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Summary

Discover Dorothy L. Sayers' inimitable Golden Age detective in this complete collection of the complete Lord Peter Wimsey stories, together in one volume for the first time.

Presented in chronological order, these short stories see Lord Peter Wimsey bringing his trademark wit and unique detection skills to all manner of mysteries. From poisoned port to murder in fancy dress, Wimsey draws on his many skills - including his expertise in fine wine and appreciation of fine art - to solve cases far and wide, some even taking him to foreign countries and unexpected hiding places in pursuit of miscreants and murderers.

Containing 21 stories taken from Lord Peter Views the Body, Hangman's Holiday, In the Teeth of the Evidence and Striding Folly, now published together for the first time in one volume, this is the ultimate collection for fans of classic detective fiction and Dorothy L. Sayers.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©1928 Dorothy L Sayers (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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"She brought to the detective novel originality, intelligence, energy and wit." (P. D. James)

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Robotic Wimsey

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Very strange delivery by McDowell. Made me think of the Turing test and whether she would pass. Good for insomnia. Very disappointing.

What did you like best about this story?

Reading it for myself.

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

Not in a fit!

Was Lord Peter Wimsey: The Complete Short Stories worth the listening time?

Nope.

Any additional comments?

Nope.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Somebody must be joking!

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

Nothing. Brilliant stories murdered (pardon the pun!) by a totally inept narrator.

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

She might be fine reading something else but never this.

Any additional comments?

This is a Golden Age of Detectives set of stories. LPW is an upper class sleuth beautifully portrayed by other narrators, including Iain Carmichael. A not very talented young female narrator couldn’t even begin to do this justice. I am a female myself and have an open mind about who narrates things even if it’s very different to someone who has made the stories his own but honestly this is just the worst mismatch I have ever heard!

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  • 09-07-18

great stories - AWFUL NARRATOR

This is a collection of “all” the Lord Peter Wimsey short stories – these include the short stories from the books “Lord Peter Views the Body”, “Hangman's Holiday”, “In the Teeth of the Evidence” and “Striding Folly”.

1 - The Abominable History of the Man with Copper Fingers
2 – The Entertaining Episode of the Article in Question
3 – The Fascinating Problem of Uncle Maleager’s Will
4 – The Fantastic Horror of the Cat in the Bag
5 – The Unprincipled Affair of the Practical Joker
6 – The Undignified Melodrama of the Bone of Contention
7 – The Vindictive Story of the Footsteps that Ran
8 – The Bibulous Business of a Matter of Taste
9 – The Learned Adventure of the Dragon’s Head
10 – The Piscatorial Farce of the Stolen Stomach
11 – The Unsolved Puzzle of the Man with No Face
12 – The Adventurous Exploit of the Cave of Ali Baba
13 – The Image in the Mirror
14 – The Incredible Elopement of Lord Peter Wimsey
15 – The Queen’s Square
16 – The Necklace of Pearls
17 – In the Teeth of the Evidence
18 – Absolutely Elsewhere
19 – Striding Folly
20 – The Haunted Policeman
21 – Tallboys

There is a bonus track giving a biography of Lord Peter Wimsey.

I have always maintained that the narrator of an audio book can make or break it, even if the story in question is excellent. In the case of these short stories the narrator of the unabridged version on Audible is Jane McDowell and, though she is not the worst narrator I have ever heard, she isn’t the best either … in my opinion she is short of average.

Ms McDowell does not seem to understand, appreciate or enjoy the stories that she is reading. She places emphasis in the strangest places and fails to stress the importance of other areas which are of significance to the plot.

There are also the times when her voice becomes shrill and it doesn’t pull you out of the story but punches you straight in the face knocking your attention away from the tale being told.

Sadly, Jane McDowell is the narrator for the rest of the audible series of Lord Peter Wimsey audiobooks which means that I doubt I would be purchasing anymore. There was an older series which had a male narrator which I used to have on audiotape (and which appears to have gone astray).

I hope that audible decide to give us customers the ability to choose narrators.

The Lord Peter Wimsey stories have been some of my favourites but I will be waiting for a different narrator.

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Good, even with the blips

I would have got three 5-stars if the narrator had not made so many mistakes in pronunciation.
(Not really that many but I'm a pedant).

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Disappointing

The narrator doesn’t understand a lot of what she’s saying or the idiom of the time, as evidenced by her phrasing, but the last straw for me was her “Scottish” accent. Not necessarily her fault, but someone must take responsibility for the casting.

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"oh dear"

It is difficult to say how good the stories were, the delivery was utterly distracting. The vocabulary and manners were of their time but the narrator had no sympathy with the context at all. It was almost impossible to listen to and I frequently lost concentration. I have never given a wholly negative review before but this was a huge disappointment.

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Should have been edited.

I’m returning this because I don’t want to hear the n* word: the antisemitism is trying and the narrator’s mockery of Scots accents was fairly obnoxious, but enough’s enough.

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Almost perfect

I love the detective stories of Dorothy L. Sayers, but the gloss is taken off this collection by the narration. I find nothing wrong with giving Inspector Parker a regional accent, but I simply cannot believe that it could be so broad. He was an educated man and had lived and worked in London for many years - a cosmopolitan place, where he would have been exposed to a variety of accents. In that situation any accent would fade to some degree.
I found this over-emphasised "Eee bah gummery" very jarring, particularly when every other working class character spoke with a similar accent. They can't all have come from the same part of the country surely?

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not as well narrated as it could have been...

narrator not easy to listen to; made mistakes, some accents poor. still, a hard task + good try.

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why a woman narrator?<br />

as most characters in this book are male a woman narrator seems a poor choice.
I have always been a fan of Lord Peter Wimsey but could not finish this,
The narrator was mono tone .

1 of 2 people found this review helpful