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Brian Johnston - Johnners': A View from the Boundary: Test Match Special (BBC Audiobooks) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Brian Johnston
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5 May 2011 BBC Audiobooks
John Cleese, Christopher Lee and Michael Parkinson share their passion for cricket with the great broadcaster, Brian Johnston. During the lunch interval on the Saturday of every Test in England, BBC Radio's 'Test Match Special' used to invite a well-known guest into the commentary box for a chat with Brian Johnston about themselves and their passion for cricket. Some turned out to be able cricketers, but they all had stories to tell about matches they had seen and cricketers they had met. Barry Johnston - Brian Johnston's son - has selected five chats from the series "A View from the Boundary", beginning in 1980 with the playwright Ben Travers, and his vivid recollections of W.G. Grace and other characters from the golden age of cricket. He is followed by Michael Charlton, the political broadcaster and former cricket commentator, who covered the great Australia v West Indies tied Test in 1960, and John Cleese, a lifelong Somerset supporter, who tells some funny stories about 'Monty Python' and 'Fawlty Towers'. Hollywood film star Sir Christopher Lee recalls watching the legendary Jack Hobbs and Don Bradman, and Sir Michael Parkinson talks about opening the batting at Barnsley with Dickie Bird and how he nearly played for Hampshire. Publisher's note: This recording was taken from part of the cassette release of "A View from the Boundary".

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (5 May 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 1408467305
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408467305
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 317,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Hit for six! 26 Jan 2012
By pacem et amorem TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I'm not a cricket fan but I am a fan of some of the interviewees on this CD and this is a wonderful way to find out more about them as they are relaxing during the interval and having a little chat - not always about cricket.
For a cricket fan, this is an essential little item to add to their knowledge of cricket and fellow, but famous, fans.
Wonderful - and good old Johnners makes it so.
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4.0 out of 5 stars for lovers of test match special 7 Nov 2011
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As the cold evenings start and the appeal of going out starts to wane - the temptation to stay on the sofa with a warm drink and listen to the radio/podcast/music is greatly increased. As a big fan of test match special I lost myself to the warm tones of Brian Johnston one evening with a glass of warmed mulled wine and a game of scrabble. Well worth being reminded of one of sports greatest commentators.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Mixed Bag From Johnners 30 Aug 2011
By jcmacc VINE VOICE
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There's much of interest in this collection of Views From The Boundary compiled from the Brian Johnston years of Test Match Special , but the best material is at the start and things end to go downhill as the interviewees become more famous, ironically enough.
Michael Parkinson tells some well worn tales of club cricket in Barnsley with Dickie Bird and a young G. Boycott, but while they may have been interesting at the time of recording in 1987, they've been heard many times since from the perspective of the three protagonists. Likewise John Cleese shares some background to the Pythons and Fawlty Towers, but there's not much that hasn't been repeated ,many times on various TV retrospectives.
Christopher Lee's interview does hold more surprises, especially on the Hollywood cricket club and associated social scene. His portrait of cricket-obsessive Boris Karloff is fascinating. Michael Charlton, the Australian journalist who covered the Apollo moon landings amongst other major stories, gives firsthand accounts of Jim Laker's 19 wickets and the first tied test between Australia and the West Indies.
The jewel in the crown of this collection though is the first interview with playwright Ben Travers. Interviewed in 1980, well into his 90's, Travers is still as sharp as a tack and is able to give an eyewitness account of a vast range of cricketers, across many playing generations, having seen WG Grace batting live, all the way up to Graham Gooch, He's able to give a probably unique view on the changes in the game across almost a century, including it's so called Golden Age, as well as the core constants, observing that Grace and Gooch shared the same raised bat stance for example.
So overall, the compilation is something of a mixed bag but it's never a bad thing to hear Brian Johnston again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Listening For When Rain Stops Play 6 July 2011
By Graeme Wright VINE VOICE
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Avid cricket fans of a certain age will be all too familiar with BBC Radio's excellent Test Match Special broadcasts which have been on air since 1957. Undoubtedly the programme's golden years were between the late seventies and late eighties when the dream team of commentators and presenters included Fred Trueman, Trevor Bailey, Don Mosey, Henry 'Bloers' Blofeld and their never-a-dull-moment captain, the late Brian Johnston. It was 'Johnners' who cracked the best jokes, thanked listeners for all the cakes that were sent to the commentary box and whose relaxed, informative style of presentation converted many a casual listener to the finer points of the great game.
