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The Accidental Scoundrel

Rochdale Manor
Narrated by: Thomas Cassidy
Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A group of elderly and bored aristocrats have taken to stealing rare and priceless items to pass the time. A young man named Richard gets swept up in their world when he gets engaged to the daughter of the dangerously unpredictable Lord Rochdale. Although Richard is not particularly comfortable with theft, or much of the roguish behavior that goes with it, he must prove to Rochdale that he has scoundrel potential in order to marry his daughter and, more importantly, stay alive.

With the help of a disgruntled horse and a genius street urchin Richard haphazardly stumbles his way through Rochdale’s trials and not only survives but gains the respect (although he’s not entirely sure how) of Lord Rochdale and his elite group of scoundrels. Now all he has to do is steal a priceless bottle of whiskey.

"Do we have a new Wodehouse?" (Robert Wingfield, The INCA Project)

©2016 Andrew Chapman (P)2019 Andrew Chapman

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This is a quirky tale about Richard, a quirky writer, and his relationship with his quirky future father-in-law and his quirky future father-in-law's quirky friends. Like I said, it's quirky.

Humor is difficult to sustain in a book and "The Accidental Scoundrel" suffers that same fate. However, when it is funny it hits the mark but there are also times when the humor misses that same mark. Overall, the humor is well done and adds to the storyline rather than detracts.

My complaint about this audio book is the narration. The characterizations were, at times, indecipherable from one another leaving me totally confused as to who was speaking. Not enough differentiation in the voices. I also found the inconsistent use of sound effects off-putting. I don't recall another audio book that used sound effects and if I had a vote in the matter I'd vote "No". In the end, the narration negatively impacted what could have been a much more pleasant listening experience.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this review voluntarily.

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  • Jan
  • MKE
  • 06-18-19

Absolutely nutty!

laugh-riot, British, spoof, verbal-humor, situational-humor

Absolutely nutty! Basically a quest to prove his worthiness to marry the daughter of a pickled peer, it is a spoof in the same inane manner as Flashman. Very few of the characters are not wacky and the laughs never stop! Excellent read!
I have no idea how Thomas Cassidy maintained the narrator equivalent of a straight face! And he really adds to the hilarity.
I won this audiobook in a giveaway and just HAD to share a review! I win!

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Brought a smile to my face...

A humorous tale with quirky characters. Oh the things Richard will do to be with the girl he loves... even if it involves the theft of a priceless bottle of whiskey. It’s a good thing he has his friends to help him through the trials.

Always a great sign when the author can make me laugh out loud.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Well written and very funny

I received copy of this book for an honest review.

The story is well written and very funny. I recommend to anyone who is looking for a good laugh.

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slow start for me but worth it in the end.

This novel was very good. It took me a little while to get into this book, but it may be my faught since ive been on a fantasy kick. It was really funny in a dry humor cockney sort a way. I hated the way the narrator made chewing noises in the story. i hated it. still well worth a listen. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Tongue Firmly Planted in Cheek

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are mine.

Richard is engaged and believes he has come to his fiance's country estate to meet her family. However, he first meets his prospective father-in-law while Richard is using the bathroom. Not long afterward, Richard is ensnared into participating in a heist to steal a valued bottle of whiskey.

This is full of quirky/zany characters - some over-the-top and cartoonish. The story is told in a humorous fashion - with most of the humor hitting its target. This is a tongue firmly implanted in cheek story that you enjoy for what it is and not for any in-depth character arcs or story. It's lighthearted and enjoyable.

The narrator did a good job and used various voices to distinguish the characters. What I wish this production would delete is their haphazard use of sound effects - which I found distracting.

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  • Jude
  • 06-11-19

Awesome Story

Awesome Story with nice characters. Richard is guided by young Tommy and the ornery horse Baldric. Plenty of whiskey is used and the ensuing action will make you laugh out loud. The Accidental Scoundrel is a quick, easy to understand. Listen to it and enjoy.

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  • Caleb
  • 06-11-19

Five Stars From me

Accidental Scoundrel is a funny and enjoyable story. Natalie and Richard want to get married, but first Richard must show he’s rich. Natalie’s father Rochdale joins Richard in a heist of a priceless bottle of whiskey and the antics are funny. The narrator has done very well.

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  • Charles
  • 06-11-19

Enjyed It

This is a perfect entertainment tool. The characters in the story are great. I even found myself warming to Lord Rochdale. But I think my favorite is Tommy. He is a blazingly multifaceted personality who should really go on to star in his own book. I’d certainly buy it. Great audiobook.

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  • Sophia Nur
  • 06-11-19

Really Interesting

This book is really great fun. An innocent drunk is roped into stealing a valuable bottle of whiskey for four aging aristocratic thieves. If Richard is successful he gets to marry the daughter of Lord Rochdale who truly is a rogue of the highest order. Great narration as well.

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  • Nathan Jack
  • 06-11-19

Amazing

This audiobook is uproariously funny! Hoping this will be a series. Would love to see what Baldric does in the sequel! I recommend it.