Communicator (communicator) wrote,
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More on audio books

I've been listening to a lot of audio lately. I just downloaded the BBC radio version of 'The Importance of Being Earnest' (from the early 1950s with John Gielgud as Jack). Frankly I didn't think it was that great. Sorry, but diction in those days was so mannered, and they all sound so old. In fact checking, Gielgud must have been nearly 50, because he was born in 1904. I know this sounds like heresy but I preferred Colin Firth in the recent film, because he came across as a bit of a dork, which made me laugh.

I've looked at the American original of audible.co.uk, and the selection is much better and the prices much lower (not least because a dollar is only worth about 50p these days). But they say they can't offer downloads to the UK - do you think it's worth pretending to be a US-ian? Probably wouldn't work would it, because of my billing address? It's just they've got lots of things I'd like which the British audible don't have. And I don't mean just American books: they've got the Seamus Heaney Beowulf, and two Yeats collections, and the British site doesn't have either.

Anyway, I've just downloaded the Call of Cthulhu, and the complete Shakespeare Sonnets from the Brit site, so I'll see what those are like.
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