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Strangeways to Oldham Audiobook

Strangeways to Oldham: The Belchester Chronicles, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Lady Amanda Golightly of Belchester Towers is a person in complete contrast to the stereotypical image of her upper-class breeding. She is short, portly, and embarrassingly forthright.

On a visit to a local nursing home, she unexpectedly discovers a long-lost friend, Hugo Cholmondley-Crichton-Crump - and stumbles upon a murder. The pair turn to sleuthing after Lady Amanda reports her appalling discovery to the local police inspector, who treats her as a silly old biddy with an overactive imagination. Her outrage prompts her to teach the impertinent young whippersnapper a lesson, and she and Hugo (Zimmer frame in tow) start investigating, only for murder to become a distressingly frequent occurrence....

©2012 Andrea Frazer (P)2016 Story Sound

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    Mrs W. 25/02/2017
    Mrs W. 25/02/2017
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    "Superb entertainment, a laugh a minute"
    Where does Strangeways to Oldham rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Sincerely hope the remainder of series becomes available soon, incredibly well produced and narrated, one of the very best! Great style of writing, and narrator brings it fully to life!


    What other book might you compare Strangeways to Oldham to, and why?

    Stands out on its own.... a real take off 'the old titled order, or should that be "entitled "?!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Lady Amanda praying to Mecca, or, the thought of her speeding on her tricycle, terrorising unwary pedestrians.... it's hard to pick just one favourite!


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

    Howled with laughter, choice of language, descriptions of characters... I'll listen again before long! Just downloading no2 in series, please hurry up and finish reading the next 2 books in series, CANNOT WAIT!


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliantly funny and entertaining, not too short either, was worried it was more along length of 'long short story' but absolutely right!<br/><br/><br/>

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Teddy London 28/07/2017
    Teddy London 28/07/2017
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    "Enchanting"
    Would you listen to Strangeways to Oldham again? Why?

    I would indeed-it's an enchanting romp of a murder mystery, written with humor and read with style.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Enid is an absolute scream.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm completely enamoured with these characters and will immediately start listening to the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Aberdeenshire 05/07/2017
    Lee Aberdeenshire 05/07/2017 Member Since 2017

    I'm pink therefore I'm spam...

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    "Old bean...pee pee and old pussies... by jove."

    Had a good laugh all the way through with this tale. Sets off at a cracking pace rather like one of the two main characters and keeps going till the end. Not my usual read.

    Its just a brilliant funny piece of fiction that's just right to brighten your mood/day.

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    annette hanna 29/06/2017
    annette hanna 29/06/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "brilliant"

    i can't wait to listen to the next one. very enjoyable and entertaining . .

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    Amazon Customer 10/06/2017
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    "A Ripping good old fashioned yarn with a modern day approach hey what!"

    This author has penned a few books & I am sad & surprised to see only 2 are available on Audible. It reminds me of simple, humorous tales of the 40's & 50's, but written with a modern slant. A really cute, innocent tale "like what they don't t make um any more". Narrator superb. Not surprising since Gillimore has been in radio plays for many years. She enters into the spirit of the book with gusto & brings the whole tale to life.

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    berskins 25/05/2017
    berskins 25/05/2017 Member Since 2009

    I love crafts and the cinema and talking to people. I listen to audible on my PC whilst crafting and on my phone in the car.

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    "A bit of fun"

    I really enjoyed this book. Lots of silliness. Lady Amanda going at everything like a bull at a gate and poor Hugo bulldozed. Beauchamp is just right.
    The only issue I had was with the narration and that was the slight pauses in odd places. Other than that I enjoyed the adventure and may well listen to another in the near future.

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    S. Swanton 11/04/2017
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    "Ridiculous story"

    The story is tired, the reading is sibilant [that sort of voice where it sounds like ill fitting dentures]. I think that it is meant to be funny, but it is just poorly written rubbish.

