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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (933 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Noel Coward Narrator: Paul Scofield, Patricia Routledge Publisher: AudioGO Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN:
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Paul Scofield and Patricia Routledge star in Noël Coward's classic comedy of manners. Private Lives was written in 1930 and has been a mainstay of British theatre ever since.

This sharply funny play of reversals focuses on Elyot and Amanda, a passionate but feuding couple who divorced five years before. Now, on the first night of their honeymoons with their new partners, they find that they are all staying in the same hotel on the French Riviera. Fireworks are inevitable....

The roles of the two ex-spouses are brilliantly recreated by Paul Scofield and Patricia Routledge, while Coward's scintillating repartee epitomises all the glamour and sophistication of life between the wars for society's spoilt darlings.

The Classic Radio Theatre range presents notable radio productions of much-loved plays by some of the most renowned playwrights, and starring some of our finest actors.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/4/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book- although I didn't find it quite as funny as some have led me to believe. Entertaining, true, but certainly not laugh-out-loud humor, it was a bit too dark for that in my opinion. However, it was quick and fun and worth a good review. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 12/31/2013

    " It indulges the idea that people who are passionate about one another bring out the best and worst in the other. Simply untrue and the characters are annoying and spoiled. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay | 12/8/2013

    " This is a classic - pure genius. The sort of play that provokes stares on the train when one starts to giggle as it unfolds. There's just something gleeful about Coward at his best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 9/30/2013

    " Read this + Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf back-to-back and you'll never fall innocently in love again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Talkingtowalls | 4/18/2013

    " I laughed so hard reading this that I seriously annoyed several people sitting near me in Barnes and Noble "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrienne | 3/31/2013

    " One should really watch this performed. It's entertaining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel Pollock | 2/22/2013

    " Funny enough i suppose, for a droll farcey comedy, but I have a hard time getting past the part where these people are a bunch of violent drunks who think they're witty. Maybe it was less disturbing in the days of the noir tropes like "let me just smack you a little to get you in the mood." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allieandra | 1/23/2013

    " Rather Fautly Towers-y "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jude Brigley | 11/4/2012

    " very dated. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie | 10/11/2012

    " Bloody hilarious, and an excellent audio performance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marius van Blerck | 8/11/2012

    " Some of the funniest dialogue this side of "Alice in Wonderland". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma Ward | 6/26/2012

    " I like Coward qua Coward, but I'm not sure he ages well. I am currently inclined to writhe in the floor in agony over not having been able to go to London to see Anna Chancellor as Amanda last September, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Servini | 3/9/2012

    " Very witty, if somewhat improbable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 12/4/2011

    " This play was a fun read and is one I would love to perform in some day. Noel Coward really is the master of witty dialogue; a high comedy where you never want to leave its cloud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sofia | 11/9/2011

    " Noel Coward is always fun. This play is no exception and Elyot and Amanda are quite a couple and undeniably a portrait of some kinds of relations. Worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kayla Farber | 8/3/2011

    " This was a well written play. I didn't love it, but I love Noel Coward. This story just held no appeal to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joelle | 4/18/2011

    " OCU 1999
    I played the ex-wife, opposite AwesomeJohn. The best show I was ever in! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 3/3/2011

    " Read this + Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf back-to-back and you'll never fall innocently in love again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrienne | 10/2/2010

    " One should really watch this performed. It's entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie | 4/3/2010

    " Bloody hilarious, and an excellent audio performance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sofia | 3/9/2010

    " Noel Coward is always fun. This play is no exception and Elyot and Amanda are quite a couple and undeniably a portrait of some kinds of relations. Worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 1/11/2010

    " Very witty, if somewhat improbable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marius | 1/3/2010

    " Some of the funniest dialogue this side of "Alice in Wonderland". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Talkingtowalls | 8/1/2008

    " I laughed so hard reading this that I seriously annoyed several people sitting near me in Barnes and Noble "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay | 4/14/2008

    " This is a classic - pure genius. The sort of play that provokes stares on the train when one starts to giggle as it unfolds. There's just something gleeful about Coward at his best. "

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About the Author

Noël Coward was a British playwright, actor, composer, and director whose name has become synonymous with urbanity, sophistication, incomparable wit, and certain sentimentality. His many triumphs include Fallen Angels, Hay Fever, Private Lies, Present Laughter, and many more.