Just William's Luck

  • by Richmal Crompton
  • Narrated by Martin Jarvis
  • 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Written in 1948 and made into a popular film the same year, Just William's Luck is the only novel Richmal Crompton wrote featuring her famous hero. The action takes place throughout one extraordinary day in William's life. It begins harmlessly enough in the old barn and soon develops into a riotous comedy-thriller as the invincible schoolboy hatches a plot to marry off the elder brothers of The Outlaws. All Crompton's celebrated characters are here: Ginger, Couglas, and Henry, the long-suffering Brown family, oily Hubert Lane, and 6-year-old control-freak Violet Elizabeth Bott. And leading the way, that timeless righter of wrongs, the incomparable William Brown himself.


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A fabulous read

Personally I'm a huge fan of Martin Jarvis's interpretation of the Just William stories and thus my rating is biased from the outset. It's not the longest audio book and is a shame it isn't available unabridged, but is superbly read, funny, and should appeal to all ages. My children all adore these stories as do my own parents. Whenever we're in the car together, it is the Just William stories that get the unanimous vote, and this particular book is the one selected the most often.
If you haven't heard any of these stories before, then it is well worth a listen. You are introduced to all of the characters, so doesn't matter that this wasn't the first William book, and Jarvis reads it so wonderfully that it is a few hours of total enjoyment. I loved it!
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- Paul

Brilliant; shame about the rip.

I love just William and this as always is brilliant. Martin Jarvis loves his subject so dearly that he always brings every story to fantastic wicked life.
The only thing I have to say is that this is a very poor rip from the original cassette version. You can hear the spooling on the track. This would be fine and I don't mind usually, but I really wish audible would put warnings on poor quality recordings. The BBC do this on their sites and on their CD's and I believe it only fair to know what you are buying. There is also some voice drag. How very retro, I feel 8 years old again and frantically trying to rescue my beloved tapes before my player chewed them up!
Apart from that outstanding.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-03-2005
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited