Busman's Honeymoon : Lord Peter Wimsey

  • by Dorothy L Sayers
  • Narrated by Jane McDowell
  • Series: Lord Peter Wimsey
  • 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

They plan to have a quiet country honeymoon. Then Lord Peter Wimsey and his bride, Harriet Vane, find the previous owner's body in the cellar.
Set in a country village seething with secrets and snobbery, this is Dorothy L. Sayers' last full-length detective novel.
Variously described as a love story with detective interruptions and a detective story with romantic interruptions, it lives up to both descriptions with style.

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Good story spoiled by narrator

I love the Lord Peter Wimsey books but Jane McDowell seems to have no idea about the characters she's creating. I often couldn't tell the difference between Peter's voice & Harriet's. All the non-aristocratic characters spoke with the same voice as each other. Ian Charmichael's readings, though old, were much better - ditto David Case (Whose Body - the first book I ever bought from Audible in 2006). Sadly Audible has jettisoned those.
There are also several large passages of untranslated French & my ancient 'O' level can't keep up. I don't know whether I've missed much but I need the text & a large French/English dictionary.
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- bookworm

What a disappointment

Would you try another book written by Dorothy L Sayers or narrated by Jane McDowell?

I've read all of D L Sayers' novels. They are superb. This narrator has managed to make them mediocre.


Who was your favorite character and why?

In this particular novel, the characters of Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane are as usual outstanding


How did the narrator detract from the book?

A lacklustre narration; monotonous and strangely paced; totally unconvincing 'voices' and utterly lacking any sense of the period. So dull, in fact, that it sent me to sleep within minutes of pressing 'start', every time I tried to listen to it. And what on earth was the narrator thinking when she pronounced Lord Peter's name as Peter 'DETH BREDDON' Wimsey?


If this book were a film would you go see it?

Only if this narrator's voice featured in no way whatsoever.


Any additional comments?

I did hesitate about downloading this version, because I have Ian Carmichael's recordings of Strong Poison and Gaudy Night, the first of the Vane/Wimsey trilogy and the BBC dramatized versions of Busman's Honeymoon and The Nine Tailors and enjoy listening to all of them very much indeed. I saw that reviews of this new narrator on the Audible site were less than enthusiastic,but I decided to take a chance on listening to Busman's Honeymoon in the unabridged non-dramatized format . I really wish I hadn't bothered. The fact that almost all the Sayers Wimsey novels are now narrated by Jane McDowell sadly means I can't look forward to adding these novels to my Audible collection. I'm so disappointed.

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- Val Pope

Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-10-2015
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton