Mr. Pye

  • by Mervyn Peake
  • Narrated by Maxwell Caulfield
  • 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Equipped with love, Mr Harold Pye lands on the island of Sark, his mission to convert the islanders into a crusading force for the undiluted goodness that he feels within. The extraordinary inhabitants of the island range fromthe formidable Miss George in her purple busby to the wanton, raven-haired Tintagieu, 'five foot three inches of sex'. Mr Pye, however, is prone to excess and in the increasingly personalised struggle between good and evil, excess is very nearly his downfall.
Mervyn Peake was born in 1911. He is perhaps most famous for the 'Gormenghast' trilogy which were published between 1946 and 1959 - Titus Groan, Gormenghast and Titus Alone. He has also written a book for children, Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor and several volumes of poetry. He was also a gifted book illustrator. He died in 1968.


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Quick and amusing

Where does Mr. Pye rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I became a big fan of Peake after reading the Gormenghast trilogy.

This book, while is still full of Peake's characteristic descriptiveness and elegant prose, lacks the depth and imagination of Gormenghast (read that instead!). A pleasant, light read, but nothing special.

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- Isaac Sharp


Before this book, I'd only read Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake, I have yet to finish the Gormenghast trilogy, but Mr. Pye is definitely of equal calibre. Peake's descriptions and verbiage are ever delightful and fantastic. This satire/fantasy was utterly flabbergasting in style, execution, and content. A highly satisfying romp of weirdness. It even had a moral, I guess? Loved it!!! And the narrator was very good.
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- McCallum M.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-18-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios