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The Lady in the Van (Dramatised) Radio/TV Program

The Lady in the Van (Dramatised)

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Publisher's Summary

A new Radio 4 adaptation of one of Alan Bennett's most well-loved works.

In the 1970s, an eccentric old lady called Miss Shepherd lives in an old caravan opposite Bennett's house in Camden. That is until new parking regulations come into force - and he suggests moving the van onto his driveway...

©2001 Alan Bennett; (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    Hilda Co SligoIreland 20/01/2010
    Hilda Co SligoIreland 20/01/2010
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    "Memorable"

    It's many days since I listened to this dramatization and I still can't get it out of my head. It haunts you because it's so real and because the lady in the van is such denial. There are lovely pieces like when he says she has a lot of success when she stands her ground with officials and it's because they can't stand the smell so do whatever will get her out of there fast. I am using my new credits on more Alan Bennett dramatizations. They are excellent. I love that you can hear the audios as there are some books I would have bought had this not been possible, and then been disappointed with the reader.

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    Louisa Freshwater Bay, United Kingdom 17/01/2016
    Louisa Freshwater Bay, United Kingdom 17/01/2016 Member Since 2014

    Painter, jeweller, teacher. Passionate listener to audiobooks and reader of print books.

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    "Brilliant and moving"

    The best thing about this book is the performances and the extraordinary story which although people have known about it for a long time has only come to the fore with the film. The audio performance tells the story very clearly and is brilliantly adapted for listening. Nothing to criticise - just a brilliant and powerful story of human kindness.

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    Mr Christopher Coates 04/01/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "OK but not fantastic."

    Not as engaging as hoped. Not to my taste. Did not like the way the elements were divided

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    coogee68 07/11/2015
    coogee68 07/11/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Audio book"

    I really enjoyed this audio book. Alan Bennett is his usual brilliant self. The lady in question was a sad figure but Maggie Smith portrayed her wonderfully.
    Alan Bennett is a master - all the characters are believable, snobby neighbours, young social worker.

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    Kaggy 15/12/2013
    Kaggy 15/12/2013 Member Since 2013

    Will read anything within reason.

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    "Funny and touching"

    This is everything you should expect from Alan Bennett and Maggie Smith. Brilliant dialogue and flawless presentation.

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    05/04/11
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    "Hillarious"

    This is a gem. The language is brilliant with the true British understated comedy. Maggie Smith is excellent but Adrian Scarborough steals the show with his superb caricature

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  • INDRANI K.
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    "Performance Par excellence"

    This an amazing story about the most common people that one may meet in life but dealt deftly with expertise. Unusual nuances unexpected turns at every poignant corner of the unfolding events
    Feelings and softness handled with not so much as a whit of mushiness
    Yet plenty of wit and humor interspersed occasionally with the right sarcasm make-for riveting reading
    The performance is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding I have ever come across. So vastly visual considering it is only the engaging of voices modulated beautifully and so aptly
    One gets to watch with one's mind's eye the acts unfold and not merely listen to the audio
    It is no wonder Dame Maggie Smith and Mr Alan Bennett and Mr Adrian Scarborough have reached the heights they are at .
    Kudos and many thanks to audible.com for bringing this to the
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