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Wonderfully narrated satire.Tom sharpe is a clever writer and the narrator did a fantastic job of bringing the work to life. Somehow he micked the whole British class system with all of it's arrogance and crusty ignorance.I was actually dissappointed when it ended.
"Laugh out loud funny"
yes, to catch anything I might have missed the first time.
other Tom Sharpe work
I listened to this author for the first time traveling in tandem with other family members on the way to a funeral.. several hundred miles, through several states. They looked on in wonder trying to figure out why I was laughing so hard at such a sober, and sad event . Just another great piece of work by this man. All of his early work is a must have for me, in print as well as audible..
"why does it say optional if it is required"
good stuff good stuff good stuff good stuff stuff hey dim diddly fun dum that was porterhouse
"Laugh your a** off!"
A masterfully brilliant reading of one of the funniest books ever penned in the English language. A delight throughout; as good as Amis's Lucky Jim, which would be a good addition, btw.
A beautiful reading of a great story. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
"Classic British farce and a glimpse in time. "
This book is a classic British farce and full of beautiful language that illustrates the very essence of British bigotry and pomp. Be prepared for a roller coaster of humour alongside an avalanche of discomfort. The language and prejudice of the time is perfectly summarised in this book. Just as Skullion somehow loves and loathes his position in life, this book both celebrates condems and what it means to be British.
"Tom Sharpe at his Prime"
This is a funny and enjoyable romp that has not dated. Tom Sharpe livened up my teens and it was great to revisit an old friend. Griff's reading is enjoyable and he reads with a relish for the extreme situations the story conjurs up. Just wish the S.African novels and the Thriwback were available.
Tom Sharpe is unique! It is just a shame his later books lost the mad excess of Wilt, The Throwback and the glorious S.African books.
There was a juicy relish to his reading. The Chaplin especially was excellent. He didn't tire and it worked well throughout. Many thanks. Tom would have loved the reading
Only to tears of laughter. Inflated condoms up the chimney!!!
Buy, listen and enjoy!
Mostly good but some of GRJs characters a bit grating. Was difficult to discern between them at some stages.
"Witty and sparkling"
This made me giggle out loud, and had some excellent characters and bizarre situations. A must for any red-brick enthusiast, or someone who just wants to hear about condoms floating out of a chimney! Funny characters, clever skits and well worth a listen. Very well read as well, the voices were perfectly captured.
The story is the ultimate irony in that the porter scullion becomes master of Porterhouse by accident and suffers the traditional masters fate of a Porterhouse Blue.
Scullion as he represents traditionalism.
havent listened to others but will look out for them now.
no but it lends itself to reading in parts
I liked the David Jason portrayal on tv and am glad I bothered to read the book.
This is one of my all time most enjoyable books to read, but unfortunately in my own personal opinion Griff Rhys Jones does not read it too well which came as a great surprise to me because he is one of my favourite broadcasters. His delivery was far too fast which at times was almost a gabble.
Reading books is obviously a difficult art which certain people such as Timothy West is a master of but others struggle with.
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