A Poisonous Plot : Matthew Bartholomew

  • by Susanna Gregory
  • Narrated by David Thorpe
  • Series: Matthew Bartholomew
  • 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1358, over a century after its foundation in Cambridge, the college of Michael House is facing a serious shortfall of funds and competition from upstarts rivals such as Zachary Hostel. Their problems are made no easier by the hostility of the town's inhabitants, who favour the university moving away to the Fens.
This simmering tension threatens to break into violence when a well-known tradesman is found dead in one of the colleges. Matthew Bartholomew knows he was poisoned but cannot identify the actual substance, never mind the killer. He also worries that other illnesses and deaths may have been caused by the effluent from his sister's dye works.
Torn between loyalties to his kin and to his college, he fears the truth may destroy both his personal and professional lives, but he knows he must use his skills as a physician to discover the truth before many more lose their lives entirely.

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What the Critics Say

"Susanna Gregory writes with fluency and energy, avoids archaic vocabulary, despite her 14th-century setting and, having had a career as an academic, bases the stories in this enjoyable series on careful research." (Literary Review)

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A surfeit of voices?

Would you consider the audio edition of A Poisonous Plot to be better than the print version?

yes


What aspect of David Thorpe’s performance might you have changed?

His vocal characterisations


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh. If Ms. Gregory's history is correct, I wonder how the Middle Ages ever became the 'latter ages'.


Any additional comments?

Although I've listened to the whole series of Mathew Bartholomew I have in general, preferred the vocal characterisations of David Thorpe.However, after Andrew Wincott took over for two of the books, ( I was not over enamoured of his work), David seemed to lose his characterisations. Simrick in particular seemed to forget that he was Welsh and Agnes lost her rough edge. Even Michael was hard to recognise at times.In addition the Geography of Cambridge went awry at times. "The Angel" seemed to move itself from South of the "Brazen George" to East of the "Cardinal's Cap".. It can be quite disconcerting.However, I still enjoy the series. Thank you Ms. Gregory.

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- Anthony M. Padgett

Good story, awful narrator

I'm a big fan of Susanna Gregory. I've read (and listened to) all of her Thomas Chaloner books and read most of her Matthew Bartholomew series. I've read this book in print so I know the story's good, but I struggled to finish the audio book.

The narrator is terrible. He sounds like he's shouting at you despite speaking at normal volume. He reads like he's never read out loud before. It's strangely disjointed and almost impossible to get lost in the story.

It's such a shame, I would have loved to listen to all of the Matthew Bartholomew books, but I can't get passed the narrator.
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- Sarah Fellows

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-06-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK