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Having seen and loved the TV series, I have always wanted to read the books. This one did not disappoint. Some aspects of the story were much better developed than TV would have permitted and these added significantly to my enjoyment and appreciation of the story and characters. I like it when authors read their own work. My only criticism here is that Nobbs' voice tends to tail off at points and was a bit hard to hear in places. But the trade off is worth it. I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook.
I don't like to be negative in my reviews but this was a desperately disappointing letdown for me, and as such I feel duty bound to warn others. The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin is one of my all-time favourite books, and you would expect the person most qualified to do any great novel justice in its narration would be the author himself. Sadly this is not the case. I have learned that reading a story out loud is a skill that requires a sense of the dramatic and a degree of acting ability, and this is why my favourite purchases from Audible all involve professional actors. Unfortunately David Nobbs reads this as if he's pitching a script for the sitcom to a committee. It's as if he's expecting to be interrupted at any point by someone saying 'Thank you Mr Nobbs, we'll be in touch.' I must confess I've only just passed the safari park scene at the time of writing, and maybe if I persist with it his narration will either improve or grow on me, but I rather suspect this is destined to become one of those audiobooks that remains forever unfinished.
Sorry David, I have been in awe of your writing brilliance for more than thirty years, but you really should have got somebody else in to create the audiobook. I can think of several actors who would have performed this superbly (although my ultimate choice of Leonard Rossiter would of course have sadly been impossible). This should have made it into my top five but instead it will go down as money wasted.
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Would you listen to The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin again? Why?
A compelling tale of an executive's slide into a mental breakdown and his subsequent realisation that he still loves his wife, there are several insights into Reggie's decent into madness, the storey lines are strong and the comedy is subtle and the situations believable well worth visiting again.
What did you like best about this story?
It follows the television series closely but adds a great deal of incidental detail to the characters.
Which character – as performed by David Nobbs – was your favourite?
Reggie, David brings a warmth and depth to his characterisation of the lead in this book
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
It was a wonderful easy listen and next time I will do it in one go.
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