• Traitor's Purse

  • An Albert Campion Mystery
  • By: Margery Allingham
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (166 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Campion investigates once more, but this time he is on the run from the police - classic British crime writing at its best. Celebrated amateur detective Albert Campion awakes in hospital accused of attacking a police officer and suffering from acute amnesia. All he can remember is that he was on a mission of vital importance to His Majesty's government before his accident. On the run from the police and unable to recognise even his faithful servant Lugg or his own fiancée, Campion struggles desperately to put the pieces together while the very fate of England is at stake.

Margery Allingham was born in London in 1904. Her first novel was published when she was seventeen. In 1929 she published The Crime at Black Dudley and introduced the character who was to become the hallmark of her writing - Albert Campion.

©2013 Margery Allingham (P)2013 Audible Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Spending an evening with Campion is one of life's pure pleasures" ( Saturday Review)

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One of Allingham's best

Traitor's Purse may be my favorite Campion novel. Campion himself is such a delightful character. But this is the only one in which he experiences true character development. The device of amnesia forces him to figure nearly everything out with no context and no background, just his wits. It's a very enjoyable read.

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Great story, annoying falsetto

David Thorpe is perfectly capable of reading this great story well, and does in every particular except that for some reason he interpreted Campion's "high, light voice" (described in a former book) as an excruciating dowager falsetto that is not only highly irritating, but makes it difficult to follow the action of the story, since it destroys all the emotional innuendo so cleverly written into the dialogue. This is one of Allingham's best Campion novels; this version is still worth a listen as the rest of the character voicings are well done, but I wish Thorpe would do it over without the falsetto. I don't know what the producer was thinking to have allowed it. To be honest, I much prefer the narration of Francis Matthews, who reads some of Allingham's other books.

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Can't listen to this narrator..

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A different narrator. I can't even finish listening to the book because his voices are so annoying. I'm going to finish the story by reading the hard copy.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Traitor's Purse?

Campion's realization of how important Amanda is to him. And the way Albert muddles through with his loss of memory.

What didn’t you like about David Thorpe’s performance?

The various voices he uses. The one he gives to Campion is dreadful. But the others are annoying as well.

Any additional comments?

I'm going to return it for a refund. I won't be buying anymore Albert Campion books narrated by David Thorpe. That's too bad because I enjoy these stories.

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Outstanding

Well drafted plot with masterful use of the English language. I could not put it down.

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Campion Favorite

More intrigue than the usual manor house murder that A. Campion usually encounters. The best yet.

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Perfect book for David Thorpe

David Thorpe brings such wonderful life to a book like this! it wouldn't have been nearly as enjoyable had I read it myself.
I suspect he could make an algebra book sound enchanting!

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Campion and Amanda triumph!

For some reason missed this one when listening to the series in order ... now things make a lot more sense! Great story and wonderful adventure as always for Campion and his usual band of characters - loved it!

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Won't download

This is the second Audible narration which will not coordinate
With the book. The first always narrated a different chapter than the one I was reading in the book. This one plays only the sample then stops. Not a good bargain.

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NOTHING CATCHY HERE.

BORING, TO MANY SENARIO,S, AND CHARACTERS. TOOK 2 NIGHTS TO GET THROUGH IT. TRIED THIS BOOK BECAUSE I KINDA LIKED TIGER IN THE SMOKE. BUT ALAS, NOT THIS ONE. NARRATION WAS VERY STIFF AND BORING.

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  • Sybil
  • 07-07-13

Terrible voice

What would have made Traitor's Purse better?

I have loved this story and all the Albert Campion tales. Really pleased to see it unabridged as I had the Francis Matthews version on cassette and the Philip Franks on CD/audio. Both of these were excellent. This starts fine until David Thorpe speaks as Campion - what a terrible voice. Campion is meant to look an idiot but is actually sharp as a knife but he is well educated (scion of royalty) and not sound one even if he babbles at times. This has really ruined this to the extent that I can't listen to it and will go back to the Philip Franks version until hopefully the Francis Matthews is reissued on Audio CD . Please make that soon!
I won't buy any of the other David Thorpe recordings and its such a pity.

What other book might you compare Traitor's Purse to, and why?

This is more like an spy story than Allingham's usual detectives but still quite gentle.

How could the performance have been better?

Used the FRancis Matthews recording or get David Thorpe to reinterpret Campion

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Yes, anger at David Thorpe and whoever let him get away with such rubbish, sad that one of my favourite stories has been spoilt and very very disappointed that I'd wasted the money.

Any additional comments?

No

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  • Bundoodragon
  • 01-03-21

Terrible

I remember reading some of Allingham's books as a teenager and enjoying them. Not this one though as it has to be the worst, I can't conceive even as a teenager I would have had a high opinion of this. It's a mish mash of unbelievable plot and long rambling, introspective, maudlin, indulgent thoughts. The contrived events are absurd, just as I decided they couldn't get any worse they sadly did.
However, worst of all was the narration. Why was Campion given a high pitched dowager duchess squeaky voice? He spoke in an even higher tone than his fiancée ! The police should have arrested him for falsetto crimes against eardrums.
This book will be returned.

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  • Tricky Vicky
  • 08-29-20

Good but not the best narrative

Love Allingham's Campion stories but having seen the Peter Davison TV adaptation and Philip Frank's narration of the novels I'm afraid that this narrator did not sit well with me. The tone that he employed for Campion irritated me no end!!

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  • Nick
  • 01-15-22

Excellent narrator

One of her very best plots . The narrator is excellent and I fail to see why others complain. Pathetic moaning idiots

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  • elisabeth jackson
  • 03-23-21

Audio Book for Traitors Purse

A fantastic story and plot. It is one of my favourite Champion novels. However, the reader's choice of voice for Campion is horrendous. It is high pitched and in contrast to his true character. Other characters have normal
and believable intonation and accents. Such a shame this one fault brings down the overall calibre of this audiobook.

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  • Seonaid
  • 03-20-21

A thoroughly enjoyable listen

I felt I had to write a review to counteract some of the very poor reviews that this reading of Traitor's Purse has received. I am a huge fan of Margery Allingham's Campion novels and have them all on Audible. I think David Thorpe is a wonderful narrator and infinitely prefer him to Francis Matthews who does not, in my opinion, adequately distinguish between different speakers, especially women. Initially, I didn't like David Thorpe's reading of Albert, but, the more I listened, the more I realised that he really does capture him as I think Allingham intended him to sound. The variety of accents and the pitch of the different voices, is for me, just right. The story is far fetched but I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially the development of the romantic relationship between Albert and Amanda.

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  • Dawn Martin
  • 05-03-22

Ingenious.

Having your sleuth meander around in a nightmare of severe concussion and amnesia is a balancing act that only Margery Allingham could bring off, and she does it in style.

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  • Mrs. C. Hunt
  • 12-14-21

Creator's Purse

This has many mysteries which all into twine with each other as Campion slowly remembers. Read brilliantly again by David Thorpe.

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  • Nicola
  • 11-17-21

Excellent

An interesting twist on the usual cat and mouse plot line. Set in its time but great fun.

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  • Stephen Gardner
  • 10-22-21

Fabulous and unique - a great book to listen to.

Loved it! Never come across a story line like it, written from that perspective. Excellently read.

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  • Richard
  • 02-25-21

complete suspense

fantastic story and performance, couldn't stop listening! from the very start this book has you on tenterhooks and dials it up continually.