondants as he tells how William Boot became the star of British super-journalism and how, leaving part of his shirt in the claws of the lovely Katchen, he returned from Ishmaelia to London as the "Daily's Beast's" more accoladed overseas reporter.

©1966 Evelyn Waugh (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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Delicious humor

This was a delightful book, hilariously scathing, and well read. I wonder how much of the more subtle humor flew over my head or under my feet?

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Hilarious!...

Classic British Humor that 80 years has not dulled....Sharp language and characters...Journalism that is greatly missed..

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Hilarious story

Well read, well written. If you love British humor and a good spoof with meaning, you will love this.

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Love this story, easy listen.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It's a favorite story of mine and told even better as an audiobook in a way that brings all the characters to life.

What about Simon Cadell’s performance did you like?

Easy to listen to Simon Cadell's voice and the characters were differentiated well.

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

Yes, but basically finished it in two days!

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Elegant but tedious stuff

"Scoop" reads like P. G. Wodehouse with severe indigestion. Waugh is an expert writer but I found the story somewhat irritating, a fish-out-of-water saga without enough humanity to keep me engaged. The reader is a fine, nuanced actor. He reads a bit too quickly, perhaps making the book seem more trivial than it might otherwise. Based in "Scoop," I'm not tempted to explore more early Waugh.

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Well Written & Funny but Lacking

Scoop is a well written and humorous novel which is quite enjoyable, but is not sublime. The prose are excellent, and the humor wry, but in the end, truly great humorous novels must have poignancy to transcend. This is great writing and kept me entertained until the end, and there are moments of exceptional writing, yet it did not wow me. Perhaps at the time this was written the novel’s humor challenged society more than it seems in retrospect.

The narration was excellent, expressing the subtle humor beautifully.

I enjoyed this book, but certainly don’t plan to read it again.

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Waugh at his finest!

Simply delightful! Thoroughly enjoyed this audio book. It's a must in every person's library. Characters well developed and delightfully played out.

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Another great work from Evelyn Waugh!

Another great work from the clever English novelist Evelyn Waugh! C g H dkg h

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