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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (286 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Mortimer Narrator: Paul Shelley Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN:
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When Simeon Simcox, a socialist clergyman, leaves his entire fortune not to his family but to the ruthless, social-climbing Tory MP Leslie Titmuss, the Rector's two sons react in very different ways. Henry, novelist and former 'angry young man' turned grumpy old reactionary, decides to fight the will and prove their father was insane. Younger brother Fred, a mild-mannered country doctor, takes a different approach, quietly digging in Simeon's past, only to uncover an entirely unexpected explanation for the legacy. An exquisitely drawn saga of ancient rivalries and class struggles, featuring a glorious cast of characters, Paradise Postponed is a delicious portrait of English country life by a master satirist. Read by Paul Shelley.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 1/13/2014

    " Very good. Extra dry humor. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave Darus | 12/23/2013

    " Ok, not as good as his Rumpole writing "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katy | 12/23/2013

    " John Mortimer is a rare treat. I believe he is better known for the Rumpole books, but his Rapstone Chronicle is not to be missed. This is a very funny look at society in Great Britain following the changes wrought by Margaret Thatcher and the Tories. I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanius | 12/11/2013

    " John Mortimer at his best. The Rise and rise of Leslie Titmuss. Satirical, ironic and very funny. Wonderful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 10/2/2013

    " it was alright - but wasn't what i expected. found it difficult to keep track of the characters. was expecting some humor but there was none. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 9/14/2013

    " This book is funny, in a slightly understated, British way. There's mystery, intrigue, and even a little romance. The author and characters, like many Brits, are obsessed with class. All in all, it was well-written and enjoyable to read, if not very deep. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 7/12/2013

    " This was a fun book. If you enjoy the mysteries performed on PBS, you will like this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 3/27/2013

    " A surprise find in the Luang Prabang used book store. So funny and gentle and mocking of England. Reminded me of my mother and made me laugh at British family life. I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebekkila | 2/7/2013

    " Very funny story about a disfunctional family fighting over a will. Highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/11/2012

    " Not as good as his Rumpole books but still a very good read. Interesting insight into British politics. Recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Butler | 10/22/2012

    " Much as I like John Mortimer - especially his character of Horace Rumpold - I found this one had difficulty in holding my attention - about two chapters from the end I still didn't care about the characters or what happened to them - I never finished it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 8/6/2012

    " This novel may best be enjoyed as the first in the Rapstone Chronicles trilogy which includes TITMUS REGAINED and THE SOUND OF TRUMPETS. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lex Bijlsma | 2/27/2012

    " Tot mijn verbazing is mijn smaak drastisch veranderd. Bij eerste lezing in de jaren '80 vond ik dit een geestige politieke satire, nu vind ik het langdradig en voorspelbaar. Is dit toegenomen wijsheid mijnerzijds of seniliteit? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 2/22/2012

    " A fun British satire with a somewhat confusing cast of characters. Nothing more, nothing less. The second half, with its bit of sleuthing, is more engaging than the first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua | 2/7/2012

    " Great British satire, moved very quickly for a long novel. An enjoyable, funny, witty read. "

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About the Author
Author John Mortimer

John Mortimer (1923–2009) was a playwright, novelist, and barrister. He wrote many radio, film, and television scripts, including the British television series Rumpole of the Bailey, and won the British Academy Writer of the Year Award in 1979. He retired from the bar in 1984 and was knighted in 1998.

About the Narrator
Paul Shelley trained at RADA and has mainly worked in the theater as a classical actor. He has worked extensively with the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company and has appeared in several West End productions. His work for television includes Secret Army, Special Branch, Blake’s 7, A Tale of Two Cities, Doctor Who, Inspector Morse, and Crossroads.