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Publisher's Summary

First broadcast on Woman's Hour, Prunella Scales and Patricia Routledge star in this popular BBC Radio 4 comedy Ladies of Letters. This collection features all 11 series.

When Irene Spencer meets Vera Small at her daughter Lesley's wedding reception, they embark upon a correspondence that is quite unlike any other in the history of letter writing. Both Irene and Vera are happily widowed and endowed with errant offspring. They live in a world of church fetes and amateur dramatics but love nothing more than dipping their pens in the vitriol pot - while remaining the firmest of pen pals. Feisty, naughty and endlessly funny, Ladies of Letters provides a hilarious insight into suburban friendships and modern family life as they really are!

The series are:
Ladies of Letters and More
More Letters
Letters.com
Log On
Make Mincemeat
Spring Clean
Go Global
Say No
Go Green
Crunch Credit
Go Crackers

©2017 Lou Wakefield, 2017 Carole Hayman (P)2017 BBC AudioBooks

Critic Reviews

"Beautifully scripted and perfectly acted." ( Daily Express)
"An hilarious double act by Prunella Scales and Patricia Routledge." ( Northern Echo)

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Beware - NOT the complete series

I love the Ladies of Letters. Despite already having seasons 1, 3, and 4, I pounced on this as soon as I had a new credit available.

However, despite the name, this is NOT the complete series. One reason I wanted this is because I can't find Season 2 anywhere. Maybe this is a copyright issue? Maybe this is only a problem outside the UK? Well, for whatever reason, Season 2 is not in this "complete" collection, either. I was disappointed, but this has given me the other seasons that I'm missing, so it was still a good purchase. And, as always, the adventures of Vera and Irene are laugh-out-loud hilarious.

But please, please, please, Audible, give us Season 2!!!!!

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  • Diana
  • Antelope Valley, CA, United States
  • 12-07-17

Consistantly entertaining, and made me laugh

This was very enjoyable and entertaining. A bit of a soap opera framework, with improbable happenings throughout, but the wit and interesting twists and turns made this a worthwhile way to be entertained.

Based on the other reviews that said this is not actually complete, I found a CD of the missing season on Amazon. Hopefully Audible will get the missing season put in so this really will be a complete issue.

The narration / actors were superb. The writing excellent.

Production: It would be nice if the use of Chapters on an iPod, or breaks, would have one whole season, then break, then the next season. Whoever did this didn't care, and at the end of one Chapter, or grouping, was the beginning of the next season - for one example. That's sloppy production.

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Wonderful old fashioned radio fun

Never fails to entertain. Good clean fun. Priceless. Missed Patricia Routledge in the last few but still excellent.

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Every syllable is engaging with hilarity !

I am constantly doubled-over in stitches at so many levels. When I need a hardy laugh, I listen to this book over and over again.

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  • Pyewacket
  • 09-01-17

NOT the complete radio collection

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The title misrepresents the content. It does not include season 2 and since I bought it mainly to get season 2 I am disappointed.

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  • Judith J. Standing
  • 09-07-17

Complete?

I was so pleased when this appeared on Audible. I was extremely disappointed to discover that Ladies of More Letters is not included. Why not? Please say you'll add it in soon and you'll include an index system it's easier to find the individual stories. Such an excellent series and such a pity it's not complete.

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  • Hetty
  • 08-20-17

Wish I had read the other review first

I have all the Ladies of Letters audios to listen to but can only find Ladies of More Letters on cd. I was thrilled when I saw this but having listened to it - it isn't the complete series. The performances are excellent and it's enjoyable listening - only rivalled by Yes Minister/Prime Minister. I really hate to use the word disappointing with this series but because of the misrepresentation of the episodes included, that's what it is. Such a shame. That title used to be available on Audible because it is in my Wish List. Bring it back please so we can listen to Vera and her park home adventures

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-16-18

As they say Laugh, live, love

Loved this series when first listen to on radio
So delighted to have it on my audible,full
Of every emotion you can experience, but
Filled with such laughter and pathos, and
Cast as always wonderful

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  • Karen Haggerty
  • 07-18-18

Fabulous!

I will be listening to this over and over. Amazingly written and with two of my favorite actresses. One to cherish.

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  • Caroline Lawless
  • 06-07-18

So funny. Really enjoyed stories. Highly recommend

loved it even though some stories are mad and a bit contradictory. a must listen.

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  • Peter
  • 04-22-18

"More Ladies of Letters", missing from collection

disappointed that the complete collection is missing probably the best part "More Ladies of Letters", hopefully this will be remedied soon.

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  • Emilou
  • 03-16-18

beautifully performed

wonderful, well read with heart & hilarity highly recommend also wish there were more episodes

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  • nurse child
  • 03-12-18

ladies of letters

loved this book was giggling all the way through this book
brought back memories of TV show

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  • Tagoat
  • 02-21-18

Fabulous listenig.

Àsolutely superb writing and enthralling story telling. I am bereft at having finshed. Oh well! I supose I shall have to listen to them a 3rd time.

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  • julie
  • 10-10-17

Five stars

This story definitely evolved from what I first expected....
I loved the charming and stubborn friendship conveyed through correspondence. I enjoyed the unbelievable adventures the characters take throughout and their unique perspectives and personality that they bring to every situation. The readers are fantastic and really bring it to life. Very fun to listen to.