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It's a mistake to think that actors naturally make good narrators; it's a bigger mistake to think that authors will read their own works well. In both cases good narrators are in the minority, and a small one at that. The good news is that Dirk Bogarde, as actor and then author, goes on to make an excellent narrator. Indeed, he is one of the very best narrators I have come across. It has been said that radio has all the best pictures; so do the best audiobooks. Dirk Bogarde's reading of Great Meadow falls into this category, allowing you to effortlessly follow every scene in your mind's eye. As for the book, it is from the perspective of a young Dirk and is 'An Evocation' of the antics of the children as well as those of the adults, often dusted with a soft humour. I can thoroughly reccommend both this volume of Bogarde's autobiography and the author's own reading of it. I have been checking every few weeks for these autobiographies to appear; as you can guess, I will snap them up as soon as they appear.
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If there were one book in the world - for me it would this, a delight to read and brought to life by the author reading it. Dirk van den Bogarde delivers his young life to us in the wonderful tones of a child - aged 70 - and perfectly recreates the years between the wars when life was uncomplicated by today's cacophonous, media driven, self absorbed lunacy.
Most of the story happens near the Sussex coast where his actress mother and journalist father 'park' the kids ( brother & sister ) with Lally the nanny and describes the simple - sometimes fractious - adventures they shared.
Cannot recommend this enough.
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