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Lord Peter Wimsey: BBC Radio Drama Collection Volume 1

Three classic full-cast dramatisations
Narrated by: Ian Carmichael, Peter Jones
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey in these definitive BBC radio dramatisations of Dorothy L Sayers' classic crime novels.

Aristocratic amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey was the master creation of Dorothy L Sayers, widely acknowledged as one of the four original 'Queens of Crime'. These full-cast adaptations - first broadcast on BBC radio in the 1970s, and presented here in their entirety - are admired by fans of the genre worldwide.

Whose Body? is the tale that first introduced Lord Peter to the world, and sees him investigating the case of a corpse in a Battersea bathtub and a vanished oil millionaire.

In Clouds of Witness, Lord Peter's eldest brother stands accused of murder. In collaboration with Inspector Parker, Wimsey slowly uncovers a web of lies and deceit within his own family....

Unnatural Death finds Peter probing the mysterious death of an elderly lady. He suspects foul play, and with the help of the indomitable Miss Climpson, sets about his investigations in deepest Hampshire....

Produced by Simon Brett (author of the Charles Paris series), these acclaimed dramas also feature Peter Jones, Patricia Routledge, Miriam Margolyes and Garard Green.

©2017 Dorothy L. Sayers (P)2017 Penguin Random House UK

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Classic Dorothy Sayerx

Great radio production, well thought out train of sleuthing, unusual plot. Loved it. on to the next in the series.

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Excellent but...

The transition music from one chapter to the next is too loud and too long for an audio book. Extremely unpleasant having to adjust the volume all the time and not at all relaxing.

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Easy listening

I enjoyed these light hearted gentleman sleuths. The narration is spot on, and the plots interesting, but you can't take the characters too seriously. Good easy listening series.

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  • 18-11-2017

Looking forward to the next

Ian Carmichael is my favourite Lord Peter. The pacing is is good as are the other voice actors.

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  • Beau-Geste Washington
  • 26-09-2017

Great to have the LPW stories on Audible.

I read all the books 25 years ago. It's wonderful to hear them as I cook. I forgot how I missed Ian Carmichael voice and the friendship of Charles, Bunter and Peter.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-11-2017

Lord Peter brought to life

So excited to have Ian Carmichael's Lord Peter Wimsey available in both dramatic & novel form. Please add Busman's Honeymoon in both forms to Audible. These are gems of the Golden Age detective stories .

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-10-2017

Lord Peter at his best

Excellent BBC Cast performs three early Lord Peter novels. Exceedingly well done. Great to hear Ian Carmichael in main role

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  • Areana S
  • 08-08-2018

It was music that made me remove a star

I love books of almost every genre (excluding romance, non-fiction, and westerns) and English murder mysteries have a special place in my heart HOWEVER I had the worse time with that music!! There was no need. It didn’t add to anything and worse it was recorded at a higher decibel than the narration. I wear earphones (very very good ones) and was gardening while listening to this and at times the narrators voices became almost whispers then suddenly that infernal music would blast my eardrums. Had the stories themselves been unentertaining then I would have given up. I also do find that the mix of so many voices does tend to confuse one as we are expected to KNOW the characters by voice alone at times. And some of the narrators rushed through their lines that I missed a bit here and there.
All in all, if you can find these books read by ONE person you will definitely find it more enjoyable. However based on the story itself I have to give credit where credit is earned and this book earned my credit

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  • Coffee Lover
  • 15-04-2018

Loved It!

Loved every one of these stories and will purchase all the volumes. Ian Carmichael is the marvelous thread that strings them all together though all of the narrators are excellent.

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  • San Fran
  • 03-12-2018

Great dialogue adaptations - irritating music

Voices get really quiet and hard to hear and then the music come up extremely loud. There is no middle ground with the audio. You go from, what wa that? I have to back up, to having horns blast out your eardrums. I would prefer less intro and exit music and more dialogue.

Aside from the horns and volume problems, the stories are enjoyable.

I am getting the next in this series, as there are currently no unabridged Audible versions of the individual stories available.

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  • Jan H. Wolfe
  • 28-01-2018

Fun to hear.

I enjoyed the stories but at times the dialect was hard to understand. Good show!

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  • Julie H
  • 04-02-2019

A Must Listen for All Lord Peter Wimsey Fans

This volume 1 contains 3 separate Lord Peter stories. I believe they are all abridged to some extent but done in an excellent manner such that the story flows easily. The characters and voices are most enjoyable. I got a kick out of Patricia Rutledge , of the BBC s "Keeping Up Appearances" and "Hetty Wainthrop Investigetes", who voices Lord Peter's mother.

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  • Pam Hicks
  • 21-06-2018

Nothing better!

BBC adaptations are a great listen, especially the dramatic mystery series originally written by the greats!

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  • Lee
  • 21-12-2017

loved it

all around a good show. lovely listening. only drawback was what they had to leave out the story to make a radio performance.

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  • Caroline Armstrong
  • 04-12-2017

I got totally immersed!

Wonderful! I found myself totally immersed and even pictured the people, their homes and the overall lifestyle. Loved it! Can’t wait for volume 2 in 2018!

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  • Andrew Lyndon-Skeggs
  • 10-08-2018

Classic and well performed Lord Peter Wimsey

Charming, intelligent, club land hero with a difference, Dorothy L Sayers Lord Peter Wimsey detective story. A pity not unabridged, but well performed and superbly played by Ian Carmichael. It is a tragedy that the Audible unabridged versions of the D. L. Sayers books are appallingly badly read.

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  • Old and grey
  • 16-11-2017

Dramatisation

Really enjoyed these dramatisations, and it is really complementary to the book. Recording sounds dated now, but that is in keeping with the material!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-01-2019

Senior loved listening to Lord Peter Wimsey

Having watched the series when it came many years ago it has been absolute delight to listen to the stories! Ian Carmichael makes for a great Lord Peter Wimsey and I shall be looking out for others to listen to.

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  • 5below
  • 03-08-2018

Enjoyable relaxing listen

Gentle pace, good to unwind to. Would recommend for after a long day at work

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  • Wicked Kea
  • 13-11-2017

Fun

Carmichael makes a good Peter and delivers the language well, doing the best that can be done off screen or off page to convey the emotional changes and darkness that his character must embrace. Fun to listen to as a cast affair.

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  • Mats
  • 20-12-2018

Very charming and enjoyable!

Brilliant dramatisations of Dorothy L. Sayers classic books. The cast are wonderful, and Ian Carmichael is a very good Lord Peter. I loved the sound effects. Never too much, and they really helped me to get into the mood. Rainy day, lunch party, prison cell etc. And i loved the music. All three stories are very well performed, but Cloud of witness is the best.

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  • Mrs. G. Chew
  • 06-06-2018

Author and cast in top form...

Ian Carmichael and Peter Jones are the definitive Wimsey and Bunter. Carmichael's hard work studying Wimsey's persona led to brilliant characterisation, and Bunter's laconic and deferential understatements are a gem of the relationship between man and master in English society. Oh that it could be so nowadays. Dorothy L Sayers is first amongst equals for me.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-02-2019

good stories

really love these old radio 4 plays however the loud and intrusive music between each chapter spoils it. should not have been too much of a job to remove it when formatting for sale on audible.

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  • Ms N York
  • 09-12-2018

Faithful interpretation of the original

Dorothy L Sayers is not everyone's cup of tea, and I have to admit to feeling faintly ashamed of enjoying her books, given her reactionary politics, but I suppose she was a creature of her time. That said, this is a very good adaptation of what is a uniquely English genre - if you aren't already a fan of Lord Peter then it's probably not for you.

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