Performed by the author and five of Britain's leading actresses, Alan Bennett's tales are full of quirky, insightful detail that bring the characters vividly to life.
From Julie Walters' portrayal of an actress seeking fame to Anna Massey's alcoholic vicar's wife, these individuals are linked by their self-delusion, desperation, and vulnerability.
In these compelling pieces, Bennett displays the wry observation, knowing irony, and tender understatement that have ensured his rightful place at the forefront of contemporary writing.
This collection includes A Chip in the Sugar with Alan Bennett; A Lady of Letters with Patricia Routledge; Bed Among the Lentils with Anna Massey; Soldiering On with Stephanie Cole; Her Big Chance with Julie Walters; and A Cream Cracker Under the Settee with Thora Hird.
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These are some of the most exquisite pieces of acting I've ever heard. Each seemingly mundane character harbors, then reveals some unimaginable secret that bubbles up from the undercurrent of a seemingly normal life.
This classic is now available on Audible and thank goodness for it. Despite some repetition across the monologues, one still must go a long way to find writing this painfully insightful, witty, erudite and heartfelt. Because Alan is now something of a household name, we get the added treat of hearing top-notch actors perform the roles. One caution: due to the wide range of dynamics on this recording, this is not a good commuter listen. Save it for a quiet evening at home.
Morrissey turned me on to this author and what a find. This 'talking heads' series is brilliant and very well suited to the audio experience. Another reason to congratulate Audible on their link-up with the BBC.
There's a general consensus that the Brits are the masters of irony as an art form. These stories are proof.
Wonderful listening to Alan and company as they traipse along with their tales short and sometimes bitter sweet of an age now past, but a reminder of what was.
This is the second time I've bought an audio version of the Talking Heads series. I had them on audio cassette from way back, and have now treated myself with a digital copy. I have listened to these stories over and over again. Excellent performances, riveting writing. I can't say enough good things about Talking Heads.
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