Basil has to contend with Mrs. Richards, a deaf battle-axe who leaves her hearing aid 'off' to conserve batteries. But even his whispers are picked up by Sybil, especially when it comes to a certain horse running in a certain race.
The Hotel Inspectors
News that hotel inspectors are in the area sends Basil into a frenzy of excessive rudeness and then, believing one of the guests is an inspector, excessive fawning.
Basil the Rat
Manuel has a new pet, but Basil thinks the 'Siberian Hamster' is nothing more than a rat, just what he doesn't need with a public health inspector on the loose.
Basil soon finds out why O'Reilly and his men come cheap when he scraps Sybil's builder in favour of his own. Will he be able to repair the damage before Sybil returns?
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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!
A lover of audiobooks of all kinds, since childhood, when long car journeys were accompanied by Discworld stories. @ReineDesLivres (Twitter)
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.
Comedy is defind in Fawlty Towers. The writing is superior and the casting of the characters was perfect.
John Cleese is one comic perfect !!
This is the only comedy that is very greatly enjoyed by either watching it or listening to it !!
British comedy is the best and bightest when it uses it's dry and wildly funny wit, as found in Fawlty Towers.
I know that you will come across people in your world that appear in Fawlty Towers. Have a super terrific time as you listen to Fawlty Towers ... Manuel, manuel, MANUEL !!!!!
The commentary made things much more hilarious.
The interviews with John Cleese before each episode.
Welcome to the hotel from hell.
One of the funniest shows ever.
I loved the witty banter between the characters and the hilarious happenings at Faulty Towers. It was very enjoyable to listen to and each voice was a pleasure to hear.
When Mrs Richards was annoying everyone in Faulty Towers by complaining about losing money. It was hilarious! It really is all very funny. The sarcastic humour is wonderful .
Basil is my favourite character. Love him!!! I spent so much time laughing at him. He is such a lively sarcastic character that you cannot fail to laugh along with this audible.
Where Not To Go On Your Holidays
Go buy this!!! Wonderful tv series and still wonderful on this audible version. Very funny ,sarcastic, comic capers in this program. Love it !!!! There is always some disaster or near disaster happening at the Faulty Towers which makes all the staff and guests shine in their performances in this show. The characters really are wonderful . Each character has a distinct enjoyable voice that is a pleasure to listen to . At the beginning of this audible you get to hear John Cleese( one of the Monty Python guys) explain the inspiration behind writing Faulty Towers. It was a lovely way of beginning this audible.
Cleese' preambles before each episode and together with Manuel's commentary and scene-setting make these editions even more delightful
Classic John Cleese. There are many visual aspects of the show that are lost by simply listening to the program, but still entertaining for fans.
Even though it is a TV series, it is still very funny. Maybe it is because you remember the pictures when your hear the sound. I did anyway.
just one more book lover
This review goes for all three volumes of the Fawlty Towers radio series.
Just so you know, I saw the TV series on PBS when I was a teenager. A very impressionable time. I loved the series then--and happily still do because the scripts by John Cleese and Connie Booth are incredible and the performances by the cast are top-notch.
If you're already a TV series fan, you're probably wondering what this audio version is. It's the actual audio track from the TV series with the addition of some overdubbing by Andrew Sachs (Manuel) to interpret visual gags that are lost in the conversion. The idea for the overdubs is that Manuel is writing letters home to Barcelona, which feels a little clunky at times but hardly detracts.
Interview segments with John Cleese precede each episode. The writer and actor talks generally about the creation of Fawlty Towers and specifically about favorite or troublesome episodes. (Apparently, you can get a 30th-anniversary DVD set that provides even more background info.)
Cleese's character Basil Fawlty runs a Torquay hotel with wife Sybil, played wonderfully by Prunella Scales. Fawlty is based on a real hotelier whom Cleese met in the early 1970s when filming in Torquay with his comedy group Monty Python. The man was so aggressively rude he stuck in Cleese's memory and came out a few years later in this farcical romp played to the hilt by Cleese in all his long-legged glory.
Fawlty is a snob. He toadies to the rich and powerful as expertly as he sneers at the mediocrities who make the mistake of booking rooms in his hotel. The series is episodic so you don't need to listen in order. Manuel is the waiter from Barcelona, who is hired simply because he's cheap. It doesn't seem to matter to Fawlty that Manuel's command of English is deadly--and results in some very funny business.
Fawlty is also terrified of his wife, and a lot of time is spent in verbal sparring between the well-matched partners. Well-matched in that Sybil is as sharp-witted and steady as Basil is chaotic and trenchant. Connie Booth plays art student Polly who is paying her way through school by cleaning and waitressing at Fawlty Towers. But with someone like Basil Fawlty at the helm, she's pulled in for the extra duty of cleaning up his messes, which involve runaway rats, a hearing-impaired grouch, canoodling couples, a sexy Aussie and a dead body.
"Does not transfer well to radio"
If the script were somehow different, perhaps less focus on visual gags because the audience was laughing and, for the listener, there was nothing to laugh at.
I love Fawlty Towers, but this just doesn't work.
Anything with a visual gag.
I love Fawlty Towers, but I'll stick to the TV version in future.
"OMG SO GOOD!😀"
I love fawlty towers. It was an amazing idea to turn it into an audiobook. However, it helps if you watch fawlty towers first.
I never thought that it would actually be a good idea to turn this into an audiobook. I thought it just wouldn't make sense especially for those who have not seen it. It did though!!
"Surprisingly good as an audiobook"
This works surprisingly well as an audiobook. Manuel's minimal narration helps with the visual jokes but doesn't break the flow.
"It's good but..."
Personally I love Fawlty Towers and also think that turning it into an audio book was a good idea, however, it does reduce the length of the story. My favourite episode is "The Wardolf Salad" but that episode is not in this volume of Fawlty Towers.
"Cant stop laughing"
An absolute classic, British comedy at its best. Obviously a lot of the visual slapstick comedy is lost, but I have seen the episodes so many times that I feel like I am watching them in my head anyway. An absolute must have for any fawlty towers fan or anybody that like to laugh aloud. And haveing John Cleese do a little introduction to each episode is a nice touch, gives you a bit of history and background.
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