"Hah-ooh cinosrepus! 'Selbanev, Nosnikta, Senoj-Nitram,' said Jennings. 'They're the names of people, I bet you can't guess who!' 'Russian agents? - Zulu tribesmen? - Ancient kings of Egypt?' hazarded Darbishire. 'No, no, no,' Jennings flipped his fingers in delight and danced ungainly ballet steps round the tuck-boxes. 'Oh, wacko! If you can't guess, neither will anybody else, so we can use it for the code.'"
When Jennings' new diary is made public, the thought of his most private thoughts being made public spur him to invent a secret language. Will anyone be able to decode it? And how does Jennings end up on the wrong side of the law? And what of the collection of ancient relics a visit to the Natural History Museum inspires Jennings and Darbishire to establish? Find answers to these and other questions, in this entertaining story by Anthony Buckeridge, narrated by the talented Simon Vance.
Jennings' Diary is one of a series of 25 books by Anthony Buckeridge. The Jennings stories originated in a series of radio plays for the BBC's Children's Hour, which proved so popular they spawned this delightful series of books. The tales make liberal use of Buckeridge's inventive schoolboy slang ("fossilised fish hooks!," "crystallised cheesecakes!," and others). Published between 1950 and 1989, these books were favorites among a vast assortment of kids all over the world. Jennings Goes to School and Jennings Again! were adapted for radio by Anthony Buckeridge and read by Stephen Fry, and Mark Williams (Aurthor Weasley in the Harry Potter films), recorded an abridged version of Jennings Little Hut, all produced by the BBC. Loved by kids and adults alike, the Jennings books were translated into several languages and have sold over six million worldwide. Described as "Harry Potter without magic, but funnier", and "P.G. Wodehouse for kids", you'll want to check out the other titles in this series available from Post Hypnotic Press.
Took me back to my childhood. Very visual. Enjoyed it greatly. Well performed and perfect atmosphere.
What would have made Jennings' Diary better?
Better proof reading of the manuscript. At one point Mr Wilkins is called Mr Jennings. Jennings becomes Jenkins, and 80p becomes half a crown and then becomes 80p again.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Jennings and Derbyshire themselves are always entertaining
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Simon Vance?
He needs to cheer up, the problem was he read it like it was a James Bond novel not a tale of 2 school chums.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Disappointment, I grew up reading Jennings and this reading was just so flawed in so many ways,
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Hilarious! One of the most funny books I have ever listened to on audible. And I have listened to a lot.
Where does Jennings' Diary rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This was a treat to listen to when winding down at the end of a hard day. It reminds me of a less stressful time of life, when doing my homework was perhaps the hardest thing that I had to remember!
What was one of the most memorable moments of Jennings' Diary?
This has to be any time when Jennings collides (figuratively) with Old Wilkie.
Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances? How does this one compare?
I have only listened to Simon Vance's readings of other Jennings books, but he has captured them perfectly.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Definitely - but sadly I had to get some sleep so rationed myself to a couple of chapters per night.
Any additional comments?
I have just added another Jennings book to my collection and look forward to another dose of escapism.