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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (354 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thorne Smith Narrator: Barrett Whitene Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It all begins when Cosmo Topper, a law-abiding, mild-mannered bank manager, decides to buy a secondhand car, only to find it haunted by the ghosts of its previous owners: the reckless, feckless, frivolous couple who met their untimely demise when the car careened into an oak tree. The capricious ghosts make it their mission to rescue the inhibited banker from the staid “summer of suburban Sundays” that is his life. With their ectoplasmic reappearances and whimsically insane actions, they leave Topper, and anyone else who crosses their path, in a whirlwind of discomfiture and delight. Smith’s hilarious ribald comedy was the basis for a Cary Grant movie and hit television show.

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  • “Barrett Whitener successfully brings the varied characters to life, from petulant and whiny Topper to sophisticated Marion. Whitener carefully paints the desolate landscape of Topper’s life, while hinting at the sensuality of Marion, and the sexual tension between the two. This is a delightful, thought-provoking read.”


  • “Judging from his books, all Thorne Smith wanted was a little fun—no, a lot of fun, more that might be possible on earth.”

    Carolyn See, author

  • “[Thorne Smith] created the modern American ghost. A ghost with style and wit. A ghost that haunts us still.”

    New York Times

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jcurmudge | 1/27/2014

    " I read the Topper series many years ago. They were delightful quick reads with many double entendres. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dianne | 1/18/2014

    " I last read this book over fifty years ago, and enjoyed it tremendously. A slight plot but written in clear lyrical prose which is a pleasure to read. Topper, an overweight, dull, henpecked, banker takes a fancy to a flashy red sportscar. The previous owners, low level spirits, are able to reconstitute their ectoplasm when they need to, and Cosmo Topper is in for a high time of partying and drinking and travelling in their company. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Henry Avila | 1/5/2014

    " Cosmo Topper a staid and dull banker with an nagging wife ,who has perpetual indigestion. (She needs Pepto - Bismol)A drastic change happens in his boring life, after buying an old sports car.The auto was previously owned by an irresponsible rich young couple ,who died in it . While driving in the country , he starts seeing things and maybe going a little insane!Yes George and Marion Kerby the young dead pair, have come back as ghosts to haunt Topper and the fun begins.Marion wants to drive and bystanders give a strange look at the apparently driverless vehicle traveling down the road. They visit an inn and get into a drunken brawl.Cosmo, with the help of George and Marion ,is a tiger during the fight!The townspeople have never seen anything like it. Spooks, unbelievable !Jailed, Cosmo's picture in the newspaper ,he has some explaining to do. Imagine, His wife and friends think Topper was intoxicated! So naturally Topper takes a vacation after getting out of confinement. Further madcap adventures for the trio of course occurs .Cosmos enjoys the excitement, he's having the time of his life! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Eva Sterner | 12/1/2013

    " There is nothing more fun than a romp with Topper and his ghostly companions. I first read it in 1965. And it is an every year read. It is humorous how much I missed in those early readings. It's not great works, but not to be missed. "

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