Look to the Lady : Albert Campion

  • by Margery Allingham
  • Narrated by David Thorpe
  • Series: Albert Campion
  • 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A sacred chalice leads to murder,
The Gyrth family had guarded the Chalice for hundreds of years. It was held by them for the Crown. Its antiquity, its beauty, the extraordinary legends that were connected with it, all combined to make it unique of its kind. It was irreplaceable. No thief could hope to dispose of it in the ordinary way. And indeed no ordinary thief would dream of trying. But there are others besides those who make their living by robbery, others whose immense wealth and passion for collecting render them less immune to the practical considerations that must guide even the less honestly minded citizens. These people cherish a desire to possess for their own private pleasure treasure that cannot be bought. And it was by this sort of person that the Chalice, and the lives and happiness of its guardians, were now threatened.
Margery Allingham was born in London in 1904. Her first novel was published when she was 17. In 1929 she published The Crime at Black Dudley and introduced the character who was to become the hallmark of her writing - Albert Campion


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What was wrong with the Francis Matthews version

Ive been waiting so long for the unabridged Margery Allingham's to appear on audible and was delighted a few months ago when the first arrived - narrated by Francis Matthews. To me he gets Campion spot on - the lightness of touch, but also some gravitas. David Thorpe, while a good reader overall, doesn't get Campion. Makes him into an upper class twit, and quite irritating. Shame...
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- Amanda

Golden age detective fiction at its best

Would you listen to Look to the Lady again? Why?

This is such a good story that even when you know who is behind the affair you can still get enjoyment from the colourful characters and appreciate the intricacy of the plotting.

What did you like best about this story?

Margary Allingham lets us know some details through her private eye Albert Campion but keeps other information back so there is a lot to guess for the reader. The ending sections are wonderfully tense.

What does David Thorpe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

David Thorpe creates a marvellous range of characters and keeps the pace of the story going well. My only quibble would be that he makes Albert Campion sound annoying even when he's being more serious - but it's only a minor quibble, on the whole I thought it was a gripping read with good characterisation.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes - I continually kept stopping what I was doing to concentrate on it more and didn't want to turn it off.

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- Rachel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 18-02-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios