When Lord Petrefact hires Walden Yapp, Professor of Demotic Historiography at Kloone University, to write a scurrilous family history Yapp finds plenty of material in Buscott village, where Frederick Petrefact is running the Mill and adding new vices to the family collection. If Yapp can lay his hands on the Petrefact Papers in the Buscott Museum he may be able to expose the multi-national capitalism of the Petrefacts to the whole world. Unfortunately when he takes lodgings with the Coppetts of Rabbitry Road and encounters the peculiar charm of Rosie, a woman of large body and little mind, he sets in motion a train of events which are to lead to his undoing.
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Griff Rhys Jones played each character to perfection, resulting in a narration that, in my opinion, reflected what Tom Sharpe had in mind when writing the book. There were more that a few times that I had to pause the story on my iPod as my laughter was alarming innocent members of the public.
He brings each character to life.
"Rollicking good yarn"
I most certainly would listen to Ancestral Vices again and again. It is full of humour, good clear speech and several different voices. The narator is quite an expert at changing his voice to suit the characters which makes it all the more enjoyable to listen to.
I found the experience of the proffessor and the antique bath to be one of the most memorable experiences in the book. An event that was described very vividly by the author and brought to life by the narrator
The whole story as narrated by Griff Rhys Jones is an absolutely exciting and professional narration. He manages to bring to life each and every character alive and they were just how I imagined them to be like. His use of the author's description coupled with his accents and dialect was an entirely pleasurable experience.
I first read this book several years ago and found that once I had started to read it, I could not put it down. I read it several times and was never dissappointed and so, when I found it on the lists of Audible, I had to listen it. I have now listened to it a couple of times and, like reading the book, I have found that once started I could not switch it off. It is still just as funny as when I first read. The narrator was the perfect choice for this book.
I am going to purchase the rest of the books in the series. I have already listened to Porterhouse Blue by Tom Sharpe and cannot wait to hear his other yarns.
i have read that before n love tom sharpe. please get vintage stuff read by stephen fry.
A very good story. Fun and disaster all the way, Class war at its best
Definitely some typical laugh out loud moments. As with all Sharpe it's best not read next to am irate partner in bed desperately trying to sleep, your laughter will get you relegated to a couch.
Though it has to be said I probably did not find this as rip roaring and gripping as other books. Perhaps reading too much Sharpe has inadvertently allowed me to be able to predict the narrative and story.
However it retains all we expect, dripping descriptions, incredulous characters and cringe worthy absurdity we love. As always worth a listen or read.
"Shame about the bad diction."
Griff Rhys Jones's terrible diction. I realise how famous the gentleman is and what a wonderful career. However this book deserves a command of the English language and while Mr Jones has an enthusiasm for the characters the way it is conveyed sounds as if he is in a rush.to finish, which is a great shame.His narration skills has worked very well in television programs such as "Three Men In A Boat" but he seemed more relaxed and composed.I assume the book must be read in particular time frame which unfortunately has gone against Mr Jones. A great book ruined for me.
Accident turned into implicated murder.
If the performance is more relaxed .
I do love this book when I have read it. like I said it is just the translation of the prose.
A shame there has not been a revival in Tom Sharpe books in audible form.
"Well read and very funny"
Had read the paperback and enjoyed it and I must say I enjoyed it more as an audiobook especially with the first class narration
All Tom Sharpe books but audiobook availability is limited. I have listened to Blott on the Landscape read by David Suchet which is another excellent story
First time I have heard him but will be looking at other titles he has done
Yes but it was easy to listen to in parts without losing the plot
Excellent book which is a very easy and funny listen and was well narrated by Mr Jones. If you enjoyed reading it then I believe you will enjoy the audiobook
A fast-paced and hilarious farce...! Tom Sharpe is a master-craftsman who creates great characters, places them in seemingly unconnected and ridiculously funny situations - then pulls the threads to bring the whole thing together.... Brilliant...!
"Laugh out loud."
One of the funniest books I have listened to for ages. Made me laugh from start to finish.
One of the best bits is when Yapp it trying to take a bath and the mayhem that ensues afterwards.
I would like to see more of Tom Sharpe's work made into audio books so I can re-live the humour and joy of my youth when I read hsi early works.
The narrator has missed the single most important issue. That being to speak at a speed that makes it possible for the listener to understand. Of the first chapter I understood about half.
I didn't bother with the rest.
"One of the best units I've spent"
If you have read other things by Tom Sharpe such as Wilt then you know what to expect. This is the same only better, and who better to read it than Griff Rhys Jones? He brings the characters flawlessly to life.
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