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.
Listen as Lord Blackadder falls in love with a girl named Bob, takes over the job of executioner whilst almost losing his own head, schemes to raise 1,000 pounds to pay off a perverted Bishop, goes on a far-off sea voyage to the remote country of France, and plays Charades with a member of the Spanish Inquisition.
Accompanied by a small rabble of beruffed riff-raff (bottom-breath Baldrick and pea-brain Percy) the serpentine Lord Blackadder lowers the whole tone of England's Golden Age.
The collection includes the following episodes: "Bells", "Head", "Potato", "Money", "Beer", and "Chains".
©2002 BBC Worldwide Ltd; (P)1995, 2002 BBC Worldwide Ltd
Blackadder has always been one of my favorite TV shows and the audio version is EXCELLENT!! The only thing missing is the TV which is great because I can listen to the shows while I am working. I hope audible will expand on their BBC comedy series because they are very, very funny...if you like British comedy that is.
Drama teacher and Sci-Fi/Fantasy fan
These audio recordings are simply the audio track from the series. I understood this when I downloaded it, so I wasn't disappointed in any way. However, some of the humor is lost by having the audio alone. Five stars for the series, only three for the audio.
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
Keep in mind this is strictly the audio portion of the tv show. The performances are good and the lack of visuals really didn't reduce the fun of the series by much. I gave it a lower rating for performance because the quality of the audio was not that good and made it difficult to hear in places. Although, if you love blackadder this is one you will want.
I can't find a thing at fault with Black Adder II itself. It's just as wonderful as it always was. The only thing I would have changed is...If they could have made one file per episode, it would be a lot easier to select which one I want to listen to. (My player doesn't allow for fast forward or rewind.)
Unlike the first Blackadder series, this Elizabethan one relies on dialogue, wordplay and wit.
I can listen to it over and over again.
In this genre of comedy, this broadcast captured some truly excellent acting and the storylines were laugh out loud funny.
Not to ruin the surprise - each of the acts had moments of sheer brilliance.
Group performance - each of the actors delivered a solid performance.
Easily - i enjoyed from beginning to end, and it has high repeat listening value
Great show - I'd recommend watching the television show - to better visualize the characters and the scene.
just one more book lover
Other reviewers have advised to skip season one and start with two. I agree after doing exactly what they told me not to do. I never saw the tv show and season one left me bleh. But I kept on because friends promised better things. So glad I did. One of the wittiest series on Audible. And if you like this, check out Fawlty Towers. Old Harry's Game, which is a comedic romp with Satan on his eternal rounds of hell, also has nice moments. Cabin Pressure has Benedict Cumberbatch. Need any more convincing?
SImply the best -blackadder at his witty best!! Works well even on audio format. Highly recommended to liven up any dull journey!!
Lover of ideas who feels no guilt at all about her pleasures.
I loved this series when I was in High School.
Apparently, I've grown up a lot since then and now it just seems unpleasantly silly. I also don't think it works well as audio. The laugh track is obviously reacting to sight gags which makes a rough go rougher.
The entire second series of Blackadder is available to listen to on your ipod should you wish! I remember listening to this on tape back when mp3's were nothing other than a dream. We laughed then, we laugh now but with better audio quality. This series is nothing short of brilliant. It is an amazingly well written series and every episode is available here. Rowan Atkinson and co do a supreme job. It is so very funny and feels timeless (how could it not being set in the time of Queen Elizabeth I) but remains as funny now as it did when I first heard and saw it. Fantastic.
"Classic TV works in audio form"
Blackadder is one of the funniest comedies ever, and if you're familiar with the series then just hearing the audio will not diminish your enjoyment - it almost makes it better in a way, as you're picturing the scenes as you hear it. This may not be the best introduction to the series for those who have never seen it on TV, as some jokes will be lost on them, but if you've seen it as many times as I have you will love this.
Really disappointed that all six episodes appear as one file so you can't select an individual episode to listen to, you have to listen to all six as on block.
"works surprisingly well as an audiobook"
I had my doubts, but this works surprisingly well as an audiobook. I'll be getting the next series!
"As good as ever"
Works as well on audio alone as it does on TV. Great performances, very funny.
Loved it from start to finish. Have been a massive fan of the series for years and this does not disappoint.
As this is the audio track from the tv episodes, it is excellent. I've re-listened many times and it never gets any less funny.
Blackadder 2 is a fantastic listen as are all the blackadder stories on audible. Well worth the purchase five stars
"Blackadder at his best!"
There's a print version?
All of it! So funny, even though I've listened to it at least 10 times!
As it's not anyone narrating, all the performances were great.
"A cunning plan indeed..."
The Blackadder series translates to audio surprisingly well and loses only a little without visuals.
This time Edmund Blackadder is part of the court of Elizabeth the first, with cunning plans by the handful only slightly hindered by the helping hands of his chum Lord Percy and his disgusting servant Baldrick.
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