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This is the second volume of Dirk Bogarde's autobiography, covering the time between his experiences at an army camp at Catterick to his role as von Aschenbach in the film Death in Venice. Since 1947 he has starred in more than 60 films, especially during the 1950s and 60s, including The Night Porter and Despair. Among his other volumes of autobiography are A Postillion Struck by Lightning, An Orderly Man, and Backcloth. He has also written novels: A Gentle Occupation, Voices in the Garden, and West of Sunset.

©1988 Dirk Bogarde (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Patricia
  • 04-27-14

Good try Mr Sachs, but not Dirk.

Would you listen to Snakes and Ladders again? Why?

Definitely. I am revisiting all Dirk's work, written and filmed. Without Snakes and Ladders there would be a huge gap in the timeline.

What other book might you compare Snakes and Ladders to, and why?

The other books in Dirk Bogarde's series of biography.

Have you listened to any of Andrew Sachs’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, but I would in the future. He is an excellent performer.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I thoroughly enjoyed the book, finding it, like the others, impossible to stop listening.

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All the other books in this series are read by the author. One gets used to the soft, mellifluous voice, probably the most beautiful I have heard. Andrew Sachs is an excellent reader - but, sadly, not Dirk. However, I still liked the book and got used to Mr Sachs, although he speaks slightly too quickly - just a personal opinion.

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  • Alison St Pierre
  • 01-24-14

A snapshot of Dirk's early career.

Nearly a great book but falls slightly short of the mark because the man himself is not narrating. Having been spoiled by my last book about Dirk, read by Dirk, (a short walk from Harrods), I was anticipating greatness. I missed his excellent pronunciation and his delivery. Some great stories about his time in the Army and later on, a few of his famous friends, but the delivery lacked lustre for me.

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  • 04-09-13

An outstanding performance

You have to be a VERY courageous reader to step into the famous shoes of Dirk Bogarde and read his autobiography. We all know what Bogarde sounds like and after all he has read every other of his books. But Andrew Sachs is an audiobook star in his own right, and this reading is very simply as good as it gets. I enjoyed the content - Bogarde does tell a good tale and it is in this book that we hear of the background to Death in Venice and other key films; but time and again my attention dwelt upon Andrew Sachs. Natural expression, fluent, easy, communicative, slightly tight as I imagine Bogarde was. Totally believable. Audio bigraphy at its best, even though it wasn't the writer!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-29-20

A Game of Snakes and Ladders.

loved it,Andrew Sachs was excellent.so much better than I expected of him. the section on Death in Venice was an eye opener on the detailed preparation. A Bogarde we never ever heard about.777

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  • Colin McIntosh
  • 01-28-19

Not the second volume

Says volume 2 of the 6 part autobiography when it’s actually more like 3/4 as Great Meadow is the sequel to Postillion so it doesn’t exactly run in order. Not having DB read is very odd as he reads the others - but never did them all - so Andrew Sachs is great but not the same