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When philandering Sir Giles Lynchwood decides it's time to wriggle free of his monumentally unattractive wife, Lady Maud, he knows divorce is out of the question. He can't leave her and keep her cash; a reversionary clause on her ancestral home, Handyman Hall, has taken care of that. Lady Maud, for her own special reasons, is also dying to see the back of Sir Giles. Sir Giles dreams of motorways ploughing through the front door of Handyman Hall, of compulsory purchase orders, of loot and no wife. Lady Maud bellows. Blott the gardener watches from his inner sanctum, the greenhouse, and listens...and waits.
©1985 Tom Sharpe (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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4 stars all round.

David Suchet's reading does full justice to a very funny Tom Sharpe novel. Wish he'd do more in this vein.

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  • Linda
  • 05-07-2006

Sharpe at his best...

I can't stress enough, just how good Mr. Sharpe's writing is. It's classic Sharpe, can't hold back the laughter. He's wonderful, what a great read.

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  • julie
  • 13-06-2008

Riotously funny!

Sharpe has given us a hysterically funny romp through British politics and marital problems among the country gentry. I chortled the whole way through. Be advised: there are mature themes (sexuality, in particular), and the liberal dropping of the F-bomb by one character in particular.

I must say that David Suchet truly brought all the eccentric, stereotypic British "country house set" characters to life brilliantly. I've been looking at the other Sharpe books, but none of them are narrated by Suchet, so I can't decide if I want to get them, as well.

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  • Virginia Waldron
  • 21-08-2015

Stupendous Performance

The story is hilariously farcical. David Suchet is simply perfect for this book. HIs narration added so much to my enjoyment.

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  • Arnold
  • 01-07-2015

So unrelentingly funny and creative

Tom Sharpe's masterpiece and one of the top ten all time funny novels. The narrator is great too.

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  • John
  • 15-02-2021

Imagine a Cynical P. G. Wodehouse

Imagine a writer who uses large, real-world issues, with all their attendant social and political fallout, to raise as many laughs as Wodehouse could with a mere pig or small brown notebook. But a writer who can also sound almost Wodehousian when describing the small stuff: a judge’s lunch or a civil servant’s personal index system. Got him? That’s Tom Sharpe.

Many have observed that the world of The Drones and Blandings Castle never really existed. And Sharpe’s characters clearly inhabit a planet far more familiar to us. Their motives are deeply sordid, their command of invective far wider, their sexual tastes cringingly lurid, far outstripping the Master’s decorous reticence. Mercifully, Sharpe pulls up before things get too seamy, enhancing the comedy by leaving some room for our imagination.

It’s all great fun and very, very funny. And yet I do agree with the reviewer who pined for a character one could like. That’s just one facet of an underlying darkness that can, at times, render the laughs less than wholehearted. Still, I had a very good time due, in no small measure, to David Suchet’s vigorous, masterfully comic performance. Beyond the entertainment value, there’s no doubt he helped the modern cynicism go down easier.

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  • Antti
  • 28-04-2017

One of the best book I listened to

The book is just great, I was laughing from beginning to the end. The performance of the narrator is excellent.

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  • James
  • 19-03-2016

Excellent reading of a very funny book.

Suchet's realisation of the characters of Sharpe's wittily satirical novel is masterful. His Lady Maude is perfect.

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  • Leslie G
  • 18-02-2016

Suchet is excellent!

Despite the fact that some of the humor is crass, I ended up laughing out loud many times during this audiobook.

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  • Book lover
  • 28-10-2015

Love the story

Great performance by mr suchet
Funny!! love lady maud and blot
The characters were classic reminds me of living in shropshire

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  • Sharon
  • 18-11-2020

Fabulous narration makes characters more sympathetic!

Let’s start with the narrator: David Suchet. What a great choice! One of the greatest character actors ever! Not only is he a master of different accents and voice timbres, He he also puts the appropriate feeling into every word he reads.

The book was very amusing, although I don’t think I would’ve liked it nearly as much if it were not for the brilliant narration, which brought the characters to life. It was quite silly, which is definitely a plus for me, but the characters were rather unlikable in nearly every case. Suchet’s reading of them renders them a lot less one-dimensional, and by the end I was rooting for Blott and Mrs Handyman.

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  • Ian
  • 02-11-2005

Driving hazard!

Danger, warning! Do not listen to this audiobook whilst driving as giggling leads to erratic driving and swerving all over the road and you do not want to become another blot on the landscape do you?

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  • Mark Sanford-Wood
  • 24-08-2015

A not-so-timeless classic

I love Tom Sharpe and came to this having read Porterhouse Blue. Blott On The Landscape features the same quirky style, but gets a little bogged down. This kind of humour requires careful handling and a light touch that is sometimes lacking.

David Suchet's performance is astonishingly good, and it is a shame there is not a six star category.

If you like Sharpe then this will be an enjoyable listen, particularly given the performance. If you have never come across his eccentric style of plot development then Porterhouse Blue would be a better entry into his madcap world.

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  • Ieva
  • 04-12-2013

English humor at its best

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As stated in the headline- English humor at its best, or the way we all imagine the English humor should be. Good entertaining story, which never loses ones attention. David Suchet's performance is splendid, great role play which easily and vividly builds the picture before one's eyes. Listening already for the second time.

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  • Keith
  • 01-12-2013

Excellent writing & humour

Would you consider the audio edition of Blott on the Landscape to be better than the print version?

Better, no. Different and worth getting yes - excellent choice in David Suchet and will be looking for more Tom Sharpe for my collection

What about David Suchet’s performance did you like?

Excellent all round. Clear, easy to hear, the right tone and mood to match the story and characterisation. Can't recommend enough.

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  • Kathryn
  • 07-07-2007

Excellent plot cunningly carried out

Bring on more Tom Sharpe.
This is a brilliant story well read by Suchet.
If you like a good, well laid out story with a dose of retribution thrown in, this is for you.

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  • Maggie
  • 01-08-2014

Pure joy!

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If you read the book, you'll love this audio version it’s totally true to the original
If you haven’t read the book - you’re in for a treat. Sit back and prepare to be gloriously entertained.
If you remember the television series with Geraldine James, George Cole, Julia McKenzie and David Suchet himself, you'll absolutely love this and it will bring it all back
David Suchet brings everyone completely to life, and his Mrs Forthby's "yes, yes" should rate some sort of audio-reader Oscar in itself.
Wonderfully funny story, brilliantly read, and perfect from start to finish.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-04-2018

Strongly Recommend

Absolutely excellent. Hilarious novel and a joy to listen to David Suchet read it. The man is brilliant.

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  • Margaret Whatmough
  • 03-04-2018

Fabulous David Suchet!

This is an amusing satire read by a master. An outstanding read by David Suchet who brings each character to life in his own special way.

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  • T. Dickson
  • 16-01-2019

Tom Sharpe is a brillant author

This was typical Tom Sharpe if a little way off his best work. The characters were all suffering from "the Human Condition" that said the plot was but and the characterisation was well done and the righteous won the day.

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  • Natalia
  • 11-07-2018

very enjoyable

Beautiful language, great story and brilliant narration. it gripped straight away and kept till the very end.

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