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W. Beckett

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Soul mates on the water.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-05-18

I loved the TV series and also read the book, but Timothy West has such a lilting majesty to his voice, that I couldn't resist buying the audio as well to let a further bit of magic sink in. To those unfamiliar with the TV series, of course this audio alone captures the inner spirituality of sharing many learned canal boat adventures with a life long loved one. But I would also highly recommend the TV series to fully savour the complete well rounded experience, as well as the book has a delightful browsing reminder to the tranquil paddle down the river.

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A eye opener!

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Reviewed: 12-12-16

Would you listen to Survivors Series 01 again? Why?

As a kid I watched the 1st Series of Survivors on 70's TV. I only caught up with series 2/3 on DVD in 2016. But now I wish I never bothered. It's actually Big Finish who belatedly carry on Terry Nation's vision. I have series 1 to 5 on CD. But I re-bought Series 1 & 2 of these Big Finish audio's to put on my Kindle. Good writing and production deserve to be rewarded to continue. That's how good, telling and impact memorable this series is to listen too again!

Who was your favorite character and why?

The montage of characters are all great. All having a history to impact into later recordings. Stick with it.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

You can't pick one scene when there's a great arc depicting all the Horrors and Honourable Highs of Human Nature.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Morals and Ethics should always Survive!

Any additional comments?

Terry Nation would have been Proud. Had this remained the tone of the TV series, he would never have left!

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A surprisingly richly rewarding experience.

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Reviewed: 20-11-16

Where does A Constant Alien rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I love autobiographies. But this ranks as one of the best.

What other book might you compare A Constant Alien to, and why?

William Shatner. Michael Cain. Alan Alda. I've listened to many an actor's retrospectives. All great. But this book immediately plugs into a totally honest rich tapestry of integrity and history. It's right back in there emotionally, rather than clinically dissecting from afar.

Which character – as performed by Catherine Schell – was your favourite?

Catherine - or Katarina herself! An honest - lesson learning - opened sleeved lady.

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

Absolutely. Lunch breaks at work. Soaking in a bathtub. Surfing the internet. This was a jolly good compelling audio autobiography!

Any additional comments?

Buy it! You'll be surprised. As an actress, many productions in hindsight didn't do Catherine Schell a true justice. But as Katarina - the Hungarian - German fluent - English retrospective writer - you'll absolutely adore and love her!

Characters that speak to the heart are timeless.

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Reviewed: 26-08-16

Where does Steptoe & Son: The BBC Radio Collection rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Excellent. One of the best!

What did you like best about this story?

Comedic lines that come out of real life characters.

What does Harry H. Corbett and Wilfred Brambell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Their marvellous execution on emotion & words.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A guilty conscience thwarting the desires of the heart!

Any additional comments?

Bafta's, Emmy's and Oscars would be bestowed upon such character driven writing and performances today!

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A genuine affection.

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Reviewed: 16-04-16

What did you like most about Leonard?

William Shatner is actually quite an accomplished straight to the heart writer. And in writing and reciting the emotional bonds between himself and Leonard Nimoy, this isn't some cynical cash in upon their friendship. This is indeed a loving testament and epitaph to the 50 year association that they were luckily enough to share and enjoy right from their first teaming up upon Star Trek. It's therefore a great pity that some fellow cast members of Star Trek could never quite see what Leonard Nimoy undoubtedly did from the start. That acting ego's are often born out of insecurities. And that William Shatner's saving grace away from the fragile spotlight was always going to be his self mocking sense of humour and an admission and an open willingness to see the other side of the story if for some reason he had become blind sided to it. So all I can say is this: Even if you're not a Star Trek fan, than just revel in this very human experience of a life affirming man sharing his virtually life long friendship to another man his life now utterly misses.

What other book might you compare Leonard to, and why?

Star Trek Memories. Obvious reasons

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

Yes - Always draws you in.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Just the gaps that our left in your own life, when a good part of your life leaves.

Any additional comments?

A good listen that's good in quantifying any expression of a deep friendship. And how good friendships should be cherished and not allowed to become passing ships in the night.

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