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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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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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