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Fawlty Towers, Volume 1: Basil the Rat | [John Cleese, Connie Booth]

Fawlty Towers, Volume 1: Basil the Rat

Four classic BBC TV episodes featuring a newly-added interview with John Cleese.
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Four classic BBC TV episodes featuring a newly-added interview with John Cleese.

Communication Problems
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.

The Builders
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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    Donald Seattle, WA, USA 01-24-05
    Donald Seattle, WA, USA 01-24-05 Member Since 2003
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    "The Greatest !"

    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!

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Mount Macedon, Australia 06-29-13
    Emily Mount Macedon, Australia 06-29-13 Member Since 2013
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    "From TV to radio, it still keeps you laughing"

    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.

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    Peter Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada 09-01-06
    Peter Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada 09-01-06 Member Since 2006
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    "The Ultimate Classic of Comedy"

    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 !!!!!

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    brian 04-14-14
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    "Smashing."
    What did you love best about Fawlty Towers, Volume 1?

    The commentary made things much more hilarious.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fawlty Towers, Volume 1?

    The interviews with John Cleese before each episode.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I hadn't.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Welcome to the hotel from hell.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the funniest shows ever.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    edel Ireland 07-27-12
    edel Ireland 07-27-12

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    "The Wonderful Faulty Towers"
    What did you love best about Fawlty Towers, Volume 1?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fawlty Towers, Volume 1?

    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 .


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Where Not To Go On Your Holidays


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    John Double Bay, Australia 09-27-11
    John Double Bay, Australia 09-27-11
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    "Introductions add to the enjoyment"

    Cleese' preambles before each episode and together with Manuel's commentary and scene-setting make these editions even more delightful

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    Jessica Belmont, MA, United States 01-06-06
    Jessica Belmont, MA, United States 01-06-06
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    "Fawlty Towers"

    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.

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    Anders Omel GreveDenmark 09-13-05
    Anders Omel GreveDenmark 09-13-05 Member Since 2004
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    "No pictures"

    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.

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    Felicia Burnaby, BC, Canada 04-18-10
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    "The best show ever..."

    My #1 favourite British Comedy.

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    Gordon Suita, Japan 03-08-05
    Gordon Suita, Japan 03-08-05 Member Since 2004
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    "A few chuckles, very few"

    Somehow this just didn't do it for me. I am fan of most British comedy and especially anything related to Python, but I just couldn't sit through all of this.

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    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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