• Surfeit of Lampreys

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Abridged
  • Release date: 06-11-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
  • 4.0 (55 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Ngaio Marsh's most popular novel begins when young New Zealander Roberta Grey comes into contact with the Lamprey family, a peculiar bunch with plenty of charm but no money. The Lampreys revel in their eccentricity and entertain their guests with complicated charades. But when one game goes wrong and rich Uncle Gabriel is found murdered in a most grizzly manner, the only person capable of solving the crime is Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn.
©1941 Ngaio Marsh; (P)2009 Hachette Digital
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By Yvette on 04-30-12

Good ... But what did they leave out?

I enjoyed this book, but I only got this version because there was no unabridged version available. This is an interesting book, with some wonderfully creapy bits toward the end. It is also very well read by Anton Lesser.

My only problem is that I just keep wondering "what did they leave out?". I want the unabridged version. I have looked around for it in other places, I and I just can't find one. I would really appreciate it if Audible could get, or produce, an unabridged version of this book.

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By Jennifer R. Golden on 08-15-12

AN OLD FAVORITE FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF MYSTERY

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Nagio Marsh is perhaps on one of the least well-known of the Golden Age mystery writers, but her plots are always well-knitted and her characters intriguingly quirky. They don't come any more eccentric than the Lamprey family, from whom the title comes, and her device of inserting the shrewd, but unsophisticated New Zealander allows for telling commentary on both the other charaters and English society in a gentle manner. The murder is suitabley gruesome and mysterious,. The murderer is not at all obvious and yet clearly indicated in hindsight, a feat easier to read than to write. I certainly recommend this book as one of the author's best.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Marsh's estimable hero, the upper-class, oh-so-suave Roderick Alleyn, does become a little tiresome, but the fault is in the writing. Alleyn needs a few faults and foibles to be truly lovable. The performance itself is workmanlike and enjoyable.

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By Liz on 08-03-09

Not a Surfeit of Lampreys

I am not a great fan of Ngaio Marsh's novels - though I am not sure why. They are always intelligent and well written, if not very taxing.
So why did I download this one? I had heard the Radio 4 drama and quite liked it. It was an abridged version - so it wouldn't be too long if I didn't like it. But the main reason was that Anton Lesser was the narrator.

I have to say that narration brought the whole novel to life for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Give it a try and I am sure you will enjoy it.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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