©2003 Tom Courtenay; (P)2005 Time Warner AudioBooks
This is a truly wonderful audiobook - if you're listening on your MP3, you'll be entranced and transported, made to feel so very glad that such things as audiobooks exist.
Tom Courtney narrates as if he were the poet, Philip Larkin. It's rather like an autobiographical diary spoken on behalf of the poet, taking us on a journey through Larkin's life with various poems cleverly worked into the narrative as things go along. You'll smile as well as be moved. The readings of Larkin's poems are exceptional.
Altogether, very highly recommended.
I had the privilege of seeing Courtenay perform this in Jermyn Street. Using a great deal of Larkin's own words, and some of his poetry you really get close to the man - the wit, and the Eeyorishness of the personality. I concur with the previous reviewer - five stars.
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