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Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection

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Publisher's Summary

For the first time in one audio collection, all 16 Yes Minister radio episodes plus six further TV episodes, 14 Yes Prime Minister episodes and two bonus sketches.

Between 1980 and 1988 on BBC television and radio, the exploits of the Rt Hon Jim Hacker MP (Paul Eddington) - later Prime Minister - kept the British nation enthralled. Helped - and hampered - by his diligent Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne) and his Principle Private Secretary Bernard Woolley (Derek Fowlds), Hacker and his department became synonymous with government bureaucracy and administrative double dealing. Presented here, for the first time in one collection, are the complete radio series of Yes Minister and the complete BBC television soundtracks of Yes Prime Minister. Also included are six TV soundtracks of Yes Minister and two special bonus mini-episodes: "The PM’s Plan", recorded in 1984 with Margaret Thatcher as herself, and a special segment created for "The Funny Side of Christmas" in 1982.

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    Emily Mount Macedon, Australia 08-15-14
    Emily Mount Macedon, Australia 08-15-14 Member Since 2015

    A lover of audiobooks of all kinds, since childhood, when long car journeys were accompanied by Discworld stories. @ReineDesLivres (Twitter)

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    "Does this work as an audiobook? Yes, Minister ..."

    This wonderfully witty, clever and beguilingly cynical look at British politics made perfect television when originally made, and it works just as well as an audiobook. Those familiar with the series will be very pleased by the chance to re-encounter Jim Hacker, Sir Humphrey Appleby and Bernard Woolley, and those unfamiliar are in store for a real treat.

    Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister will reward multiple listenings, and there are two bonuses among the episodes: The Yes Minister sketch involving Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and a Christmas Greeting from Sir Humphrey Appleby to Jim.

    Download it as soon as you can - you certainly won't regret it!

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    magrathean Bangalore, India 02-15-15
    magrathean Bangalore, India 02-15-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Classic"

    The best comedy series ever. Can't get enough of it after all these years. Masterpiece in all aspects :script , performance, screenplay.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    beaver Leura, NSW 01-07-15
    beaver Leura, NSW 01-07-15
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    "Laughted our loud!"

    This is a great series and one I will listen to again and again. It's farcical banter and beaurocratic nonsense has made me laugh out loud on my commute many any times. Such good fun!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    D. Betteridge 06-14-15
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    "It's funny because it's true."

    Regardless of the original production date, this series remains funny because it is still relevant. This is one that I can listen to repeatedly. The characters are interesting, funny, and knowable. The topics are real, the situations all too familiar, and you just know this is what really goes on in government, doubtless no matter the country. Yes Minister and the follow-up Yes Prime Minister are just funny- plain and simple.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    GARROW 03-30-16
    GARROW 03-30-16
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    "Yes Minister/Yes Prime Minister"

    I was an enthusiast of both TV shows and still think they were wonderful. However, I'm disappointed with the audiobooks because they don't lend themselves to the (poor quality) live, on stage, audio format, with (canned?) laughter and other distracting sounds the mikes pick-up that lend one to consider the whole presentation amateurish. It's doubly disappointing, as the original shows are recalled as cutting edge comedy, at the time. The years have not been kind to the performances. I'm afraid this audiobook is not up to Audible's standard of excellence.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen 05-20-15
    Ellen 05-20-15
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    "Memorable"

    Such great satire, it'll change the way you think about politics. I didn't realise it wasn't current, all the issues are so familiar.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Mueller 01-21-15
    M. Mueller 01-21-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Just plain fun!"

    While from the 80's- it is still fun to listen! Witty, humorous, Never silly! Just great! Really? Yes,
    absolutely dear listeners & readers!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Plociennik Bryn Mawr, PA USA 09-24-16
    Greg Plociennik Bryn Mawr, PA USA 09-24-16

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    "The best political satire!"

    Exceptional writing and performance... Veep could only hope to be this good! Highly recommended indeed

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    Teadrinker Newark, NJ, United States 09-09-16
    Teadrinker Newark, NJ, United States 09-09-16 Member Since 2015

    World Champion Parallel Parker

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    "What an Intro to British Politics!"

    I listened to this series because I couldn't find it to watch online - it had been recommended to me, as an outsider, to understand British politics. But what an introduction!

