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It took me a long time before I decided to buy this book on the assumption that "audioversions" of TV shows don't work very well. How wrong I was!
The main reason I think is that because of the high focus on textual interaction as opposed to cinametic humour, the jokes do not get lost on the listener. (E.g. with audiobook fawlty towers a "describer" is needed to describe the cinematic situation in order to get the joke through).
What makes the show fun is the interaction between the very steriotypical characters, "idiot/insensitive general, pencil pusher, gung ho officer and the ultimate cynic who's main objective is "do everything not to get killed"
This book is very very funny, but also very sarcastic at how it sneers at British history. The TV show was controversial as it obviously doesn't spare British/Allied ignorance to life. "After 17 failed attempts they would never expect us to try an 18th".
In that aspect the book does have a sad historical value. Rowan Atkinson himself stated that the distance in time to 1917 only made it possible to write a parody about "Flanders Fields".
The only thing i found a bit annoying was the "canned laughter" but I got used to it after a few minutes.
Even if you didn't see the original show, I still recommend the book!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Love it - made me laugh so much I was as out of breath as "an asthmatic ant carrying a very large bag of shopping." If you like dry English humour, you will enjoy Blackadder. Doesn't lose a thing just being audio rather than the original TV show.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
This was one of my very first purchases on audio. I have never laughed so much in a long time. My favourite episode is Corporal Punishment orders for Operation Insanity arrive and Blackadder breaches regulations by eating the messenger pigeon Speckled Jim - who just happens to be General Melchett's closet boyhood friend. All manner of mayhem breaks loose including Baldrick mixing up letters for legal representation and he ends with George blowing all chances of not guilty at his Court Martial, much frolics at court and afterwards.
Despite it being for TV the audio works really well and makes travelling to work a pleasure rather than the usual chore. Well worth buying. Highly recommended.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
Although written as a television series this set of six episodes works very well as audio entertainment. It's very funny with some sharp insights into the waste and hopelessness of the First World War.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful