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Rebecca

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  • "Be careful what you wish for"

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    Fun screwball comedy about a writer who invites a medium over to get information for his book. During the séance he unwittingly calls back his dead wife. He's the only one who can see her, causing chaos.

    I watched the movie shortly after listening to this performance. Listen to this, and skip the movie.

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    Blithe Spirit

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 44 mins)
    • By Noel Coward
    • Narrated By Rosalind Ayres, Shirley Knight, Judy Geeson, and others
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    This classic comedy is set in the charming country home of Charles Condomine, a remarried widower. A witty and convivial evening party among friends is transformed when a seance conjures the ghost of Elvira, Charles' first wife, who delights in wreaking havoc among the living. An enchanting Coward comedy!

    Rebecca says: "Be careful what you wish for"
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  • A Woman of No Importance

    "Just plain enjoyable."

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    Oscar Wilde's works are always fun to listen to, and this dramatised version is no exception. Relax and enjoy his witty take on society.

  • Present Laughter

    "As bubbly as champagne"

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    A light look at life with the "Bright Young Things" although our hero is older than he wishes to be. Nothing to test the brain cells here, just an enjoyable listen.

  • Blithe Spirit

    "A Dry Martini for the ears."

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, just as an enjoyable way to spend the afternoon.


    What about the narrators???s performance did you like?

    They are all accomplished actors. The voices are different enough to easily distinguish them. It is a light and frothy play.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it is short and we were driving a long way.


    Any additional comments?

    A polished and elegant performance of a play written by a very clever wordsmith.

Carolyn

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  • "Wonderful Britcom!"

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    Unlike the first Blackadder series, this Elizabethan one relies on dialogue, wordplay and wit.

    I can listen to it over and over again.

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    Blackadder II

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
    • Narrated By Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Full Cast
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    England 1558-1603. The filthy genes of the Blackadder dynasty bubble to the surface of history's melting pot as Lord Edmund, arrogant peer-about-town, swaggers with a big head and small beard in search of grace and favour from the stark raving mad Queen Bess.

    Gwendolyn says: "Hilarious as always"

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  • 4.8 (32 ratings)

    I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 9

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Humphrey Lyttelton, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, and others
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    (32)
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    (8)
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    Inspired nonsense and pointless revelry, it's time for another helping of the antidote to panel games, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. In this ninth collection, the gang returns for further moments of mayhem, puns, and one-liners; not forgetting a healthy dose of innuendo and double entendre.

    Pauline says: "Humour"
  • 4.8 (27 ratings)

    I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 3

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 57 mins)
    • Narrated By Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, and others
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    Sorry I Haven't a Clue has Radio Four's highest listening figures for light entertainment and won the 1998 Voice of the Listener and Viewer for top radio show.

  • 4.9 (25 ratings)

    I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 6

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • Narrated By Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, and others
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    Another helping of inspired ad-libbery from the multi award-winning BBC Radio 4 series.

    Linda says: "Unbeatable comedy!"
  • 4.8 (19 ratings)

    I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 7

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Tim Brooke-Taylor, Willie Rushton, Graeme Garden,
    • Narrated By Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, and others
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    Another helping of inspired ad-libbery from the multi award-winning BBC Radio 4 series.

    Linda says: "How do they do it? Hysterically funny."
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  • 4.8 (12 ratings)

    Dad's Army, Volume 2: Command Decision

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By Jimmy Perry, David Croft
    • Narrated By Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn
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    From the annals of wartime Britain come four brilliantly funny episodes with Captain Mainwaring's fully trained Home Guard platoon, ever ready to strike terror into the heart of the Wehrmacht from their unit in Walmington-on-Sea. Always prepared to fight to the finish, this endearing team of characters are at their incompetent best in these wonderfully entertaining adventures specially adapted for radio.

  • 4.3 (116 ratings)

    Fawlty Towers, Volume 1: Basil the Rat

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Cleese, Connie Booth
    • Narrated By John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, and others
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    Four classic BBC TV episodes featuring a newly-added interview with John Cleese.

    Donald says: "The Greatest !"
  • 4.5 (99 ratings)

    Blackadder II

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
    • Narrated By Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Full Cast
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    (17)
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    England 1558-1603. The filthy genes of the Blackadder dynasty bubble to the surface of history's melting pot as Lord Edmund, arrogant peer-about-town, swaggers with a big head and small beard in search of grace and favour from the stark raving mad Queen Bess.

    Gwendolyn says: "Hilarious as always"
  • 4.7 (84 ratings)

    Fawlty Towers, Volume 2: The Germans

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Cleese, Connie Booth
    • Narrated By John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, and others
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    Four classic BBC TV episodes featuring a newly-added interview with John Cleese.

