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The humorous and moving tale of Miss Shepherd, an eccentric old lady who, by a bizarre series of twists and turns, lived in the author's garden for many years. Alan Bennett reads his own acclaimed work, recently adapted as a West End smash hit starring Maggie Smith as the eccentric old lady.
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  • Mrs Z Armour
  • 02-04-2010

Charming

The charm of a by-gone age, and the innate caring of the author, turn this account of an eccentric, selfish, unlovely person into something warm and eminently readable.

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  • ms
  • 24-09-2016

Love Alan Bennett

Where does Lady in the Van rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's a brilliant well narrated story.

What did you like best about this story?

The narration.

What does Alan Bennett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I love Alan Bennetts voice so I'm biased. I could listen to him all the time.

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

Made me laugh and feel quite sorry for Miss Shepherd.

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  • DARREN MCDONNELL
  • 29-02-2016

Lady in the van.

This was fantastic.
Took me back in time to what I cud remember as a gray black and white area.
But this Book added some very needed colour..
So we'll written and performed a joy to listen to...

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  • chloe67
  • 11-11-2015

Wonderful

I have always loved Lady in the Van, first as a book, then as audio tapes.
The story itself is wonderful, how many people would have invited this eccentric lady to move her van into their property?
The fact that Alan Bennett himself narrates it adds to the enjoyment. His voice has a rhythm, a cadence of its own and draws one into the life of Mrs Sheppard and his own better than a performance by actors.
I highly recommend this Audible book to anyone who loves Bennett's writings -including his diaries. Whether you have read or heard it before or not, it is such treat. These glimpses of the Lady in the Van's life make one wish we had known her.

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  • Richard Thorne
  • 22-02-2015

Very poor quality speech

Poor quality speech unfortunately
Cannot get the thing to work properly to listen to it. Not very impressed with Audible

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  • gem
  • 14-12-2015

Boring

There is nothing at all interesting in this very short story not sure how it got made into a film. lets hope its better than this audibke

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  • Gary
  • 18-01-2007

Not for me

I found it quite dull with now real objective to the story.

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