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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very entertaining
It is the first in the series. Here we are introduced to the various characters that will entertain us through out all of the future series. I enjoyed some good belly laughs. This series is not just for ladies who may be of a certain age, ie retired. im only 33 and have really enjoyed all of the series. The Ladies saterise everything from aging to children and politics,...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Starts well...
Very promising first few pages, but became frankly ridiculous once both ladies were in prison. Rather disappointing. Would not recommend
Published 10 months ago by Mrs Gillian Green


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5.0 out of 5 stars very entertaining, 31 Mar. 2010
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It is the first in the series. Here we are introduced to the various characters that will entertain us through out all of the future series. I enjoyed some good belly laughs. This series is not just for ladies who may be of a certain age, ie retired. im only 33 and have really enjoyed all of the series. The Ladies saterise everything from aging to children and politics, very topical, very clever. The characters are hateful yet really likeable, recommended. looking forward to more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Satire via e-mail., 4 Aug. 2010
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John Austin "austinjr@bigpond.net.au" (Kangaroo Ground, Australia) - See all my reviews
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This is great fun. You can enjoy the interchange (mostly by e-mail) between these two ladies in book, audio book of tv format. The availability of instant interaction via e-mail nowadays has up-dated and enlivened the potential for satirical humour. Irene Spencer and Vera Small are the figures of fun here, elderly ladies who share a love-hate relationship and whose lives are an unending series of crises, misunderstandings, confusion and catastrophe.

Almost every institution and ideal is satirized by authors Lou Wakefield and Carole Hayman. It seemed, as the series continued, that the gay relationship of Vera's son an his partner might be the only thing that surives amongst so much cheating, mayhem, violence and crime, but in the Sixth Series even this constant factor comes under threat.

The humour is carefully paced and the characterization well-crafted. Vera is the more gullible and Irene the more manipulative of the ladies. Prunella Scales and Patricia Routledge deliver all this in a wonderfully entertaining double act in the audio book form, and Anne Reid and Maureen Lipman feature in a tv adaptation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ladies of Letters Audio CD is a delight, 20 April 2014
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This highly entertaining CD contains the correspondence between two mature ladies who met at a wedding. As each lady writes we hear her words spoken by the brilliant actresses Prunella Scales and Patricia Routledge, who give them a wealth of feeling and expression, and who clearly portray the differences between the two ladies' contrasting personalities. Irene, like thousands of women of her generation who grew up during the second World War, has had an adequate though uninspiring education. She is a widow, who has devoted her adult life to her husband and her daughter Lesley, having accepted the conventional view of much of her age group that this is a woman's role. Her husband left her comfortably off, with a small house of her own. Unfortunately, she has been completely unfulfilled by her years of domesticity, though she has never expressed this, largely because no one has ever been interested in her as a person. She has been viewed entirely in terms of her usefulness as a wife, mother, cook and housekeeper, who contributes to the occasional 'charity do' and helps to organise the catering at the golf club. Her opinions are the generally accepted ones she has grown up with, largely because, like so many others, she has been isolated by the restricted nature of her life style, and she has never learned to form an opinion of her own, let alone stand up for one. Her daughter Lesley now being married, Irene is at a loss, because she is no longer needed. Vera on the other hand is a cheerful, self-confident, outgoing person who speaks her own mind somewhat tactlessly and who has a playful sense of humour. She is apt to make well-meant flippant remarks which sometimes cause misunderstandings and hurt feelings. She makes friends more easily than the timid Irene does and certainly doesn’t intend to be stepped on. She too has a daughter and she also has a son. She seems to prefer the latter, as she and her daughter Karen obviously don't see eye to eye. Despite their differences in character, Irene and Vera strike up an immediate friendship which continues through a series of amusing (and fortunately improbable) events, and results in them both turning their backs on their previous lives. I highly recommend this CD. Listening to the two voices is a wonderful treat.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nice gentle read, 29 Nov. 2009
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A great book, easy to read, funny but sad at the same time. A nice gentle read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars better than the real thing, 8 Jan. 2010
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Gave this to an Aunt who is blind as part of her xmas she thoroughly enjoyed it. The cost of delivering " Talking books " is so expensive through the normal chanels but not only is there a good choice on Amazon , the delivery was free.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ladies of letters, 18 May 2013
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I am very grateful to my dear friend in England for sending me a copy of this as a surprise a while ago....since then have bought the rest of the series, so I think that speaks for itself.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ladies, 3 Feb. 2013
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Wonderful CD which is worth listening to again and again - arrived speedily and is worth every penny, i will be ordering more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ladies of letters, 14 Jan. 2013
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I am currently listening to this as I cycle on my exercise bike the time flies so for this it is good
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2.0 out of 5 stars Starts well..., 24 May 2014
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Very promising first few pages, but became frankly ridiculous once both ladies were in prison. Rather disappointing. Would not recommend
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud book, 7 May 2014
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This book is perfect if you want a light hearted easy read. I found this far better than the television show and found myself laughing out loud on many occasions.
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