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A 15-part BBC Radio 4 series exploring the origins of the Post Office, how it became a cherished national institution, and how it adapted to globalisation and commercialisation. It’s called Royal Mail but it should be known as the People s Post. Launched in 1516 by Henry VIII, it was intended to support royal communications and bolster intelligence. It was only a rise in literacy, trade and interest that stimulated a demand for a public service, and it wasn’t until the advent of the Penny Black in 1840 that it became affordable to the general public. Over the centuries, the Post Office has become a much-loved social institution, linking people together and extending their vision outward into the wider world. How the people made it their own is a fascinating story that has not been told.

©2012 Dominic Sandbrook (P)2012 Audio GO Ltd

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I want a refund

Sandbrook’s British history audiobooks, like “Who Dares Wins@ are wonderful. This, on the other hand, is a shambles, and complete waste of time and money. Hokey sound effects, sudden squawking music numbers, and a cast of clunky, unpleasant reader voices made this sound like a dislocated, amateurish, painful radio play.

Avoid. There are plenty of Sandbrook audiobooks far, far better than this poor offering.

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Great audio - fascinating history but why the music?

So enjoyed this Audiobook but couldn’t understand why the music kept interrupting until after I had finished & realised this had been on the radio. Like subtitles it would be great if it could be taken off!