The Beckoning Lady : Albert Campion

  • by Margery Allingham
  • Narrated by David Thorpe
  • Series: Albert Campion
  • 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Campion's glorious summer in Pontisbright is blighted by death. Amidst the preparations for Minnie and Tonker Cassand's fabulous summer party a murder is discovered and it falls to Campion to unravel the intricate web of motive, suspicion, and deduction with all his imagination and skill.


What the Critics Say

"Miss Allingham's strength lies in the power of her characterization" (New York Times)
"Margery Allingham has worked her way up to a worthy place among the tiny hierarchy of front-rankers in the detective world" (Tatler)
"Spending an evening with Campion is one of life's pure pleasures" (Saturday Review)
"Margery Allingham deserves to be rediscovered" (P.D. James)


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Customer Reviews

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OK story with a terrible narrator

This is not Allingham's best - Albert Campion is lost in the middle of Amanda's tumultuous family and hangers-on. The story is convoluted and there are so many characters that are never fully formed. But it is entertaining and inventive. The solution comes a bit from left field, but the ride there is fun.

The narrator, however, does not get a single character correct. Everyone comes across as a dolt, an arrogant prick or so blase that you wonder they take the trouble to breath. This is one of the worst narrations I have listened to with regards to character voices. His pacing, clarity and volume are all fine - interesting since those tend to be bigger problems with other narrators. It was difficult to finish the book.
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- Pamela

Find another narrator

I've read this book before and enjoy the story, but couldn't make it more than 15 minutes with this narrator. He makes Campion sound like a perpetual adolescent, complete with voice breaks and cracks every other sentence. The character must be at least 40 by the time of this story! What's more, the cracking voice was one of the only ways I could tell Campion from many of the female characters. Fun book for fans of Allingham, but find a print copy of another narrator.
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- Kelli

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-11-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios