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Being David Archer Audiobook

Being David Archer: And Other Unusual Ways of Earning a Living

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Timothy Bentinck has played the part of David Archer in BBC Radio 4's The Archers since 1982. He is also the Earl of Portland and the voice of 'Mind the Gap' on the Piccadilly Line. Aimed primarily at the five million regular Archers listeners, Timothy takes the listener behind the scenes of the longest running drama series in the world, a British institution with a theme tune that Billy Connolly wants to be the National Anthem.

But that's not all. With wry, self-deprecating humour, Timothy recounts his enormously varied life - a successful actor in TV, film and theatre, he is a voice specialist working in every vocal medium. He's also been an HGV truck driver, a US tour guide, a computer programmer and website designer, an inventor with UK and US patents, a farm worker and a house renovator, and he even sat as a crossbencher in the House of Lords for three years. Unlike many acting memoirs, this isn't a succession of thespian tales of freezing digs, forgotten lines and name dropping. This is an articulate, funny and thoughtful account of how to survive an insecure life.

©2017 Timothy Bentinck (P)2017 Little, Brown Book Group

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    Yusuf London, United Kingdom 16/10/2017
    Yusuf London, United Kingdom 16/10/2017 Member Since 2011
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    "Not just for Archers' fans"

    Let's get the archers out of the way to begin with. Yes Lord Timothy Bentinck (12th Earl of Portland) is most famous for playing david Archer in the longest running soap in the world and that part of his life is a thread which weaves it's way through the entire memoir. As an Archers fan I would have enjoyed it for that alone. The Archers has been a thread in my life for over 27 years and has seen me through both great joy and sadness. David feels like an old friend whose life I've been earwigging on for a long time. But, fear not if you are not an Archers fan there's still a lot to find entertaining and interesting in this collection of memories.
    I am of the view that normally authors should not be allowed to read their own works, usually they tend to kill their characters stone dead. I remember hearing JK Rowling reading from one of her Harry Potter books and thinking that I was glad I could go back to Stephen Fry's excellent narration. Bentinck turns in an outstanding narration, hardly surprising I suppose given that his work is, well, er, acting. Nonetheless if you listen to this, you will perhaps be as surprised as I was at the depth of talent that lies behind the character of david Archer, who not wishing to be rude, is a little bland and perhaps not that challenging to play. I was amazed and delighted to hear wonderful mimmickery and a diverse range of axxents. Perhaps it takes all the more talent to bring to life an ordinary human being and make them genuinely believable after all we all know someone like David Archer.
    The book contains all the usual things you would expect from a memoir, ancestry, childhood, career and family all of which are told with self-deprecation and a wonderful sense of humour. I found myself laughing throughout listening to this title. I also found myself moved in a way I had not expected.
    If you are a fan of the Archers you will enjoy this book. If you like reading memoirs, are interested in the acting proffession or are just a little bit nosy, you will enjoy it as well.
    I shall now be looking for other books narrated by Bentinck as listening to him read is a true delight.

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    Laura Haynes 02/11/2017
    Laura Haynes 02/11/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "A great listen for any Archers fan"

    I won’t lie, David Archer is my favourite character in The Archers so I was always going to listen to this book rather than read it and I wasn’t disappointed. Great stories, that voice.. and even a bit of singing!

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    Lucy 20/11/2017
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    This book would not download onto my I pod. As there is no contact telephone number for you I am unable to get this information to you or get help. Please co tat me on 07939081358 or send me an email saying how to rectify the situation. It shows as downloaded but has NO volume

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    Suzanne 17/11/2017
    Suzanne 17/11/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "No need to be an Archer's fan to enjoy this."

    Being both a jobbing actor, albeit one who plays a well - known actor in the world's longest running radio drama series, and a peer of the realm, makes for a fascinating read/listen. Who knew that Timothy Bentinck had such a varied acting career as well as all the other opportunities he has grasped in a fascinating life which he seems to have embraced fully. Thoroughly enjoyable!

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    Jonathan 07/11/2017
    Jonathan 07/11/2017
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    "Brilliant...!"

    Thanks Tim, same age as you and grew up with you (in the Archers) loved the book. Listened to it all in one go... 👍 being public school, and a Norfolk Boy I particularly enjoyed your Norfolk accent.

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    mat brown 29/10/2017
    mat brown 29/10/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "A compelling insight"

    This book should be called “almost there” Poor Tim how many times have you just got to the cusp of properly stable success for it to dwindle to nothing. You’re a funny kind man so keep it up

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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