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Fawlty Towers: The Complete Collection

By: John Cleese,Connie Booth
Narrated by: John Cleese,Connie Booth,Prunella Scales,Andrew Sachs,full cast
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Publisher's Summary

John Cleese’s special introductions to each episode are included in this collection of all 12 TV soundtrack episodes.

Welcome to Fawlty Towers, where attentive hotelier Basil Fawlty and his charming wife, Sybil, will attend to your every need - in your worst nightmare. With hapless waiter Manuel and long-suffering waitress Polly on hand to help, anything could happen during your stay - and probably will.

Every episode of both TV series is included in this soundtrack collection: 'A Touch of Class', 'The Builders', 'The Wedding Party', 'The Hotel Inspectors', 'Gourmet Night', 'The Germans', 'Communication Problems' 'The Psychiatrist' 'Waldorf Salad', 'The Kipper and the Corpse', 'The Anniversary' and 'Basil the Rat'. 

Co-starring with John Cleese as Basil are Prunella Scales (Sybil), Andrew Sachs (Manuel), Connie Booth (Polly) with a supporting cast including Ballard Berkeley, Bernard Cribbins, Joan Sanderson, Geoffrey Palmer, Nicky Henson and Ken Campbell.

These classic recordings were made between 1975 and 1979 and the content of the programme reflects the era in which it was broadcast.

©2015 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2015 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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Love man well

I loved every minute of it So funny I have watched fawlty towers on Tv but never listened to it

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Comedy classic destroyed!

The recording is ruined by the decision to "improve" it for the uninitiated by adding adding a voiceover by "Manuel" explaining the sight gags. Terrible! It adds nothing to make the recording funnier for the novice and destroys it for the established fan. Also, although Manuel is a wonderful character, listening to his exaggerated stereotypical accent for long stretches is excruciating. To add insult to injury, Amazon/Audible would not accept it for return.

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better than the TV series

of course watch the original 1978/9 series,. perhaps after listening to this audiobook recording but in tandem, this recording includes commentaries on each episode by nine other than John Cleese himself!

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One of my favorite John Cleese shows.

A great collection, with plenty of classic eps and moments. Only downside, a lot of Manuel's linking commentary seems to have been dropped.

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Check in for laughs at Fawlty Towers

Are you a fan of such things as Monty Python, Fierce Creatures and A Fish Called Wanda ? Then check in for some good laughs at Fawlty Towers ! Fawlty Towers is a show about an insane hotel owner, his wife, the crazy waiter , a waitress and the crazy patrons of Fawlty Towers.

Fawlty Towers premiered on Oct 25th, 1979 and was created by John Cleese. To me this is excellence at its best in comedy. 12 episodes of crazy and insane comedy that only John Cleese can bring. Only 2 series of 6 episodes each, in and out and simply with pure insanity.

This is good for like a 6 hour drive or even a rainy day or just something to listen to as you wind down from a tough day and you need a good laugh. If you are a fan of comedy and laughs , then pick up this excellent audiobook.

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Sound Quality just too bad

Brilliant story and performance, and sadly enough, really bad sound (less than 8k for you who know)

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  • 05-07-20

What did you expect from an audiobook

To the last reviewer;

What did you expect from an audiobook?

The hanging gardens of Babylon perhaps?

Herds of wildebeest streaming majestically across the water?

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  • 05-01-20

It kinda works and kinda doesn't

it's audio directly taken from the TV show with additional narration to paint the picture.

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  • 07-15-20

One of the Greatest Comedies of all time

This works for audio very well, because the scripts are so strong. Maybe like me you remember the television anyway, so what I found was that as I listened the scenes played out in my mind triggered by the audio.

I laughed out loud many times.

All episodes are here, with introductions by John Cleese

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  • Malgorzata
  • 07-16-20

Funny and worth to listen

Great performance, easy to listen, very enjoyable audiobook. Funny and nice to listen. Really recommended

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  • Kasaree
  • 11-25-21

Translates well to audio form

I loved this as a kid and still love it now I’m old and a bit wrinkly. What I dearly love is the little clips of narration by Andrew Sachs, which link the visual funnies to your aural experience. The added interview with John Cleese before every episodes serves to further enrich this collection. Loved it so much!

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  • Chorlton Dragon
  • 10-18-21

Your mileage may vary but I enjoyed it

This is the audio from the TV series, a lot of which is quite visual comedy. This version is strategically narrated by Manuel to help with visual elements and some scene changes. I thought that worked rather well. Each episode is introduced with some comments from John Cleese about how the show was written.

As a package, then, it's reasonably well put together and worth considering if you're a fan of the show.

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  • hindsatron
  • 11-06-22

Fawlty perfection.

I used to have all of these on audio tape in my youth and they are just as good 20 years later. some gags do need the visual side aswell but Manuel does a great job of describing what's going on if you happen to have never seen the episodes.

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  • Gooner
  • 09-21-22

Unmissable

Pure classic comedy that will live on for generations.

I’ve watched and listened to Fawlty Towers for many years and still they make me laugh.

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  • Dan
  • 05-03-22

perfect

i love the tv show so having the audiobook is awesome and having manwel explane some of the scemes is amazing anf feels so right

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-08-21

Great kustening

Great stories with real actor feedback on reasons for scenes. Have listened to many times.

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  • 08-13-20

LOVE these episodes.

Love this TV series, so glad they turned it into audio! I can picture what's happening in my head and still have a good laugh. The Cleese intros are quite interesting too, learned a lot about the making and behind the scenes of the series and that episodes have a message for society. Manuel is also perfect for narration. Have listened over and over and overt and they're still great!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-19-22

hilarious!

Loved it, funniest thing I've heard for years. Had to listen twice, laughed so much

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  • DDD
  • 08-17-21

Does not translate well

I am a long fan of Fawlty Towers and know most of the episodes, but even still it was difficult to follow the audio version.