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.
Now he finds himself crammed into a sewer, twenty yards from a lot of heavily armed people who want to kill him. Worse still, he takes his orders from two homicidal maniacs, one called the Charge of the Light Brigade 'a victory for common sense', and the other is called Darling.
Ever ready with a cunning plan, Blackadder actively avoids duty by taking up art, shooting the General's favourite bird, probing the hospital nurse, and learning to fly.
But will his attempts to push off be enough to save him when the Big Push comes?
This collection includes the following episodes: "Captain Cook", "Corporal Punishment", "Major Star", "Private Plane", "General Hospital", and "Goodbyeee".
©2003 BBC Audiobooks Ltd; (P)1995, 2003 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
It took me a long time before I decided to buy this book on the assumption that "audioversions" of TV shows don't work very well. How wrong I was!
The main reason I think is that because of the high focus on textual interaction as opposed to cinametic humour, the jokes do not get lost on the listener. (E.g. with audiobook fawlty towers a "describer" is needed to describe the cinematic situation in order to get the joke through).
What makes the show fun is the interaction between the very steriotypical characters, "idiot/insensitive general, pencil pusher, gung ho officer and the ultimate cynic who's main objective is "do everything not to get killed"
This book is very very funny, but also very sarcastic at how it sneers at British history. The TV show was controversial as it obviously doesn't spare British/Allied ignorance to life. "After 17 failed attempts they would never expect us to try an 18th".
In that aspect the book does have a sad historical value. Rowan Atkinson himself stated that the distance in time to 1917 only made it possible to write a parody about "Flanders Fields".
The only thing i found a bit annoying was the "canned laughter" but I got used to it after a few minutes.
Even if you didn't see the original show, I still recommend the book!
Love it - made me laugh so much I was as out of breath as "an asthmatic ant carrying a very large bag of shopping." If you like dry English humour, you will enjoy Blackadder. Doesn't lose a thing just being audio rather than the original TV show.
This was one of my very first purchases on audio. I have never laughed so much in a long time. My favourite episode is Corporal Punishment orders for Operation Insanity arrive and Blackadder breaches regulations by eating the messenger pigeon Speckled Jim - who just happens to be General Melchett's closet boyhood friend. All manner of mayhem breaks loose including Baldrick mixing up letters for legal representation and he ends with George blowing all chances of not guilty at his Court Martial, much frolics at court and afterwards.
Despite it being for TV the audio works really well and makes travelling to work a pleasure rather than the usual chore. Well worth buying. Highly recommended.
What need I say, Blackadder is Genius!
"Witty and hilarious"
Although written as a television series this set of six episodes works very well as audio entertainment. It's very funny with some sharp insights into the waste and hopelessness of the First World War.
"Cleaver, Powerful and Poinent"
This audible book is taken straight from the TV series. These six episodes are extremely well written and acted. The final episode is particularly moving.
"Cunning as a Fox appointed HeadofCunning at Oxford"
just as good on audio. that ending tho - forgot how sad it is :''(
"As good as the TV series"
The lines are much better when they are listened to. The writing is marvellously funny
Impossible. This is a one off and any comparison would be superfluous
The pace of the lines
A laugh a second
Still moving to tears at the end.
Only the British could make a comedy series set in the horror of WW1, and only the BBC could manage to make the humour so fantastic and yet so bittersweet.
Never having read the print version I can't say but without those incredible voices it couldn't work for me.
Blackadder himself,his wry sardonic wit & air of world weariness were superb.
The closing scenes were not only funny but also extremely moving.
Carry on Dying
Edmund Blackadder & Baldrick must rank along with Holmes & Watson,Poirot & Hastings & Scrooge & Cratchet as the great fictional duos of all time.
"know every word"
I know every word (sad eh?). However, i never get tired of the comic genius that is the Blackadder team. Amazing for those car journeys.
As a child i remember the shows fondly.Being able to enjoy the wonderful characters again is one of lifes pleasures
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