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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (19 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan Bennett Narrator: Alan Bennett and Full Cast Publisher: AudioGO Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Alan Bennett stars in a new production of his own acclaimed satrical comedy, 30 years after its original West End debut.

The Headmaster has been at Albion House for 50 years, man and boy. Now he is retiring and takes part in the end-of-year entertainment for the last time. Entitled Speak For England, Arthur, it weaves together a multi-generational story of England: the glorious era at the turn of the century, when the summers were always golden; the fast-living inter-war years peopled by the Bloomsbury Group; and the growing cynicism of a country going to war twice in so many decades.

Tongue-in-cheek, the play-within-a-play prompts an outraged response from the Headmaster, who can only see his beloved standards being mocked. Yet within the parody lies an almost-painful nostalgia for a more peaceful age and the timeless misunderstanding of one generation by another.

Clever, funny, and poignant, Alan Bennett's masterful play is rightly regarded as a modern classic. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary | 6/24/2013

    " I did enjoy this, but I think it's more than a little outdated. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Roma Panganiban | 1/30/2006

    " I love Alan Bennett's work, but I wasn't English enough to fully appreciate this. "

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