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Alan Bennett: Talking Heads 2 | [Alan Bennett]

Alan Bennett: Talking Heads 2

In these six new pieces Alan Bennett retains the gripping stories, intensity of delivery, and masterly style of his original monologues. The suburban normality of the world his characters inhabit once again belies their lives of secrets, revelations, fears, crimes, and passions. They tell their stories, and in doing so reveal more than they know of the humour, passion, and sadness of their lives.
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Publisher's Summary

Six more monologues from Britain's foremost writer delivered by the nation's favorite performers.

In these six new pieces Alan Bennett retains the gripping stories, intensity of delivery, and masterly style of his original monologues. The suburban normality of the world his characters inhabit once again belies their lives of secrets, revelations, fears, crimes, and passions. They tell their stories, and in doing so reveal more than they know of the humour, passion, and sadness of their lives.

Alongside the original pieces, these superb monologues form one of the great contributions to television drama.

Included in this collection are:

  • Miss Fozzard Finds her Feet, with Patricia Routledge
  • The Hand of God, with Eileen Atkins
  • Playing Sandwiches, with David Haig
  • The Outside Dog, with Julie Walters
  • Nights in the Gardens of Spain, with Penelope Wilton
  • Waiting for the Telegram, with Thora Hird

    ©2001 & (P)1998, 2001 BBC Worldwide Ltd.

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      Die Falknerin 03-14-13 Member Since 2008

      Painter, musician, bibliophile...

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      "Outstanding performances"

      In each of these monologues humor is mixed with the sadness of each character's life. The sadness may come from a dramatic tragedy, or from a failure to connect, or from the inability to break free.

      Patricia Routledge amazed me as the title character of "Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet." She's always a treat, and of course I'll never look at chiropodists the same way after this little story.

      Eileen Atkins' realistic portrayal of Celia in "The Hand of God" was the pure distillation of the characters of many antiques dealers I've known. If you're a collector, you'll know her at once. Something like what occurs in the story does happen from time to time, which makes it all the better.

      Penelope Wilton's quiet, elegant voice makes her story, "Nights in the Gardens of Spain" all the more chilling.

      So perfectly did these three actresses perform their stories that I cannot imagine anyone else in the roles.

      Bennett provokes, prods, and cajoles us into facing the truth. But even when it's uncomfortable, we end up better for having heard him, for he speaks for those who are not heard, but keep on going nonetheless.







      1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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      Sarah Dumoulin Kinburn, Ontario Canada 01-15-10
      Sarah Dumoulin Kinburn, Ontario Canada 01-15-10 Member Since 2014
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      "Essential"

      Follow up to the original Talking Heads is just as wonderful as its predecessor. Excellent performances make the audio version the definitive version for this series. This is a recording that you will be listening to over and over again.

      2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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      Jason ManchesterUnited Kingdom 12-10-05
      Jason ManchesterUnited Kingdom 12-10-05
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      The perfect blend of tragi-comedy from the pen of one of England's best writers, delivered by the cream of the UK's acting profession. Unmissable.

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      Wendy COFFS HARBOURAustralia 12-21-08
      Wendy COFFS HARBOURAustralia 12-21-08
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    • Martin
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      8/29/09
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      "AMAZING STUFF"

      Alen is amazing here wow

      2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    • D. Minniti
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      2/17/15
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      "Hilarious, moving, haunting"
      Would you listen to Alan Bennett again? Why?

      I'm going to listen to all these again and get the first series too. So well written and preformed. They'll all read so differently the second time around as I only picked up on so many of the hints. Each performance was engrossing. I've heard these parodied so many times I thought that I probably wouldn't get much out of it, and whilst there were a good few mentions of biscuits, drizzle and slacks, I wasn't quite prepared for how haunting these would be.


      Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

      The first story in particular made me laugh. Some wonderful turns of phrase and brilliant timing by Routledge (Hyacinth Bucket off Keeping up Appearances).

      The story with Thora Hird practically made me sob while walking down the street. Really sad stuff.


      Any additional comments?

      For an audible book its fairly short, but has amazing re-listen value, and you can jump in at any chapter depending on your mood. So although it seems like bad value compared to a 25hr book, its actually worth the money/credit.

      1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    • Ed Kingsley
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      "5 modern tragedies"
      What made the experience of listening to Alan Bennett the most enjoyable?

      His sublime writing and earthy Yorkshire delivery


      What was one of the most memorable moments of Alan Bennett?

      Going into the tragic head of a destructive paedophile. What immense courage and humanity. It takes someone like Bennet to say the unsayable.


      Which character – as performed by various – was your favourite?

      Julie Walters as the wife of a serial killer


      Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

      Too many to mention


      Any additional comments?

      5 stunning performances. 5 exquisite dramas. Alan Bennet is up there with the greatest writers in history

      1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    • Ms. Kay Fenton
      East Sussex
      1/1/14
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      "short moving stories"
      What made the experience of listening to Alan Bennett the most enjoyable?

      Could be quite dated but these are still relevant and moving topics. Believable because of the quality of acting.


      What was one of the most memorable moments of Alan Bennett?

      There are little surprises every now and again.


      Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

      Mainly sad topics dealt with compassion and the Bennet humour.


      Any additional comments?

      Great for commuting due to complete stories in a short time.

      1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    • S. Fox
      UK
      8/26/15
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      "LOVE IT"
      Where does Alan Bennett rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

      Compelling listening, wonderful narrators


      What other book might you compare Alan Bennett to, and why?

      Eh? I want to review the book, not the site!


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

      No


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

      I'm a reader/listener, not a writer, why should I have to write a tag line?


      Any additional comments?

      Why do I have to answer these silly questions when all I wanted to do was review an Alan Bennett reading?

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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