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Summary

This sequel to Tom Sharpe's classic comic novel Porterhouse Blue takes the listener back to the hilarious goings-on at Porterhouse College.

The instinct of the true Porterhouse man faced with a crisis is to reach for the bottle and then to fall back on the subtle tactical skills honed at Cambridge down the centuries: blackmail and kidnap. But will these be enough? Menaced on all sides - by the collapse of the Chapel, by the tentacles of organised crime, and by the hovering threat of the abominable Dog’s Nose Man - will Porterhouse be forced to unleash the most fearsome weapon in its armoury - the college food?

©1995 Tom Sharpe (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Disjointed, unfunny, bulked out by expletives

I bought this as I had a long journey coming up, and a vague memory that Tom Sharpe's Porterhouse Blue (of which this is a 'follow up') had been witty.

Grantchester Grind is not funny - it is just a series of disjointed endless descriptions of Cambridge college and dons seen in the context of a 'culture clash' with Americans . .
It manages to make both sides so ludicrously over exagerated as to be totally unbelievable even as satire (the book is not actually worthy of the description satire). The plot is so twisted and disjointed a to be indiscernable - and I can only imagine that Sharpe had to reach a certain 'word count' otherwise the number of f-words would be totally inexplicable.

Just dont even consider buying this - it was a total and utter waste of my money - made worse by the fact that I had used up my credits and faced with the long journey had actually paid good money for something which after 2 hours I just could not stand to listen to any more - and drove the next 4 hours in silence instead!!

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Genius, Perfection

A hilariously crafted story read by a hugely talented individual. I can’t recommend Tom Sharpe or the Narrator Jonathan Cecil highly enough.

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Dire.

Did not laugh once. Utterly dreadful. About as funny as root canal work without anaesthetic.

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In the past ....

in my early 20s I enjoyed Tom Sharp's novels, but have to say that this didn't raise a single laugh. My sense of humor has obviously altered in the intervening years. In the end I gave up.

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A belly laugh from start to finish!

Loved this. Just a lot of nonsense beautifully pulled together to lighten these dark times.

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Shocker

Bad language throughout. Spoiled the whole thing.
I’m not a prude but enough is enough.

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Jonathan Cecil is one of my all time favourite narrators, however this is not his best work. But to be fair, the story and writing here would have been a challenge for anybody...

It seems as if the writer has had a very unsuccessful attempt at imitating P. G. Wodehouse. There are a few Wodehouse jokes and phrases, but nothing else of that excellent writer.

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Buyer Beware!

It has been such a pleasure to escape lockdown in Tom Sharpe’s audio books and would highly recommend Stephen Fry’s brilliant reading of Vintage Stuff, The Throwback, David Suchet for Blott on the Landscape and David Jason for Porterhouse Blue. So was looking forward to hearing what came next and was used to plots ending in farce but Grantchester Grind starts as a mess and just gets worse. The narrator is fine but the plot cracks are papered over with copious use of the f word and I did stick it out to the unsatisfying end but if this had been my first Sharpe not sure would have continued. I am returning to listening to Vintage Stuff for the 5th time - happy days!

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Fantastic!

Its not often that I laugh out loud these days but this sequel to Porterhouse Blue had me it fits. Crazy as ever, the characters are larger than life. Black latex, colonic irrigation, dodgy drinks, cat food factory and pigs. I only wish this had been made into a tv series as a follow on to Porterhouse Blue. My guess is they ain't brave enough now, shame. The narrator was particularly good and kept the up the fast pace. Don't listen before bedtime because you wont switch off ! Best listen in ages.

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a bit of a grind

Nowhere near the giddy heights of Porterhouse Blue, this was something of a slog. a great performance helped but too much time was sent with the American gangsters and there felt like a lot of padding.

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  • Constant Reader
  • 09-05-13

Tom Sharpe Gets Dull

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A proper Thom Sharpe novel, rather than one that appears to have been written out of bits and tatters lying about.

Would you ever listen to anything by Tom Sharpe again?

Of course. I love his novels. I wish Audible carried more of them.

What three words best describe Jonathan Cecil’s performance?

Entertaining. Witty. British.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Annoyance.

Any additional comments?

This is not a proper sequel ot Porterhouse Blue. But it is properly named. Reading it really was...a Grind.

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  • Seong
  • 12-11-12

Another funny book from Tom Sharpe

If you’ve listened to books by Tom Sharpe before, how does this one compare?

The only other Tom Sharpe audiobook I've listened to is Porterhouse Blue, the first book in this series. Although I enjoyed listening to both these books neither of them were as funny as the two books I read as paperbacks - Ancestral Vices and Wilt in Nowhere. I couldn't read either of those two books in public because I laughed so hard that people would edge away from me in alarm. I'm not completely sure whether those two felt so much funnier because the stories were in fact funnier, or whether it was because the narrator sounded funnier in my head than it did read out loud by a professional.

What aspect of Jonathan Cecil’s performance would you have changed?

I feel terrible for saying this because Jonathan Cecil is a great reader too.... but there is a certain kind of story that makes me think wistfully of Martin Jarvis.

Was Grantchester Grind worth the listening time?

Yes.

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  • Matt
  • 06-11-12

WARNING: Don't listen in public - too funny!

Continuously, outrageously, laugh-out-loud hilarious throughout. I embarrassed myself several times on a trip to the supermarket whilst listening to this. My uncontrolled outbursts of raucous belly laughter drew so many uncomfortable looks had to pause it.

I'd only ever seen one TV adaptation of a Tom Sharpe book previously and this was even better.

His caricatures of stuck up, cloistered, pompous Brits, the lower classes and unrefined Americans gangsters, who all end up colliding in the most unseemly ways thinkable are stylish, incredibly vulgar, and so, so funny, all at the same time.

I wondered if this is something that would only appeal to Brits who know something of the ''old order", but I suspect not. If you enjoy British caricatures along the lines of PG Wodehouse or Evelyn Waugh all from the viewpoint of someone with a preoccupation with repressed, absurd, sexual deviance you'll love it. Think very up market ''Carry On" films minus the corn.

Beautifully written - the story lines are wonderful and the dialogue is superb.

I couldn't stop listening to this once I'd started. I got through it in 3 sessions.

The narration is exquisite. Every character has his or her own believable voice. My only criticism is that the narrator's American accents aren't nearly as polished as the English ones. Even so, they are still unique and clearly identifiable. What the narrator lacks in the American accent department is easily made up for by Sharpe's wonderfully colourful dialogue.

Will definitely be listening to more Tom Sharpe.

Strongly recommended.

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  • Dub
  • 24-06-16

good

good stuff hilarious wonderful excellent great . . . i liked it can you tell?

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  • HGZ
  • 10-01-16

Sharpe at his Best combined with perfect narration

After been through a few Audible disappointments lately, it's Sharpe who does it all - once again.
Unfortunately haven't found anything comparable to Sharpe yet.
Also, great job by Jonathan Cecil, thank you guys for some hours of pleasure and smiles.

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  • Book lover
  • 13-11-15

Fun

I enjoyed it thoroughly. Had a laugh. Reminds me of my days at university. Check it out best to listen to it on a long flight

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  • DAVID
  • 26-11-13

Well-read funny story of intrigues and murder

NOT a book for your mother or vicar. Machiavelli could learn a thing or two from the heads of this Cambridge college.

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  • Rhonda
  • 20-11-13

Not the usual Tom Sharpe

I have other Tom Sharpe audios and this DOES NOT measure up.
I couldn't even finish this book.