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Missing Persons: Hetty Wainthropp Investigates Audio, Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook


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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Audio; Abridged edition (October 21, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0001052586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0001052581
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.1 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,258,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Book Addled on March 10, 2010
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I am a big fan of the Hetty Wainthrop television series, so when I heard that the originator had written a book before he developed the series, I was really excited. I was hoping for a little more background into the characters. While I did get that, I was disappointed in the long run. I didn't find any of the characters likeable, and I rooted for no one. I didn't really care about any of them. The only thing that kept me reading was my love for the way that Patricia Routledge portrayed Hetty. I could picture her as I was reading, and it gave me a little enjoyment. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, even hardcore fans like me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stefanie Hutson on April 16, 2014
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Even though it wasn't as good as the show (with Patricia Routledge's fine acting), I did enjoy this book. If you've watched all the episodes and you still want more, you may like this. I would recommend watching an episode or two before reading so that Hetty is fresh in your mind and you can picture everything as she would do it. It makes for more enjoyable reading. I will say, though, that if I hadn't seen the show, I probably wouldn't have enjoyed the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. Schmidt on January 5, 2015
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The book is obviously not new and the pages are not pristine, but it's in quite good shape and, of course, can be read just as well as if hot off the press. The language is cleverly quaint, so that I wonder whether the timeframe of the story is not intended to be set back a ways - the book was written almost 30 years ago and is British, and there are references to "the war," which could put the action around mid 20th century. The blurbs on the back cover describe 'ruthless comedy,' ironic humour,' so maybe the delicate language is intended to counterpoint the drama to come as two elderly lifelong friends negotiate the present while reconciling deeds from fifty years past.

I ordered the book because I am a fan of the Hetty Wainthropp Investigates BBC series, which I have been watching on my TV via YouTube. Patricia Routledge is an excellent Hetty, but at 72 myself, I am having trouble coming to grips with the concept of the main characters as "elderly." As described early on in the book, about the passing of decades, it says about Hetty's friend ... "but she had not gotten old; only her body had done that."

Anyway, still only a little way into the story, I am already finding allusions to a number of incidents that are scattered throughout the BBC series, and I hope that reading the story of how the little home-grown detective agency began will only enhance my enjoyment of the TV episodes.
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By carol harmsen on February 21, 2015
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Just started reading. I like the book, however it is very English and if you're not accustomed their way of talking and writing it can be difficult reading.
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By Steven Lavigne on August 5, 2014
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Quite marvelous service. Thank you.
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