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Betjeman's Britain: Poems from the BBC Archives (BBC Audio) Audio CD – Audiobook, 12 Jun 2008

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (12 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408400723
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408400722
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 1 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 818,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Barb Hope on 11 April 2010
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The poems paint vivid pictures of people and places
They are recorded over a couple of decades and are a mixture of humour, nostalgia and sadness
I enjoyed hearing his familiar voice once again
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By L. S. Robinson on 6 April 2010
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How wonderful to hear my favourite poet speaking his own words, reading his own poems, hearing him breathe and giving to the whole CD the 'campness' I associate with John Betjeman. Such an ardent admirer of the sporty young woman, floppy haired with grey-green eyes, what he would have made of the overdone and flouncy Stephen Fry reading the lines Betjeman took so much trouble to compose, I cannot imagine. Even though Betjeman is unable to say the word "golf", pronouncing it "goff", I would rather hear his unhurried and confident voice than those of the inevitable hangers on, which there will sadly always be, bathing in the reflected light of a far greater being.

Betjeman might have a statue in memory of him at Euston Station (he hated to see the arch pulled down and would be delighted to know that plans are 'in train' to rebuild it as part of the new Euston) but he was so much more than a preservationist terribly scared of death throughout his life. He was an uncrowned Poet Laureate, a sage, a Merlin whose magic could describe his 1920s to 1970s world so perfectly that anyone of any age can appreciate what common life was like during that important era. Listen to this CD; you will go back in time and be enchanted. God Bless St Enodoc; God Bless John Betjeman!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Looby on 23 Jun. 2012
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The product was excellent and just what i was looking for. It's great to still be able to listen and hear the voice of sir john betjemans voice - one of the best poets of our time!
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