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A Short Walk from Harrods Audiobook

A Short Walk from Harrods

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A Short Walk from Harrods is the sixth volume of Dirk Bogarde's autobiography. In it, he pays tribute to the corner of Provence that was his home for over two decades, analyzes his sense of loss at 67 after the death of his life partner, and discusses coming to terms with living alone in London.

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    Alison St Pierre Lancashire 13/12/2013
    Alison St Pierre Lancashire 13/12/2013 Listener Since 2010

    Local Government Officer, listens to audiobooks whilst commuting, loves Biographies of quintessentially English eccentrics.

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    "Seriously underrated writer!"

    Dirk writes beautifully and his delivery is faultless. His beautiful "cut glass" English accent and the warm tones of his fluent French are a joy to hear. The book focusses upon his 20 plus years living an idyllic life in the south of France, his disdain for fame and its trappings and the touching illness and eventual death of his long term companion. I found the book to be transporting, funny and very moving. My only slight criticism is the way the book tends to jump about a bit, but I enjoyed every second of it and I wasn't ready for it the book to end.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Val Pope 16/03/2011
    Val Pope 16/03/2011 Member Since 2013
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    "Sweetly Nostalgic"

    This is the last of (I think) seven volumes of autobiography, written by the late Dirk Bogarde and this edition, narrated by the author, is a sweetly nostalgic account of his years in Provence at Le Pigonnier, where he lived with his partner (or euphemistically named 'manager') Tony Forewood, before illness and infirmity forced their return to England.
    Bogarde's presence as an actor was always commanding and his beautiful voice makes this a very enjoyable and satisfying listen. His writing is precise and atmospheric and the descriptions of the Provencal countryside and the characters who live there are delightful. The deep love he felt for 'Tote' is made delicately but deeply obvious and the account of the death of his partner from cancer is handled with great sensitivity. I was totally captivated by this book and will listen to it many times with pleasure. I'm only sorry that DB only seems to have made one recording, but I do recommend you read the other volumes in print. They chronicle an extraordinary life, a distinguished acting career and a gentler time with outstanding literary talent and astonishing artistry.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    j stockton stoke-on-trent, United Kingdom 26/10/2012
    j stockton stoke-on-trent, United Kingdom 26/10/2012
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    "Buy this book!"

    If you buy any of Dirk Bogarde's books, it has to be the one! Easily the best audio book I've listened to. So poignant. Sad, joyful,loving, occasionally funny and definitely moving. Written and read by the author so every subtle nuance is captured by the actors voice.His character studios are brilliant. He brings the hills and characters of Provence and the streets of london lovingly to life. Treat yourself.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Gomshall, Surrey, United Kingdom 04/03/2011
    Ken Gomshall, Surrey, United Kingdom 04/03/2011
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    "Superb"

    This is probably the best audio book that I have ever listened to. It is very funny in some parts, and incredibly sad in others, if you like Provence it is a must have. Bogarde takes the listener right into the hills behind Cannes, you can almost feel the heat! He paints a picture of the region that will stay with you forever. I won't spoil the experience by telling you more, but I strongly recommend it.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    CMH 10/09/2016
    CMH 10/09/2016
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    "A surprising Jewel of a book"

    I vaguely knew who Dirk Bogarde, as an actor. Didn't know he could write let alone write well. It was the reviews that drew me to listen to the book. Plus I thought if I don't like it I will return it and it won't cost anything.
    What a surprise and delight this book turned out to be. The author can read anything his voice is so rich and melodic I felt drawn into the tale of his life and in particular his love of France.
    The real Jewel though was the quality of the writing, sensitive, interesting and so very genuine. The people he knew came alive even from short descriptions.
    Dealing with some difficult subjects in a matter of fact way, no self pity, just this is how it was.
    I'm going to listen to all his books, highly recommended.

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    Joe 24/01/2016
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    "very well written, and so mindfully told."

    loved it. very sad... but so so true

    makes you appreciate things that you never thought you would, or took for granted

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    Sandi Turner 08/11/2015
    Sandi Turner 08/11/2015 Member Since 2012
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    "Another world"

    full of atmosphere, could feel the warmth of his life in France, well written, throughly enjoyed it

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    Deb H Lincolnshire 22/07/2015
    Deb H Lincolnshire 22/07/2015
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    "Loved it...."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you haven`t already sampled books by Dirk Bogarde then do give this a listen - you won`t be dissapointed!


    What other book might you compare A Short Walk from Harrods to, and why?

    This is the 3rd book I`ve listened to from Mr Bogarde...it`s equally as good if not better than the others.


    Which character – as performed by Dirk Bogarde – was your favourite?

    Himself of course!


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

    Both


    Any additional comments?

    Was sad that it had ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DartmoorDiva Dartmoor 16/06/2015
    DartmoorDiva Dartmoor 16/06/2015

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    "Enchanting and poignant"

    I really enjoyed this, so beautifully read by the author himself, and giving such a wonderful insight into his life. His description of life in rural France was just enchanting and the slow and inexorable decline in his and Forwood's health is terribly sad.

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    M 25/05/2015
    M 25/05/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "A must read from the human point of view."

    Read by the Author himself, the book gives fascinating insight in to his life. Descriptions of place and personal relationships so perfectly portrayed it has to read over and over again. My favourite actor is also a brilliant author.

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  • Campbell
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    06/06/10
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    "Worth it"

    Part fact part fiction, this is an unabridged overview of the last 30 years of Bogarde's life. He was, and remains, inscrutible. One never knows what is fact and what is fiction. One Hopes others in this series shall be released.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • stephen
    Clare, Australia
    27/08/12
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    "Sublime"
    Where does A Short Walk from Harrods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I felt as though I was sitting in a comfortable room sipping on a gin and tonic listening to Dirk telling me about his everyday and very extraordinary life.


    What other book might you compare A Short Walk from Harrods to and why?

    Alec Guinness "Blessings In Disguies" for the insight into a very interesting life


    What does Dirk Bogarde bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narrative and passion


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

    Both


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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