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Striding Folly (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries) Audio, Cassette – Unabridged, October, 2002

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Book 15 of 14 in the Lord Peter Wimsey Series

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She brought to the detective novel originality, intelligence, energy and wit. -- P.D. James Sayers is one of the best detective story writers. -- E. C. Bentley Daily Telegraph I admire her novels ... she has great fertility of invention, ingenuity and a wonderful eye for detail. -- Ruth Rendell She combined literary prose with powerful suspense, and it takes a rare talent to achieve that. A truly great storyteller. -- Minette Walters --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Dorothy L. Sayers was an English writer, translator, and Christian humanist. Best known for the extremely popular Lord Peter Wimsey mystery series, Sayers also penned a number of plays, including The Man Born to Be King, essays, and translations, of which she considered Dante s Divine Comedy to be her best. Sayers died in 1950, and is buried in St. Anne s Church in London.

Ian Carmichael (1920 2010) appeared in a vast number of television productions, including "The Importance of Being Earnest" and the outstandingly successful "The World of Wooster" series for BBC TV. He portrayed Lord Peter Wimsey in several series for television and starred in two seasons of "Strathblair". His film appearances included "Lucky Jim", "The Lady Vanishes", and "Heaven s Above".

Carmichael is a veteran British actor. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries
  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Audio Partners; Unabridged edition (October 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572702222
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572702226
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,147,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Audio Cassette
This unabridged audio edition is read by Ian Carmichael, who portrayed Lord Peter in quite a few BBC TV adaptations in the 1970s, such as _The Nine Tailors_, although not _Strong Poison_ or the other stories of Lord Peter's courtship of Harriet Vane, which were portrayed on TV by Edward Petherbridge. Both men are excellent narrators, in any case, with a fine command of accents, so any reading by either of them is good. These 3 stories otherwise appear only in the omnibus collection of all the Wimsey stories, _Lord Peter_.
"Striding Folly" - When Mr. Creech bought the Striding property on the death of the old squire, only Mr. Mellilow really accepted him - believing that Creech meant well despite his unfortunate manner, and happy that Creech could give him a weekly game of chess. Then Creech proposed to sell much of Striding to the electric company and bring in development -"which, to Mr. Mellilow, was another name for the Devil." Soon after breaking the news to Mellilow, Creech failed to turn up for their game - but a stranger did, leaving him with an alibi for the murder of Creech that no one would believe, except that friend of the Chief Constable's...
"The Haunted Policeman" - Occurs after _Thrones, Dominations_, and opens just as Lord Peter is being presented with his first-born son, as yet unnamed in this story. Poor old Peter has had the fright of his life, although Harriet was never in any danger, so he's too keyed up to sleep, and is standing on his own front doorstep smoking at 3 in the morning when a young constable, looking very distressed, passes by.
"Talboys" - The last Lord Peter story, with a 'crime' suitable to the small-town setting.
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I'm a fan of Dorothy Sayers and especially love her Lord Peter Wimsey stories, and so it's always nice to find a new way to enjoy them. Ian Carmichael richly deserves the raves he has received for his performance here. His narrative was quite easy to listen to, and the voices he gave the characters seemed appropriate and not exaggerated or affected. He brought some beloved characters to aural life, and I could have listened for a lot longer than the relatively brief length of this pair of CDs.

If there's a drawback here, it's the actual stories that were chosen for this set. Without giving anything away (for the sake of mystery-lovers who may not be familiar with the outcome of the mysteries here), I'll note that I've always found "Striding Folly" and "The Haunted Policeman" among the more unsatisfying Wimsey stories. The first one seems to end well short of a proper finish, while the second, told mostly through a policeman's recollections to Lord Peter, violates the old writers' rule about "show them, don't tell them." These weaknesses are somewhat balanced out, however, by merits and pure charm of "Talboys," which I understand was Sayers' final Lord Peter story. Like the novel "Busman's Honeymoon," this story gives the reader a close look at his lordship's private life as well as his mystery-solving skills. Seeing him amid his family this way is a wonderful final image for this popular sleuth.
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If you want to know what author Sayers wrote about Lord Peter Wimsey
and Harriet Vane AFTER Busman's Honeymoon, these short stories
are very brief additions to the series. But the emphasis is on short
and brief, so unless you have read and loved the earlier-written Wimsey
books and stories you'll likely be unsatisfied.
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I've read all of the other Dorothy Sayers mystereiews and enjoyed them, but this was a disappointment to me. .

The stories were very short and frivolous, not her better work.

I would skip this one, given how expensive it is.
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By suzebo on February 14, 2013
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Though I enjoyed the stories and appreciated the update in the lives of the Wimseys, the stories were very short and should have been offered at a much lower price. I didn't pay attention to the length before ordering, and might have not ordered if I had realized that the content was so brief.
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It is Dorothy L. Sayers writing about her best invention, Lord Peter Wimsey! My favorite author of the Golden Era of detective writers (English women authors). Peter Wimsey is one of those rare characters who changes and grows as a person during the many novels and short stories DLS wrote about him. The ancillary characters like his valet Bunter are just as carefully drawn. Highly recommended!
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I'm in love with Dorothy Sayers, but these particular short stories don't offer much unless one has read a few of the Lord Peter Wimsey novels. Then they are short, fun reads that assume no need to explain much about the characters, or the conditions in which they are said to live.
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I find the print rather than video versions of Lord Peter much to be preferred. He seems less silly this way. The stories lack the violence, suspense and horror of so many modern crime novels. This is a plus for me. Just lightweight enjoyable entertainment. Amazing that anyone ever has believed that aristocracy are better than us common folk. Such crazy assumptions are all thru these stories and really get to me at times.
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