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1994 saw one of Peter Cooks most acclaimed performances since his 1960's heyday. Chris Morris' surreal and inventive questions brought out the very best of eccentric aristocrat Sir Arthur Streeb-Greebling, a character whom Cook had carried with him through Beyond the Fringe and Not Only...But Also... to his latter years.

These five interviews recall Streeb Greebling's early years (sent to prison at the age of four by his father ) and his life before and after the incident with the eels. It looks back at his days of extreme comfort in a Japanese POW camp and his attempts to mediate in the Rodney-King LA riots. Streeb-Greebling discusses his habit of strangling business partners, reveals his plans to capitalise on his discovery of the fossilised remains of the infant Christ and attempts to begin an extremely tedious anecdote about bee-keeping.

© and (P)1999 BBC Audiobooks Ltd.

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  • 08-03-14

Late Peter Cook, early Chris Morris

Where does Why Bother? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 30%

What was one of the most memorable moments of Why Bother??

Eels.

What does Peter Cook and Chirstopher Morris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Tonality and vocalisation.

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

It wasn't exactly hard, with it being a whole 50 minutes.

Any additional comments?

Peter Cook was dead by the time I'd even have been aware of who he was. A distinct voice will probably never be lost to the ages anymore.