In addition to being brilliantly funny, Fawlty Towers is, at times, a very physical comedy with lots of visual gags (think of the German marching walk and the business with the moose head). They've neatly solved this problem by having the episodes narrated by Manuel, the Spanish waiter (Andrew Sachs). These voice-overs make it clear what's happening, but those who are very familiar with the show might find them unnecessary. There are also discussions with writer and performer John Cleese before each episode, which are well worth listening to if you're a fan and are after some extra insight and knowledge about the show and its creation, but also slightly give away some of the events in the upcoming show (but they don't ruin them at all).
The episodes remain hysterically funny, but also painfully awkward, as they were on first viewing on the BBC. Brilliant work, and well worth a listen to revisit the good (and not so good) folks of Torquay.
David Suchet is practically synonymous with Agatha Christie's Poirot, so it's simply wonderful that this audiobook is read by Suchet. His characterisations are perfect, subtle and entertaining, which make these audiobooks great listening. This tale of murder and mystery is enthralling listening, so settle in - you're in for a real treat.
David Suchet is practically synonymous with Agatha Christie's Poirot, so it's simply wonderful that this audiobook is read by Suchet. His characterisations are perfect, subtle and entertaining, which make these audiobooks great listening. Dive in and enjoy this tale of mystery and murder of the picturesque River Nile, you'll be spellbound.
Robert Galbraith is actually JK Rowling, so expect a well written, cleverly devised mystery plot, with plenty to keep you interested from the first moments. This novel introduces Cormoran Strike, London detective and veteran from the armed forces, who is hired to investigate the death of top model Lula Landry (a fascinating mix reminiscent of Amy Winehouse and Kate Moss in her troubled personal life and turbulent relationship). Strike is assisted by his extremely capable temp secretary Robin.
Robert Glenister reads this novel perfectly, capturing all the characters with personality and charm.
Well worth a listen, you won't be disappointed.
Great writing and a flawless cast produces one fantastic dramatisation of Neil Gaiman's work (the unabridged version read by Gaiman is also brilliant). For those who like dramatisations, this is a stellar cast performance which recounts this strange tale of bravery, intrigue and adventure on the streets of London Below. Benedict Cumberbatch puts in a magnificent performance as The Angel Islington, as does Anthony Head. You won't regret buying this audiobook.
John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme is majestic sketch comedy. Witty and amusing, intelligent and extremely funny, you can't help but laugh at the brilliant word play, effortlessly enhanced by pop culture and literary references, which just make these sketches sparkle. Comic gold. You will not regret listening to this for a second.
John Finnemore is a brilliant comedian, creator and performer of the acclaimed Cabin Pressure series, and John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme is a wonderful mix of sketches, which range from the witty to the silly, and are always endearing. Fuelled by literature, pop culture and quirkiness, this is British comedy at its best. This will make you laugh until you ache, so go ahead, treat yourself.
The old stories are the best, and Sean Bean reading Arthurian legends - what a combination! Bean's voice is perfect for these classic tales of honour, chivalry and magic. His narration imparts all the drama, wonder and emotion that the tales need to bring them to life, from the bravest and sturdiest of knights, to the fairest and gentlest of women.
You won't regret buying these tales, and they'll be perfect for family listening on car trips with slightly older children who love getting lost in tales of knights and ladies, sorcerers and dragons.
Neil Gaiman writes beautifully, and reads this strange tale of childhood perfectly. I enjoy hearing authors read their own work, which gives it the meaning and inflection they intended, and brings it to life in the closest possible way to their imaginings.
This is a story about children, but it's not for children. This story is about childhood, about places and people, about memories and how, for children, a pond can be an ocean. It's dark, in places it's menacing, and even horrific, but that's Neil Gaiman's work in a nutshell - as you listen, it will make you smile, it will warm you with a sense of nostalgia, and it will made you shudder.
This is a story which will become a classic of the genre. It's strange and it's beautiful, at once a fantasy written with autobiographical voice, which adds to its wonder and its majesty. Well worth a listen.
Who other than Hugh Laurie should read a British audiobook version of Swift's classic novel? Perhaps his partner-in-comedy Stephen Fry (as the archetypal British storyteller), but Hugh Laurie is perfect for this role. He brings the voice of knowledge and wisdom, curiosity and sense of curiosity that the role of the narrator requires. This audiobook is a pleasure to listen to, and will suit multiple listenings with increased enjoyment.
Finding a narrator for Gulliver's Travels will always be a difficult choice. Think of any great actor and you'll find them reading this classic tale. David Hyde Pierce will forever be remembered as Nile Crane on Frasier, so it's an inspired choice for him to narrate this signature performance of Gulliver's Travels. He reads with drama, sense and skill, bringing life to the story with an appropriate sense of curiosity and discovery. To this story of travelling and adventure, of empires and the spreading and sharing of cultures and knowledge, his accent brings a particular emphasis which both suits the story and gives it new inflection. It's a great reading of this masterpiece which is well worth hearing and enjoying.
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