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Philip Bird has an amazing agile voice that enhances the use of language humor,plot and character development that the author infused into thisbook.
I hadn't forgotten what a treasure this book is, in the 31 years since I last read it, but my memory of the elements had cleared enough that the humor was totally fresh. Gervase Fen, professor of classic literature, has decided to clear the fog from his brain by running for Parliament. The characters of a forgotten mid-country collection of small towns, from the local socialist earl to the non-doing pig, work up a happy fizz that stays in your head. The vibrant, flexible reading of Philip Bird makes the effect even more long-lasting. From this page I'm going to follow the link and see what else Philip Bird might be offering.
This is the best Gervase Fen book I've heard to date. I read a lot of Edmund Crispin's work many years ago and it's nice to see them finally being released in unabridged audio format. Fen is more mature and less "fluffy" than in, say, The Moving Toyshop and the book has a few different plot lines, all easy to follow. I have to say I almost guessed whodunnit from the clues given away in the story but not quite. I did guess a few other trifles though. All in all, I loved this book. I've listened to it a few times now and enjoyed it every time. The narration is good and well paced, with characterisation given for each participant. Worth buying!
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I didn't like this story and as much as the previous ones but then I am not that interested in politics. I really enjoyed the car chase and the ending.