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Traitor's Purse may be my favorite Campion novel. Campion himself is such a delightful character. But this is the only one in which he experiences true character development. The device of amnesia forces him to figure nearly everything out with no context and no background, just his wits. It's a very enjoyable read.
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
A different narrator. I can't even finish listening to the book because his voices are so annoying. I'm going to finish the story by reading the hard copy.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Traitor's Purse?
Campion's realization of how important Amanda is to him. And the way Albert muddles through with his loss of memory.
What didn’t you like about David Thorpe’s performance?
The various voices he uses. The one he gives to Campion is dreadful. But the others are annoying as well.
Any additional comments?
I'm going to return it for a refund. I won't be buying anymore Albert Campion books narrated by David Thorpe. That's too bad because I enjoy these stories.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
What would have made Traitor's Purse better?
I have loved this story and all the Albert Campion tales. Really pleased to see it unabridged as I had the Francis Matthews version on cassette and the Philip Franks on CD/audio. Both of these were excellent. This starts fine until David Thorpe speaks as Campion - what a terrible voice. Campion is meant to look an idiot but is actually sharp as a knife but he is well educated (scion of royalty) and not sound one even if he babbles at times. This has really ruined this to the extent that I can't listen to it and will go back to the Philip Franks version until hopefully the Francis Matthews is reissued on Audio CD . Please make that soon!
I won't buy any of the other David Thorpe recordings and its such a pity.
What other book might you compare Traitor's Purse to, and why?
This is more like an spy story than Allingham's usual detectives but still quite gentle.
How could the performance have been better?
Used the FRancis Matthews recording or get David Thorpe to reinterpret Campion
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Yes, anger at David Thorpe and whoever let him get away with such rubbish, sad that one of my favourite stories has been spoilt and very very disappointed that I'd wasted the money.
Any additional comments?
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
loved it all campion series is so good .brilliantly penned. golden age authors are great