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Murder Must Advertise

Lord Peter Wimsey, Book 10
Narrated by: Jane McDowell
Series: Lord Peter Wimsey, Book 10
Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
4 out of 5 stars (102 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 tenth appearance, he takes a job as an advertising copywriter to expose a ruthless killer.

Victor Dean fell to his death on the stairs of Pym's Advertising Agency, but no one seems to be sorry. Until an inquisitive new copywriter joins the firm and asks some awkward questions....

Disguised as his disreputable cousin, Death Bredon, Lord Peter Wimsey takes a job - one that soon draws him into a vicious network of blackmailers and drug pedlars.

Five people will die before Wimsey unravels a sinister and deadly plot....

©1933 The Trustees of Anthony Fleming (deceased) (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton

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Pure Sayers ruined by pronunciation of Bredon

What made the experience of listening to Murder Must Advertise the most enjoyable?

The strength of Sayers plotting and the twists of the plot.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

If the narrator had listened to someone actually reading On Bredon Hill.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I could not come to grips with Wimseys's name pronounced as "breddon". It is pronounced "Breedun" . Spend two minutes finding On Bredon Hill - which is referred to in the text, making this an unforgivable error- on YouTube. It grated so very much. If the narrator didn't know or research this, then the editor should have. A pathetic and unnecessary mistake which had me clenching my fists on each hearing. Listen to the dramatised version with Ian Carmichael. A brilliant production and the one I should have bought.

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

No

Any additional comments?

Get the editors to do their homework.

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Nope

Was excited to see this unabridged version appear as the BBC adaptation is missing some of the finer details, oh how disappointed I am.

The narrator is terrible, cut glass pronunciation without the appreciation of a character’s character or the ability to voice any nuance such as sarcasm.

And it’s Said Breedon not Bread On. had no one taking an active role in the production even considered doing some research?

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OK story, poor reading

Any additional comments?

I have never felt this to be one of the better Peter Wimsey stories - the plot is overcontrived to fit around an advertising agency, the de Momorie crowd are cardboard cutouts, and the harlequin episodes are downright embarassing - but the advertising agency and its staff are enjoyable and the story bounces along at a reasonable pace. This reading of it is poor, however - I could almost forgive the mispronunciation of Bredon, but the dull and repetitive tone and constantly misplaced emphasis becomes very wearisome. Dorothy L Sayers deserves better - I hope someone will re-issue the whole series read by someone who can read them as if they are actually enjoying the job.

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Terrible narration

Narrator couldn't pronounce a central character's name and sounded like a school kid reading for a speech competition. Dunno how you charge good money for this low standard.

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Worst Reading Ever

What can one say about a reading where the name of the main character is mispronounced all the way through? This must be the worst reading possible. No more is necessary to be said I am afraid.

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Enjoyable

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, depending on the friend's tastes. It was a good yarn. An unexpectedly interesting thing about it was the time when it was written (first published in 1933). I enjoyed the portrayal of aspects of life at that time - the advertising business, drugs, office life for men and women - written naturally when it was all contemporary, rather than as nostalgia or social commentary. I liked the fact that it was normal - and rather dashing - for Lord PW to put on a monocle.

What did you like best about this story?

Lively characters, good writing, fun.

Any additional comments?

This is the first Dorothy L Sayers book that I've read. I'll definitely be reading more.

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Lord Peter at his best

Love these dramatized books so much. characters excellent, well acted and most enjoyable to listen too

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Terrible narration

This book was ruined for me by terrible narration. I love Dorothy Sayers but she has been badly served by this production.

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Spiffing good fun.

Very interesting, a ripping good yarn old bean! Also great to hear about advertising and office life in the 1920s.

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Very entertaining

I really enjoyed this. I know a lot of people seem upset by the narrator, but personally I didn’t have any problem with her performance.

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  • S Nicholson
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excellent

Excellent reading of classic novel. Sayer worked in advertising herself so the description of the workplace is accurate

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