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

A classic story, let down by wrong reader

I'm a great fan of the Lord Peter Wimsey stories, so was looking forward to this. But oh dear. This narrator is okay with the narrative, but her reading of dialogue is just so weird it's thoroughly distracting. Inspector Parker's voice was odd it itself, but Wimsey's voice was even worse - affected and high-pitched, bordering on shrill and squeaky. Since there is a lot of dialogue, it's difficult to ignore. Until I started listening to this book, I was looking forward to ordering other stories in the series, but I definitely won't be now. Incidentally, it was only recently that I bought Busman's Honeymoon from Audible, read by Ian Carmichael. It's excellent - but now no longer being listed! Why on earth not? Carmichael's voice is well-modulated and pleasant, and he gives such an intelligent reading that I'd happily buy any of the unabridged novels if read by him.
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- Seagull

Book Details

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