Winner of the British Book Awards, Author of the Year, 2006.
Untold Stories, Alan Bennett's first major collection of prose since his best-selling Writing Home, brings together the finest and funniest of his writing over the last 10 years. Two recordings feature selected material from Untold Stories:
Part 1: Stories contains the title piece, and Part 2: The Diaries covers Alan Bennett's much-celebrated diaries for 1997-2004. They are an erudite collection of witty yet poignant recollections told in his own unique voice. Whether appreciating the simple pleasures of nature, or commenting on religion, politics or the arts, his observations are incisive, funny, and yet always meaningful.
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Listening to Mr.Bennet himself relay his diaries is fabulous - the magic touch that brings audibles to perfect life. I'm glad he values us, the listeners, to narrate himself so we get the very best interpretation.
I enjoyed being able to share his life's ups and downs - finding the diaries highly amusing - especially the tales against himself.
"A Must for Anglophiles"
I loved this volume in the series only a little less well than Volume 2. The Diaries may be a disjointed series of disconnected musings, but they're still Bennett. And as read by Bennett, his observations on life, personal relationships, theatre, actors, and politics are not just fascinating but ESSENTIAL if you're an anglophile like me. The last two chapters are so interesting I played them over two or three times. In particular, I found Bennett's commentary on 9/11, homelessness, the police, Tony Blair, Bush/Cheney, torture, and the Iraq War years worth the price of the book all by themselves. Ditto his humorous anecdotes and flawless imitations of famous actors such as John Gielgud and Alec Guiness.
I'm hopelessly addicted to Alan Bennett now (ever since The Lady in the Van, and the free Juliet Stevenson interview in which she describes his audiobooks as her family's favorites). I've already purchased Volume 3, and can only wish that Audible would help to make the Untold Stories series a better bargain by offering the entire series for a single credit (which would not be unreasonable, since each Volume is so short).
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