Whose Body? (AmazonClassics Edition)

Narrated by: Guy Mott
Series: Lord Peter Wimsey, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
3.7 out of 5 stars (66 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A prominent financier vanishes before bedtime, without his clothes. Hours later, a corpse is found in a bathtub wearing only pince-nez eyeglasses. When it’s determined that the body is not that of the financier, it’s up to amateur detective Lord Peter Wimsey to uncover the naked truth. As the part-time sleuth investigates what these men - one dead, one missing, both starkers - have in common, the pieces of two puzzles converge, and the case becomes more dangerous by the clue. 

Dorothy L. Sayers’s debut whodunit introduced the world to her British gentleman detective Lord Wimsey. The first in her series, Whose Body? still delights and surprises right down to its devious denouement. 

Revised edition: Previously published as Whose Body?, this edition of Whose Body? (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

Public Domain (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

"The real pleasure of the novel, conveyed with extra brio by Guy Mott's brisk and lively narration, is the depiction of Wimsey's world as enjoyable fantasy, a place for the harried, the stressed and the weary to live somewhere else in their minds." --The New York Times Book Review

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Get the Edition Narrated by Mark Meadows!

This British classic, first written in 1923, is artfully narrated and presented, (THE VERSION BY MARK MEADOWS!, NOT THIS ONE!) drawing the listener into the period, introducing them into the era and to the cast of characters. A fine mystery it is, too. My favorite part is the banter between Lord Peter Wimsey and his valet, Bunter. Unheard of at the time, they are more than servant and master, they’re friends. As well as waiting on Lord Wimsey, which he does with humor and kindness, Bunter is an excellent sleuth, assisting Lord Wimsey in his cases. This one, the dead body in the bathtub is stumping the police, but Lord Wimsey is up to the task. This first in the series is a winner!

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Read it for the humor!

Lord Peter is easily one of the funniest, quirkiest detectives. The mysteries themselves are not the most complex, meaning you won't struggle to guess the killer, but the dialogue and less than subtle humor are what make this special.

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The classics are the best

I have loved Dorothy L. for decades. But I haven't reread her works recently. The great price on this audio book gave me the. chance to enjoy her all over again.

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Whose body by Dorothy l. Sayers

One of my favorite books . But not a fan of narrator! Couldn't listen to all . Disappointment!!! 5stars for book...2 stars for narration

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Clever

A very good read with a clever plot. Sayers deserves her reputation. I will buy more of her novels.

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Cleverest writing

In 1923 when the novel was published, Sayers was an Oxford University graduate (she was amongst the first group of women graduates to be finally awarded their degrees in 1920) and a published poet. She had worked in publishing and was then working as a copy writer in a London advertising agency - all of which makes her stand out from other women of her generation. Sayer’s characterization - not at all common in a Golden Age mystery novel - is not the only strength in her writing. Her prose is excellent, her dialogue is witty and the mystery itself is interesting enough. Dorothy L Sayers so well mastered the art of writing with wit that it is an absolute delight to read her work. This mystery includes one of my favourite lines: 'Even idiots occasionally speak the truth accidentally.'

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Audio muddled the story

As far as the mystery, I enjoyed this book, but the narration was a hinderance. The cadences of conversations and the too-staccato articulation of Peter's dialect was a trial to listen to. Oh, as was the reading of the inquest.

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Awful narrator

The reader for this have me a headache. I love Dorothy Sayers, but not this Audible version.

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Disappointment

I had heard such good thing about Sayers’ suspense novels; however, I found this uninspiring to say the least. Quite difficult to follow, often needing to replay for clarification but lacking the desire to follow through. Very disappointed in tired tactics of revealing story lines through telegrams & letters. Audio voices sometimes hard to understand & differentiate. I bought all 3 Peter Wimsey tapes & regret that decision. Unless convinced by someone, I won’t listen. Ah, another lesson learned.