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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A master at work on his craft
The greatest joy afforded by Alan Bennet is that he can read his own books better than anybody else can and the fact that he has recorded so many is proof of his own deserved self confidence.
This cautionary tale displays Bennett's toying with a certain class of human being ~ English, middle class and basically bored with the rut that they have carved for themselves...
Published on 22 Jan. 2009 by David Spanswick

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3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't realise that this was short story rather than a ...
Didn't realise that this was short story rather than a full-blown book. Alan Bennett's sense of humour comes over and it does make you wonder if you really need all the possessions that clutter up your house.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A master at work on his craft, 22 Jan. 2009
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David Spanswick (Brighton United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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The greatest joy afforded by Alan Bennet is that he can read his own books better than anybody else can and the fact that he has recorded so many is proof of his own deserved self confidence.
This cautionary tale displays Bennett's toying with a certain class of human being ~ English, middle class and basically bored with the rut that they have carved for themselves and how a disruption in their lives rather than destroying them gives them a second chance to look at what they have made of their lives and to change it.
The tale itself is of a tradition of bizarre story telling, precise, succinct and improving.
I can think of no greater comfort than being read to by Alan Bennett
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One evernt can change a life., 18 Mar. 2001
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The Ramsons have been burgled while out at the opera. This is the story of how this childless and unhappy couple coped with this event. With all their processions gone we learn how they never used most of them. And how Mrs Ramson discovers a little of what life has to offer after the robbery. It is an excellent story of 2 people who for years have been living in the same flat in body but with no love and very little to look forward too. Except Mr Ramson who has his stereo. The tale tells of how the furniture ends up in a warehouse and the effects of that on the Ramsons. Typical Bennett, sad, funny, accute, dry,excellent. A joy to listen too. And Mrs Ramson finally begins to live...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fable, 28 Mar. 2001
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I first read this story back in 1996, when it appeared in the London Review of Books and was somewhat surprised to see it as a tiny book some five years later! With dry British satire, Playwright Bennett recounts the story of the Ransomes, who return from the opera to find their flat stripped totally bare--even the wires are clipped flush with the wall. They are middle-aged, middle-class, childless, and totally fail to connect with each other. Life has obviously been quite empty for both of them as they have their little routines (hers seem to revolve around pleasing him), but no friends or family. Once the shock of the bizarre burglary wears off, they must attempt reinvent their home from scratch. Fortunately this does not become a new agey lesson on how our possessions actually possess us, but rather a fable about starting over. Mr. Ransome looks to recreate his previous existence (albeit with higher-end stereo equipment), while Mrs. Ransome is forced to frequent daring new shops (a Pakistani grocer's, a thrift shop!). As she takes these small steps into the broader world, she is reawakened to life's possibilities. The bizarre mystery of the theft is finally revealed, and things end happily, if rather predictably. A neat little tale that takes about an hour to read
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good old Bennett another wonderful piece of work!, 20 Sept. 2010
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Another great story from Bennett and he reads it himself which is always a joy in itself .
Buy it and enjoy:
I did !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clever story, 8 July 2013
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This is a tale full of things that make you smile while listening to it, and has so many clever little observations. The ending is a surprise and yet makes perfect sense. But Alan Bennett's wring is so good that, even knowing the ending, you can enjoy listening again for all those little nuances you missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Bennett, 20 May 2010
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M. A. Lindsay (Leeds, UK) - See all my reviews
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I bought this to entertain me on a long drive, as it irks me that you cannot read and drive at the same time, and I'm used to having a book in my hand on long journeys by other means of transport! It was excellent, classic Bennett, made all the more enjoyable by being read by the man himself. I won't spoil the storyline for you by going into detail but the characterisations and plot are wonderful, combining humour and pathos. Highly recommended. The M1 flashed by!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Postage far too expensive!!!, 27 May 2013
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Karin (Cape Town, South Africa) - See all my reviews
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I love Alan Bennett and his writings.
I found the postage for 2CDs far too expensive - over 8 pounds to Cape, Town SA, more than the item posted!!! This will hamper me from using Amazon as often as I would like. When it reaches SA I still have to pay customs. Surely an item bought for private use should not require a customs payment. Can you do something about the above please.
Thank you,
Karin Lorenc
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bennett at his Best, 16 Nov. 2012
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I loved this - his mixture of wit and dry humour, not to mention the somewhat bizarre behaviour of the characters and the less than plausible plot, make this hugely enjoyable listening. I also love the fact that he narrates the story which adds another dimension to the enjoyment. He sees life as it really is and not through rose-tinted glasses!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 27 Jun. 2014
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I loved this book. It had me in stitches . I read it in record time. Unputdownable
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4.0 out of 5 stars Witty, unexpected and enjoyable, 1 Jun. 2014
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Very enjoyable, Alan Bennett never disappoints. A strange set of events causes unexpected results for the Ransomes, and changes both their lives
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