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3.00344827586207 out of 53.00344827586207 out of 53.00344827586207 out of 53.00344827586207 out of 53.00344827586207 out of 5 3.00 (290 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kyril Bonfiglioli Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Charlie Mortdecai Mysteries Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455183272
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A cult classic in the United Kingdom since its first publication there in the 1970s, Don’t Point That Thing at Me is the first of a series of hilarious and dark-humored crime thrillers featuring the Honorable Charlie Mortdecai, degenerate aristocrat, amoral art dealer, seasoned epicurean, unwilling assassin, and acknowledged coward.

With his thuggish manservant, the incomparably named Jock Strapp, Mortdecai endures all manner of nastiness involving stolen paintings, a vintage Rolls Royce, secret police, a whirlwind trip to the United States, a dead client, and a ravishing and wealthy young widow—all just to make a dishonest living. He’s not one to pass up a drink, and he prides himself on being stylishly dressed for whatever occasion may present itself, no matter how debauched. Don’t miss this brilliant mixture of comedy, crime, and suspense.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “You couldn’t snuggle under the duvet with anything more disreputable and delightful.”

    Spectator

  • “Wickedly entertaining…a sure-fire, acid-tongued winner.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Mayhem, mischief, close calls, sex, food, and drink follow—something for everyone. The excellent Simon Prebble enjoys himself throughout as he mixes escapades with discussions of wine and fine cuisine…The listener’s attention will never wander.”

    AudioFile

  • “The Honorable Charlie Mortdecai…who quips à la Oscar Wilde even when in dire distress…makes his audio debut in Kyril Bonfiglioli’s darkly comic Don’t Point That Thing at Me, read in the deliciously honeyed cadences of the British upper class by Simon Prebble…An over-the-top, oddball charmer.”

    BookPage

  • Winner of the 1973 CWA New Blood Dagger Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 2/14/2014

    " If a morally depraved Wodehouse appeals to you, this is that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eddy Allen | 2/12/2014

    " Acult classic in the UK since its first publication there in the 1970s, Don't Point That Thing at Me is the hilarious and dark-humored crime thriller featuring the Honorable Charlie Mortdecai: degenerate aristocrat, amoral art dealer, seasoned epicurean, unwilling assassin, and general knave-about-Piccadilly. With his thuggish manservant Jock, Mortdecai endures all manner of nastiness involving secret police, angry foreign governments, stolen paintings, and dead clients, all just to make a dishonest living--while decked out in the most stylish garb and drinking the most bizarre alcoholic cocktails. Don't miss the brilliant mixture of comedy, crime, and suspense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed Chatterton | 1/31/2014

    " I'm a Bonfiglioli nut. If you haven't read any then do yourself a favour and pick them up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie Dunn-Schmidt | 1/26/2014

    " Outrageous and amazing and twisted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean Wylie | 1/23/2014

    " I found this book very funny and is a good introduction to British humor. The plot is a bit silly and hard to follow, but that is kinda the point. The main character is fantastic in his outlook on life and the situations he find himself trying to laugh his way through. A surprising amount of torture in this story, but it is not particularly graphic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David Macpherson | 1/6/2014

    " How can something that started so well and so terrifically turn it to such a downer of an unpleasant train wreck? The first half or so was great, you had a debauched Wooster type character with a Jeeves who is a giant wrecking ball of an enforcer and there is a plot and a lot of violence but it was fun because the tone was spot on, and then the characters went to america and everything went to hell. It turned slowly into a nasty mess and then the mess ball sped up and it was just a real bummer. The non ending of the narrator waiting to die, was a lousy cop out. I liked the beginning so much which is why I gave it two stars and not one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamwendy | 12/31/2013

    " I love this Author. If P G Woodhouse lived in the the last quarter of the 20th century, He would have written this. The humor is pure British as are the characters and crazy plot twists. I am going to read everything Bonfiglioli has written "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donna | 12/28/2013

    " I had a hard time getting into this book. Maybe it is just a bit dated or maybe it was because it was an audio book. I might try another in this series but I certainly would be sure to read the print version rather than listen to the audiobook. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corey | 12/24/2013

    " I dig this guy's eccentric, humorous take on the Chandler/Hammett style mysteries. He only wrote 3 apparently which is too bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will Hines | 12/7/2013

