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John Peel Remembered (Radio Collection) [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio CD]

John Peel
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2 Oct 2006 Radio Collection
Includes the BBC Radio 4 serialisation of "Margrave of the Marshes", John Peel's part-written autobiography completed by his wife, Sheila Ravenscroft and read by Michael Angelis and Carolyn Pickles, plus a special tribute edition of 'Home Truths' in which Tom Robinson visits Peel Acres to meet John's wife Sheila and their four children. Not many people manage to achieve the status of legend in their own lifetime, and even fewer deserve that status. John Peel was one such, whose contribution to British culture is undeniable. His 40-year career on Radio 1 and Radio 4 reached a huge and diverse audience, and he influenced the musical tastes of millions. Guaranteed to appeal to all John Peel's many devoted fans, these CDs are a perfect reminder of the genius of a man many regarded as the best DJ ever.

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  • Audio CD: 2 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd; abridged edition edition (2 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846071917
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846071911
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 12.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 442,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brief Reminder of a Great Man 26 Jan 2011
By Magic Lemur VINE VOICE
Anyone who's into BBC audio material will know that they often do a good line in posthumous tributes. Whether it's Humphrey Lyttleton or Alistair Cooke, the BBC always seem to do warm tributes to its best broadcasters in a way that is unsurpassed anywhere else in the media.

This CD is no exception containing, as it does, two of the many special broadcasts made in his memory.

The first of these is the Radio 4 serialisation of Margrave Of The Marshes (his unfinished autobiography, which was completed by his wife).
Although not narrated by John or his wife, the two narrators sound just like them and do an interesting double act, where Michael Angelis reads the book up until when Sheila Ravenscroft comes into the story, at which point the other narrator takes over. In other words, the parts written by John Peel are read by a man (who sounds eerily similar to him) & the parts written by his wife are read by a woman.

One more thing to be added about the Audio book is that it seems to be a heavily abridged version (only an hour long), but all the essential detail (from birth through to his final years) is succinctly covered.

The second Broadcast is the 'Home Truths' tribute to John Peel. This CD has snippets of John speaking about family & also the family contributing material & insights into John's personality. In the process, as the presenter (Tom Robinson) hints, we learn that they're not nearly as odd as John made out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mike 16 Jan 2011
Bought as Xmas gift for friend who is great John Peel Fan. He was delighted, much better than some other tributes which were just a collection of songs John Peel liked. As my friend said" We;ve probably got most of those anyway. May treat myself to a copy now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brief Reminder of a Great Man 26 Jan 2011
By Magic Lemur - Published on Amazon.com
Anyone who's into BBC audio material will know that they often do a good line in posthumous tributes. Whether it's Humphrey Lyttleton or Alistair Cooke, the BBC always seem to do warm tributes to its best broadcasters in a way that is unsurpassed anywhere else in the media.

This CD is no exception containing, as it does, two of the many special broadcasts made in his memory.

The first of these is the Radio 4 serialisation of Margrave Of The Marshes (his unfinished autobiography, which was completed by his wife).
Although not narrated by John or his wife, the two narrators sound just like them and do an interesting double act, where Michael Angelis reads the book up until when Sheila Ravenscroft comes into the story, at which point the other narrator takes over. In other words, the parts written by John Peel are read by a man (who sounds eerily similar to him) & the parts written by his wife are read by a woman.

One more thing to be added about the Audio book is that it seems to be a heavily abridged version (only an hour long), but all the essential detail (from birth through to his final years) is succinctly covered.

The second Broadcast is the 'Home Truths' tribute to John Peel. This CD has snippets of John speaking about family & also the family contributing material & insights into John's personality. In the process, as the presenter (Tom Robinson) hints, we learn that they're not nearly as odd as John made out!
There are also little nuggets, such as a section on the 'John Peel Special' train in Norfolk that was named after him, and the story of the Gomersall family, who are (bar one person) all lifelong members of the Salvation Army.

All in all, this is an interesting tribute. It doesn't seem as long or as thorough as I imagine other tributes are (e.g. John Peel - a Tribute), but it is short enough to leave you wanting more & long enough to give you a real flavour of the man himself.
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