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When a dispute among the fellows of St. Severin's College, Oxford University, reaches a stalemate, Lord Peter Wimsey discovers that as the Duke of Denver he is "the Visitor" - charged with the task of resolving the issue. It is time for Lord Peter and his detective novelist wife Harriet to revisit their beloved Oxford, where their long and literate courtship finally culminated in their engagement and marriage.
At first, the dispute seems a simple difference of opinion about a valuable manuscript that some of the fellows regard as nothing but an insurance liability, which should be sold to finance a speculative purchase of land. The voting is evenly balanced. The warden would normally cast the deciding vote, but he has disappeared. And when several of the fellows unexpectedly die as well, Lord Peter and Harriet set off on an investigation to uncover what is really going on at St. Severin's.
With this return to the Oxford of Gaudy Night, which many readers regard as their favorite of Sayers's original series, Jill Paton Walsh revives the wit and brilliant plotting of the golden age of detective fiction.
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By Joan on 08-11-15
This reader is very difficult to listen to.
Where does The Late Scholar rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Compared with other Lord Peter mysteries this one is near the bottom. Characters were not fleshed out & differentiating between them was difficult
Would you be willing to try another book from Jill Paton Walsh? Why or why not?
I enjoyed "Presumption of Death" & "The Attenbury Emeralds", but not "Thrones, Dominations". I probably will read another Paton Walsh, but NOT with this reader!
How could the performance have been better?
He could have done a little research. He pronounced Bredon with a short e, not to rhyme with tree as is correct. Hearing that over & over again gave me fits. Shrewsbury was pronounced as an American would pronounce it, not as Shrosbry. He almost sounded like an American putting on an English accent. Edward Petherbridge would have been my first choice as Ian Carmichael has passed on.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When It was over & I could stop listening to him!
Any additional comments?
Get another reader next time!
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
By Shortmom on 06-03-15
Intriguing story, narrator less than enjoyable
I enjoyed the placement of this Wimsey mystery in Oxford. The number of suspects together with the number of victims keeps the story interesting, and presses home the need for Peter, Harriet, and Bunter to find the perpetrator quickly.
Having heard The Attenbury Emeralds read by Edward Petherbridge set me up to be very disappointed by this narrator. Brenher's voice carries a glottal fry which results in most characters sounding as though they have been smoking and drinking since they were 12. Bunter seems to have been raised in London's East End and poor Charles Parker was made to sound like a pompous, aged military officer left over from the Crimean War. Minor characters' voices are not distinct and sometimes change, so it is easy to confuse them and have to "re-wind" to find out who is really supposed to be talking.
18 of 19 people found this review helpful