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Publisher's Summary

From the moment Judi Dench appeared as a teenager in the York Mystery Plays it was clear that acting would be her career. Trained at London's Central School of Speech and Drama it was her performance in her 20s as Juliet in Franco Zeffirelli's memorable Old Vic production that turned her into a star. In the theatre since, she has played every classic role from Titania (three times, most recently in 2010) to Cleopatra.

She first became a household name via television, thanks initially to a sit-com, A Fine Romance, in which she played alongside the actor Michael Williams, whom she married in 1971.

She has since made eight series of another sit-com, As Time Goes By (with Geoffrey Palmer), as well as plays and classic serials, Middlemarch and Cranford.

In the cinema, her films have ranged from Ladies In Lavender, opposite Maggie Smith, through Notes on a Scandal with Cate Blanchett to Shakespeare in Love, in which she played Queen Elizabeth, a role that gained her a Hollywood Oscar. But it is her role as 'M' in six James Bond films, beginning with Goldeneye in 1995, that has gained her worldwide recognition. This book is, however, much more than a career record.

©2010 Judi Dench (P)2010 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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Simply wonderful!

This is such a great insight to one of the world's treasures. LOVED EVERY MINUTE!

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A great read

I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir. I truly enjoy Judy Dench and admire her spirit and sense of adventure
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  • Claire
  • 15-05-2011

A must listen biography

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this biography. Ideal for anyone who has an interest in the theatre and the greats who walk the boards not to mention a big dollop of Dame Judi's dry wit! Pure pleasure.

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  • Michele Gentile
  • 17-08-2016

Wonderful and Inspiring

Would you listen to And Furthermore again? Why?

It was full of humour and from the heart. And from the brain too. Wonderful and beautifully read by Samantha Bond. Funny and intelligent, very humanly told.

Any additional comments?

Listeners who thought this was uninteresting must have been listening to something else by accident.

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  • SONICPANDA
  • 20-08-2014

A Good Listen

If you could sum up And Furthermore in three words, what would they be?

Interesting, enthralling, delightful

What was one of the most memorable moments of And Furthermore?

All of it!

What about Samantha Bond’s performance did you like?

As they are of a similar ilk you could almost hear Judi speaking herself. Expertly executed!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not out loud but I chuckled and smiled. A little saddened but not tearful.

Any additional comments?

A wonderful biography of an exceptional actress. Enjoyed every minute.

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  • Kristina
  • 07-02-2011

And Furthermore

Shame that the book is read by someone else. I would have preferred Judy's voice. Kristina

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  • Fiona
  • 01-10-2017

I love you judi

Such a treat hearing your words read so well by Samantha Bond.
Judi keep doing all that you do. You are so bloody good at it, don't ever stop

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  • Lambert
  • 13-03-2017

Perhaps more for the actor than the average reader

What made the experience of listening to And Furthermore the most enjoyable?

I am an immense fan of Dame Judi Dench and enjoyed the background information on the work she has done and indeed the choices she has made during her acting career.Even though Samantha Bond did an excellent job in reading the book I would have paid double to have Dame Judi Dench read it herself.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I found the story line quite technical in parts and referred to actors and actresses with whom I am not familiar. I appreciate in an audio book pictures and biographies of every actor is not really possible but even abbreviations used were sometimes hard to follow.

What about Samantha Bond’s performance did you like?

Samantha Bond did an excellent job in reading the material and at times even accentuates certain words as Does Dame Judi Dench.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Am I really a Dame?

Any additional comments?

Interesting book, Enjoyed listening to it and learned a great deal from it. No regrets in purchasing it.

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  • Helga
  • 03-10-2012

Disappointed

I didn't realise that the Book was read by someone other than the great Lady herself. It was a big shock, almost like taking a big bite out of a beautifully ripe strawberry and tasting pickled onion. I gave up after a very short time because I missed Judy Dench, her story lacked the silk of her voice, her nuances and timing. For me this proved to be a waste of money however I would consider buying the written version.

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  • Amanda
  • 29-03-2014

CV?

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This book read like a CV, a chronology of roles through the years. It lacked any emotion or personality. I was very disappointed, as I admire Dame Judy Dench as a tremendous actor and expected to gain some insight into the person through this audio book.

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  • Lesley Townsend
  • 07-06-2018

A little disappointing

I absolutely adore Judi Dench, I have loved her films, Marigold hotels, Mrs Brown, Victoria and Abdul, Ladies in Lavender to name a few but this book just seemed to be the reading of a list of parts Dame Judi has played and who she acted with. Read by Samantha Bond who frankly I always think tries to sound posh. Her voice was a little irritating. Would rather have listened to Dame Judi read it herself, it might not have been so boring.

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  • James
  • 22-12-2010

Poor show Judi !

Narration ? a good Dench impersonator, unintended? Hard to say.

Content ? Initially I thought this a spoof ...it becomes cloying and annoying....ever so very Jolly Hockeysticks. Who in their 70s still refers to their parents as Mummy & Daddy? if you like listening to the imperious judgemental luvvie-nes of this artist, then this is the book for you. Amazed at what seems like fickle and hypocritical opinions ? e.g. I loathed Mr. X, then one day he helped me and we?ve simply been the best of friends since! We are told that Dench hates audiences knowing WHY she did a role, but she bores with useless info like what she drinks or does before a show. We WANT to know WHY you do a role! For an actor I am amazed at Dench?s limited vocabulary in describing experiences and people ? e.g. overuse of the words ?absolutely? and ?thrilling?.

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