As part of my plan to knock off TBR books quicker by checking out audio versions, I started this book just at the tail end of last year, but didn't make enough progress before holidays, so picked it back up this month. But there were problems:
My first audio, checked out from my local library, was a popular edition with holds, so my check-out expired before I could finish it and I couldn't renew - there are currently still 2 holds on it before mine.
When I went to dig out my paperback copy to finish reading it, I couldn't find it. I remember showing it to MT because he'd heard mention of the book somewhere, and now neither of us can find it. Not a happy camper.
Because my library copy has numerous holds, I went to a neighbouring system I have a card with and checked out their audio edition - a different one, but it's narrated by Hugh Laurie, and he can't suck right? Right. But when it ended much sooner than I expected it to, I discovered it's abridged.
SO - I'm reviewing it anyway and when I get home there will be a possibly violent rummage through the house and the paperback will be found. At which point I will figure out what I missed. It doesn't really matter though, because the book is lovely. Light, amusing, entertaining and often poetic. While Hugh Laurie was brilliant, I think I have to give an extra nudge to Frederick Davidson's edition. He adds a certain ironic gravitas to his reading that makes lightly amusing anecdotes hilarious.
Highly recommended in any form.