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Dangerous Davies

By: Leslie Thomas
Narrated by: Alexander John
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Summary

As plain-clothes men go, Dangerous Davies looks like a non-starter. The small fry of petty larceny and minor disturbances in the backwaters of north-west London are his daily round. His philosophising Welsh drinking companion Mod, his outsized and unruly dog Kitty, his quarrels with his landlady Mrs Fulljames - none of these bodes well for the efficient solving of crimes and the outwitting of villainy.

But Davies is encouraged by his beautiful friend, Jemma, and every so often he stumbles upon something really big.

©2001 Leslie Thomas (P)2009 Random House Audio

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Very funny

This book is so funny, politically incorrect and a great story. You can tell that it is set a few years ago, the character of Dangerous Davies is an excellent creation. He comes across as a total pessimist but you can't help but want him to catch the person responsible for the murder. The other character's are also excellently created and feel like people we have all come across. I loved it

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Well worth a listen

This book is hilarious, so much better than the TV series (which after seeing the first episode, I didn't bother with again). Brilliant to listen to on a long car journey with no children. I first listened to this book years ago on tape when it was narrated by Bernard Cribbins and I cried with laughter. Mr. Cribbins is my preferred narrator but Alexander John makes a fair job of it. The characters are wonderful and the plot darkly comical.

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Good story from one great writer and well read

Good story from one great writer and well read
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Wonderfully understatedly comedic Detective story.

Detective fiction has its fair share of atypical characters, but 'Dangerous' Davies (and his dog, Kitty..!) is one of the most interesting I've come across in a while. The story follows Davies as he lumbers from error to crisis, sometimes through his own fault, sometimes due to his enemies machinations, and sometimes simply the result of his perennial bad luck. He takes up an old case against the wishes of his superiors, and doggedly follows the stone cold trail all over North London, pausing only for his regular boozy sessions with his best mate in the local pub, or for dinner, courtesy of his batty old landlady. The narration is first class, with seemingly every kind of accent and voice portrayed seamlessly. I'd highly recommend this for anyone wanting a break from modern detective procedurals, and to experience a tale of a bygone era of old fashioned London policing. 9/10, Definitely recommend.

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Very funny with a good plot

I really enjoyed revisiting this book that I’d read some 24 years ago. It was very funny in places and had a good plot to carry you along. Would recommend to most but not the very young as it’s just a touch rude in places.

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Leslie Thomas at his brilliant best

A gripping storyline coupled with gentle humour guaranteed to make you smile and in places laugh out loud. Highly recommended.

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Excellent book, superbly narrated.

Thoroughly enjoyed this, lovely story, nicely narrated. Dangerous is brought to life I'm sure, just as Leslie Thomas intended. More please!

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Brilliantly funny tale.

A laugh out loud tale of an incompetent but kindly policeman, who triumphs in the end against considerable opposition from his boss.

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Memorable characters, great humor, superb reader.

If you could sum up Dangerous Davies in three words, what would they be?

Flawed, hysterical protagonist.

What other book might you compare Dangerous Davies to and why?

I don't know of any other series of detective/mystery books that have made me downright giggle as much as Dangerous Davies. In spite of a story dealing with the serious pursuit of a murderer, and without detracting from the gravity and sadness of the loss of a young life, Leslie Thomas manages to keep his readers laughing.

Have you listened to any of Alexander John’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have never listened to any other of Alexander John's performances but I so look forward to his reading more of the Dangerous Davies novels. Having already read the book in print, as well as watched the tv series based on Thomas' characters, I had a pretty good notion of what Davies should "sound" like. Yet John exceeded my expectations and gave Davies the perfect voice.

Any additional comments?

This will be my go-to listen when I'm in need of a good laugh.

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