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Mixed Fancies Audiobook

Mixed Fancies

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Publisher's Summary

Born in Ramsgate during the 1940s, Brenda Bottle was the youngest of nine in a poor but close family. She left school to work as a secretary for British Rail, where she met her husband. But by the age of 27, the marriage was over. Brenda left her job and with the little she had saved, enrolled at Guildford Drama School. And so her life as an actress began.

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

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    Sandy Harris 05/11/2016
    Sandy Harris 05/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Pleasurable listening an understatement"

    What a lovely experience listening to this very entertaining lady. So easy going and interesting. Didn't want it to end and I shall miss being lulled to sleep by her witty tales. I shall start at the beginning again!!!!! Well done you and thank you for sharing xxx

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    mrs 30/10/2016
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    "Emotional rollercoaster! Fab!"

    Loved this memoir. So warm, funny and fascinating. The author tells of her life so honestly and animatedly. It had me laughing and crying throughout. This book is a real treat and I will keep it in my library to revisit again and again.

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    Marie D. 22/09/2016
    Marie D. 22/09/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazingly honest and totally absorbing."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mixed Fancies to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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!


    What does Brenda Blethyn bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    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.


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

    I both laughed and cried whilst listening to this book.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Mrs Fids 11/07/2016
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    "What a treat"

    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

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    Caren Unsworth-Murray 20/06/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "A joyous read!"

    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!

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    Jan M. 16/04/2016
    Jan M. 16/04/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved this!"

    Warm hearted and beautifully read, Brenda Blethyn had me laughing and crying. Would definitely recommend.

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    David Atkinson 09/04/2016
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    "Getting to Know Brenda"

    I feel as if I really got to know Brenda, she's lovely and she's funny!

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    Jane Austin Bedford, England 07/04/2016
    Jane Austin Bedford, England 07/04/2016 Member Since 2011

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    "Mixed Fancies"

    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!

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    Carole 25/03/2016
    Carole 25/03/2016

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    "Fabulous book"

    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.

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    Anthony 11/10/2015
    Anthony 11/10/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Brenda is a natural"

    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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