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The Nine Tailors

Lord Peter Wimsey, Book 11
Narrated by: Jane McDowell
Series: New Lord Peter Wimsey, Book 11
Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
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The best of the golden age crime writers, praised by all the top modern writers in the field including P. D. James and Ruth Rendell, Dorothy L. Sayers created the immortal Lord Peter Wimsey. The 11th book featuring Lord Peter, set in a country church, is often named as the best detective story ever written.

When his sexton finds a corpse in the wrong grave, the rector of Fenchurch St Paul asks Lord Peter Wimsey to find out who the dead man was and how he came to be there.

The lore of bell ringing and a brilliantly evoked village in the remote fens of East Anglia are the unforgettable background to a story of an old unsolved crime and its violent unravelling 20 years later.

©1934 The Trustees of anthony Fleming (deceased) (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton

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"I admire her novels...she has great fertility of invention, ingenuity and a wonderful eye for detail." (Ruth Rendell)

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A Sayers Masterstroke

Lord Peter will always be superb (and incredibly sexy!). Some have argued that a novel based around campanology must be the height of boredom but to me, it demonstrates Sayers' genius. What I don't understand is the general braying about Jane McDowell's narration. I have many audible books and her voice is up with the best. For a woman to narrate male characters is just as plausible as the reverse. Bravo all around.

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  • Flint
  • 07-09-2017

A good book spoiled by bad narration.

The Nine Tailors is one of my favourite Lord Peter Wimsey books and I looked forward to listening to it as an audiobook. Dorothy L Sayers was an excellent author but unfortunately the choice of narrator has let this book down very badly. She is incapable of breathing life into the characters or even reading a sentence intelligently and accurately. It made listening to the book very frustrating and disappointing experience. There are so many excellent narrators to choose from and I am mystified by the choice of Jane McDowell to narrate this series of books. I will not buy anything else if she is the narrator.

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  • Ceripol
  • 07-09-2015

Good story, but as usual, McDowell disappoints

I keep hoping the next book she narrates will be better. Maybe she will have read the reviews and changed her style? But no, still the same awkward cadences, odd pauses and bizarre emphasis. However, this does not detract too much from this wonderfully atmospheric mystery of Sayers'. Several plot twists and blind alleys make you totally confused before the final revelation. Very enjoyable.

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  • Stephen Bentley
  • 27-12-2019

The reading 📚 is terrible

I love Dorothy L Sayers detective stories. For me they are so much better than Agatha Christie. Unfortunately the reader here is ponderous, boring and can't do accents to save her life. There is no variation in tone either. Whoever selected Ms McDowell for this job needs sacking.

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  • Dominic Gill
  • 09-09-2016

idiotic choics of performer

completely idiotic to give books supposed to be spoken by Lord Peter Wimsey to a woman to perform -- and an absolotely appalling reader at that.
Utterly grotesque! Utter waste of money.

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  • Mr Gregory P Morris
  • 29-08-2020

Never loses its freshness in the retelling

As a change ringer, I always enjoy reading this book. a few mistakes with pronunciation: Caius college is pronounced Keys. The reading lout of the changes is a bit odd: that could be done with handbells.

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  • Skippy
  • 21-08-2020

Shockingly bad reading

This is one of my favourite Doroithy L Sayers books and I was really looking forward to hearing it read. Sadly, Jane McDowell's dreadful "Upper Class", "Norfolk" and "French" accents and occasional appalling misunderstanding of words make the story drag and lose it's magic. I found it so annoying I went back to the original text with joy. I won't be buying any of the other Sayers Audible books read by her.

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  • Princess Laingtzie
  • 29-05-2020

Extraordinary book

Very well read by Jane McDowell. A difficult audio ‘read’ as there are many complex annotations of bell ringing, but a good whodunnit that captures a period between the wars very well. Got a bit lost in parts, felt it was the sort of book I needed to refer back to earlier parts, but stuck with it to the grand conclusion at the end. A good read.

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  • andrew
  • 17-04-2020

the narrator let's it down

The book was OK knowing the area the book was set in I would struggle to identify it. The thing that annoyed me was the narrator, the accents were more West Country or Norfolk. When she used real town names she pronounced them wrong. Little things maybe but it annoyed me. If you are going to narrate a book look into the area first. Story took ages to get going to many muddled up characters. Some events did not make sense. I actually believe one of the characters the author based on herself. The author being the real life daughter of the vicar of the few church where this was set, certainly knew the church and the area. I was glad i finished it, i suspect in this case reading the physical book would be better

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  • A. M. S.
  • 09-04-2020

Great Story...great narration

this is my favourite Dorothy l Sayers book. they reviews which talk about the woeful narration are wrong. the narration was very good and the story puts Sayers right at the top of crime fiction.

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  • Stuart Bailey
  • 22-05-2019

An absolute joy

Probably the best murder mystery ever written, a superb performance , DLS at her absolute best.