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    Crispin 06/04/2017
    Crispin 06/04/2017 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Dad's Army"

    The butlers name Beauchamp is mispronounced in a French style by Lady G, he corrects her that it is an English pronunciation. After the fifth repetition of this joke, I chucked the towel in. Mind you I never found PG Woodhouse or Dad's Army hilarious either which is annoying as there is so much of this sort of humour about.

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  • chuknzig
    Hilliard, OH, United States
    19/01/17
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    "Simply fabulous"

    Patricia Gallimore is a wonderful voice actor. She has a wide range on the vocal scales. I can totally believe her voice for the male characters. The story by Andrea Frazer is lovely. Not gory, but you sure do get the point of the murder. I'd love to say Beecham steals the show, but the three main characters are strong enough to hold their own. These are lovely stories that make you drive around the block one more time just to listen to a little more before going home.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ms Peach
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    04/12/16
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    "Wonderful"

    Delightful book. Great characters. Good humor. Can't wait to listen to the next one. The ending of the book was great

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Kathi
    Sterling, VA, United States
    13/12/16
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    "Delightful!"

    I have read this book, and also its successor. Of the two, I much preferred this one, though both are fun and funny. This story about the wealthy Lady Amanda, no longer a spring chicken herself, goes to a nursing home to visit an old friend, and finds him dead--murdered, she is certain--and happens by surprise to discover her old friend Hugo also living there. She is immediately suspicious of the death, and insists upon Hugo leaving and coming home to live in her mansion with her. And thus begins the merriment, as she rides her adult tricycle and he moves with his zimmer frame (walker), and they determine to find the killer of their friend.

    Ok, it is a little hokey in places, but I was in the mood for just this book. It left me laughing, and being charmed by the imaginative writing of Andrea Frazer, who has created a clever and quite unlikely duo for crime solving. The thing that made it really good though was the fine narration by Patricia Gallimore. She is very talented, and her voices for the different characters were just perfect for this book. I have, in fact, already been looking to see what else she has narrated.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • M. Gibson
    23/06/17
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    "I couldn't finish it"

    I really want to like this series. The book does have some humorous moments. Can't stand the narration because she makes the protagonist's voice really annoying. It's so cliche. And it could be much more entertaining in someone else's hands.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kimberly Colley
    Lexington, KY USA
    03/12/16
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    "Fluffy and insipid"

    The two leads from Waiting for God investigate a suspicious death. The characters are enjoyable enough, if thoroughly predictable. But the police are presented as such bumbling idiots that I was actually left slack-jawed at the denouement. Excellent reader, flaccid story.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Chelle
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    11/07/17
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    "Narrator is so bad I'm returning this one"
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    I'm going tot try and find a printed copy of this - I could not get past 15 mins with this narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lillian Rodriguez
    18/04/17
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    "wonderful ! loved it!"

    a great British murder mystery with all the quirky characters anyone could want, not your hard core gory true life murder mystery but a wonderful jaunt; who could not love lady Amanda and the rest of her household, excellent job from narrator realized it when they were going in to clean house ; I could see each of them in my mind trailing in covering noses and spraying air freshener as they went; well worth the money buying book 2 right now

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • jenn
    09/08/17
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    "Pleasant frollic"
    What did you love best about Strangeways to Oldham?

    This is a light hearted series with crusty old characters that win your heart. Look forward to more.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen L.
    Washington, DC USA
    18/06/17
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    "What fun!!!"

    Listen and enjoy this funny, witty, literary escapade into the English country murder mystery world. Delightfully well read. Entertaining. Nice spending time with Lady A, Hugo, and dear Beauchamp!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dawn
    Littlerock, CA, United States
    13/06/17
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    "Very enjoyable cozy mystery"

    Andrea Frazer has written a very enjoyable cozy mystery. The characters were well written and seemed like new friends or crazy relatives you've heard stories about. If you're a fan of cozy mysteries, I highly recommend this audiobook.

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