One of Britain's best-loved actresses, Brenda Blethyn has dazzled in a vast number of roles, including her performances as downtrodden Cynthia in Mike Leigh's Secrets And Lies and as the man-eating Mari Hoff in Little Voice, for which she received Oscar nominations. On stage, television and film she has worked with our greatest writers and directors -- Alan Bennett, Tom Stoppard, Sam Mendes, Peter Hall -- and actors -- including Michael Caine, Jude Law, Julie Walters, Brad Pitt, Ewan McGregor and John Hurt.
Brenda is one of Britain's finest character actresses, famous for playing her roles with social realism and warmth, wit and humour - characters her audience empathise with. She has the same warmth and humour off screen too; a wonderfully down-to-earth person with a fascinating history.
Told with sparkling wit and engaging honesty, Mixed Fancies is the compelling story of her journey from the Plains of Waterloo to the National Theatre and on to television, Hollywood and stardom.
©2006 Brenda Blethyn; (P)2008 Simon & Schuster Audio
I haven't read the print version but I would say that it has to be. To hear Brenda Blethyn's words, said exactly as she intended them to be, with the emotion of the moment evident in her voice, is something that one couldn't come near to experiencing whilst reading the print version.
As it was an autobiography this seems a redundant question. My favourite character was obviously Brenda. Though having said that, her father was quite a character too!
Hearing her read her own words brought so much more meaning to them. Hearing her chuckle when recalling a funny incident or her voice break as she describes the loss of her parents makes it real, makes it less of a 'life story' and far more a 'life lived'. That wouldn't come across were someone else to narrate the book.
I both laughed and cried whilst listening to this book.
Brenda Blethyn is a natural story teller, she's open, honest and funny. Listening to this I learnt that she's got a natural talent for accents, that she's extremely self depreciating, very family focused and that we have something in common (a love of puzzles). This book pulled back the curtain on a much loved actress and revealed a wonderfully warm and truly lovely person.
Delightfully written. Narrated just as well. Now that I've finished listening to this (on my holidays in Mallorca overlooking the sea) I feel like Brenda is a member of the family and I'm going to miss her being around. Highly recommended x
Like all Brenda does, the book was a fabulous and down to earth. Read with honesty and humour intertwined. I'd always thought of Brenda as a brilliant actress, but since reading her book, I see why she is so connected to her audience. I would certainly recommend this book!
I can honestly say this has been the most enjoyable audiobook I have ever listened to. Brenda Blethyn was great, She has certainly had an interesting life so far. I loved hearing about her childhood and was in fits of laughter all the time. I was sorry when I finished the book. It was also very interesting to read about her career. I hadn't realised she had made so many films and hope I can watch some of them on DVD. Long may she continue!
What a great interesting listen. Not one Part of any chapter was dull. I could relate to some of Brenda's childhood experiences and how reflection shaped her writing about them all.
I feel as if I know the author personally and wish I could invite her to have tea at the Ritz. She has bought much happiness and laughter to many, me included now.
What a lovely book. Brenda is a natural, normal person who writes in such an ordinary way. My life is very different but similar in a lot of what she portrays. Listening to audio books as I do - often driving for hours to visit me mother 6 hours away, audio books is a great way to spend the time. DO NOT listen to the part about Brenda losing her father whilst driving in the fast lane at 70 miles an hour. The emotion in her portrayal is as raw and as genuine as all of us who have been there . Whether it was acting or genuine, this for me was my single most example of why audio books are far greater than reading . I actually was physically affected (apart from having to slow down and wipe the tears away ) and for a moment in my car, Brenda and I were together. Brenda reading the book obviously portrayed the emotion, such as I have never sensed from reading a book.
A wonderful story and I just sensed a lovely woman, acting aside (but please put a warning notice on to those who have lost their dads and might be driving while you tell your story!!!! -seriously ! )
Thoroughly enjoyed it.
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