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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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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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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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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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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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Enjoyable

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

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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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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,

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Entertaining book superbly read

I enjoyed listening to this book. It is basically a state of England story told through the medium of a family and the village in which they live. There is a small mystery sub plot which keeps up the pace of the story but it is much more than that, covering the changes in life from the end of the war to the ‘80’s. The characters are well drawn, from the devious and determined Leslie Titmuss to Fred Simcox who is, in a way, the hero. I found myself immersed in the story and involved with the characters.
This satisfying book was brought to life by Paul Shelley, whose characterisation was excellent and whose reading was a pleasure to listen to. He also sings well when occasion demands!
I recommend both book and reader.

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A middling novel

In all ways this book takes a middle course and, as a necessary consequence, is neither especially good or distinctly bad.

Set in middle England, its account of life in one of the shires spans the period from the mid-50s to Thatcher’s 80s. With conflict in one family following the death of a high profile C-of-E cleric at its centre, it jogs along in a companionable way without hitting any great heights.

An unexceptional but moderately intelligent train journey option.

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Flimsy Plot and Characters

First, let me say Paul Shelley gives a wonderful performance narrating this novel. And now it pains me to say how thin the plot is. In fact, I believe there are two reasons for the time-hopping that occurs in the book. Firstly I to add some texture to something that would be two-dimensional without it. Secondly, the book reads like a script that has been padded out to make it into a book.
The whole thing has that empty slickness that many tv dramas have. It promises much and delivers little.
And we are half a step from Deus ex machina to tie up the loose ends.
And did I mention the fat Hollywood producer and other cliches?

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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.