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Look to the Lady

An Albert Campion Mystery
Narrated by: David Thorpe
Series: Albert Campion, Book 3
Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
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Summary

A sacred chalice leads to murder,

The Gyrth family had guarded the Chalice for hundreds of years. It was held by them for the Crown. Its antiquity, its beauty, the extraordinary legends that were connected with it, all combined to make it unique of its kind. It was irreplaceable. No thief could hope to dispose of it in the ordinary way. And indeed no ordinary thief would dream of trying. But there are others besides those who make their living by robbery, others whose immense wealth and passion for collecting render them less immune to the practical considerations that must guide even the less honestly minded citizens. These people cherish a desire to possess for their own private pleasure treasure that cannot be bought. And it was by this sort of person that the Chalice, and the lives and happiness of its guardians, were now threatened.

Margery Allingham was born in London in 1904. Her first novel was published when she was 17. In 1929 she published The Crime at Black Dudley and introduced the character who was to become the hallmark of her writing - Albert Campion

©1960 Margery Allingham (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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What was wrong with the Francis Matthews version

Ive been waiting so long for the unabridged Margery Allingham's to appear on audible and was delighted a few months ago when the first arrived - narrated by Francis Matthews. To me he gets Campion spot on - the lightness of touch, but also some gravitas. David Thorpe, while a good reader overall, doesn't get Campion. Makes him into an upper class twit, and quite irritating. Shame...

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Super story, awful reading.

It's a great story but the reading really spoils it. Rather shrill, too much upward inflection and he really doesn't get Campion as a character.

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Great story, but not such good narration

Would you try another book written by Margery Allingham or narrated by David Thorpe?

Yes, I like the stories so much that even the mildly irritating narration doesn't put me off that much.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Look to the Lady?

When the villain looked through the secret window

What didn’t you like about David Thorpe’s performance?

He made Campion sound like Bertie Whooster's aunt! Too trite and silly

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Enjoyable but the narration is not the best

Would you listen to Look to the Lady again? Why?

I would listen again in the hope of picking up something new.

What did you like best about this story?

You can see the characters of Campion and Lugg solidifying as Margery Allingham gained her stride.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Although consistent, his voice characterisations veer uncomfortably close to parody.

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

No.

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Golden age detective fiction at its best

Would you listen to Look to the Lady again? Why?

This is such a good story that even when you know who is behind the affair you can still get enjoyment from the colourful characters and appreciate the intricacy of the plotting.

What did you like best about this story?

Margary Allingham lets us know some details through her private eye Albert Campion but keeps other information back so there is a lot to guess for the reader. The ending sections are wonderfully tense.

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

David Thorpe creates a marvellous range of characters and keeps the pace of the story going well. My only quibble would be that he makes Albert Campion sound annoying even when he's being more serious - but it's only a minor quibble, on the whole I thought it was a gripping read with good characterisation.

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

Yes - I continually kept stopping what I was doing to concentrate on it more and didn't want to turn it off.

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Enjoyed overall

What did you like most about Look to the Lady?

The performance.

What other book might you compare Look to the Lady to, and why?

none

What about David Thorpe’s performance did you like?

David Thorpe does a good job with the voice characterisations. Especially like his portrayal of Lugg!

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  • Meep
  • 16-11-13

Love the start to this one, like the reader

What did you love best about Look to the Lady?

I like David Thorpe as reader for these books much better than Frances Matthews. I wrote a small novel about why in my review of, "The Crime at Black Dudley" and I will just add to it by saying that I think he's even better here than he was there, and that he reads Campion AS ALLINGHAM WROTE HIM which is what I like in a reader. Allingham was finding her range with this story, and it's got some splendid scenes in it, a great story line, and a lovely supernatural element as well. Plus, it introduces Lugg, Campions right hand man and one of my favorite characters in fiction. I highly recommend this both for the story and the fact that is is well read.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Look to the Lady?

I'm fond of the relationship between Lugg and the butler at the Gyrth estate. I also enjoy the way this one starts,with the homeless man mysteriously summoned to Campions flat in an….unusual… way

Which character – as performed by David Thorpe – was your favorite?

Always very fond of Lugg.

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

It didn't make me cry, but the dialog made me laugh more than once. It's witty and sharp and has the inimitable dry British wit that I love.

Any additional comments?

If you love Golden Age mysteries, you will probably enjoy this.

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  • Marie
  • 05-01-15

Kept me up listening

A wonderful listen. Campion is in fine fettle in this story about a gang of art thieves and a holy relic. Plenty of plot twists will keep you guessing until the end.

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  • GoForItOldLady
  • 11-05-19

The best of the series so far

This story is quite imaginative and engaging. Our hero’s irrepressible wit and spirit shine through.

Anyone who enjoys the wonderfully dry British humor, and who appreciates a good mystery without a lot of gore, will find this book to his or her liking.

The narrator, David Thorpe, is superb. He carries off many different dialects and accents as if he had been born in each of them. His characterization of the sometimes-fatuous Campion is just right. It captures the humor without turning the man into a clown.

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  • C. Allen
  • 21-10-15

Great classic

Very well read with great voices.
For anyone who enjoys a classic mystery in the style of Sayers or Christie.

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  • JBW
  • 22-05-15

Back to being as fun as the first

What did you love best about Look to the Lady?

Albert Campion is back to his best as a down on his luck nobility insider acting the part of an inane hanger-on while working to help a client in dire straits.

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  • Gavin Scott
  • 10-10-14

Appalling voice for the hero

How could the performance have been better?

David Thorpe gives detective Albert Campion a high-pitched, silly ass voice which almost spoils the otherwise excellent book.

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  • Maria
  • 04-05-20

Great Writing and Narration

Markedly better story than the first Albert Campion book + equally great narration = many of my Audible credits being spent on the entire series if it continues to be this well written. David Thorpe has joined the small group of male narrators I truly love listening to. In fact, he's jumped to #2 on my list. An utterly enjoyable experience that really takes you back to another time without feeling in the least bit dated as far as the humanity and depth of the characters, plus a VERY satisfying ending.

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  • peter
  • 16-02-20

Enjoyable

Another Albert Campion story, well-written, amusing, interesting, and will reward a second listen. Definitely Recommended.

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  • julia warner
  • 10-11-19

gripping, exciting and thrilling.

may need to read it again to make sure I didn't miss anything. What a thrill.

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  • Valerie
  • 11-11-18

Our first encounter with Amanda

The writing in this fun mystery is delightful. The story is one that I read decades ago and bought again without realizing which one it was. I was pleased to discover that it was one I had enjoyed and remembered fairly well. This can't be said for most of the mysteries I buy and listen to these days. I often get to listen to them at least twice before remembering anything about them. The story is, in essence, pretty silly but our heroine is a delight and the writing is first-rate. The opening and many of the scenes are indeed memorable. I think Amanda appears only in one other novel (also a good one), but she does show up somewhere in an afterward that cements her importance in our hero's life. FYI, I think Allingham's best novel is Tiger in the Smoke.