They plan to have a quiet country honeymoon. Then Lord Peter Wimsey and his bride, Harriet Vane, find the previous owner's body in the cellar.
Set in a country village seething with secrets and snobbery, this is Dorothy L. Sayers' last full-length detective novel.
Variously described as a love story with detective interruptions and a detective story with romantic interruptions, it lives up to both descriptions with style.
©1937 The Trustees of Anthony Fleming (deceased) (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton
I've read all of D L Sayers' novels. They are superb. This narrator has managed to make them mediocre.
In this particular novel, the characters of Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane are as usual outstanding
A lacklustre narration; monotonous and strangely paced; totally unconvincing 'voices' and utterly lacking any sense of the period. So dull, in fact, that it sent me to sleep within minutes of pressing 'start', every time I tried to listen to it. And what on earth was the narrator thinking when she pronounced Lord Peter's name as Peter 'DETH BREDDON' Wimsey?
Only if this narrator's voice featured in no way whatsoever.
I did hesitate about downloading this version, because I have Ian Carmichael's recordings of Strong Poison and Gaudy Night, the first of the Vane/Wimsey trilogy and the BBC dramatized versions of Busman's Honeymoon and The Nine Tailors and enjoy listening to all of them very much indeed. I saw that reviews of this new narrator on the Audible site were less than enthusiastic,but I decided to take a chance on listening to Busman's Honeymoon in the unabridged non-dramatized format . I really wish I hadn't bothered. The fact that almost all the Sayers Wimsey novels are now narrated by Jane McDowell sadly means I can't look forward to adding these novels to my Audible collection. I'm so disappointed.
I love the Lord Peter Wimsey books but Jane McDowell seems to have no idea about the characters she's creating. I often couldn't tell the difference between Peter's voice & Harriet's. All the non-aristocratic characters spoke with the same voice as each other. Ian Charmichael's readings, though old, were much better - ditto David Case (Whose Body - the first book I ever bought from Audible in 2006). Sadly Audible has jettisoned those.
There are also several large passages of untranslated French & my ancient 'O' level can't keep up. I don't know whether I've missed much but I need the text & a large French/English dictionary.
Not very high, I found the reader's voice too light.
It's the one you wait for, where their story has its happy ending apart from a dead body and a hanging!
Clear, pretty, wrong
I love Dorothy L Sayers and have read all of the Lord Peter books. Unfortunately, though I love the story, I wasn't happy about the reader's voice. Very sorry M/s McDowell, you have a lovely voice, it is very clear and nice to listen too but I didn't like it for this audio book. I haven't been able to finish it.
I will try to avoid this narrator, not only is it difficult to tell which character is speaking, but she didn't appear to have read through the story before beginning her reading, which means she'll come come across something such as "he said in a deep voice" and suddenly make that character's voice sound deepeer - but only in the second part of his comments. Most annoying was her talking about a "dessert" when the author had intended "desert", which made a mockery of that part of the story. Very lazy narration - and irritating because anyone who's ever done a voice over knows that all the reader needs to do is to say "I'll do that again" and read it correctly.
This love-story with detective interest is an old favourite.
Sadly, in my view, this most peculiar and inappropriate style of narration seriously detracts from the book. The narrator pauses wherever she feels like it, often after one of a series of adjectives for example, completely changing the sense of what is occurring, makes several mistakes which should certainly have been corrected, and generally ruins it. I found myself wondering for the next major irritation, rather than actually listening to the content. Anyone I believe would be distracted by the idea of sixteen men chained together, marching across a prickly dessert.....
A great pity. A proof-listener would be a good idea.
The narration. I am being entirely honest when I say my initial thought was that this was being read by a text to speech generator. My next thought was maybe I'd knocked the speed setting, but neither slower or faster produced an improvement. The voice was all wrong, seemed lifeless and I couldn't face 12 odd hours.
Someone with a more refined access, less drawl and the ability to inject character into his or her voice. Given that the two main characters are highly educated, and given the historical setting of the story, someone with a "posh" accent.
Very disappointed, will be making do with the dramatisation.
I've read mist if the Wemsy Series. This was very good. But there was a lot of French bits and if you don't speak French it was frustrating.
Ok, so the narrator didn't use different expressions for the different characters but she did read it well. It was so wonderful to hear the unabridged story, particularly how the relationship between Peter and Harriet develops and change, great to hear a little more about Peter and Bunter too!
A great combination of light hearted murder mystery and romance . The narration is fine, except for a few spots of some poor editing near the beginning
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