Above all else Brian Johnston was a great listener; one of the regular features of the lunch interval during test matches was his 'View From The Boundary' slot where famous people from the worlds of entertainment, sport and politics talked and reminisced about their love of the game. Johnston's son, Barry has selected five of these slots for this excellently priced audio book. Starting with a nonegarian Ben Travers talking about the time he saw W G Grace in action and ending with Michael Parkinson enthusing about his sporting heroes this is a CD for cricket lovers and those who just wish to be entertained. Michael Charlton, former broadcaster and commentator gives a thrilling, blow by blow account of Jim Laker's unequalled bowling of 1956, John Cleese diverts from his boyhood love of Somerset Cricket Club to tell some ripping yarns of his Monty Python and Fawlty Towers days and Christopher Lee reminisces over the great Don Bradman.
Throughout it all the pieces are held together by Brian Johnston's support and enthusiasm for everything his guests tell him. With, hopefully, more volumes of such gems to follow in the future wet wickets at Headingley (or indeed Old Trafford once the ground redevelopment is complete) will be much more interesting prospects.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great product 3 Feb 2013
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I've had longer reviews rejected three times now, so let me just advice readers to purchase this if you or a loved one likes Test Match Special. It's certainly worth the asking price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A View From Yhe Boundry 18 Jan 2013
By romreader VINE VOICE
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A handy audio book with stories from John Cleese, Christopher Lee and Micheal Parkinson who are talking to Brian Johnston. It is great to listen to in the car and John Cleese always makes me laugh, its the way he tells a story.Its as if its on the radio and much more interesting when other famous people talk about there experiences whether they are good or bad its for anyone who loves Cricket.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another time 30 July 2012
By Prospero77 VINE VOICE
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Jonners is the definitive voice of English cricket. Basically, what you have here are some of those 'tea and cakes' moments during the luncheon and tea intervals during several Tests around 1980. It is truly remarkable how 'deferential' and polite it all sounds, the English spoken too is of a far less informal variety than messers Botham and Athers indulge in today. A lovely piece of cricket nostalgia featuring such notables as John Cleese.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Super present for a cricket-mad Dad
So glad I selected this for my cricket-mad Dad. I'm not at all interested in cricket but this was a real hit as my Dad's latest birthday present.
Published on 20 May 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect For Cricket Lovers
Brian Johnson has that lovely tone you could listen to all day.
What a nice way to while away a lazy afternoon sat listening to this. Read more
Published on 20 April 2012 by Flying In a Blue Dream
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
The content here is indeed excellent . A highlight for me being the 1980 interview with the venerable playtwrite Ben Travers. Read more
Published on 16 Mar 2012 by fivestarfrankie
4.0 out of 5 stars Stumped!
The late Brian Johnston, talking cricket with John Cleese, Michael Parkinson and Christopher Lee... a rather strange guest list, but "Johnners" used to, during each lunchtime... Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2012 by Mrs. T. Mannell
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable listen on a quiet day
If you are a fan of cricket and also are interested in the people featured on this cd you really ought to get this. Read more
Published on 22 Jan 2012 by J. R. Atkinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting - essential for cricket fans
I'm not a huge cricket fan, but I wanted to give this a listen as I love anecdotes, be they ammusing, clever, passionate or simply historic. Read more
Published on 26 Dec 2011 by Kamran Rahman
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating cricket memories
Any cricket fan will be familiar with the work of Brian Johnston, and his decades of fascinating, humourous and very English commentary and interviews on Test Match Special. Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2011 by Mr. Christopher Lancaster
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic memories of the Voice of Cricket
For those who don't know, Brian Johnston was a commentator for many years on TMS (Test Match Special), a BBC radio programme which commentated on all Test match cricket (home and... Read more
Published on 8 Nov 2011 by Darren Simons
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