• The Mind Readers

  • An Albert Campion Mystery
  • By: Margery Allingham
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (84 ratings)

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The Mind Readers

By: Margery Allingham
Narrated by: David Thorpe
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Publisher's Summary

Fact catches up with fiction when the secret of telepathic communication is discovered. But the device at the centre of the mystery is in the possession of two schoolboys and whether they stole it or invented it, there are powerful interests who will kill to get hold of it.

Albert Campion faces as deadly a challenge as any in his career. As urbane as Lord Wimsey.as ingenious as Poirot. Meet one of crime fiction's Great Detectives, Mr Albert Campion.

©2008 Margery Allingham (P)2013 Audible Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Margery Allingham stands out like a shining light. Everything she writes has a definite shape...each book has its own separate and distinctive background" ( Agatha Christie)
"Miss Allingham has a strong, well controlled sense of humour, a power of suggesting character with a few touches and an excellent English style. She has a sense of the fantastic, and is never dull" ( Times Literary Supplement)
"The real queen of crime" ( Guardian)

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Satisfying!

One of the best, featuring Canon Averill who played such a big part in Tiger in the Smoke.

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Somehow her women faded in this later novel

I enjoy Allingham in part for her refreshingly clear view of the genders. In this story, writing in 1965, the roll of the women characters is suddenly subservient to the men and the children involved in the story. The men and boys take center stage, the women are entirely in support roles. It was unpleasant to be confronted with neurotic, clinging, limited women from a writer who’s “Amanda” was a capable partner to Campion in sleuthing, and later a loving and practical mom while right along an accomplished aeronautical engineer.
She’d previously written male characters who were evidently gay without disparagement, the one gay male in this account is written in a less favorable manner as well. Unpleasant to feel that cultural shift. Campion himself felt dated, and I missed Lugg, too.
Allingham died in 1966, the year after this was published, and it feels as though “her light was fading” in this last completed piece.
Her earlier material will remain for me well worth re-reading, and she is - along with Josephine Tey- one of my favorite classic mystery writers. but this last story I’m not likely to pick up again.

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mainly a spy thriller

The secret weapon that is the center of the story is ESP. a prevailing subject of the time. but the spy story is the main attraction. as always beautifully plotted with lots of interesting characters.

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not one of the best

rather hard to follow and fairly boring. reader was great. recommend other allingham books-this one can take a miss.

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very disappointed

This book was very disappointing--a big build-up and big letdown for an ending. Read very well.

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  • Miranda
  • 07-25-21

Book Not Suitable for Audio

This book is just not suitable for an audiobook. So many characters, so many names, so many events to follow. It would be confusing enough with a paperback but probably doable, as I could look back at some sections and take some notes with character names etc. It would probably help to have a character name before each section, but still, mightily confusing. Head-hopping, character soup. It's not author's best work. Still, some books are just compliecated like that, and producers should know better than to record them. I know, market, money, yes. But don't be surprised when one star reviews show up...

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  • Miss Julie E. Ellis
  • 05-31-17

loved it all campion series is so good.

loved it all campion series is so good .brilliantly penned. golden age authors are great

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  • Penny
  • 11-18-22

Tedious

This story simply does not stand up and is full of tedious twaddle. Campion hardly appears and is incidental to the plot. Disappointing.

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  • Mrs T A Herbert
  • 11-07-22

Confusing

I never was much good with stories of espionage! I found this difficult to follow and probably proved I'm a bear of little brain

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  • Diane Walmsley
  • 07-22-22

confusing

this is the last written by Margery Allingham that l could find with my dear Albert, i have loved them all except perhaps this one, didn't enjoy the story line at all, dont miss Mike. Ripley version of Albert

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  • The Chicken Lady
  • 06-16-22

Not that bad !

this is admittedly one of the more complex Campion plots and with the benefit of several decades of hindsight the technology does seem a bit unlikely , however I don't think it bears the one star reviews slating it , yes it has several groups of characters but they do all come together and need to be there to offer the alternative scenarios without giving the game away the eventual explanation of who is behind the sinister new technology is quite clever .
maybe it's just me but I was able to follow the characters and plot fine and although not one of her best it was perfectly listenable .

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  • Nicola
  • 03-29-22

Complex

Highly complex plot as you would expect from this spy/mystery story - but great fun as always.

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  • Mrs. C. Hunt
  • 01-04-22

The Mind Readers

Very into the future story line, with a great mystery along the way, read brilliantly again by David Thorpe.

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  • MRS M.
  • 10-18-21

very poor.

I'm usually a great fan of Margery Allingham but I found this story very difficult to follow and completely unbelievable.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-04-21

A load of old tosh.

A load of old tosh. And ten other words because a review requires 15. Apparently.