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The Wilt Inheritance

By: Tom Sharpe
Narrated by: Michael Tudor-Barnes
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Stuck in a job he doesn't want - but can't afford to lose - as nominal Head of the Communications Department at Fenland University, Wilt is still subject to the whims of The Powers That Be, both in and outside of work. The demands of his snobbish wife Eva, and the stupendous school fees of his despicable quadruplet daughters cause him the biggest headaches...apart from the hangovers, that is. When Eva signs him up for a summer job, teaching the gun-toting idiot son of a lusty local aristocrat, Wilt is not amused. But, as circumstances unravel and the summer goes on, Wilt sees that the situation could be put to his financial advantage, as well as giving Eva some headaches of her own.

©2010 Tom Sharpe (P)2011 Isis Publishing Ltd

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good slapstick; a little misogynist?

I loved reading Sharpe in past years - and perhaps I was expecting too much. I laughed, but not heartily. He satirizes both men and women, but the women seem to get the uglier side of his wit in this offering.

Still, British campus comedies - and related novels like this Wilt outing- - are better entertainment than most light fiction. Anyone working in education will laugh at Sharpe's continued commentary on the farcical elements of that system, no matter on which side of the Atlantic. I'm going to download an earlier Sharpe to see if it is him or me that changed.

Michael Tudor-Barnes delivers excellent narration, as usual.

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True Wilt

If you like Tom Sharpes' wit and prose style then this is immensely enjoyable with Wilt on the receiving end of his domineering wife's treatment and at the mercy of the quad's escapades. Great series and worth listening too!

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  • Tolkien
  • 12-09-20

Wilt rides again.

Once again the hapless Henry Wilt is dropped by his horrible wife Eva into a situation which spirals out of control.
Add his horrible daughter’s and a landowner with a fancy for large women and chaos is inevitable.

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  • joanne
  • 06-19-13

a funny book thats just not funny

What disappointed you about The Wilt Inheritance?

id read the wilt books years ago and found them realy good and funny and this wasnt it just seemed a very long drawn out unfunny storey

What was most disappointing about Tom Sharpe’s story?

id read it before and it just wasnt the same

What didn’t you like about Michael Tudor-Barnes’s performance?

i dont think the humour was played out right

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disappointment

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  • Wendy
  • 12-23-12

Dire

The story initially showed promise - in the first few pages that is. After that, I can honestly say that the book was not remotely amusing. Very disappointing.

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  • William Nelson
  • 03-08-19

enjoyable

read the first 3 wilt novels 30 years ago. was easy to pick up where I left of with this excellent audio book.

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  • HC
  • 10-22-18

Never fails to deliver

Not his best, but rip roaring fun as always..Classic Sharpe, a way with the absurd weaving it all into a great tale

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  • Dilligaf1964
  • 09-26-18

dreadfulll

not even finished first chapter and both narration and book are awfull .. returning asap

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  • Kilrymont
  • 05-21-23

Badly read and maybe the worst Sharpe so far encountered

My impression is that Tom Sharpe did well with a couple of books on one area and character set. Even then with some, the quality was dire. As in Porterhouse Blue and Blott OTL etc.
The two early Wilt books were top stuff, as were Riotous Assembly and Indecent Exposure. After that? He went right off the boil. As in The Throwback, for example.

Also as in this one, not helped by a reader completely unsuited to farce, which this book is supposed to be. But fails.

Perhaps his publishers pestered him to produce more of his successful books when his ideas had run out?

Audible has chosen just two books from Sharpe's catalogue that are poor stuff. To be avoided, unless you're an undiscriminating fan for whom Sharpe can do no wrong.

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  • Dave
  • 02-12-23

Tom at his Sharpest

Simply splendid, said the review with no real experience. So take from it what you will. Your ears and mind will be delighted.

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  • Anthony
  • 11-16-22

Just Brilliant

The slot this kinda writing is put into is Farce.Tom writes really funny farce.

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  • JanettheGannet
  • 10-22-21

Slightly disappointed

Tom Sharpe is always funny but never quite as funny as the first Wilt. Although the narrator is a good one i felt he was mismatched to this particular book. It was quite good but didn't make me laugh out loud as I had expected to do.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-27-18

great listening.

enjoyed every chapter. love tom sharpes humour and narration was excellent. time for another tom Sharpe book.

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