• Penguins Stopped Play

  • Eleven Village Cricketers Take on the World
  • By: Harry Thompson
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-22-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: John Murray
  • 3 out of 5 stars 3.0 (1 rating)

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Publisher's Summary

It seemed a simple enough idea at the outset: to assemble a team of 11 men to play cricket on each of the seven continents of the globe - except that's not a simple idea at all. And when you throw in incompetent airline officials, cunning Bajan drug dealers, overzealous American anti-terrorist police, idiotic Welshmen dressed as Santa Claus, and whole armies of pitch-invading penguins, you quickly arrive at a lot more than you bargained for. Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt (Doctor Mac from BBC2's Green Wing), Harry Thompson's hilarious book tells the story of one of those great madcap enterprises that only an Englishman could have dreamed up, and only a bunch of Englishmen could possibly have wished to carry out.
© The Estate of Harry Thompson; (P) John Murray
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3 out of 5 stars
By jillian grant on 01-02-17

Not very interesting book.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I'd more likely recommend the unabridged book as this book doesn't fully make sense and you don't get to know so much about the characters in it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Penguins Stopped Play?

I thought Julian did an excellent job of doing all the different accents.

Have you listened to any of Julian Rhind-Tutt’s other performances? How does this one compare?


If this book were a film would you go see it?


Any additional comments?

I found this book rather uninteresting and couldn't put anything into context till I read the full book. Julian does a great job with different accents but that was about all that redeemed it for me.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Richard on 05-22-09


This is a terrific audiobook. Beautifully read and narrated and a wonderful story told with great humor. Characters abound and situations that you could not make up enhance the tale. Highly recommended

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