    I'm sure the series was wonderful but audio-only has limitations - often the most important things are said too quietly to hear.

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    Anand Bangalore, India 08-21-16
    Anand Bangalore, India 08-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant humour"

    Yes minister always stood out for its brilliant humour. The audio book doesn't disappoint and lives up to the same high expectations. The listening pleasure is enhanced when you know a thing or two of how things run here in the UK. I had watched the original series as a kid and this was a rerun of sorts some 25 years later. Its an eye opener the kind of things we are dealing today were picked up as a topic and obviously attached when the series was originally made (europe, brexit, grammar schools, merit, gender equality, local governance). The authors were way ahead of their time and packed it with enough punch to last for more than a life time. Highly recommended.

    anand

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  • JonB
    2/22/16
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    "Fantastic listen, however...."

    Still a fantastic show and not at all dated. This is a great collection but the fact the title and end credits are present in every chapter (and it appears unskippable) does get annoying when undertaking a longer listen hence loosing a *. Would be 5* if they could fix this.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Nicola
    1/18/16
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    "Funny and relevant"

    This is my favourite audible book and I have listened to it more times than I know. It still makes me laugh out loud, even though I know what is coming. It amazes me how relevant all the topics and catastrophes that happen still are. I would def recomend it to people of all ages but particularly if you have an interest in politics.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Steven Turner
    12/1/15
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    "Hasn't dated a day."
    What made the experience of listening to Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection the most enjoyable?

    This is the most wonderful political comedy. As fresh now as it was when I first watched the TV series in the 1980's. Most enjoyable is the great writing and sparking performances.


    What other book might you compare Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection to, and why?

    This hard to compare. It's a brilliant British radio play and completely different to anything else that I've seen on Audible.


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

    No, I haven't


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened episode by episode overall few weeks.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Salisbury, England
    12/1/14
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    "I wished it would never end"
    Where does Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This had me smiling the whole time I was listening to it and as the title says I just wish it hadn't ended. It brought back wonderful memories of the TV series and in fact I believe that it was just the recording of the original TV series rather than especially made for audio, but this didn't detract at all from the quality. The actors are a sheer delight and the script has lost none of it's wit all these years later and in fact the stories of government and the civil service could have been written just days previously and would still have been relevant today. Which considering some of the storylines, is a little scary, don't you think?


    What did you like best about this story?

    That is was a recording of the TV series. I think it helped that I had seen the orginal TV programme as I was able to picture the actors as they spoke and their expressions, but I think it would still be magic for anyone who hadn't seen the TV series


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

    Sir Humphrey, as played by Nigel Hawthorne - such a shame he's no longer with us


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Government and the Civil Service - How it really is


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    2/14/16
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    "Comedy Gods!"
    Any additional comments?

    What can I say about this phenomenal series that hasn't already been said a thousand times before? If (like me) you loved the television series then there's no reason why you won't like these audio versions, since they use the same amazing scripts (adapted for radio) and star the same original cast (indeed even many of the minor characters are played by the same actors). Not only that but they also manage to convey all of the fun and spontaneity that was present in the TV series which lifted it from merely "good" to "truly great". Buy it, you will not be disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • JRUK
    9/20/16
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    "Timeless relevance."

    Loved everything second. As relevant now as it was then. Timeless. The Thick of It for a different generation (but better/cleaner).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    9/19/16
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    "Funny, witty and Smart"

    An excellent political satire still relevant today. The acting is wonderful and the plot lines clever. Well worth listening too. It will have you laughing out loud at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark Sugrue
    9/17/16
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    "Clasic Comedy"

    This just does not date. As funny now as it was when first released. Strongly recommend to anyone whatever their comedy or political bent is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. A. Tearse
    Scotland
    9/14/16
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    "Still inciteful and relevant today"

    Not showing it's age. Could have ben written yesterday! Trident, banks needing bailed out, leadership struggles it's all in here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dean Dino
    UK
    9/12/16
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    "Outstanding"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Intelligent writing and wave after wave of hilarious one liners, which on the audio book you may of missed on tv


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection?

    Episode of the key, the best of the bunch


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Sir Humphrey Appleby unable to gain access to number 10


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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