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Publisher's Summary

Campion investigates once more, but this time he is on the run from the police - classic British crime writing at its best. Celebrated amateur detective Albert Campion awakes in hospital accused of attacking a police officer and suffering from acute amnesia. All he can remember is that he was on a mission of vital importance to His Majesty's government before his accident. On the run from the police and unable to recognise even his faithful servant Lugg or his own fiancée, Campion struggles desperately to put the pieces together while the very fate of England is at stake.
Margery Allingham was born in London in 1904. Her first novel was published when she was seventeen. In 1929 she published The Crime at Black Dudley and introduced the character who was to become the hallmark of her writing - Albert Campion.
©2013 Margery Allingham (P)2013 Audible Ltd
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"Spending an evening with Campion is one of life's pure pleasures" ( Saturday Review)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Bookwormish on 11-21-15

One of Allingham's best

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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1 out of 5 stars
By D. D. Worden on 07-24-13

Can't listen to this narrator..

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.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Sybil on 07-07-13

Terrible voice

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.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Lesley on 04-03-18

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What made the experience of listening to Traitor's Purse the most enjoyable?

I love Allingham and her stories. Listening to them is an indulgence.

What did you like best about this story?

It's believable; the characters are well developed; the story engages my imagination.

Would you listen to another book narrated by David Thorpe?

Probably, as he reads most of this series. I find his characterization of women is too extreme. His women are squeaky and querulous and his interpretation of Campion is even more so. He has a pleasant enough spoken voice, to just nuance the characters would work quite as well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Because it's a familiar Allingham I will listen although not in one session - I don't have that sort of time.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoy unabridged books - minor characters often make the story. To have an entirely satisfactory reader is a luxury not often found.

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