The Return of Reginald Perrin, by David Nobbs

In which Reggie and Elizabeth found Grot and find success.

Well.. I hate to say it but this was a bit of a disappointment. But I think that's because it was on audiobook. As was the case when I listened to the first book, the person reading the story doesn't know it as well as I do, and didn't get the emphasis and expression right. It was like listening to a song I know really well being covered by someone who's singing it for the first time. In the Ponsonby section, which I know pretty much by heart, he just didn't do it with the appropriate feeling.

I know that Nobbs has a thing about women being equal to men, and I guess this is why there is a section in the book where Elizabeth behaves irrationally, but I don't really find it convincing. Maybe that's because I remember the TV characters so well, and the actress playing Elizabeth just isn't so plausible an eccentric as Rossiter was.

The third audiobook is on order but I'm not sure I'm going to listen to it, I think I might read it instead.

Completed : 22-Sep-2006 (audiobook)

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