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The Go-Between | [L. P. Hartley]

The Go-Between

A new adaptation of L. P. Hartley's story of a boy who is betrayed by a sophisticated young rich woman and her farmer lover who use him to ferry letters back and forth in the blazing summer of 1900 - with Richard Griffiths and Harriet Walter. It's best known from the 1970 film, which focused on the main plot line. But on re-reading the book, adaptor Frances Byrnes found within it another drama perfect for audio in which an old man finds a boyhood diary and is forced to unlock the trauma inside.
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A new adaptation of L. P. Hartley's story of a boy who is betrayed by a sophisticated young rich woman and her farmer lover who use him to ferry letters back and forth in the blazing summer of 1900 - with Richard Griffiths and Harriet Walter.

It's best known from the 1970 film, which focused on the main plot line. But on re-reading the book, adaptor Frances Byrnes found within it another drama perfect for audio in which an old man finds a boyhood diary and is forced to unlock the trauma inside.

Revisited by that summer for the first time since it happened, the older man (Richard Griffiths) turns detective. Leo, in his 60s, finds a locked diary in his attic: It was written in 1900, the last time he lived with any sense of possibility. Leo realises that his tidy life has been a living death and that summer was to blame.

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    Carla Sacramento, CA, United States 01-12-14
    Carla Sacramento, CA, United States 01-12-14 Member Since 2009
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    "The Go-Between does NOT NEED ADAPTING!!!!!"

    Now you have broken my heart. First the gutting of The House on The Strand and now turning The Go-Between,one of my all-time favorite books, into a radio play. Why would you do this? These are beautifully written books! I've been waiting for The Go-Between to come out in audio form for as long as I've known about audio rentals. I loved the movie, got curious about the book--loved the book. I was so excited when I finally found it on Audible. I even had one credit left to use which was good becauseThe Go-Between was expensive. Like The House on The Strand, the plot is good but it's the atmosphere created by the writing that makes it so memorable. When I think of all the crappy books there are available in all their spendor with every word intact and sometimes even an interview with the writer at the end and here are these two great books just hacked to bits... I love Audible, I am always impressed with the wide and up-to-date selection. This is my first scolding letter but as I say, I was so excited about having these books on audio--it was really a blow when they turned out not to be what they were supposed to be.

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    "Not Unabridged!!!"
    What disappointed you about The Go-Between?

    Definitely an abridged version so why is it advertised as unabridged?????


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Just given a truly unabridged version


    What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

    Abridged, not unabridged, un-unabridged!!!


    What character would you cut from The Go-Between?

    The book is brilliant, just this version has been abridged, yet breaks the Trade Descriptions Act 1968 by describing itself as unabridged.


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  • iris
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    3/21/14
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    "A disappointment"

    The Go-Between is one of my favourite books ever and I also loved the screen version by Harold Pinter so I looked forward to hearing an audible version but alas it did not live up to my expectations. The reading lacked convinction on the part of the cast and the voices somehow did not seem to fit the characters at all. If you are a great fan of the original book you may want to give this a miss.

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