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Publisher's Summary

Four classic BBC TV episodes featuring a newly-added interview with John Cleese.

The Kipper and the Corpse
When a guest dies in his bed, it's only the beginning of Basil's problems as he tries to hide the body and the dodgy kippers which may have led to the guest's demise.

The Germans
Basil tries to cope while Sybil is in hospital, but soon everything is in chaos and a deranged Basil does the funny walk for a group of German tourists.

Waldorf Salad
Quality customer service has never been one of Basil's strongpoints so, when an American guest demands the comforts of home, Basil's blood pressure reaches boiling point.

Gourmet Night
The cream of Torquay society turns out for a gourmet night. Expectations are high but so is the chef, leaving Basil to hunt down a suitable main course.

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© and (P)1994, 2002 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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The Best!

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's 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!

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Linda
  • Miramar Beach, FL, USA
  • 08-08-05

These make me laugh!...

It's difficult to find good, clean humor these days...but this is a rare exception! I have listened to all three volumes and this one is my favorite. Too, too funny! Enjoy with a nice cuppa...

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Cleese at his best.<br />

The genius of The Faulty Towers on.audio.
who could have thought thats one could still split up on fits of laughter with no vksuals on.this.show.
brilliantly done..

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

Don't Mention de Var!

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. The Germans episode is the best of the series and, IMHO, one of the best examples of British comedy.

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Fawlty Towers

If you enjoy Fawlty Towers try Dads Army. I think you will enjoy a similar type of humour ,which is hard to find these days.

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"Don't mention the war" indeed.

Would you consider the audio edition of Fawlty Towers, Volume 2 to be better than the print version?

Yes.

What other book might you compare Fawlty Towers, Volume 2 to and why?

I can't think of one.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A lot more laughs.

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

The funniest scene is in Gourmet Night where Basil attacks his car after it stops working. Manuel's commentary makes the scene even funnier.

Any additional comments?

None.

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

From TV to radio, it keeps its style & its genius

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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  • Felicia
  • Burnaby, BC, Canada
  • 04-18-10

A timeless classic...

British comedy doesn't get any better than this. Love it!

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  • Paul
  • SkelmersdaleUnited Kingdom
  • 08-05-06

What can U say?

It's John Connie and Man well at their best; make sure you are sitting down because you will laugh your socks off. This is not one for driving and listing too, U'll have too many tears in your eye to see.

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  • K. M. Woodhouse
  • 05-07-16

Good if you already know the TV programmes

I love Fawlty Towers and enjoyed listening to this. But there are an awful lot of visual jokes, and while Manuel's commentary helps, I think it's better if you have seen the TV programme as well.

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  • G
  • 04-13-13

Still 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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  • David Hill
  • 09-26-17

Brilliant, but narration perhaps unnecessary?

Obviously brilliant, but new narration perhaps a bit annoying and unnecessary for TV series fans?