The Crime at Black Dudley : Albert Campion

  • by Margery Allingham
  • Narrated by David Thorpe
  • Series: Albert Campion
  • 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When George Abbershaw is invited to Black Dudley Manor for the weekend, he has only one thing on his mind - proposing to Meggie Oliphant. Unfortunately for George, things don't quite go according to plan. A harmless game turns decidedly deadly and suspicions of murder take precedence over matrimony. Trapped in a remote country house with a murderer, George can see no way out. But Albert Campion can.
About the author: 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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I had to stop listening after thirty minutes

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A different reader


Who was your favorite character and why?

I didn't get far enough into the book to be able to say.


What didn’t you like about David Thorpe’s performance?

David's Thorpe narrative voice is quite unsuitable for this period piece: he sounds far too modern. But the thing that made me stop listening was his ridiculous rendering of Albert Campion's voice: while it is true that Campion is described as foppish in this book, it is a great mistake to rob him of all dignity by making him sound like a squeaky-voiced fool. For a perfect reading of the Campion novels, listen to the audio books narrated by Philip Franks; I was highly misguided to think another reader could come anywhere near him. Or for an excellent portrayal of Campion on screen, watch the Peter Davison version.


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- Allegra

Makes Albert Campion sound like a squeaky puppet

Sorry, love the books, really, really didn't like the narrator. I've just been through and bought all the Francis Matthews ones I can find before they disappear too.

(Nothing against David Thorpe - just not in this period or for this author)


(Did he narrate this one before reading the rest, I wonder?)
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- Kris

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-02-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios