eAudio - unabridged
Audio (8.40 hours)
Product Number: Z100095869
Released: Jun 21, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781481561006
Narrator/s: Barrett Whitener
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It all begins when Cosmo Topper, a law-abiding, mild-mannered bank manager, decides to buy a secondhand car, only to find it haunted by the ghosts of its previous owners: the reckless, feckless, frivolous couple who met their untimely demise when the car careened into an oak tree. The capricious ghosts make it their mission to rescue the inhibited banker from the staid "summer of suburban Sundays" that is his life. With their ectoplasmic reappearances and whimsically insane actions, they leave Topper, and anyone else who crosses their path, in a whirlwind of discomfiture and delight. Smith's hilarious ribald comedy was the basis for a Cary Grant movie and hit television show.

Author(s): Thorne Smith
Original Publish Date: Jan 01, 2006

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Author(s): Thorne Smith
Narrator(s): Barrett Whitener
Product Number DD7193
Released: Jul 01, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781470890049

Professional reviews

"The listener with happy childhood memories of both the well-known film (starring Cary Grant) and the early TV show will enjoy hearing the original story of Topper, a man whose world is thrown into confusion by two frivolous, high-society ghosts. Barrett Whitener successfully brings the varied characters to life, from petulant and whiny Topper, to sophisticated Marion. And his George Kerby perfectly fits my image of this debonair and charming character. The supporting characters are well drawn; they include stereotypical police, a self-important judge, and the long suffering Mrs. Topper. Whitener carefully paints the desolate landscape of Topper's life, while hinting at the sensuality of Marion, and the sexual tension between the two. This is a delightful, thought-provoking read. W.L.S. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"

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