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I bought this as I had a long journey coming up, and a vague memory that Tom Sharpe's Porterhouse Blue (of which this is a 'follow up') had been witty.
Grantchester Grind is not funny - it is just a series of disjointed endless descriptions of Cambridge college and dons seen in the context of a 'culture clash' with Americans . .
It manages to make both sides so ludicrously over exagerated as to be totally unbelievable even as satire (the book is not actually worthy of the description satire). The plot is so twisted and disjointed a to be indiscernable - and I can only imagine that Sharpe had to reach a certain 'word count' otherwise the number of f-words would be totally inexplicable.
Just dont even consider buying this - it was a total and utter waste of my money - made worse by the fact that I had used up my credits and faced with the long journey had actually paid good money for something which after 2 hours I just could not stand to listen to any more - and drove the next 4 hours in silence instead!!
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
A proper Thom Sharpe novel, rather than one that appears to have been written out of bits and tatters lying about.
Would you ever listen to anything by Tom Sharpe again?
Of course. I love his novels. I wish Audible carried more of them.
What three words best describe Jonathan Cecil’s performance?
Entertaining. Witty. British.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Any additional comments?
This is not a proper sequel ot Porterhouse Blue. But it is properly named. Reading it really was...a Grind.
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If you’ve listened to books by Tom Sharpe before, how does this one compare?
The only other Tom Sharpe audiobook I've listened to is Porterhouse Blue, the first book in this series. Although I enjoyed listening to both these books neither of them were as funny as the two books I read as paperbacks - Ancestral Vices and Wilt in Nowhere. I couldn't read either of those two books in public because I laughed so hard that people would edge away from me in alarm. I'm not completely sure whether those two felt so much funnier because the stories were in fact funnier, or whether it was because the narrator sounded funnier in my head than it did read out loud by a professional.
What aspect of Jonathan Cecil’s performance would you have changed?
I feel terrible for saying this because Jonathan Cecil is a great reader too.... but there is a certain kind of story that makes me think wistfully of Martin Jarvis.
Was Grantchester Grind worth the listening time?
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