Before the Unpleasantness

  • by Robert E. Towsie, Robert E. Towsie
  • Narrated by Robert E. Towsie
  • 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

I am sure you have heard of "Operation Mincemeat", the ingenious plan to land a dead man on a Spanish beach - to fool the Nazis and send their jack-booted, Panzer-clad, stiff-armed, blond-haired boys up the wrong alley.
Allow me to let you into a secret. I was the rehearsal, some months before hostilities began; before the unpleasantness, so to speak. I was the practice run; the "upper-class twit" sent on a wild goose chase, scattering fair Albion's imminent enemies hither and thither. And, if I were to die in the process, so be it. So long as the suitcase full of faux documents survived, I, Pelham Hardiman was of no consequence. But, my friend, I can tell you their greatest error, their erreur greates, they forgot they were dealing with an Englishman, and a Hardimann at that. And let us not forget the femme fatale.


See More Like This

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Disappointing production

What disappointed you about Before the Unpleasantness?

This seems like a good book spoiled by budget production. The story is read by the author, who does a fairly decent job of it, is good at accents etc. but, in the end, is not a professional actor and after a while the narration begins to grate. At some points it is possible to hear traffic in the background, as if it has been recorded at the author's flat. It made me wonder at Audible's quality control - when I go to a book shop I don't expect to pay full price for home-made manuscripts, so why should I be sold them here?

Read full review

- Gareth

Before the unpleasantness

Would you consider the audio edition of Before the Unpleasantness to be better than the print version?

The audio narration is excellent. Characters are all in recognisable, clear voices. Superb quality!

I have read the book in kindle form and enjoyed it immensely. I wanted the audio version so I could listen to it in the car during a long journey down to Devon. I think both the book and the audio are as good as each other. Although the audio has brought the characters to life in a way a book can only achieve to a certain extent.

What other book might you compare Before the Unpleasantness to and why?

Jeeves and Wooster type of characters and witty lines all the way through.

What about Robert E. Towsie’s performance did you like?

Very good and professional standard of narration

If you could take any character from Before the Unpleasantness out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Pelham Hardimann is 'Jeeves fallen on hard times' type main character who is so witty and you can't help rooting for him during his almost impossible mission to retrieve the suitcase.

Any additional comments?

Excellent story. Packed with action and as funny as it gets! Highly recommend this author!

Read full review

- Jacqueline

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-28-2013
  • Publisher: Beswick & Beswick Publishing House