    Donald says: "The Best!"
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  • 4.7 (76 ratings)

    Fawlty Towers, Volume 3: The Psychiatrist

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John Cleese, Connie Booth
    • Narrated By John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, and others
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    (23)
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    Four classic BBC TV episodes featuring a newly-added interview with John Cleese.

    Donald says: "If You're Serious about Funny!"
  • 4.5 (69 ratings)

    Blackadder Goes Forth

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
    • Narrated By Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Full Cast
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    (19)
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    With a ya boo sucks to you fritzy, hot tiddly tumble, it's off to Western Front 1917. Captain Blackadder, hero of Mboto Gorge, joined the British Army when it was little more than a travel agency for gentlemen with an abnormally high sex drive.

    Marc says: "Very good Audioproduction of a TV show"
  • A Woman of No Importance

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 34 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Miriam Margolyes, Samantha Mathis, Rosalind Ayres, and others
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    (45)
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    Devilishly attractive Lord Illingworth is notorious for his skill as a seducer. But he is still invited to all the "best" houses, while his female conquests must hide their shame in seclusion. In this devastating drawing-room comedy, Oscar Wilde uses his celebrated wit to expose English society's narrow view of everything from sexual mores to Americans.

    Cheryl says: "Pitch Perfect Performance"
  • The Noël Coward Collection

    • ORIGINAL (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Noël Coward
    • Narrated By Annette Bening, Joe Mantegna, Eric Stoltz, and others
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    Six phenomenally sophisticated Noël Coward comedies: Fallen Angels, Hay Fever, Private Lives, Design for Living, Blithe Spirit, Present Laughter.

    Anthony says: "Bravo Mr. Coward"
  • Something Fresh

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
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    The one thing that could be expected to disturb the peace of life at Blandings is the incursion of imposters. Blandings has imposters like other houses have mice. On this occasion there are two of them--both intent on a dangerous enterprise.

    Beverly says: "So That's Where "Upstairs, Downstairs" Came From!"
  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 1

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 55 mins)
    • Narrated By Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, and others
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    (59)
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    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    The show that grabs listeners by the waist, swirls them round in time to a Strauss waltz, and then trips over the banana skins of convention.

    Joey says: "Spectacular Gameshow"
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  • Dead Ringers: Series 9

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 51 mins)
    • Narrated By Jon Culshaw, Full Cast, Jan Ravens, and others
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    (1)

    Just when you thought it was safe to listen again, Dead Ringers is back with its skewed and scary take on the world of celebrity, politics, and the mass media.

  • Fawlty Towers, Volume 1: Basil the Rat

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Cleese, Connie Booth
    • Narrated By John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, and others
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Four classic BBC TV episodes featuring a newly-added interview with John Cleese.

    Donald says: "The Greatest !"
  • The Awful German Language

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    (7)
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    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Mark Twain's classic satire on the German language. A must read for anybody learning German or living in a German-speaking country. "The Germans have another kind of parenthesis, which they make by splitting a verb in two and putting half of it at the beginning of an exciting chapter and the other half at the end of it. Can anyone conceive of anything more confusing than that?"

    Sandra says: "This is a terrific piece of writing!"
  • The Castle

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Kim Fuller, Matt Kirshen, Nick Doody
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    (39)
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    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Estate Agents, mail-order lingerie, and the invention of central heating: this is medieval England seen from a 21st-century comedy perspective. With an all-star cast, Pozzitive bring you a roisteringly funny new sitcom from the pen of Kim Fuller, who's CV is as long as a really long arm, and includes Spitting Image, Red Dwarf, Badly Dubbed Porn, Rory Bremner, Lenny Henry, and Spiceworld: The Movie.

    Ellen Leithold says: "Hystericaly funny"
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  • Dad's Army, Volume 3: A Stripe for Frazer

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 55 mins)
    • By Jimmy Perry, David Croft
    • Narrated By Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    From the annals of wartime Britain come four brilliantly funny episodes with Captain Mainwaring's fully trained Home Guard platoon, ever ready to strike terror into the heart of the Wehrmacht from their unit in Walmington-on-Sea. Always prepared to fight to the finish, this endearing team of characters are at their incompetent best in these wonderfully entertaining adventures specially adapted for radio.

  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 2

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 48 mins)
    • Narrated By Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, and others
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    The show that holds a mirror up to nature and then proceeds to give it a rather embarrassing haircut.

  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 9

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Humphrey Lyttelton, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, and others
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Inspired nonsense and pointless revelry, it's time for another helping of the antidote to panel games, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. In this ninth collection, the gang returns for further moments of mayhem, puns, and one-liners; not forgetting a healthy dose of innuendo and double entendre.

