This is one of the best audiobook series I've ever listened to. It captures the long saga of Vera and Irene's friendship over many years and how they evolve as life throws them every farcical, inane, and real-life family obstacle. Vera and Irene are funny enough but their ne'er do well daughters, sons, and grandkids bring on crazy antics, as well.
The entire set of 11 BBC productions can now be heard in one compilation on Audible.
The format is written with a back and forth cadence, as the story is told through the writing of letters between Vera and Irene, two widowed pensioners with a penchant for passive-aggressiveness and one-upmanship. It's unusual to get a story almost completely from the perspective of two women and two older women at that.
And, this series is acted out by Patricia Routledge, who plays Hyacinth on "Keeping Up Appearances", and Prunella Scales, who stole the show as Sybil Fawlty in "Fawlty Towers". The BBC couldn't have cast two better actresses to play the roles...because this audiobook series IS acting, not reading. The writing is good but Routledge and Scales are what really sell "Ladies of Letters". Their comedic timing and intonation are spot on.
One of my favorites. Tuck in for a good time and enjoy.