• Paradise Postponed

  • By: John Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Paul Shelley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Paradise Postponed

By: John Mortimer
Narrated by: Paul Shelley
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 John Mortimer (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Too little plot

In my opinion, the amount of plot was too small for the length of the book. I kept thinking something exciting might develop or be revealed, but when it was all over it definitely wasn't worth listening to for almost 13 hours. Maybe if one or two of the characters were endearing it would have helped, but I didn't really care that much about any of them.

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  • Frequent User of Technology
  • 05-07-15

An old friend

Not the most remarkable book or a cliff hanging thriller but a gentle story set in past times from the 50s to the 80s. I re-read it every few years and it was a pleasure, this time, to hear it with audible. Some likeable and not so likeable characters, humour, atmosphere - some of it tinged with nostalgia. It won't appeal to everyone but it's always been one of my favourite books.

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  • Lynda
  • 12-31-12

Paradise Postponed

I found this really difficult to get into and even though I peservered it didn't grip me at all. I expected it to be a pleasant light read but was disappointed

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  • Jane
  • 02-13-22

intelligent captivating humane

After some lazy years of unchallenging crime thrillers and general pap, I returned to John Mortimer (and others of that vintage) and realised what an absolute joy and treasure his writing is. So satisfying and absorbing - wonderful 'un-dumbed-down' language and references which are such a refreshing change from cliche and formulaic prose engendered by 'writing' courses and undoubted pressure from publishers to be thoroughly bland even though sprinkled with sensationalism.
Loved this and will listen again many times - thank you too for the inestimable talents of Paul Shelley as a truly great narrator.

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  • Fothergill
  • 12-17-21

Amazing narration !

The quality of Paradise postponed, I never doubted,John Mortimer’s wit and dexterity with the english language, pure joy, so much so I did not expect more ... but... the exquisite narration of PAUL SHELLEY is
Quite beyond my praise, his ability to separate narrator and character, his exceptional singing voice, so natural and sweet, ( a brief but unexpected pleasure )altogether a wonderful performance , dare I say, it actually improved my experience of this book, I shall now seek out
More of his narrations.

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  • Nicola
  • 07-25-21

Enjoyable

Well-written with empathy and compassion - and enough of a mystery to keep the reader guessing.

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  • miss sd craigie
  • 04-11-20

great read, excellently told

enjoyed immensely story of class, rivalry, revenge told over 50 years beautiful writing, I felt I was there.

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  • Agatha fan
  • 12-03-22

Wonderful

Delightful story beautifully narrated. One of those wonderful discoveries that I know I will return to again and again

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  • pamelula
  • 10-20-22

Brilliant

Absolutely loved the telling of this gentle, sweetly funny, well- told story. Will be looking for more of the same.......

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  • Sally
  • 09-15-22

unbelievably boring.

I listened right the way through. I thought a story would develop, but if it did it was so boring I really didn't care or notice. if you like John Mortimer books you might enjoy it. but Rumpole it certainly isn't.

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  • Mary
  • 06-07-22

Good story

I enjoyed this book but it was a bit drawn out. I found myself getting a lost in parts and my concentration waned on occasions due to so many different characters, We were kept guessing right to the end regarding the outcome of the will but it did leave me a bit confused as to where the rector's money actually went,