    Pauline says: "Humour"
  • The Museum of Curiosity: The Complete Gallery 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Dan Schreiber, Richard Turner
    • Narrated By Bill Bailey, John Lloyd
    Overall
    (20)
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    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    The Museum of Curiosity is BBC Radio 4's monumental comedy edifice, and the only one with gargoyles in the foyer. It allows nothing inside unless it makes you scratch your head, stroke your chin or, at the very least, go 'Hmm'. Secondly, it is almost completely empty. Fortunately, helping to fill its vacant plinths is a gathering of the world's most original minds.

    J P says: "A fun listen that makes you think"
  • Short Cruises: 12 Humorous Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By W. W. Jacobs
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    W.W. Jacobs was an English writer, famous for his humorous short stories, particularly those relating the preposterous adventures and misadventures of sailors on leave. This collection, Short Cruises, contains some of W.W. Jacobs' most popular characters, including the night watchman at the docks in Wapping who relates the stories of his friends Ginger Dick, Sam Small, and Peter Russet.

  • Curried Cow

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By Ambrose Bierce
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    My Aunt Patience, who tilled a small farm in the state of Michigan, had a favorite cow. This creature was not a god cow, nor a profitable one, for instead of devoting a part of her leisure to secretion of milk and production of veal she concentrated all her faculties on the study of kicking. The demon cow of Michigan will attack any living being she comes across...and when Aunt Patience resolves to marry, every single man in the county goes to extreme lengths to become unavailable for the honour. Such was their fear of being married alive by my Aunt Patience.

  • A Bottomless Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (17 mins)
    • By Ambrose Bierce
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    (4)
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    (4)
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    (4)

    A dysfunctional and amoral family murders its alcoholic father and buries him in the yard, before embarking on a hobby of befriending strangers whose bodies they bury in the cellar. When the stocks of liquor and provisions kept in the cellar start to deplete mysteriously, they put it down to the partying of the restless spirits of their murder victims...but a stranger truth emerges. Written in Bierce's witty style, this story is a laugh-a-minute comedy.

  • The Awful German Language

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Mark Twain's classic satire on the German language. A must read for anybody learning German or living in a German-speaking country. "The Germans have another kind of parenthesis, which they make by splitting a verb in two and putting half of it at the beginning of an exciting chapter and the other half at the end of it. Can anyone conceive of anything more confusing than that?"

    Sandra says: "This is a terrific piece of writing!"
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  • Doctor Sally

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Paul Shelley
    Overall
    (6)
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    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    When Bill Bannister meets Dr. Sally Smith, love blossoms immediately. Unfortunately there is just the small problem of Lottie Higginbotham, former actress, serial bride, and human fireball, with whom Bill is already involved. The well-meaning interference of Bill’s old friend, Squiffy Tidmouth, once married to Lottie, only complicates matters further, until everything is straightened out in a series of comic encounters at Bill’s ancestral home and everyone lives happily ever after.

  • More Ronnie Barker's Lines from My Grandfather's Forehead

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Ronnie Barker
    • Narrated By Ronnie Barker
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    Ronnie Barker stars in four episodes of the comedy sketch show as heard on BBC Radio 4. Here’s a further cornucopia of clever comedy, featuring sketches, monologues, poems and songs in this sequential entertainment for radio. Here, the sketches include: a bizarre slice of Shakespeare, a poem for a man with a plan, and a forgetful actor.

  • It Sticks Out Half a Mile Continued

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 44 mins)
    • By Harold Snoad, Michael Knowles
    • Narrated By John Le Mesurier
    Overall
    (1)
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    (0)
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    John Le Mesurier, Ian Lavender, and Bill Pertwee star in four episodes of the radio sequel to Dad's Army, including: "Inspecting the Piles": In order to save money, Hodges, Pike, and Wilson decide to inspect the foundations of Frambourne Pier in an inflatable rubber dinghy - at night. "Pike in Love": Uncle Arthur is called in to give Pike a lesson on the birds and the bees. Also included are episodes "The Friends of Frambourne Pier" and "The First Meeting".

  • Jennings Again!

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Anthony Buckeridge
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    Linbury goes green and Jennings and Darbishire want to do their bit for the environment. Given the simple task of distributing leaflets, what could go wrong? But when Darbishire’s shoelace refuses to stay tied, Jennings, using his usual initiative, removes the rubber band holding the leaflets together and performs an emergency shoelace repair. All seems fine, until a gust of wind hurls the leaflets over Marina Gardens.

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  • Jennings' Diary

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Anthony Buckeridge
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    "Hah-ooh cinosrepus! ‘Selbanev, Nosnikta, Senoj-Nitram,’ said Jennings. ‘They’re the names of people, I bet you can’t guess who!’ ‘Russian agents? - Zulu tribesmen? - Ancient kings of Egypt?’ hazarded Darbishire. ‘No, no, no,’ Jennings flipped his fingers in delight and danced ungainly ballet steps round the tuck-boxes. ‘Oh, wacko! If you can’t guess, neither will anybody else, so we can use it for the code.’”

    Jason says: "Disappointing"