The complete audio collection of Alan Bennett's celebrated monologues, published together for the first time and performed by some of Britain's best actors.
The Talking Heads monologues are widely regarded as one of Alan Bennett's finest dramatic achievements. First broadcast on BBC TV and BBC Radio 4 in the 1980s and 1990s, they won a host of awards and huge popular acclaim and remain among his most admired works today.
This collection includes all twelve Talking Heads, plus the precursor of that series, 'A Woman of No Importance'.
Beautifully crafted and full of compassion and wry observation, each tale is ripe with the quirky, insightful detail that has become Bennett's trademark. The monologues are: 'A Woman of No Importance' (Patricia Routledge); 'A Chip in the Sugar' (Alan Bennett); 'A Lady of Letters' (Patricia Routledge); 'Bed Among the Lentils' (Anna Massey); 'Soldiering On' (Stephanie Cole); 'Her Big Chance' (Julie Walters); 'A Cream Cracker Under the Settee' (ThoraHird); 'Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet' (Patricia Routledge); 'The Hand of God' (Eileen Atkins); 'Playing Sandwiches' (David Haig); 'The Outside Dog' (Julie Walters); 'Nights in the Gardens of Spain' (Penelope Wilton) and 'Waiting for the Telegram' (Thora Hird).
Intensely moving, deeply engrossing and highly entertaining, these spellbinding soliloquies are essential listening.
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The performances on these plays are top notch, every one.
The stories themselves are depressing and sad. The characters are wonderfully fleshed out and real but maybe a little too real.
I'll only listen to the rest if I need a good cry.
"Bleak but brilliant!"
Fantastic writing read so well, so much of the story is in what is not said but it's easy to read between the lines. Don't listen when you are feeling down though as it may finish you off!
Great stories read by wonderful actors.I loved all of them.Very touching but also very funny.
Wonderful moving stories. Brilliant Alan Bennett. Will listen to it again and Oder copies for my friends
"Hours of entertainment !"
A great collection of funny , insightful and touching stories. As only Alan Bennett can do !
"loved these stories"
I loved the different readers and the stories were very engaging. I was inspired to listen to these monologues after seeing the Alan Bennett film ' lady in the van'
Margaret in the 'Woman of no importance '
I enjoyed others but this was my favourite
Will listen to more Alan Bennett plays
Wonderful short stories acted and read by some of the best actors of our time
Alan Bennett manages to allow you to come to your own conclusions while observing life warts and all
"A masterclass in acting and monologue writing!"
The writing is sublime, a perfect bittersweet blend of wry humour, domestic life and what keeps people going when everything else falls apart. The acting is excellent, this should be the gold standard for narration, every actor performed brilliantly.
Bed among the Lentils is a wonderful story as Susan is funny, dry, witty and rueful while remaining real. You'll wish you could find out what happens next in her life.
A lady of letters is also a stand out, a character who should not be at all appealing but who still makes you warm to her.
The acting is excellent, perfectly balanced without being unrealistic or unsympathetic. Some of the characters are not such nice people but Alan Bennett still makes you empathise with them.
Yes, these are very easy to listen to.
"Absolutely love Talking Heads!"
For me Alan Bennett is a wonderful storyteller with a wry wit, combine this writing with wonderful actors and you can just loose yourself in his world if characters
"Absolutely fantastic stuff"
I was only a child when Talking Heads first aired but I'd heard many good things about them in the intervening years.
I was browsing Audible looking for something to spend my credit on when I happened across this compete collection and didn't hesitate to download it. And boy am I glad I did! There are stories with neat twists, stories that are dark and troubling and other still that so deeply intimate and delicately crafted that I was brought to tears; not something I'm used to as a bloke in his late 30's!
If you have any appreciation of good drama and exceptional story telling you owe it to yourself to pick up this collection. You won't be disappointed!
"I Would Like To Be Alan Bennett"
Beautifully crafted and stunningly profound. I remember being showed some of these at school in English lessons. This is the best British writing you'll find anywhere. It's honest, heartfelt and beautifully performed. Without doubt one of our country's finest writers!
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