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Beverly

Beverly Bronx, NY, United States Member Since 2010
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  • "So That's Where "Upstairs, Down..."

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    Having either read or listened to a number of the Blandings Castle stories, I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Lord Emsworth and his looney family. I guess this book was probably written early in the series, before Freddie's marriage and the introduction of "The Empress". Although it contains many of the same plot elements of other Blandings sagas, there is a lot more action "below stairs" in this one which really does make it SOMETHING FRESH.

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    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!"
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  • Dad's Army, Volume 15: We Know Our Onions

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    Grew up listening to Dads Army and such a treat to hear again.

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Donald Seattle, WA, USA 01-24-05 Member Since 2003
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  • "The Greatest !"

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    Possibly the funniest series ever!
    John Cleese, Connie Booth, Prunella Scales et al.
    Cleese wrote the first 6 shows with Booth (his then wife......who, by the by, is American.) The series was so popular that BBC begged for 6 more episodes. Cleese and Booth (now divorced) got together and brought us 6 more gems of comic genius.
    The Major, Manuel ( who narrates the series in letters to his Mom ), Chef......they are all here! To my surprise I found that I enjoyed the audio version more than the televised show.
    If you are serious about funny, you will get the whole series post haste!
    I already have these. You lucky Audible Listeners!

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    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 !"

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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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    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 (18 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
    Overall
    (116)
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    (29)
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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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    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 (68 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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    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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    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 Goon Show, Volume 8: You Have Deaded Me Again!

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 1 min)
    • By The Goons
    • Narrated By The Goons
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    Here is another crazy quartet of cult comedy classics from those wireless wizards Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, and Harry Secombe. This collection features "The Greatest Mountain in the World", "The Mystery of the Marie Celeste (solved)", "The Last Train (from Clapham)", and "The Spanish Suitcase".

    Marius says: "Begoon the Begoon"
  • 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"
  • The Goon Show, Volume 3: I'm Walking Backwards for Christmas

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 1 min)
    • By The Goons
    • Narrated By The Goons
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    Here's another quartet of cult comedy classics from those wireless wizards Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, and Harry Secombe. This collection features "The Treasure of Loch Lomond", "The Greenslade Story", "Wings Over Dagenham", and "The Rent Collections".

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  • 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
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
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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!"
  • The Goon Show, Volume 1: Moriarity, Where Are You?

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By The Goons
    • Narrated By The Goons
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    (48)
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    (11)
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    Here's a crazy quartet of cult comedy classics from those wireless wizards Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, and Harry Secombe. This collection features "The Dreaded Batter Pudding Hurler of Bexhill-on-Sea", "The Histories of Pliny the Elder", "The Jet Propelled Guided Naafi", and "The Evils of Bushy Spon".

    Marius says: "Goon with the wind"
  • The Goon Show, Volume 2: Enter Bluebottle

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By The Goons
    • Narrated By The Goons
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    Here's another crazy quartet of cult comedy classics from those wireless wizards Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, and Harry Secombe. This collection features "Lurgi Strikes Britain", "The International Christmas Pudding", "Napoleon's Piano", and "The Flea".

    Marius says: "Long Goon, like a turkey through the corn"
  • The Goon Show, Volume 21: The Missing Battleship

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 1 min)
    • By The Goons
    • Narrated By The Goons
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    GO ON, join junk king Neddie as he tries to salvage the world; go in hot pursuit of Fire Chief Seagoon when he blazes a trail to old Peking (he has a burning ambition); sail the seven ponds with bold pirate Captain Jim "Bilge" Moriarity; and help Stock Market runner Seagoon save the pound (it's a sterling effort).

    Marius says: "Here today, Goon tomorrow"
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  • The Goon Show, Volume 19: Ned's Atomic Dustbin

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By The Goons
    • Narrated By The Goons
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    GO ON, help engine driver Neddie foil the Great Train Robbers of snow-bound Pevensey Bay; explore the exotic delights of Shangri La (it sounds like Utopia but it's spelt differently); follow King Arthur Seagoon as he searches for the lost treasure of Tintagel (if you count the famous Eccles it's twice knightly); and ride Niagara Falls in Ned's foolproof (well, it proves them all fools) atomic dustbin.

    Marius says: "The Great Goon Robbery"
  • Hancock's Happy Christmas

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
    • Narrated By Anthony Aloysius St John Hancock
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    Celebrate Christmas at 23 Railway Cuttings, East Cheam with the lad himself, Anthony Aloysius St John Hancock, in these four episodes filled with his own unique brand of seasonal cheer.

  • Saturday Live, Volume 1: Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 42 mins)
    • By Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie
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    Based on the format of the American TV show Saturday Night Live, this home-grown comedy production was an enormous success and brought recognition and fame to a great many performers, many of whom are now household names. It was hosted by Ben Elton and Lenny Henry. In a series of sketches it introduced us to the talent and chemistry of Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.

  • 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
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    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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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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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"