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Summary

1885: Five years after his release from prison, Montmorency is working undercover for the government. But his life, and national security, are threatened by his addiction to drugs. Can his friends restore his health in time to discover who is bombing London, and why, on the Scottish island of Tarimond, a whole generation of children has died?

©2004 Eleanor Updale (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Amanda
  • Darlington, Co. Durham, UK
  • 04-04-08

An excellent listen

This is the second installment of the Montmorency story. The first instalment is not unfortunately available with Audible yet. Stephen Fry's beautiful reading of this epic tale is brilliant. However, I would advise that you either read or listen to the first book before purchasing this title, as the characters introduced in the first book are central to the story of the second. Perhaps Audible can obtain the rights to the first book as well...

27 of 27 people found this review helpful

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montmorency on the rocks

THis was an excellent listen. We listened to it as a family age range 9-45 and it entertained us all. Stephen Fry reads brilliantly. The plot was intruiguing and kept us involved unitl the end.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Light and Fun

If you enjoy being read to by Stephen Fry you will not be disappointed. Light and Fun this entertaining read is one to enjoy when you are doing a tedious task like the ironing and very safe to listen to with the family around. I will definitely purchase any more Montmorency titles if they become available on Audible if they are read by Stephen Fry.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Enjoy a light listen?

Any additional comments?

This was a really fun book to listen to, a light listen, I thought. It was also restful to hear Stephen Fry's excellent interpretation as he read. Try it!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Listen and relax on the beach

Would you consider the audio edition of Montmorency on the Rocks to be better than the print version?

The audio version of this book is great. I don't think that the written version would be half so good. It was greatly enhanced by Stephen Fry's interpretation.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It tied up some of the loose ends but was too abbreviated and left some story lines hanging in the air.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The scene where Montmorency was chasing the crook through Kew Gardens Greenhouse

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes but it is too long for one sitting

Any additional comments?

The book was greatly enhanced by the reading of the story by Stephen Fry. His use of accents and different voices turned it into a performance. I have not read anything written by this author before but will look out for any other audible productions of her stories

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Stephen Fry can't you read all books ever made!?

Stephen Fry can't you read all books ever made. the book series is fun and interesting made epic by Fry's Stella's performance

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Could not put it down

What did you like most about Montmorency on the Rocks?

Apart from Stephen Fry's excellent narration, I loved the pace and revealing of the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Montmorency on the Rocks?

The book is memorable on its own.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Tarimond Island's scenes. But no doubt the one in the shoe shop :-)

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I almost did.

Any additional comments?

As I wrote, I just could not put this down. The story gripped me since beginning and although I mostly listen to my audiobooks in small portions, I listened to this one over the weekend. On Sunday I just ceased doing most of other thinking-involving stuff just to finish this book. I quite like mystery and detective stories and this "double mystery" just got to me. All the main characters were very much likable for me and I will definitely get some more books of this series. And of course Stephen Fry did an amazing job here.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Weak story, good narration

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The story is quite weak - it has a good build-up, but a let-down ending

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The most interesting was the promise of a bombing and epidemic mystery happening simultaneously.

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

He is always the consummate narrator with a voice like warm chocolate (which is not always terribly good when he tries to be "common"!)

Was Montmorency on the Rocks worth the listening time?

Yes (just)

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Enid Blyton meets John Buchan

What disappointed you about Montmorency on the Rocks?

The story line, the characters, the patronising tone and so much more

What could Eleanor Updale have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not sure what could be done to improve it, other than a complete rewrite by a different author.

What does Stephen Fry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

the sound of his voice - obviously!

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Stephen Fry

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Great follow up

Good follow up to the first book. Good to see montmorency character becoming more rounded