This is the first collection of six individual portraits from the master of the monologue.
Performed by the author and five of Britain's leading actresses, Alan Bennett's tales are full of quirky, insightful detail that bring the characters vividly to life.
From Julie Walters' portrayal of an actress seeking fame to Anna Massey's alcoholic vicar's wife, these individuals are linked by their self-delusion, desperation, and vulnerability.
In these compelling pieces, Bennett displays the wry observation, knowing irony, and tender understatement that have ensured his rightful place at the forefront of contemporary writing.
This collection includes A Chip in the Sugar with Alan Bennett; Bed Among the Lentils with Anna Massey; Soldiering On with Stephanie Cole; Her Big Chance with Julie Walters; and A Cream Cracker Under the Settee with Thora Hird.
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This was my first introduction to Alan Bennett and now I can't believe I didn?t listen to his stuff sooner.
He has an incredible way of story telling that's both familiar and easily accessible, not normally something I would say about long monologues.
The narrators really are top notch, Julie Walters is superb.
A joy to read, a joy to listen too and joy to be part of. Alan Bennett will have you amazed that he has been able to put so many of the obivous everyday obersvations we have all made into this little gems. If this is your first taste of Bennett you will find yourself only wanting more. For those of us who have savoured his work for years it is more to enjoy.
I watched some of these monologues years ago on TV and am pleased to say they work just as brilliantly on audio. Alan Bennett is the Master.
The attention to detail in the dialogue, and the brilliant performances of the actors make you listen and feel like you have met or seen these people at least once in your life. He creates characters straight from everyday life, that are beautifully and truthfully observed. I defy you not to feel anything for each of them as you listen. Fabulous
I thought the first story was excellent and had me rolling about in stitches with some of Alan Bennetts quips and one liners and classic exploration of the characters.
This was Alan Bennett at his best.
The next two were a slight disappointment to me. Still good in their own right, but perhaps my expectations were higher after the first one.
Julie Walters and Thora Hird were terrific though. Most enjoyable. Made our long car journey zip past!
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