Books and plays on tape...
I am simply addicted to them. I think it started when I moved out of the U.K. and finally learnt to drive. Although I could often get Radio 4 on longwave, the reception was poor, and I found that the BBC tapes were a good substitute.
Here are a few comments on some of my favourites:
An early favourite were the Rumpole stories as read by Leo Mckern who has sadly passed away. The last set of stories were read by the author John Mortimer, but it just wasn't the same.
John le Carre always reads his own novels and his characterisations are consistently wonderful.
The two Bridgette Jone's books on tape are chalk and cheese. The first read by an actress, whose name escapes me, is a delight, with all the lines delivered just right. The sequel read by the author herself just doesn't hack it.
A peak - The Screwtape letters read by John Cleese.
The number of excellent BBC dramatisations is endless. "A Tale of Two Cities" springs to mind. The only problem is the thier cost to running time ratio. You are often spending 10 GBP
for less than 2 hours and you get at least 3 hours for an abridged book for the same price. When you are doing the miles in a car, this begins to be a consideration.
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