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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (581 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan Bennett Narrator: Alan Bennett Publisher: AudioGO Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2005 ISBN:
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Untold Stories, Alan Bennett's first major collection of prose since his best-selling Writing Home, brings together the finest and funniest of his writing over the last 10 years. Two recordings feature selected material from Untold Stories:

Part 1: Stories contains the title piece, and Part 2: The Diaries covers Alan Bennett's much-celebrated diaries for 1997-2004. They are an erudite collection of witty yet poignant recollections told in his own unique voice. Whether appreciating the simple pleasures of nature, or commenting on religion, politics or the arts, his observations are incisive, funny, and yet always meaningful. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 umberto | 2/13/2014

    " I like "Untold Stories" most of all; it's his poignant family memoir, as well as "A Room of My Own" (Have you read Virginai Woolf's "A Room of One's Own"?). In brief, his prose is readable and, I think, one can learn a lot of good English from him if he/she keeps reading him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace Wynne-Jones | 2/4/2014

    " Another refreshingly candid and sometimes dryly humorous book from wonderful Alan Bennett. Not sure if he would like to be called 'wonderful' but doubts about such superlatives are part of his allure. I haven't read all of it yet (it's pretty big) but enough to give it five stars. The untold stories are brave, particularly about parts of his family history. I am grateful to him for his rugged honesty and his talent for eloquent details. An intimate book by someone who was once very 'shy'...a word with many meanings as he explains himself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire | 1/20/2014

    " I read this book because it was on my shelf and I didn't have anything else to read (plus he lives near me and is frequently seen riding his bike around my neighborhood). I knew nothing about him prior to this and really enjoyed his dry and witty memoir--especially the descriptions of his silly aunts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lazarus P Badpenny Esq | 1/20/2014

    " With his usual mixture of pathos and humour Alan Bennett returned with a follow-up to the hugely successful 'Writing Home'. This new book included more diary extracts, writings on the theatre, art, close friends and a touching memoir of his parents. Without doubt, the best book of 2005. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/16/2014

    " I wasn't interested in reading all the stories and diary entries in this long autobiography, so skimmed the middle of the book. However, the Untold Stories section, about his parents, was poignant and filled with some really great observations. I also liked the sections on Art, Architecture and Authors, and Ups and Downs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noel | 1/16/2014

    " I really like Alan Bennett's writings. He is one of the great observers of the human condition, and the excerpts from his diaries are particularly good. This is a mixture of memoir, anecdotes and musings, with a bit of art and film history and appreciation thrown in. An enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki | 12/19/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed his autobiographical and theatrical musings, though the artistic lectures were less to my taste. In retrospect, I should probably have dipped into sections rather than reading it fom cover to cover. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hazel McHaffie | 11/26/2013

    " You can hear Alan Bennett's flat voice telling these stories. A mixed bag, some of which I'd read/heard elsewhere; I liked some, found others tedious - hence my rating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Grinstead | 11/6/2013

    " A curious juxtaposition of self-effacing personal insights with an ever-present arrogance. A curiously complex character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 10/17/2013

    " I love this man. The unspeakable genius of The Invention of Love by Tom Stoppard nonwithstading, I think he is my favourite playwrite.....Favourite modern playwrite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina Boyd | 6/2/2013

    " Alan Bennett is one of the best writers I've ever read. He's smart and wise and funny and honest, and he makes it look easy. I love him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lara | 5/18/2013

    " I love Alan Bennett and every letter he's put to print. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stefan Glosby | 9/3/2012

    " As always, fantastic. The account of his mother's descent into dementia and his battle with cancer are horrible but fantastically written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fiona | 3/16/2012

    " Bennett's life is always fascinating for me. This is a book I can dip in and out of as an occasional treat. When he writes about his family, there is so much to identity with as so much of their behaviour (e.g., not pushing themselves forward) and their experiences are so typically British. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris | 4/20/2011

    " The first section of the book was fine. Stories about his upbringing and his mother's battle with mental illness. Sadly the rest of the book made up by his diaries bored me me to tears. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynley | 4/16/2011

    " I probably would've given this five stars had I been English, but many of the people mentioned and politics discussed were unfamiliar to me, which hindered my understanding a little.

    Alan Bennett is a genius. I've thought this before, and still think so after reading this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ollka | 2/9/2011

    " Listening to the audio-book because of "History boys". He is a wonderful reader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noel | 11/8/2010

    " I really like Alan Bennett's writings. He is one of the great observers of the human condition, and the excerpts from his diaries are particularly good. This is a mixture of memoir, anecdotes and musings, with a bit of art and film history and appreciation thrown in. An enjoyable read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris | 10/12/2009

    " The first section of the book was fine. Stories about his upbringing and his mother's battle with mental illness. Sadly the rest of the book made up by his diaries bored me me to tears. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 7/26/2009

    " Alan Bennett is a wonderful writer, he can make anything interesting and he has such an observing eye, the book is a pleasure as it is a mixture of his early days in Leeds and his family who are so lovingly but unsparingly portrayed and then extracts his 2000 diaries, a pure pleasure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hazel | 7/10/2009

    " You can hear Alan Bennett's flat voice telling these stories. A mixed bag, some of which I'd read/heard elsewhere; I liked some, found others tedious - hence my rating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lazarus | 3/13/2009

    " With his usual mixture of pathos and humour Alan Bennett returned with a follow-up to the hugely successful 'Writing Home'. This new book included more diary extracts, writings on the theatre, art, close friends and a touching memoir of his parents. Without doubt, the best book of 2005. "

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