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I'm not sure I really knew who Alan Bennett was until I listened to (and saw the excellent movie of) his wonderful play, The Lady in the Van (Maggie Smith). I still would likely never have searched for his Stories if not for Audible's free Juliet Stevenson interview. In that interview, Stevenson, asked to name her family's most beloved audiobooks, immediately and without hesitation names the Stories of Alan Bennett. I immediately acquired this volume, and now I see why Stevenson's family finds them indispensable. WOW. Like TLITV, these are true stories (in this volume, specifically concerning the author's zany family), fascinatingly brought to life by Bennett's masterful narration. Bennett has a mildly dour, ruefully wry delivery; he's sort of a British Garrison Keillor, only more sparklingly intelligent, deadpan, dry-witted, and hilarious. I've already bought and begun listening to Volume 2, which is even funnier. Highly recommended for Anglophiles who want something fun to listen to on the road or while doing chores. Side benefit: Listening to these stories may inspire you to write up your own family's stories for posterity!
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What made the experience of listening to Alan Bennett the most enjoyable?
Alan Bennet's voice is so perfect
What other book might you compare Alan Bennett to, and why?
Alan Bennet can't be compared to anyone really - he has his own unique style, blending humour with pathos and quiet social comment.
What does Alan Bennett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
He has such a unique way of looking at life, particularly with regard to his mother's depression and his father's way of coping - but don't be put off, there are many humorous anecdotes throughout.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Quiet humour, silent tears.
Any additional comments?
Everyone should read one Alan Bennett book to enrich their lives.
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I have read the Untold Stories book and hear Bennett's voice as I do. The audiobook is a real treat and use it whilst driving. You get used to the strange looks of other motorists who wonder why you're laughing your head off alone in the car! Cannot recommend this or any other Bennett book highly enough.