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Alan Bennett: Four Stories

Alan Bennett, master storyteller, reads four of his highly-acclaimed stories. Whether comical or quirky, Alan Bennett's poignant stories are rightly regarded as modern classics.
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Publisher's Summary

Alan Bennett, master storyteller, reads four of his highly-acclaimed stories.

The Lady in the Van
An eccentric old lady and her van are told to move on by the council, but a kind homeowner invites her to live in his garden. In this bizarre tale, the homeowner is Alan Bennett and the woman stays for 15 years. As heard on BBC Radio 4, this edition also includes the short story, "Uncle Clarence".

The Clothes They Stood Up In
The Ransomes have been burgled, robbed, cleaned out. Everything has gone, even the toilet paper. But, for the stuffy solicitor and his downtrodden wife, it marks a kind of liberation where nothing will ever be quite the same.

The Laying On of Hands
A darkly humorous story for our times in which the fragile state of celebrity encounters a universal leveller.

Father! Father! Burning Bright
Midgley determines not to let his dying father down and mounts a vigil by his bedside.

Whether comical or quirky, Alan Bennett's poignant stories are rightly regarded as modern classics.

©1994, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2005 BBC Audiobooks Ltd.; (P)2005 BBC Audiobooks Ltd.

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    David BridgendUnited Kingdom 26/09/2007
    David BridgendUnited Kingdom 26/09/2007
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    "If in doubt what to order : Order this."

    An absolute must. Bennett has created such wonderful characters, all of which can be related to by the listener. So easy to place ones imagination into the individuals. Bennett has a wonderful speaking voice easy listening. Has the ability to evoke the listeners every emotion to associate with the characters and their circumstances. Not exceptional funny but listened to with a constant smile on ones face.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom 04/09/2007
    Andy Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom 04/09/2007
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    "'A master at work'"

    All four stories have the listener intrigued, amused, sad, and evoke thoughts about ones own life. Alan Bennett's reading is a joy to listen too. Highly recommend this to anyone.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lee IPSWICH, United Kingdom 31/07/2014
    Lee IPSWICH, United Kingdom 31/07/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "Alan Bennett at his best"
    Where does Alan Bennett rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoy his stories that seem to ramble yet keep to the point in a strange way.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Alan Bennett?

    This is him at his best. You never really know where his stories are going.


    Which character – as performed by Alan Bennett – was your favourite?

    Loved them all.


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

    I listen to Alan Bennett to relax. Nothing will ever beat his Talking Head audio books but these stories are pretty close. The fact that he can attract the cream of British actors to read his stories shows how good he is.


    Any additional comments?

    Alan - more Talking Heads please and if you have not discovered these two sets of audio books yet - hop over to them they are master pieces, particularly Thora Hird and Julie Walters. Alan Bennett is a masterful story teller.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Aubrey Leicestershire, England 08/07/2013
    J. Aubrey Leicestershire, England 08/07/2013
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    "Classic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Alan Bennett to be better than the print version?

    Simply love Alan Bennett's voice so the audio version seems to be special in that he is talking directly to me !


    What did you like best about this story?

    As always the straight talking and the unexpected twists he manages to insert in all his work just absorbs you


    Have you listened to any of Alan Bennett’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Have had Alan Bennett on audio tape and cd for years and have now progressed to owning a tablet so am now updating and looking forward to stocking my new library as I am an avid fan. This performance is top quality as usual but his Talking Heads is still my favourite .


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Martin bunclodyIreland 27/12/2008
    Martin bunclodyIreland 27/12/2008
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    "darker minus the usual humour"

    I love Alan Bennett but I found these stories long and I began to loose interest. I guess I was looking for the great wit but it was not here.
    Good all the same

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    martin Ripley, United Kingdom 14/04/2013
    martin Ripley, United Kingdom 14/04/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Enjoyable"

    Cracking entertainment and thoroughly enjoyable to listen to.



    Brilliantly read by the author himself.



    You feel like, you are actually there with him.



    I will be Purchasing more of his work.

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    peter Warrington, United Kingdom 14/04/2013
    peter Warrington, United Kingdom 14/04/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Alan Bennett at his best."

    I was attracted to this book because I had recently been watching and delighted by the re-run of "Talking Heads" on television. This book did not disappoint. All fans of Bennett will love it.

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    ceris United Kingdom 11/04/2013
    ceris United Kingdom 11/04/2013 Member Since 2011
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    "A very good listen"

    Alan Bennett four stories is a great buy. Each character comes alive as the story unfolds this is made more enjoyable by the fact that the stories are read by the author,Each story is completely different but has the entertainment value and enjoyment factor you come to expect from an Allan Bennett book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Birkenhead, United Kingdom 21/11/2011
    Sue Birkenhead, United Kingdom 21/11/2011
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    "Always good"

    There is almost no need to have Mr Bennett read his stories to us; his voice leaps from the printed page anyway. But it is always good to hear his distinctive flat vowels bring his characters to life. These people linger in your brain, long after you have listened.

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  • James
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    18/06/09
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    "Brilliant Mr. Bennett"

    Alan Bennett's superb short stories offer amusing and thought-provoking listening. As a writer, he is a master of English prose. As a reader, once you adjust to his English Midlands accent and high-pitched voice, he is an excellent interpreter of his own work. The four stories included here provide an excellent introduction to his writing or a wonderful way to complete your collection. As always he creates more memorable moments in a story than most novelists do in books ten times the length.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mackenzie
    Petersham, Australia
    04/02/13
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    "Superb stories and narration"

    Incredible twists in each plot that left me in awe of his writing and coupled with his laconic reading, this is one of Audible's treasures.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maidenhead, United Kingdom
    19/04/12
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    "A Wonderful Discovery"
    Where does Alan Bennett rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I carefully considered using up a credit for this recording as I had not heard of it before, because as a huge fan of Mr Bennett's writing I wondered why I hadn't, maybe it wasn't as good as his other works. IT IS !!
    I've already listened to this recording about half a dozen times in the month since buying it and enjoyed it everytime. It's high on my list of favourites at the moment.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the detail in Mr Bennett's writings, both stated and implied; so often much is said with very few words. Truths are revealed or even betrayed by what is said or unsaid with such subtlety and finesse to describe the human condition; there is always something we can relate to even if we would rather not.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    If I had to choose a particular passage it would be the post script to "The Lady in the Van", after Miss Shepherd has died. His dealing with the van and its contents, what he discovers about his late friend.


    If you could take any character from Alan Bennett out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    A very interesting question. I don't think I would want to take any character out to dinner unless it was Mr Bennett himself, then one would have all of his characters at the table.


    Any additional comments?

    Beautifully crafted writing, charmingly read. Will leave you with some sadness of heart but also joy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ojai, CA, United States
    21/11/11
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    "Fantastic Audio"

    I JUST LOVE THIS AUDIO ,I think Alan Bennett stories are suberb ,I love The Lady and the Van ,He brings to life all the scenes and personalities .....and I have relistened to them each time enjoying his stories.It is also a good length ,I try to use my credits to get a good length book and even though this is shorter than a normal novel,it is so good its worth using up a credit on.

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