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  • Five Red Herrings

  • Lord Peter Wimsey, Book 7
  • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

The best of the golden age crime writers, praised by all the top modern writers in the field including P. D. James and Ruth Rendell, Dorothy L. Sayers created the immortal Lord Peter Wimsey. His eighth appearance takes him to an artists' colony (based on a real one) in Scotland during the 1920s. Lord Peter Wimsey could imagine the artist stepping back, the stagger, the fall down to where the pointed rocks grinned like teeth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story shame about the accents!

  • By Ceripol on 31-01-16

Get the place names right!

4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-04-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It's a good tale, as one would expect from Dorothy L.Sayers and is generally well read, but the reader is clearly not a Scot. While her Scots accents for various characters are not too bad, she gets the pronunciation of the town "Girvan" completely wrong, putting the emphasis on the second syllable when it should be on the first. It sounds rather exotic every time it's said!

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


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No. It was entertaining, though.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hood

  • King Raven Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Stephen R. Lawhead
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

For centuries, the legend of Robin Hood and his band of thieves has captivated the imagination. Now the familiar tale takes on new life, fresh meaning, and an unexpected setting. Hunted like an animal by Norman invaders, Bran ap Brychan, heir to the throne of Elfael, has abandoned his father's kingdom and fled to the greenwood. There, in the primeval forest of the Welsh borders, danger surrounds him, for this woodland is a living, breathing entity with mysterious powers and secrets.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hoodwinked - Hood Bk 1

  • By Isobel on 24-05-07

Good book - shame about the narrator

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-12

A good story, but not only can the reader not pronounce the Welsh names, he can't manage the Latin and French phrases. This spoiled the atmosphere and flow of the narrative for me every time it occurred. I'm getting the remaining parts of the trilogy in paper book form.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful