(P)2001 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Barrett Whitener successfully brings the varied characters to life....This is a delightful, thought-provoking read." (AudioFile)
"[Thorne Smith] created the modern American ghost. A ghost with style and wit. A ghost that haunts us still." (The New York Times)
Listening to this book was a lot like watching a 1950s comedy with the flavour of say "The Canterville Ghost" and "The Fast Lady", yes we're talking old fashioned. If you enjoy the "Jeeves" stories, I think you'll enjoy this too. The style is quaint and unpretentious with a naive predictability, I could easily picture Leslie Phillips and Joan Simms with Kenneth Connor as the mildly rebellious Topper. I have to say I drifted off a couple of times while I was listening and honestly I didn't bother to back-track and didn't feel I missed anything. This story won't shake any trees and I probably won't listen to this harmless little book again. Hilarious it is not, easy listening it certainly is. If you want a gentle entertainment, this will probably fit the bill.
"Delighful ride in a haunted car"
When I started Topper it seemed a bit slow, but as soon as the ghosts of Toppers new car arrive it was a blast. Topper was written in the 1920's and is a delightful trip back in time. Thorne's character Cosmo Topper is hillarious.
"It's a mistake to revisit the past"
When I read this book forty-odd years ago I thought it was the funniest thing ever written. Revisiting it as an audiobook was a huge disappointment. The humour seems so puerile and downright cringe-making. Not the fault of the author - it was hilarious in its time, but it hasn't survived the test of time like the great classics.
I enjoyed this story and the performance very much. The story was a bit racier than I would have expected, though. There is fair amount of drunkeness and even a suggestion of adultery! Nothing surprising today, perhaps, but this was written in the 1920's, and made into a movie as well. It's not that I'm a prude, it was just unexpected. The story is charming, though, and the characters well drawn.
"Good Reader, Poor Story"
Remembering the "Topper" movies from years ago, I looked forward to listening to this book. I was disappointed. Barrett Whitener narrated the story well, it was just a poor script he had to read. If you think it's funny for a middle-aged man to leave his wife and stay drunk all the time, you might like this story. I found nothing humorous about this book, unlike the movies. Don't waste your money or your time!!
"not for me"
a better storyline. too disconnected, even for me. just really not a book for me.
the bad storyline
the performance was fine
it's not about the characters.
just not a book for me.
"I couldn't get through it."
The story line was slow and did not interest me, I listened for a couple of hours and then stopped, because it was so boring.
Unlike other reviewers, I am glad I did not read the description in great detail before purchasing this book. It was a surprisingly good comedy. I did not realize that the whole story was a dream until the end of the book. It was very funny and I laughed out loud several times. My husband asked me what I was laughing about? I told him I was listening to a book about a man who buys a haunted car and can't get rid of 2 prankster ghosts, so he goes on an adventure with them. I liked the narrator of this book. He had a very pleasant voice and I think he did a good job. I usually read mystery/thriller books so this was a nice change.
"Loved the movie, bored by the book"
Dont know. I guess I was expecting a story closer to the movies storyline. That's something not under Audible's control.
All the extra ghosts.
"Not for the uninitiated"
I found, despite the relatively slow start that I enjoyed the book, the pace never got hectic, but went along at an entertaining pace. I believe I had a head start in understanding the characters because of the TV series Topper that I watched when I was young(er).
The decade in which this story is set is characterised by the politeness of the characters towards one another. A tad excessive by todays standards.
"A lighthearted and fun listen"
Very enjoyable story! It holds up well considering it was written during the early days of the automobile.
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