    " This was hilarious. Everyone compares it to the Jeeves books and they are right. But this is more violent, more sad and funnier. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher Gordon | 12/1/2013

    " The first and possibly best of the trilogy but i defy anyone to resist reading all three. Should be a movie by now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 10/12/2013

    " Novels don't come any better than this. Ranks up there with the best of P. G. Wodehouse. Charlie Mortdecai is an art dealer and gets mixed up in smuggling, and such. Very amusing, excellent writing and wonderful characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Soloff | 9/18/2013

    " Beautifully written! Hard to believe that his work is not better known. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophie | 8/17/2013

    " Not quite as good as the first book but def worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 7/12/2013

    " take the Jeeves/butler micro-genre, add some depraved hijinks, sexual allusions (while still maintaining a british politeness) and a unique voice and this is what you get. you will either love it or not really get it. can't see there being too much in between. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela | 6/25/2013

    " Not bad, but the "cleverness" gets to be a bit tiring before the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachael | 4/20/2013

    " Enormously clever, very British, lots of fun. Read by Simon Prebble who is fantastic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 3/23/2013

    " Interesting and witty, I think a missed some of the wittisisms. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cody | 9/4/2012

    " Don't Point That Thing at Me is something like Nabokov penning a Chandler novel and supplanting Philip Marlowe with a perverse version of Wooster and Jeeves. In short it is good, lecherous fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 5/5/2012

    " I am not even sure what the point or plot of this book was but the prose was such a joy to read, I didn't care...I just got lost in his words and wonderful phrasing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 2/15/2012

    " I laughed out loud while listening to this book on my headphones, startling dogs & strangers on the sidewalk. Right now I could not give this book higher praise. I also miss the characters already. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 8/17/2011

    " I adored this book. A real tip of the hat to those who love the adventures of Bertie Wooster (P.G.Wodehouse). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trevor | 6/1/2011

    " A witty gem of a mystery, which centers around a crooked and lovable art dealer. The best way I can describe it is like a cross between the humour of Douglas Adams and the noir plots of Philip Kerr. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher | 3/26/2011

    " The first and possibly best of the trilogy but i defy anyone to resist reading all three. Should be a movie by now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 12/28/2010

    " If a morally depraved Wodehouse appeals to you, this is that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 10/11/2010

    " I adored this book. A real tip of the hat to those who love the adventures of Bertie Wooster (P.G.Wodehouse). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donna | 9/26/2010

    " I had a hard time getting into this book. Maybe it is just a bit dated or maybe it was because it was an audio book. I might try another in this series but I certainly would be sure to read the print version rather than listen to the audiobook. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tess | 5/6/2010

    " 3 stars for style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry | 4/15/2010

    " Black comedy at its finest. "Ripley" written as farce. Love Charlie Mortdecai - long may he sail. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corey | 4/5/2010

    " I dig this guy's eccentric, humorous take on the Chandler/Hammett style mysteries. He only wrote 3 apparently which is too bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 6/18/2009

    " Trying to understand British humor.. Finally starting to get the hang of it... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 4/7/2009

    " Outrageous and amazing and twisted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kory | 2/4/2009

    " Really clever, really awesome. If you like boastful, slightly overweight gourmand art dealers with a thirst for fine liquor and a penchant for finding trouble, then the Mortdecai books are for you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nate | 12/21/2008

    " Sleazy and entertaining art-world crime pulp. Delivers pretty much exactly what it promises, and then hits a note of actual pathos and desperation near the end. Which is mostly undone by the sequel, but seriously this one stands alone as a quality bit of 70s brit noir. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 11/4/2008

    " I laughed out loud while listening to this book on my headphones, startling dogs & strangers on the sidewalk. Right now I could not give this book higher praise. I also miss the characters already. "

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About the Author
Author Kyril Bonfiglioli

Kyril Bonfiglioli (1928–1985) was an art dealer, accomplished fencer, a fair shot with most weapons, and a serial marrier of beautiful women. He claimed to be “abstemious in all things except drink, food, tobacco, and talking” and “loved and respected by all who knew him slightly.”

About the Narrator

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received thirty-seven Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.