• Alan Bennett

  • Four Stories
  • By: Alan Bennett
  • Narrated by: Alan Bennett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 10-19-05
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
  • 4.1 (80 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Alan Bennett, master storyteller, reads four of his highly-acclaimed stories. The Lady in the Van
An eccentric old lady and her van are told to move on by the council, but a kind homeowner invites her to live in his garden. In this bizarre tale, the homeowner is Alan Bennett and the woman stays for 15 years. As heard on BBC Radio 4, this edition also includes the short story, "Uncle Clarence".
The Clothes They Stood Up In
The Ransomes have been burgled, robbed, cleaned out. Everything has gone, even the toilet paper. But, for the stuffy solicitor and his downtrodden wife, it marks a kind of liberation where nothing will ever be quite the same.
The Laying On of Hands
A darkly humorous story for our times in which the fragile state of celebrity encounters a universal leveller.
Father! Father! Burning Bright
Midgley determines not to let his dying father down and mounts a vigil by his bedside.
Whether comical or quirky, Alan Bennett's poignant stories are rightly regarded as modern classics.
©1994, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2005 BBC Audiobooks Ltd.; (P)2005 BBC Audiobooks Ltd.
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By james d. thomas on 06-18-09

Brilliant Mr. Bennett

Alan Bennett's superb short stories offer amusing and thought-provoking listening. As a writer, he is a master of English prose. As a reader, once you adjust to his English Midlands accent and high-pitched voice, he is an excellent interpreter of his own work. The four stories included here provide an excellent introduction to his writing or a wonderful way to complete your collection. As always he creates more memorable moments in a story than most novelists do in books ten times the length.

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By Mackenzie on 02-04-13

Superb stories and narration

Incredible twists in each plot that left me in awe of his writing and coupled with his laconic reading, this is one of Audible's treasures.

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By David on 09-26-07

If in doubt what to order : Order this.

An absolute must. Bennett has created such wonderful characters, all of which can be related to by the listener. So easy to place ones imagination into the individuals. Bennett has a wonderful speaking voice easy listening. Has the ability to evoke the listeners every emotion to associate with the characters and their circumstances. Not exceptional funny but listened to with a constant smile on ones face.

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By Andy on 09-04-07

'A master at work'

All four stories have the listener intrigued, amused, sad, and evoke thoughts about ones own life. Alan Bennett's reading is a joy to listen too. Highly recommend this to anyone.

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By stephen on 04-30-17

Alan does it again

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Alan Bennett is a consummate story teller and does not disappoint

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I love his understated sarcasm

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