• Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold

  • By: Evelyn Waugh
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Gilbert Pinfold is a reclusive Catholic novelist suffering from acute inertia. In an attempt to keep insomnia at bay he has been imbibing an unappetizing cocktail of bromide, chloral, and creme de menthe. He books a passage on the SS Caliban, and as it cruises towards Ceylon, he slips into madness.

Almost as soon as the gangplank lifts, Pinfold hears sounds coming out of the ceiling of his cabin: wild jazz bands, barking dogs, and loud revival meetings. He is convinced that an erratic public-address system is letting him hear everything that goes on aboard ship....until instead of just sounds, he hears voices. But not just any voices. These voices are talking, in the most frighteningly intimate way, about him!

©1985 Maria Teresa D'Arms, Auberon Alexander Waugh, and Evelyn Margaret Fitzherbert (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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A wonderful depiction of the nastiness of hallucinations

In one of his speeches, Dr. Oliver Sacks mentioned his reading of this book and the wonderfully unnerving descriptions of withdrawals it possesses. Fortunately, I located it on Audible and even more fortunately discovered it was narrated by the sonorous voice of Simon Prebble. I went through this very quickly and expect any one who starts it likely to do the same. An incredible book with an equally incredible narration!