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    • Alan Bennett: Stories

    • Read by Alan Bennett
    • By: Alan Bennett
    • Narrated by: Alan Bennett
    • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 166
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 139
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 137

    A unique collection of eight Alan Bennett stories, read by the author. Alan Bennett is one of Britain's best-loved authors and an acclaimed storyteller. This exclusive compilation includes eight of his best tales, collected together for the first time. Here is his celebrated, iconic memoir 'The Lady in the Van'; as well as two fascinating autobiographical accounts of his family and childhood.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Consummate story-teller

    • By Kirstine on 04-12-16

    Regular price: £21.99

    • Alan Bennett: Plays

    • BBC Radio Dramatisations
    • By: Alan Bennett
    • Narrated by: John Gielgud, Maggie Smith, Patricia Routledge
    • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 173
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 158
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 161

    A unique collection of 12 full-cast BBC Radio productions of plays by Alan Bennett. The titles are: 40 Years On, A Visit from Miss Prothero, Say Something Happened, Kafka's Dick, Two in Torquay, The Madness of George III, The History Boys, An Englishman Abroad, A Question of Attribution, The Lady in the Van, Cocktail Sticks and The Last of the Sun.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Plays by Alan Bennett

    • By Edwin on 29-09-16

    Regular price: £31.99

    • The Complete Talking Heads

    • The classic BBC Radio 4 monologues plus A Woman of No Importance
    • By: Alan Bennett
    • Narrated by: Alan Bennett, Patricia Routledge
    • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 358
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 320
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 323

    The complete audio collection of Alan Bennett's celebrated monologues, published together for the first time and performed by some of Britain's best actors. The Talking Heads monologues are widely regarded as one of Alan Bennett's finest dramatic achievements. First broadcast on BBC TV and BBC Radio 4 in the 1980s and 1990s, they won a host of awards and huge popular acclaim, and remain among his most admired works today.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Bleak but brilliant!

    • By Laura on 01-01-16

    Regular price: £20.00

    • Alan Bennett: Keeping On Keeping On

    • Diaries 2005-2014
    • By: Alan Bennett
    • Narrated by: Alan Bennett
    • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 186
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 158
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 159

    Alan Bennett narrates the latest installment of his diaries, as heard on BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week. Following on from Alan Bennett's best-selling, award-winning prose collections Writing Home and Untold Stories, Keeping On Keeping On is a third anthology featuring his unique observations, recollections and reminiscences. At its heart is his latest published collection of diaries.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Described as unabridged but not really

    • By pwgc on 10-11-16

    Regular price: £11.99

    • Smut: Two Unseemly Stories: The Greening of Mrs Donaldson & The Shielding of Mrs Forbes

    • By: Alan Bennett
    • Narrated by: Alan Bennett
    • Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 108
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 59

    Two unexpected tales written and read by the best-selling author of The Uncommon Reader, Untold Stories and The History Boys."The Greening of Mrs Donaldson" - Mrs Donaldson is a conventional middle-class woman beached on the shores of widowhood after a marriage that had been much like many others: happy to begin with, then satisfactory and finally dull. But when she decides to take in two lodgers, her mundane life becomes much more stimulating…

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Bennett at his best!

    • By Tracey on 25-05-11

    Regular price: £14.00

    • Alan Bennett

    • Untold Stories, Part 2: The Diaries
    • By: Alan Bennett
    • Narrated by: Alan Bennett
    • Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 32

    Untold Stories, Alan Bennett's first major collection of prose since his best-selling Writing Home, brings together the finest and funniest of his writing over the last 10 years.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Author relays diaries

    • By Hedgehog on 01-01-17

    Regular price: £12.00

    • The Lady in the Van

    • A BBC Radio 4 adaptation
    • By: Alan Bennett
    • Narrated by: Alan Bennett, full cast, Maggie Smith
    • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 107
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 106

    Maggie Smith stars in this BBC radio adaptation of Alan Bennett's highly acclaimed autobiographical stage play. An eccentric old lady moves into a quiet street in Camden Town. There she remains, installed in her van in glorious self-sufficiency, until the council instructs her to move on. Then a kind homeowner invites her to move her van into his garden - where she stays for the next 15 years.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant, a classic

    • By T M Brown on 01-01-16

    Regular price: £10.00

    • The History Boys (Dramatised)

    • By: Alan Bennett
    • Narrated by: Richard Griffiths, Clive Merrison, Frances de la Tour
    • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 146
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92

    Richard Griffiths, Clive Merrison, and Frances de la Tour star as part of the National Theatre cast. At a boys' grammar school in Sheffield, eight boys are being coached for the Oxbridge entrance exams. It is the mid-eighties, and the main concern of the unruly bunch of bright sixth-formers is getting out, starting university and starting life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • wish I'd read it when I was at school

    • By Tylertheviper on 03-01-18

    Regular price: £12.00

    • Alan Bennett

    • Diaries 1980-1990
    • By: Alan Bennett
    • Narrated by: Alan Bennett
    • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38

    Alan Bennett's gentle, wry observations of life have made him one of the country's best-loved and most famous authors. He reads extracts from his best-selling diaries which offer a fascinating insight into his life - the work on location, life in Camden and fond, poignant memories of his childhood and home life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Entertaining

