Clouds of Witness : Lord Peter Wimsey

  • by Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Narrated by Jane McDowell
  • Series: Lord Peter Wimsey
  • 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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. His second appearance is a thrilling quest to save his own brother - the Duke of Denver - from the hangman.
The Duke of Denver, accused of murder, stands trial for his life in the House of Lords. Naturally, his brother Lord Peter Wimsey is investigating the crime - this is a family affair. The murder took place at the duke's shooting lodge and Lord Peter's sister was engaged to marry the dead man.
But why does the duke refuse to co-operate with the investigation? Can he really be guilty, or is he covering up for someone?

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What the Critics Say

"She brought to the detective novel originality, intelligence, energy and wit." (P. D. James)
"D. L. Sayers is one of the best detective story writers." (E. C. Bentley, Daily Telegraph)
"I admire her novels . . . she has great fertility of invention, ingenuity and a wonderful eye for detail" (Ruth Rendell)

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Not the right narrator

Sadly, this fantastic story is rather hampered by the narrator who over-acts the reading and whose accents are cringeworthy and inconsistent. This plot calls for many regional voices, from Yorkshire to Cockney with quite a bit of French thrown in. I didn't find any of them convincing. If the series was narrated by Ian Carmichael or even Gordon Griffin who have narrated other Lord Wimsey stories available on Audible I would buy the lot but I'm afraid I'm put off!
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- Emilia

Narrator Lets it Down

What did you like best about Clouds of Witness? What did you like least?

The twisting plot is interesting and you learn more of the history of the main character.


Any additional comments?

Like other reviewers, I really felt that the narrator was not the best choice for this book. The range of characters are not well demonstrated by the required dialects, or indeed changes in voice.

Maybe because this was written in a different era, but I found the story a bit boring in places, although the overall outcome was interesting.

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- Nathalie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-10-2014
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton