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Publisher's Summary

Topper is a hilarious, ribald comedy about a mild-mannered bank manager and two capricious ghosts, George and Marion Kerby, who make it their mission to rescue Topper from the drab "summer of suburban Sundays" that is his life.
(P)2001 Blackstone Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"Barrett Whitener successfully brings the varied characters to life....This is a delightful, thought-provoking read." (AudioFile)
"[Thorne Smith] created the modern American ghost. A ghost with style and wit. A ghost that haunts us still." (The New York Times)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Gary on 02-12-05

Delighful ride in a haunted car

When I started Topper it seemed a bit slow, but as soon as the ghosts of Toppers new car arrive it was a blast. Topper was written in the 1920's and is a delightful trip back in time. Thorne's character Cosmo Topper is hillarious.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Shirley on 08-20-09

It's a mistake to revisit the past

When I read this book forty-odd years ago I thought it was the funniest thing ever written. Revisiting it as an audiobook was a huge disappointment. The humour seems so puerile and downright cringe-making. Not the fault of the author - it was hilarious in its time, but it hasn't survived the test of time like the great classics.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Rosemary White on 01-31-12

Quietly amusing.

Listening to this book was a lot like watching a 1950s comedy with the flavour of say "The Canterville Ghost" and "The Fast Lady", yes we're talking old fashioned. If you enjoy the "Jeeves" stories, I think you'll enjoy this too. The style is quaint and unpretentious with a naive predictability, I could easily picture Leslie Phillips and Joan Simms with Kenneth Connor as the mildly rebellious Topper. I have to say I drifted off a couple of times while I was listening and honestly I didn't bother to back-track and didn't feel I missed anything. This story won't shake any trees and I probably won't listen to this harmless little book again. Hilarious it is not, easy listening it certainly is. If you want a gentle entertainment, this will probably fit the bill.

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