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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (582 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan Bennett Narrator: Alan Bennett Publisher: AudioGO Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2006 ISBN:
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Alan Bennett reads five more extracts from Untold Stories, his major collection of new writings.

Untold Stories, Alan Bennett's first major collection of prose since his bestselling Writing Home, brings together the finest and funniest of his writing over the last 10 years. Following on from Untold Stories: Part 1: Stories and Part 2: The Diaries (also available from BBC Audiobooks), Part 3: Written on the Body is both a reflection on Alan Bennett's childhood and schooldays and a meditation on writing. Written on the Body is a sideways look at Bennett's schooldays at Leeds Modern School, and a recollection of the growing pains of puberty. Seeing Stars is a nostalgic view of the movies of the Forties, seen by Bennett and his family in any one of the half a dozen cinemas in their district in Leeds, including the Western, the Clifton, the Picturedrome, and the Lyric. Finally, Staring Out of the Window lets us into Bennett's creative process, which apparently consists of a good deal of...well...staring out of the window.

Alan Bennett's television series Talking Heads has become a modern-day classic, as have many of his works for the stage, including Forty Years On, The Lady in the Van, The Madness of George III (together with the Oscar-nominated screenplay The Madness of King George) and an adaptation of The Wind in the Willows. The History Boys won the Evening Standard and Critics' Circle awards for Best Play, the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play, the South Bank Award and six Tony Awards. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace Wynne-Jones | 1/30/2014

    " 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 Ian | 1/14/2014

    " If you know and like Alan Bennett you'll love this. Even better if you can get hold of tape or download of him reading excerpts on BBC Radio 4! IMHO the greatest living British playwright even if he is regarded as rather too accessible by some intellectual luvvies! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki | 1/2/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 11/27/2013

    " 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 Lazarus P Badpenny Esq | 8/8/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 umberto | 12/5/2012

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fiona | 7/19/2012

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Grinstead | 6/19/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olga Lempert | 1/23/2012

    " 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 Janet | 12/4/2011

    " 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 McHaffie | 10/17/2011

    " 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. "

  • 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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