Gaudy Night : Lord Peter Wimsey

  • by Dorothy L Sayers
  • Narrated by Jane McDowell
  • Series: Lord Peter Wimsey
  • 16 hrs and 23 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. The twelfth book featuring Lord Peter (the third novel to feature Harriet Vane) is set in an Oxford women's college.
Harriet Vane has never dared to return to her old Oxford college. Now, despite her scandalous life, she has been summoned back....
At first she thinks her worst fears have been fulfilled, as she encounters obscene graffiti, poison pen letters, and a disgusting effigy when she arrives at sedate Shrewsbury College for the Gaudy celebrations.
But soon Harriet realises she is not the only target of this murderous malice - and asks Lord Peter Wimsey to help.

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What the Critics Say

"I admire her novels...she has great fertility of invention, ingenuity and a wonderful eye for detail." (P. D. James)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Change the narrator.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I enjoy this book very much so the time wasn't wasted but the narrator let the story down.


What did you like best about this story?

The story line itself.


What didn’t you like about Jane McDowell’s performance?

There were a couple of shocking mispronunciations that irritated me more than somewhat and made nonsense of what was being said. English lends itself to this but context usually makes it clear. In this case 'row' and 'bow' both caused confusion to the narrator but it was clear from the context which pronunciation was required. I found the word 'mischievous' being mispronounced 'mischeevious' most annoying.Sayers' use of language in Gaudy Night is quite complex and is a demanding read. Perhaps due to this the narrator lost her way at times.. For me, she simply didn't manage to capture the 'feel' of the book at all. On the other hand her French was good.


Could you see Gaudy Night being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

There was a TV series made some years back that was very good. Harriet Walters played Harriet Vane very well.


Any additional comments?

I see that Jane McDowell has recorded a lot of the Wimsey stories. I won't be buying any more. I have a couple narrated by Ian Carmichael and Edward Petherbridge, which were excellent.

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- Avid reader

Miss Sayers at her best - shame the narration wasn't that great

I have waited a long time for this book to be released I audio for at. In my humble opinion this is Miss Sayers at her very best. By why oh why didn't the get Edward Petherbridge for the narration. This is why I have marked down the performance.
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- Ms

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-09-2015
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton