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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,239 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan Bennett Narrator: Alan Bennett Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN:
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Two unexpected tales written and read by the best-selling author of The Uncommon Reader, Untold Stories and The History Boys.

The Greening of Mrs Donaldson - Mrs Donaldson is a conventional middle-class woman beached on the shores of widowhood after a marriage that had been much like many others: happy to begin with, then satisfactory and finally dull. But when she decides to take in two lodgers, her mundane life becomes much more stimulating...

The Shielding of Mrs Forbes - Graham Forbes is a disappointment to his mother, who thinks that if he must have a wife, he should have done better. True, her own husband isn't all that satisfactory either. Still, this is Alan Bennett, so what is happening in the bedroom (and in lots of other places too) is altogether more startling, perhaps shocking, and ultimately more true to people's predilections.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samanta Rivera | 2/19/2014

    " I liked one story more than the other, but both stories were just delicious! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holland Whiteburch | 2/17/2014

    " Everyone should read this now--two longer short stories in one volume. The first short story was my favorite, and a really great find in an airport bookstore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chuck Grieve | 2/14/2014

    " Great short fiction - a good day's entertainment. If these two stories hadn't been written by Bennett the Great, I might be tempted to suggest they were a little self-indulgent in places. But Bennett is... Bennett. So he's allowed. "

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

    " a fun, quick read. though most reviewers here think this is not Bennett's best, i found it a pleasant distraction from the far more demanding books i have yet to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kat | 2/12/2014

    " Two short stories. The first one mildly amusing, but somewhat creepy. The second one absolutely hillarious! Great understated writing, requires close reading to figure out what is going on (some bits anyway), but also wickedly funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Malcolm Lockie | 1/25/2014

    " Great - can we have some more please Alan? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 12/20/2013

    " funny and memorable. SUPER FAST. i literally read it in 2 shuttle rides to work, with time to spare. i wish there was more of it, it was entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 12/6/2013

    " Alan Bennett can verge on profound, but even in these little amusements, he's always a master. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lucy Amy Pink | 11/13/2013

    " a total disappointment; none of the humour you'd expect or any characters I could relate to - hoping he hasn't lost his touch "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J.T. | 9/28/2013

    " Intriguing by turns, haunting at times. But, on the whole, mediocre. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alexis | 9/27/2013

    " I wasn't all that impressed with these two stories - I didn't find the characters at all sympathetic or compelling, and the sequence of events rang false. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colin | 9/12/2013

    " Loved this book. My first Alan Bennett. Surprisingly good and very funny in parts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meghann | 8/4/2013

    " The first story was ridiculous, but the second was compelling. Both, however, were written in such a bizarre and disjointed way that I wasn't able to enjoy either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Fountain | 5/27/2013

    " Nobody does smut quite like Alan Bennett. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam Pryce | 4/18/2013

    " Lovely, lovely, lovely pair of stories but not much else to it really. Neither is it as smutty or salacious as the title may suggest. I didn't enjoy this as much as The Uncommon Reader. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aarthi | 4/8/2013

    " I picked this one up because I liked The Uncommon Reader a lot. This book didn't strike me as funny at all even though some parts of it made me laugh. One of the reviews called it "good, old-fashioned British humour." Well, I guess it's not my kind of British humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Rose | 1/22/2013

    " Put simply if your a fan of Alan Bennet you'll like this. In particular these two short stories reminded me of his talking heads dramatic monolgues so if you enjoyed them you should read these. They are both quite short and very easy to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/17/2013

    " A slim little book of two short stories that nevertheless packs a wallop. Love, sex, death, aging, secrets, and it's damn funny, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 10/31/2012

    " A quick and kooky book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 10/23/2012

    " Odd little book of two stories about olde(r) people. Funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 9/28/2012

    " This book made me laugh. I prefered the first story, which had a beautiful ending, to the second, which had too many points of view, but was entertained by both. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin Harty | 9/12/2012

    " These stories are so unexpected. I found so many things I would like to add to my own writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 8/21/2012

    " Wish there were half stars...3 1/2 for Smut! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia Geller | 8/21/2012

    " I like Alan Bennett but these are two long stories that while entertaining, are just a bit of fun bluff. An amusing little book to read in an airport. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Niki | 8/12/2011

    " Two hilarious stories surrounding Britain's middle aged, modernity and sex. I'm looking forward to reading other such stories in this relatively new British genre. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Unit of Raine | 6/9/2011

    " Clever and easy to read. It was not, however, nearly as much fun as the Uncommon Reader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 6/1/2011

    " These compact stories gave me wry smile "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 5/8/2011

    " Nobody does smut quite like Alan Bennett. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 5/3/2011

    " Two shortish stories; both seem to suggest that sexual peculiarities, quirks and peccadilloes are more widespread than one might suspect. The first is stronger [previously in LRB], the second revisits, not entirely convincingly, themes, names and details from the earlier oeuvre ... "

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