Why Shoot a Butler?

  • by Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by Ulli Birvé
  • 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On a dark night, along a lonely country road, barrister Frank Amberley stops to help a young lady in distress and discovers a sports car with a corpse behind the wheel. The girl protests her innocence, and Amberley believes her - at least until he gets drawn into the mystery and the clues incriminating Shirley Brown begin to add up.
In an English country-house murder mystery with a twist, it's the butler who's the victim, every clue complicates the puzzle, and the bumbling police are well-meaning but completely baffled. Fortunately, in ferreting out a desperate killer, amateur sleuth Amberley is as brilliant as he is arrogant, but this time he's not sure he wants to know the truth.

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What the Critics Say

"Georgette Heyer is second to none." (The Sunday Times)
"Heyer is an author to read, this means you!" (The New York Herald Tribune)
"Sharp, clear, and witty." (The New Yorker)

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Customer Reviews

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A murder mystery murdered by the narrator

What would have made Why Shoot a Butler? better?

I may be biased in that I love Georgette Heyer's murder mysteries more than her period novels. However this woman read the novel as if she had never encountered English before. I have never *ever* come across reading out loud as bad as this - and I help out in primary schools listening to under 10s reading books. Please, do not leave her in a recording studio without her carers ever again.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Why Shoot a Butler??

I gave up after an hour. I tried. I love the book so stuck with it as far as I could. I even resorted to a glass of wine after the first half hour but that didn't help either.


Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Ulli Birvé?

My cat would make a better job of it.


You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The book is brilliant. The audio-book makes diabolical seem positively heavenly.


Any additional comments?

I want my ears cleaned.

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- Hannah

Good story spoilt by narration

This is a good story but, was spoilt by the narrator. The local police and residence of the English town all seem to have been born in Australia. The narration is very stilted. The narrator has no idea about punctuation, pausing in the middle of sentences etc. Nor does she know how to pronounce certain words. Data is pronounced darter and pince-nez she pronounced pin snares. This was not a cheap audio book so I would have expected the narration to have been checked by someone before it was offered for sale. The narration really affected the pleasure of listening to this audio book. It was not relaxing to listen to just annoying.
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- Janey

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-09-2014
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd