The Gropes

  • by Tom Sharpe
  • Narrated by Michael Tudor Barnes
  • 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Gropes are an old English family based in Northumberland, separated from the rest of society and as eccentric as they come. It is a line dominated by strong-willed and oversexed women, determined to produce more female heirs regardless of whether their desired partners are willing....
At the dawn of the new millennium, timid and gormless teenager Esmond is abducted and lured to Grope Hall by a descendant of the Gropes. Young Esmond is powerless to escape, and his kidnap sets in motion a stream of farcical events.

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cracking story brilliantly read

An excellently read audiobook of a lesser known Tom Sharpe book. just wish more were available!
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- Pears

Amusing and easy listening

Would you try another book written by Tom Sharpe or narrated by Michael Tudor Barnes?

Yes I would try another book by Tom Sharpe. His writing usually holds the attention and brings many smiles, it is gentle humour and does not seek to hurt or wound..


What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The description of the central character and the worship that his mother bestows on him is really amusing. He is not the brightest star in the fermament but ends up in a situation that is totally to his liking, through no effort of his own.


Would you listen to another book narrated by Michael Tudor Barnes?

Yes, excellent listening as the characters were all easy to identify through the differing types of speech.


Do you think The Gropes needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

It did end up on a note that suggested a further book could be written now that the main character is in different circumstances and there are several areas that could be explored.


Any additional comments?

Rather short and ended before I expected it.

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- Mrs

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-12-2009
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books