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Publisher's Summary

The complete audio collection of Alan Bennett's celebrated monologues, published together for the first time and performed by some of Britain's best actors.

The Talking Heads monologues are widely regarded as one of Alan Bennett's finest dramatic achievements. First broadcast on BBC TV and BBC Radio 4 in the 1980s and 1990s, they won a host of awards and huge popular acclaim and remain among his most admired works today.

This collection includes all twelve Talking Heads, plus the precursor of that series, 'A Woman of No Importance'.

Beautifully crafted and full of compassion and wry observation, each tale is ripe with the quirky, insightful detail that has become Bennett's trademark. The monologues are: 'A Woman of No Importance' (Patricia Routledge); 'A Chip in the Sugar' (Alan Bennett); 'A Lady of Letters' (Patricia Routledge); 'Bed Among the Lentils' (Anna Massey); 'Soldiering On' (Stephanie Cole); 'Her Big Chance' (Julie Walters); 'A Cream Cracker Under the Settee' (ThoraHird); 'Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet' (Patricia Routledge); 'The Hand of God' (Eileen Atkins); 'Playing Sandwiches' (David Haig); 'The Outside Dog' (Julie Walters); 'Nights in the Gardens of Spain' (Penelope Wilton) and 'Waiting for the Telegram' (Thora Hird).

Intensely moving, deeply engrossing and highly entertaining, these spellbinding soliloquies are essential listening.

©2015 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2015 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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Depressing

The performances on these plays are top notch, every one.
The stories themselves are depressing and sad. The characters are wonderfully fleshed out and real but maybe a little too real.
I'll only listen to the rest if I need a good cry.

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  • Laura
  • 01-01-16

Bleak but brilliant!

Fantastic writing read so well, so much of the story is in what is not said but it's easy to read between the lines. Don't listen when you are feeling down though as it may finish you off!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • fiona
  • 11-25-15

Fantastic

Great stories read by wonderful actors.I loved all of them.Very touching but also very funny.

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  • Patricia
  • 03-04-16

Brilliant

Wonderful moving stories. Brilliant Alan Bennett. Will listen to it again and Oder copies for my friends

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  • Stig Sadler
  • 02-10-16

Hours of entertainment !

A great collection of funny , insightful and touching stories. As only Alan Bennett can do !

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  • Mrs. Fiona Jones
  • 02-07-16

loved these stories

What made the experience of listening to The Complete Talking Heads the most enjoyable?

I loved the different readers and the stories were very engaging. I was inspired to listen to these monologues after seeing the Alan Bennett film ' lady in the van'

Who was your favorite character and why?

Margaret in the 'Woman of no importance '

Have you listened to any of Alan Bennett and Patricia Routledge ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I enjoyed others but this was my favourite

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Will listen to more Alan Bennett plays

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  • mollyeyre
  • 02-08-17

Most of the stories are good

There were a couple that I wasn't so keen on, although I have had the cd's of this series I thought I'd like to hear them again. I was much more aware of the extreme left wing views of Alan Bennett than I was the first time around. Nevertheless - he is an amazing observer of people and generally I enjoyed this set of monologues.

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  • Domina
  • 02-07-17

Old but still gold.

Where does The Complete Talking Heads rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A solid listen, but I found it emotional. For younger listeners, patience is required.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The story is of good quality, but what sold this audio book is it's performance.

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  • Tina
  • 01-28-17

Excellent

At his very best.
This book is down to earth and real.
When listening, I'm with him/her in the living room, at the park, in the shop. I'm there.
A truly, wonderfully written book.
I have listened over and over again and shall continue to read every single story.
But then... I expected no less from this great and wonderful gent

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  • Finola price
  • 01-05-17

Throughly enjoyed these stories!

Outstanding set of short stories! Will make you both laugh and cry. Incredibly moving! Could not recommend this book enough.

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  • Steven
  • 11-07-16

brilliant

fantastuc storys from the time.
geeat naration fully recommended
at his best ..great if a modern version was available

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