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Publisher's Summary

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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© and (P)1994, 2001 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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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!

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Emily
  • Mount Macedon, Australia
  • 06-29-13

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

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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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.

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  • edel
  • Ireland
  • 07-27-12

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

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

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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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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  • Dave
  • Upper Tantallon, NS, Canada
  • 08-21-17

Laugh Out Loud Funny!

Be careful where you listen to this and keep a handkerchief on hand. Sometimes I laughed so hard I had to wipe my eyes and I would have been in trouble if I was trying to drive while listening. I can also be embarrassing to burst out laughing while riding public transit. The full cast recording with narration by Manuel to fill in any blanks. My favourite was Basil the Rat.

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Wonderful to listen to.

Thank you Mr Cleese and Ms Boothe. Great characters, great stories. Timeless and still a benchmark

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  • Scorpio48
  • 10-25-16

Brilliant

Absolutely brilliant I thoroughly enjoyed it. Just as funny as I remember. Still makes me laugh.

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  • Sandy
  • 09-03-16

Does not transfer well to radio

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If the script were somehow different, perhaps less focus on visual gags because the audience was laughing and, for the listener, there was nothing to laugh at.

What did you like best about this story?

I love Fawlty Towers, but this just doesn't work.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

They didn't.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fawlty Towers, Volume 1?

Anything with a visual gag.

Any additional comments?

I love Fawlty Towers, but I'll stick to the TV version in future.

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  • Lawrence Hughes
  • 08-02-16

OMG SO GOOD!😀

I love fawlty towers. It was an amazing idea to turn it into an audiobook. However, it helps if you watch fawlty towers first.

I never thought that it would actually be a good idea to turn this into an audiobook. I thought it just wouldn't make sense especially for those who have not seen it. It did though!!

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  • K. M. Woodhouse
  • 04-06-16

Surprisingly good as an audiobook

This works surprisingly well as an audiobook. Manuel's minimal narration helps with the visual jokes but doesn't break the flow.

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  • G
  • 04-13-13

Cant stop laughing

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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  • Jake
  • 09-06-15

It's good but...

Personally I love Fawlty Towers and also think that turning it into an audio book was a good idea, however, it does reduce the length of the story. My favourite episode is "The Wardolf Salad" but that episode is not in this volume of Fawlty Towers.

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