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Ladies of Letters Audiobook

Ladies of Letters

When Irene Spencer meets Vera Small at her daughter Lesley's wedding reception they embark upon a correspondence that is quite unlike any other in the history of letter-writing. Both Irene and Vera are happily widowed and endowed with errant offspring. They live in a world of church fetes and amateur dramatics, but love nothing more than dipping their pens in the vitriol pot - while remaining the firmest of pen-pals.
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Prunella Scales and Patricia Routledge star in the popular BBC Radio 4 series 'Ladies of Letters'.

When Irene Spencer meets Vera Small at her daughter Lesley's wedding reception they embark upon a correspondence that is quite unlike any other in the history of letter-writing.

Both Irene and Vera are happily widowed and endowed with errant offspring. They live in a world of church fetes and amateur dramatics, but love nothing more than dipping their pens in the vitriol pot - while remaining the firmest of pen-pals.

©2000 Lou Wakefield and Carole Hayman; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    Joseph Derby, United Kingdom 26/03/2009
    Joseph Derby, United Kingdom 26/03/2009 Member Since 2015
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    "Ladies of Letters"

    A good prduction which will have you chuckling whilst listening

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Chatham, Kent, United Kingdom 16/04/2009
    Anne Chatham, Kent, United Kingdom 16/04/2009
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    "Delicious Entertainment"

    I passed a blissful hour during a recent coach journey listening to these two ladies ingratiate themselves with each other and then get prickly and wonderfully catty, returning full circle to keeping their friendship alive. What a great listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    E.Z. Riter Hampshire, UK 02/04/2016
    E.Z. Riter Hampshire, UK 02/04/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "Brilliant series"
    If you could sum up Ladies of Letters in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, thought-provoking


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ladies of Letters?

    Irene being taken in by the man posing as her son - it was so obvious to everyone but her what he was up to!


    What about Prunella Scales and Patricia Routledge ’s performance did you like?

    Both these excellent actresses were perfect in their respective roles as Irene and Vera. They embraced the characters completely.


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

    It made me laugh, but it also made me stop to think about family relationships - both women had daughters who took them for granted and were often less than loving.


    Any additional comments?

    Why isn't there an audio version of the second series (More Ladies of Letter)? A big chunk is missing from the story line!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 28/08/2015 Member Since 2015

    Billie

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    "Brilliant and funny!"
    What made the experience of listening to Ladies of Letters the most enjoyable?

    The voices of the narrators, love all these books.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Love all this series. Brilliant! Well worth the listen and not just the once!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Frederick Mollison Scotland 13/05/2009
    Frederick Mollison Scotland 13/05/2009 Member Since 2009

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    "Ladies of Letters"

    An excellent listen and extremely funny it has inspired me to collect all of the series.

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  • Sara
    03/12/15
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    "BBC Radio Program Comes To Audible"

    This is the entertaining first episode of the Woman's Hour Serial. Scales and Rutledge are terrific as always and the timing is perfect. The recording is fast paced letter reading that is hilarious in spots and hints at quirky action that happens between the lines and between the letters over time.

    I've checked to see if the BBC is rerunning these programs and it seems that Audible is the only way to hear future programs. My suggestion is not to use a credit here--as they are too cheap for that. Instead wait until a sale and pay with cash or a free coupon. I enjoyed this as a quick and light bit of silliness. Funny.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Saco, ME, United States
    22/06/14
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    "Wonderful lovely story "

    I love Patricia Rutledge. I hope you have a lovely time hearing this story too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Avril
    12 Best Street, Cocoyea Village, San Fernando Trinidad
    30/05/15
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    "Thank you"

    excellence love every minute of The ladies of Letters cannot get enough of them kerp them coming

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • S.Edwards
    New York USA
    19/05/15
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    "Very entertaining brilliantly performed"

    I really enjoyed this short play. Funny and brilliantly performed. Another Radio four classic. Will be downloading more of these over time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Meg
    San Angelo, TX, USA
    22/06/09
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    "Great talent"

    Great talent and the very best storyline of the Ladies of Letters series

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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