    • By Vivienne on 05-12-15

    Regular price: £10.00

    • Six Poets

    • Hardy to Larkin: An Anthology
    • By: Alan Bennett
    • Narrated by: Alan Bennett
    • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47

    Alan Bennett's selection of English verse by his favourite poets: Thomas Hardy, A.E. Housman, W.H. Auden, Louis MacNeice, and Philip Larkin is accompanied by his own enlivening commentary and was recorded before a live audience. In this personal anthology, Alan Bennett has chosen more than seventy poems by six well-loved poets, discussing the writers and their verse in his customary conversational style through anecdote, shrewd appraisal and spare but telling biographical detail.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Just Listen

    • By Martin on 14-07-15

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Alan Bennett

    • Untold Stories, Part 1: Stories
    • By: Alan Bennett
    • Narrated by: Alan Bennett
    • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48

    Untold Stories, Alan Bennett's first major collection of prose since his best-selling Writing Home, brings together the finest and funniest of his writing over the last 10 years.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Masterpiece by a Master writer

    • By Sue McW on 18-06-14

    Regular price: £12.00

    • Alan Bennett's On the Margin

    • By: Alan Bennett
    • Narrated by: Alan Bennet, John Sergeant
    • Length: 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Produced by Sydney Lotterby of Yes Minister and Porridge fame. Each instalment featured a mixture of sketches (some foreshadowing Bennett's subsequent television dramas, others mocking television clichés, such as documentaries about working-class Northern writers and discussion programmes featuring pretentious critics). This is a never before broadcast compilation of sketches and extracts from the TV series before the tapes where wiped.

    Regular price: £8.00

    • Alan Bennett

    • Untold Stories Part 3: Written on the Body
    • By: Alan Bennett
    • Narrated by: Alan Bennett
    • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    Alan Bennett reads five more extracts from Untold Stories, his major collection of new writings. Untold Stories, Alan Bennett's first major collection of prose since his bestselling Writing Home, brings together the finest and funniest of his writing over the last 10 years.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • You gotta love Bennet

    • By Alison on 06-02-15

    Regular price: £12.00

    • Alan Bennett

    • Telling Tales
    • By: Alan Bennett
    • Narrated by: Alan Bennett
    • Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 20

    Following on from the phenomenal success of Writing Home, Alan Bennett reminisces about his early years, from his schooldays to undergraduate life at Oxford University.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautifully poignant and funny

    • By Paul Brookes on 17-11-16

    Regular price: £12.00

    • Alan Bennett at the BBC

    • By: Alan Bennett
    • Narrated by: Alan Bennett
    • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    This unique anthology of Alan Bennet's BBC radio and television work features extracts from his diaries and readings, as well as tributes to friends Russell Harty and Peter Cook.

    Regular price: £12.00

    • Alan Bennett

    • Three Plays
    • By: Alan Bennett
    • Narrated by: full cast
    • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 21

    Alan Bennett's three classic BBC Radio full-cast dramas: Kafka's Dick, Forty Years On, and An Englishman Abroad.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Three first class plays

    • By Kirstine on 14-11-07

    Regular price: £16.00

    • Lady in the Van

    • By: Alan Bennett
    • Narrated by: Alan Bennett
    • Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    The humorous and moving tale of Miss Shepherd, an eccentric old lady who, by a bizarre series of twists and turns, lived in the author's garden for many years. Alan Bennett reads his own acclaimed work, recently adapted as a West End smash hit starring Maggie Smith as the eccentric old lady.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Charming

    • By Mrs Z Armour on 02-04-10

    Regular price: £10.00

    • Alan Bennett

    • Untold Stories Part 4: A Common Assault
    • By: Alan Bennett
    • Narrated by: Alan Bennett
    • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    A Common Assault describes an incident in Italy when he was mugged, and found himself trying to give a statement to the police in bad Italian. The History Boys harks back once more to Bennett's time at school, and shows how the raw material of experience was eventually transformed into the highly-acclaimed stage play The History Boys. Arise, Sir..., finishes on a light-hearted note, in which Bennett muses on the Honours List in typically iconoclastic mode.

    Regular price: £12.00

    • Alan & Thora

    • By: Alan Bennett
    • Narrated by: Alan Bennett, Thora Hird
    • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 20

    This splendid title showcases the combined talents of Alan Bennett, one of our foremost dramatists and writers, and Thora Hird, the celebrated and much-loved actor who died in 2003. It features an exclusive and unique recording, The Last of the Sun, that Thora made for BBC Audiobooks a couple of months before her death.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • lovely memiors of a truly loved lady.

    • By Christine Hargreaves on 02-04-14

    Regular price: £10.00

    • Judi Dench and Michael Williams: With Great Pleasure

    • By: Sylvia Plath, Dylan Thomas, Charlotte Mitchell, and others
    • Narrated by: Judi Dench, Michael Williams
    • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Two archive BBC Radio programmes in which Judi Dench and Michael Williams, accompanied by friends John Moffatt and Alec McCowen, read a cornucopia of poetry and prose. In this enchanting pair of programmes from 1991 and 1996, Dame Judi Dench and husband Michael Williams shared an eclectic selection of pieces that they loved, admired or simply found entertaining.

    Regular price: £12.00

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