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Blott on the Landscape Audiobook

Blott on the Landscape

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When philandering Sir Giles Lynchwood decides it's time to wriggle free of his monumentally unattractive wife, Lady Maud, he knows divorce is out of the question. He can't leave her and keep her cash; a reversionary clause on her ancestral home, Handyman Hall, has taken care of that. Lady Maud, for her own special reasons, is also dying to see the back of Sir Giles. Sir Giles dreams of motorways ploughing through the front door of Handyman Hall, of compulsory purchase orders, of loot and no wife. Lady Maud bellows. Blott the gardener watches from his inner sanctum, the greenhouse, and listens...and waits.

©1975 Tom Sharpe;

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    Ian Callington, United Kingdom 02/11/2005
    Ian Callington, United Kingdom 02/11/2005 Member Since 2012
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    "Driving hazard!"

    Danger, warning! Do not listen to this audiobook whilst driving as giggling leads to erratic driving and swerving all over the road and you do not want to become another blot on the landscape do you?

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Maggie 01/08/2014
    Maggie 01/08/2014
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    "Pure joy!"
    Any additional comments?

    If you read the book, you'll love this. If you remember the television series with Geraldine James, George Cole, Julia McKenzie and David Suchet himself, you'll love this. David Suchet brings everyone completely to life, and his Mrs Forthby's "yes, yes" should rate some sort of audio-reader Oscar in itself. Wonderfully funny story, brilliantly read, and perfect from start to finish.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Bacup, Lancs, United Kingdom 07/07/2007
    Kathryn Bacup, Lancs, United Kingdom 07/07/2007
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    "Excellent plot cunningly carried out"

    Bring on more Tom Sharpe.
    This is a brilliant story well read by Suchet.
    If you like a good, well laid out story with a dose of retribution thrown in, this is for you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Sanford-Wood 24/08/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "A not-so-timeless classic"

    I love Tom Sharpe and came to this having read Porterhouse Blue. Blott On The Landscape features the same quirky style, but gets a little bogged down. This kind of humour requires careful handling and a light touch that is sometimes lacking.

    David Suchet's performance is astonishingly good, and it is a shame there is not a six star category.

    If you like Sharpe then this will be an enjoyable listen, particularly given the performance. If you have never come across his eccentric style of plot development then Porterhouse Blue would be a better entry into his madcap world.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ieva Babite, Latvia 04/12/2013
    Ieva Babite, Latvia 04/12/2013 Member Since 2011
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    "English humor at its best"
    What did you like most about Blott on the Landscape?

    As stated in the headline- English humor at its best, or the way we all imagine the English humor should be. Good entertaining story, which never loses ones attention. David Suchet's performance is splendid, great role play which easily and vividly builds the picture before one's eyes. Listening already for the second time.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Keith Elland, United Kingdom 01/12/2013
    Keith Elland, United Kingdom 01/12/2013 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent writing & humour"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Blott on the Landscape to be better than the print version?

    Better, no. Different and worth getting yes - excellent choice in David Suchet and will be looking for more Tom Sharpe for my collection


    What about David Suchet’s performance did you like?

    Excellent all round. Clear, easy to hear, the right tone and mood to match the story and characterisation. Can't recommend enough.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Livia G 13/04/2013
    Livia G 13/04/2013
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    "Well read and really funny"

    Read this book years ago - downloaded the audio because I was curious to see if it was as good as I remembered.

    No - it's better. It's classic Tom Sharpe funny but David Suchet makes it so much more. He sounds like he's sitting with you, regaling you with the tale, rather than reading lines from a book. Clear diction, consistent character voices and name pronunciation, very easy on the ear.

    Word of warning though - you may find yourself completely losing track of time listening to this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alan 02/07/2016
    Alan 02/07/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Another great Tom Sharpe book"

    A great yarn well read by David Suchet. As usual Sharpe greats larger than life characters who never seem to disappoint with their eccentricities.

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    Mrs. K. Cullen uk 20/02/2016
    Mrs. K. Cullen uk 20/02/2016
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    "very funny"

    laughed start to finish . narration was excellent.every character came to life.will probably listen to this again in the near future .

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    K. Harvey 08/11/2015
    K. Harvey 08/11/2015
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    "Excellent"
    What made the experience of listening to Blott on the Landscape the most enjoyable?

    David Suchet is by far my favourite narrator


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humour and the way David Suchet brings the story and characters to life


    Have you listened to any of David Suchet’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't but I will look for other books by him


    Any additional comments?

    I hadn't read or listened to any books by the author and it came as a recommendation. Absolutely brilliant, great story and very visual humour thanks to David Suchets narration.

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  • Linda
    FOUNTAIN HILLS, ARIZONA, United States
    05/07/06
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    "Sharpe at his best..."

    I can't stress enough, just how good Mr. Sharpe's writing is. It's classic Sharpe, can't hold back the laughter. He's wonderful, what a great read.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • julie
    13/06/08
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    "Riotously funny!"

    Sharpe has given us a hysterically funny romp through British politics and marital problems among the country gentry. I chortled the whole way through. Be advised: there are mature themes (sexuality, in particular), and the liberal dropping of the F-bomb by one character in particular.

    I must say that David Suchet truly brought all the eccentric, stereotypic British "country house set" characters to life brilliantly. I've been looking at the other Sharpe books, but none of them are narrated by Suchet, so I can't decide if I want to get them, as well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Virginia Waldron
    21/08/15
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    "Stupendous Performance"

    The story is hilariously farcical. David Suchet is simply perfect for this book. HIs narration added so much to my enjoyment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • James
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    19/03/16
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    "Excellent reading of a very funny book."

    Suchet's realisation of the characters of Sharpe's wittily satirical novel is masterful. His Lady Maude is perfect.

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  • Leslie G
    MA United States
    18/02/16
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    "Suchet is excellent!"

    Despite the fact that some of the humor is crass, I ended up laughing out loud many times during this audiobook.

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  • Book lover
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    28/10/15
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    "Love the story"

    Great performance by mr suchet
    Funny!! love lady maud and blot
    The characters were classic reminds me of living in shropshire

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  • Arnold
    toronto, ON, Canada
    01/07/15
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    "So unrelentingly funny and creative"

    Tom Sharpe's masterpiece and one of the top ten all time funny novels. The narrator is great too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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