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Have His Carcase

Lord Peter Wimsey, Book 8
Narrated by: Jane McDowell
Series: Lord Peter Wimsey, Book 8
Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (76 ratings)

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Summary

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.

In his eighth appearance (and the second book featuring Harriet Vane), he solves a murder on a deserted English beach. With an introduction by Elizabeth George.

A young woman falls asleep on a deserted beach and wakes to discover the body of a man whose throat has been slashed from ear to ear...

The young woman is the celebrated detective novelist Harriet Vane, once again drawn against her will into a murder investigation in which she herself could be a suspect. Lord Peter Wimsey is only too eager to help her clear her name.

©1932 The Trustees of Anthony Fleming (deceased) (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton

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  • Arwen
  • Glastonbury, United Kingdom
  • 29-12-15

Story fab, reader must be replaced

I love the Lord Peter Wimsey books and listening to them could be a real treat if it wasn't for the awful reader. She misses commas, mispronounces words and overall sometimes makes it hard to understand what she is reading. Her French accent has been learned from a computer and she doesn't know what she is saying! Please, please have someone else read these gorgeous books, someone with a more pleasant voice who can actually read? I've got three books read by her and I'm not getting more, not because of the stories - they are fab, that goes without saying - but because of that unpleasant, sharp voice and the total lack of understanding what she's reading.

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Terrible narration

The book is narrated in a lifeless monotone. Characterisation is particularly poor and and conversational passages are utterly dreadful.

Wimsey is not well served by this joyless rendition.

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Better read than other books in series

Need to say that this reading is better than some of earlier ones in series...thank goodness! Less "affected" and hence more convincing!

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What did you like most about Have His Carcase?

the relationship between Wimsey and Harriet

What other book might you compare Have His Carcase to, and why?

five red herrings, both very complicated plots

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

period placement

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

do you believe her?

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Great story, shocking narration

What did you like best about Have His Carcase? What did you like least?

The narrator. Why would you have a female narrator for a male lead? Her accent is forced and annoying. A lot of the nuances of the story are lost because of the narration.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Wimsey but not the way it's read.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jane McDowell’s performances?

No

Was Have His Carcase worth the listening time?

The story but not the voice

Any additional comments?

This is a wonderful story and I would buy it again with someone else reading it

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A bit of editorial control needed

Not my favourite of the Lord Peter Wimsey novels, but a good tale and an important point in the Peter/Harriet story. It is generally well read and Jane McDowell has a good voice for the story. I question the wisdom of reading out every letter in the ciphered document, which gets very tedious to listen to. Also, there are a few excruciating mispronunciations, not just of names (e.g. Bredon) but ordinary words like "mischievous". I'm not sure I will listen to it more than once.

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Just as Advertised

I've always liked the Peter Wimsey series and never liked Ian Carmichael's reading (he mumbles too much). So this new set of recordings delights me. The narrator has a pleasant clear deep voice and manages all the voices and accents well. She is a pleasure to listen to.

I remember reading this story many, many years ago and not liking it much but as an audiobook it is probably one of my favourites so far. I did remember the solution (well, the trick of the solution) but nothing else about it.

I enjoyed the interplay between Harrriet and Peter and I know there is more in Gaudy Night.

Just for the record, I fail to find fault with a woman reading a book with a male protagonist if it is done well and in this series it is done very well.

Full marks, Audible, and keep them coming.

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Insufferable

This is the worst detective I have ever read or heard. I was a big fan of Dorothy L Sayers decades ago, but revisiting it in 2019 I am astonished that Audible could pay an actor enough money to persuade her to grind on to the bitter end. Jane McDowell reads it beautifully, but that is all that can be said for it. Of course, Lord Peter is insufferable; I suppose he is meant to be. So is Hercule Poirot, for that matter - but that is part of the joke. The novel is set in Devon, where everyone who isn't a toff is a comically idiotic bumpkin - unless, of course, they are are Jew or a Dago. And it is not just the characters in the novel who use this language - the author does too. The plot grinds its excrutiatingly labyrinthine way through 15 hours of minute-by-minute alibis, and then DOESN'T COME TO A CONCLUSION! You are told what the detective thinks probably happened, but nobody is called to account, and the story breaks off, to make way for fifteen minutes of utterly extraneous biography of Lord Peter by his uncle. Nothing to do with anything. Just like that. There are some limp arrests for conspiring to do something, but the characters agree that it is quite possible that nothing will come of it. And that is that.

A tip for anyone still tempted to listen to the book: at one point, the poor reader takes ten minutes to read out a page of code: "APOE WOIR POIWBN ISB OPQFIH PQGH KCKC etc etc" Fast forward through all of that. Then you have 15 minutes or so of code-breaking - fast-forward through that too. Nobody can follow it, nobody has ever been expected to follow it, and the reader deserves a medal.

Before I listened to this, I listened to all 35 hours of Trollope's "The Way We Live Now", and the time flew by.

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One of my favourite authors

Enjoyable , but a bit long winded I prefer her other Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane books .

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Classic Wimsey

A good story, told with Sayers’ characteristic wit and charm. Only downside was the breaking of the cipher in chap 23 (?) which consisted of an interminable list of letters and incomprehensible charts. Good in print - a disaster in audio.

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  • S Nicholson
  • 28-11-18

staccato delivery<br />

Great book. Reader OK, but too many pauses in the middle of sentences to get top review.

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  • GeoMat
  • 01-01-18

A great Sayers-Wimsey combination

The above combination and With Harriet Vane..this is a brilliant book. In typical Sayers style..the mystery unpeels like an omion, in so many layers...Enjoyed the plot and more so the performance. Thanks.